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AF releases Form 910, implements forced distribution

Posted November 30, 2015 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The revised Air Force Form 910, Enlisted Performance Report (airman basic through technical sergeant); and interim change 3 to Air Force Instruction 36-2406, “Officer and Enlisted Evaluation Systems,” have been published on the Air Force e-Publishing website. The interim change codifies forced distribution of promotion recommendations for technical…

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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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Airman represents Air Force through special duties

Posted November 25, 2015 by Senior Airman Breonna Veal

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va.  — He stands in front of a seated audience. Much like a spotlight, all eyes are on him as he waits for the music to start. But this isn’t the typical routine for Air Combat Command Heritage of America Band vocalist, Tech. Sgt. Richard Vasquez, Jr. As he firmly grips the Air Force…

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309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group F-15A Disassembly

Posted November 25, 2015 by

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Basic Nathan H. Barbour) A U.S. Air Force F-15A Eagle awaits disassembly on the flightline at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Nov. 16, 2015. The F-15A was assigned to the 412th Test Wing at Edwards AFB, Calif., and transferred to the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group in December…

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Air University focused on deterrence

Posted November 23, 2015 by Lt. Col. David Huxsoll

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. (AFNS) — The end of the Cold War, coupled with the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, caused American decision-makers to focus on present-day conflicts, but a resurgent Russia, the rise of new non-state actors and new threats in the cyber realm have brought about a renewed focus on the concept…

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How we quit smokin’

Posted November 20, 2015 by Greg L. Davis

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AFNS) — “Smoke in the cockpit! Smoke in the cockpit!” the flight crew yells in unison. Then the dreaded radio transmission goes out: “Declaring an IFE (in flight emergency); request immediate return to base for landing.” Moments before the troubling exclamations occurred, the flight crew of the massive C-5M Super…

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NASCAR honors Airmen at PIR

Posted November 19, 2015 by Senior Airman Devante Williams

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Arizona — Forty-three race cars, 200 laps and only one driver to win it all. Fast cars and intense action are not all NASCAR is known for. It’s also known for recognizing those who serve throughout the NASCAR season. The program, NASCAR Troops to the Track, is a season-long initiative that honors members…

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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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The unstoppable Airman

Posted November 18, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer

PEORIA, Ill. (AFNS) — Airman 1st Class Tanya Brown was a fulltime everything three years ago — beautician, livestock farmer, college student, wife and mother to four children. Then, not being one to shy away from a challenge, the 35 year old decided to join the Air National Guard. Along the way, she earned a…

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Lockheed Martin Hybrid Airship certification plan approved

Posted November 17, 2015 by

Palmdale, Calif. – The Federal Aviation Administration (Seattle Aircraft Certification Office) recently approved Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) project specific certification plan for the Hybrid Airship. Given that Hybrid Airships did not fit within existing FAA regulations, the team worked to create a new set of criteria allowing non rigid hybrid airships to safely operate in a…

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