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AEF Teaming brings new order of business to deployments

Posted February 27, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — For many Airmen deployments are hard to understand, and for leaders they’re hard to sell and to sustain. Implemented in October 2014, Air Expeditionary Forces Teaming was designed as a way to improve predictability, visibility and stability for units and Airmen while maintaining the flexibility to satisfy combatant commander requirements downrange….

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Air Force BMT introduces innovative Capstone Week

Posted January 30, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Strang

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Air Force Basic Military Training at JBSA-Lackland will soon restructure its current eight-and-a-half-week course to make room for a new five-day program called Capstone Week, beginning with trainees entering BMT Jan. 27. “Our Basic Military Training today does a tremendous job developing young men and women into Airmen,” said…

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F-35 fires first AIM-9X missile

Posted January 22, 2016 by 412th Test Wing Public Affairs

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) — An F-35 fighter jet from the 461st Flight Test Squadron launched an AIM-9X missile for the first time over the Pacific Sea Test Range Jan. 12. The flight sciences aircraft, AF-1, of the Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Test Force, was piloted by David Nelson, the Lockheed Martin chief…

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E-3 Sentry (AWACS)

Posted March 4, 2016 by

The E-3 Sentry is an airborne warning and control system, or AWACS, aircraft with an integrated command and control battle management, or C2BM, surveillance, target detection, and tracking platform.  The aircraft provides an accurate, real-time picture of the battlespace to the Joint Air Operations Center. AWACS provides situational awareness of friendly, neutral and hostile activity,…

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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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A boxing savage

Posted May 10, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Christian Sullivan

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AFNS) — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series. These stories focus on individual Airmen, highlighting their Air Force story.) Nine times out of 10, hitting someone in the face could land an assault charge. That isn’t the case for Staff Sgt. Ryan Savage, a successful amateur…

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A backseat view of combat airstrikes

Posted June 13, 2016 by Capt. Sybil Taunton

SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) — Throughout the month of May, the air coalition has been able to strike lucrative targets including: logistics lines, command and control and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant financial resources through more than 1,800 strike sorties. “My goal as the air component is to actually put pressure on (ISIL) wherever they…

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Carter announces policy for transgender service members

Posted July 7, 2016 by Office of the Secretary of Defense Press Operations

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced June 30 that transgender individuals will now be able to openly serve in the U.S. armed forces. The new Defense Department policy also establishes a construct by which service members may transition gender while serving, sets standards for medical care and outlines responsibilities for military services and commanders…

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War paint

Posted October 19, 2015 by Josh Plueger

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (AFNS) — Painted teeth menacingly stretch across a conical canvas of riveted steel, animating the inanimate. Shark-mouthed aircraft taunt enemies with snarling grins. Mobile galleries patrol the skies. Whether a functional designator, reminder of home or a symbol of intimidation, aircrew artists have been tagging the fuselage of aircraft since…

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Need help? Trust your ‘Shirt’

Posted July 31, 2015 by Senior Airman Devante Williams

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Arizona — When young Airmen need help or are looking for guidance, a good place to start is with a senior NCO. Making it into the top 3 percent in the U.S. Air Force is a major accomplishment. Although senior NCOs are the primary people to go, there are a limited number of senior NCOs…

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