Air Force

Love thy feet

Posted May 8, 2015 by Senior Airman Marcy Copeland 

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, AZ — The human foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments that make up the load-bearing structure at the base of a human leg. At one time, humans walked with their bare feet across the terrain, toughening the soles of their feet to become like hides…

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U.S. Air Force to kick off COOL program

Posted March 27, 2015 by Senior Airman William J. Blankenship

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. (AFNS) — The Community College of the Air Force officially launched the Air Force Credentialing Opportunities On-Line program March 16. Air Force COOL is a pathway for enlisted Airmen to earn industry recognized professional certifications and licenses to enhance their active-duty work and to prepare them as they transition to…

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Goldfein nominated as 21st CSAF

Posted April 27, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Alyssa C. Gibson

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced April 26 that the president has nominated Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein to be the 21st chief of staff of the Air Force, succeeding Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, who has served in the position since 2012. “I’m extremely humbled by the…

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SR-71 Blackbird: Gone but not forgotten…

Posted February 1, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Twenty-six years ago Beale said goodbye to the fastest air-breathing jet in the world, the SR-71 Blackbird. The Blackbird was an advanced, long-range, supersonic strategic reconnaissance aircraft that called Beale Air Force Base home from January 1966 to January 1990. But for Master Sgt. Floyd Jones (ret.) and a local group…

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Mishaps increase in FY15 after historic safety year

Posted January 8, 2016 by Darlene Y. Cowsert

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFNS) — Taking the reins of Air Force chief of safety nearly six months ago, Maj. Gen. Andrew M. Mueller took command on the heels of the safest year in Air Force manned aviation history. Fiscal year 2014 ended with only seven Class A mishaps, which produced a rate of…

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Overcoming adversity, Airman finds home in Air Natl Guard

Posted June 2, 2017 by by Tech. Sgt. Traci Howells

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. — He slowed the car to a stop and pulled into the parking lot. Shutting the engine down, he looked around the vehicle. Everything he owned was crammed into the small space that had become his home for the past few months. He glanced at the brick building: Air Force…

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#YOLO

Posted February 5, 2016 by 56th Communications Squadron

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — While unpacking from another permanent change of station, I came across a folder filled with clippings I have been carrying around with me since my early days in the Air Force.  Flipping through it, I stopped on one of my favorites, a commentary written 18 years ago by Army…

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Be the ‘Wolf’

Posted March 23, 2016 by Col. Robert Novotny

ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England (AFNS) — There are three meetings I attend every week, and they’re the most important meetings in my current job. The first is wing stand-up, held three days a week, where we cover the status of our aircrew, pararescuemen, all 81 combat aircraft, the airfield, communications and logistics. Our mission is…

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Heartbreak fridge offers up strange parting gifts

Posted July 7, 2017 by by LISA SMITH MOLINARI

The summer military moving season is upon us, which means it is probably time to say good-bye to some very good friends. There will be farewell fire pits, hugs on the driveway, and even a few tears. However, moving requires cleaning out the pantry and refrigerator, so this otherwise sad occasion may also come with…

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AF evolves policies to access more talent, maintain high standards

Posted January 13, 2017 by

The Air Force announced new policies on dress and appearance with regard to tattoos, as well as changes to service medical accession policy Jan. 9. These changes result from a review of Air Force accessions policies directed by Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James in 2016. “As part of our effort to attract and retain…

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