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Kabul Afghan Airmen complete FAST training

Posted January 9, 2015 by Senior Master Sgt. J. LaVoie

FOWARD OPERATING BASE OQAB, Afghanistan (AFNS) — As American security forces transition to Resolute Support, it is important that Afghan security forces can secure their own country. Recently another step was taken in this direction when eight Afghan air force security forces airmen graduated the first Kabul Air Wing Fly-Away Security Team training, providing additional…

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Intel paints battlefield picture from windowless room

Posted February 5, 2016 by Tech Sgt. Nicholas Rau

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFNS) — In a windowless room, illuminated only by the light of computer screens, intelligence Airmen of the 455th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron paint a picture of the battlespace clear as day. With intelligence gathered from multiple platforms, from ground forces to satellites, the unit collects, analyzes, and formulates up-to-date reports for…

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HH-60G Pave Hawk

Posted March 4, 2016 by

Mission The primary mission of the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter is to conduct day or night personnel recovery operations into hostile environments to recover isolated personnel during war. The HH-60G is also tasked to perform military operations other than war, including civil search and rescue, medical evacuation, disaster response, humanitarian assistance, security cooperation/aviation advisory, NASA…

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Civilian employment mentoring leads to understanding

Posted April 11, 2016 by Barry L. Wilkinson

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. – (This is an article out of Offutt AFB about a new mentoring program. We are running this article to inspire the creation of similar programs.) Something exceptional happened when two retired first sergeants — one a team leader from the Airman & Family Readiness Center here, and the other…

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Standards don’t change – on duty or off

Posted May 18, 2016 by Senior Airman Shannon Hall

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do are core values that U.S. Air Force Airmen live by. Although these are important values for the Air Force, every base has their own principles that are essential to accomplishing the mission. Brig. Gen. Glen VanHerck, 7th Bomb…

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MiCARE provides faster care

Posted November 2, 2015 by Kevin M. Hymel

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) — Capt. Jennifer Varney likes to come to work early. As a family nurse practitioner and family health flight commander at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, she arrives at the base’s Family Health Clinic around 5 a.m. and checks the MiCARE site for any overnight patient emails. If a patient requested…

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AF chief scientist testifies before Congress on autonomy in future defense systems

Posted November 30, 2015 by Senior Airman Hailey Haux

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The chief scientist of the Air Force testified before the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities on Capitol Hill Nov. 19. During his testimony, Greg L. Zacharias spoke of the Air Force’s vision for autonomy in future defense systems and the goal to have effective teams of humans and…

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Remembering Pearl Harbor: A ‘body blow’ to America

Posted December 10, 2015 by Sean Kimmons

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — When the first bombs exploded on a nearby airfield, marking the start of the Japanese sneak attack on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, Edward Davis and others scrambled from a chow hall. The 94-year-old Army veteran said he and other Soldiers were having breakfast at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, when Japanese aircraft…

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Expanded use-or-lose leave law set to expire soon

Posted April 3, 2015 by

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — With the expiration of a law that allowed service members to carry up to 75 days of leave from one fiscal year to the next, troops should plan to carry no more than 60 days of leave into fiscal year 2016, defense officials recently announced. Service members will automatically lose any accumulated…

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“Super” Airman becomes professional bodybuilder

Posted February 6, 2015 by Samuel King Jr.

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — After a heavy, weight workout, Senior Airman Terrence Ruffin walks over to a row of mirrors in the gym. He strikes a pose and flexes the muscles in his chest, arms and legs. He stares, then smiles at the reflection he sees. He continues in this manner for more than a…

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