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2016 promotion cycle study reference CDCs now available online

Posted October 13, 2015 by Air Education and Training Command Public Affairs

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The 2016 promotion cycle Weighted Airman Promotion System (WAPS) study reference Career Development Courses (CDCs) are now available on the WAPS Online Reference Library Database (eWORLD). During the 2015 cycle, 257 promotion tests were administered in support of WAPS and the United States Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Promotion…

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The wait is over…E-3 Block 40/45 deploys to combat theater

Posted November 19, 2015 by Darren D. Heusel

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — The long-awaited, highly anticipated deployment of the E-3 “Sentry” Airborne Warning and Control System Block 40/45 aircraft is finally over, with the arrival of the first upgraded weapon system to a combat theater of operations. The first E-3G arrived in Southwest Asia Nov. 18, marking the deployment of the most comprehensive…

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A-10s practice CAS

Posted May 21, 2015 by

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey) An A-10C Thunderbolt II from the 357th Fighter Squadron turns after completing a strafing run at the Barry M. Goldwater Range, April 22. During the training, the pilots practiced providing close air support for joint terminal attack controllers as well as refining their flying maneuvers…

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Gone but not forgotten: Wreaths honor those who gave all

Posted December 15, 2015 by Sean Kimmons

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) — Once Susan Zerbe learned that a CH-47 Chinook helicopter had been shot down in Afghanistan, killing all 30 U.S. troops on board, she knew her son was one of them. “I heard it on the news that morning and I just knew he was on there,” she said of her son,…

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Generals outline Combat Air Force’s future challenges

Posted February 20, 2015 by Maj. Mike Meridith

ORLANDO, Fla. (AFNS) — Four senior Air Force leaders discussed key issues facing the nation’s Combat Air Forces at the Air Warfare Symposium here, Feb.12. During the hour-long discussion, leaders touched on budget concerns, ongoing operations against the Islamic State of Iraq in the Levant terrorist group, the future of fifth-generation fighters like the F-22 Raptor and F-35A…

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Assistance Fund campaign kicks off in February

Posted January 16, 2015 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The annual Air Force Assistance Fund campaign kicks off Feb. 2 at 78 Air Force and joint bases worldwide, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced Jan 12. The campaign, in its 42nd year, will be conducted for six-week periods through May 1, said Bill D’Avanzo, the Air Force voting action…

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AF awards contract for next Air Force One

Posted February 1, 2016 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Boeing Company was awarded a contract Jan. 29 for risk reduction activities for the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization program, which will field the next Air Force One. This is the first contract the Air Force has awarded for this program. Additional modifications will be made to this contract in the future to…

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F-35A Lightning II Conventional Takeoff and Landing Variant

Posted March 4, 2016 by

The F-35A is the U.S. Air Force’s latest fifth-generation fighter. It will replace the U.S. Air Force’s aging fleet of F-16 Fighting Falcons and A-10 Thunderbolt II’s, which have been the primary fighter aircraft for more than 20 years, and bring with it an enhanced capability to survive in the advanced threat environment in which…

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Inspired NCO spends career molding Airmen

Posted April 1, 2016 by Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. (AFNS) — Joshua Smith was 17 years old and starting to earn a reputation for skipping his high school math class every afternoon when he was called into his guidance counselor’s office. The most surprising part of the meeting for Smith was seeing his visibly distressed mother in the office….

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Welsh releases 2016 reading list

Posted May 16, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Alyssa C. Gibson

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force chief of staff published his 2016 professional reading list May 13. “This year’s reading list addresses every Airman on our total force team,” said Gen. Mark A. Welsh III. “The profession of arms, Air Force heritage, and developing Airmen are topics that apply to all of us.” This year’s…

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