(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Deana Heitzman)
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Challenge coins: A tradition of excellence

Posted April 17, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Deana Heitzman

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy (AFNS) — Throughout the time we spend in the military, we collect many things. Whether they are mementos, awards or habits, such items are kept to remember those special moments we never wish to forget. Challenge coins are an example of these memories, as they are a form of recognition of…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Frank Casciotta)
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New Airmen get their bearings

Posted February 27, 2015 by Senior Airman Frank Casciotta

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — New Airmen go through a whirlwind of activities during the transformation of civilian to active duty Airman, which can be a confusing process. Lucky for new Airmen, there’s the First Term Airmen Center to catch them when they land at their first duty station. FTAC is a five-day program…

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Some temp, seasonal, interim workers eligible for health benefits

Posted January 30, 2015 by Janis El Shabazz

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Some temporary, seasonal and intermittent employees are now eligible for coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits program (FEHB), said Office of Personnel Management officials. Temporary, seasonal or intermittent employees who anticipate working 130 or more hours per month for 90 consecutive days are now eligible to receive the same…

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Luke F-16 crashes in Arizona

Posted January 22, 2016 by 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. (AFNS) — An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base crashed at approximately 8:45 a.m. January 21 north of Luke AFB in the vicinity of Bagdad, Arizona. Luke AFB officials are working closely with local authorities in a search and rescue operation. Due…

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C-17 Globemaster III

Posted March 4, 2016 by

The C-17 Globemaster III is the newest, most flexible cargo aircraft to enter the airlift force. The C-17 is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to main operating bases or directly to forward bases in the deployment area. The aircraft can perform tactical airlift and airdrop missions and can…

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(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Dennis Hoffman)
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Chasing opportunity to fulfill a dream

Posted March 23, 2016 by Dave Smith

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series. These stories focus on individual Airmen, highlighting their Air Force story.) All children have dreams and it was no different for Lt. Col. Brett Chung growing up in Nagoya, Japan. Coming to the United States was something Chung thought…

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Academy grad returns to the mat for chance at becoming a champion

Posted May 9, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Luke W. Nowakowski

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series. These stories focus on individual Airmen, highlighting their Air Force story.) Coming from a small town in southern Pennsylvania, 1st Lt. Clayton Gable, a 2nd Space Warning Squadron supervisory statistician, grew up in a family that had a…

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USAF Thunderbird pilot in good medical condition, released from hospital

Posted June 9, 2016 by Lt. Col. Chris B. Hammond

Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada — Maj. Alex Turner, U.S. Air Force Thunderbird #6, is in good medical condition and has recently been released from the hospital. “The cause of the mishap is currently under investigation,” said Brig. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, 57th Wing Commander. “Major Turner’s ability to steer the aircraft away from any populated areas…

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Air Force, Navy join in RPV training
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AF selects first enlisted Airmen for Global Hawk pilot training

Posted July 7, 2016 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Command Information

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force recently selected the first 10 enlisted Airmen to attend RQ-4 Global Hawk pilot training, marking the first time since World War II enlisted Airmen will be behind the stick. The first combined enlisted and officer training course will begin October 2016, with the first enlisted Airmen expected to graduate in…

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(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Madelyn Brown)
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Breaking News: Air Force declares the F-35A ‘combat ready’

Posted August 3, 2016 by HQ ACC Public Affairs

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — The F-35A Lightning II fifth generation fighter aircraft was declared ‘combat ready’ today by Gen. Hawk Carlisle, the commander of Air Combat Command. Carlisle lauded the aircraft’s performance, noting that the aircraft had met all key criteria for reaching initial operational capability. Airmen trained, manned and equipped to conduct basic…

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