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It’s a bird, it’s a plane … it’s a UAV

Posted February 19, 2016 by Dave Smith

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS)  — Due to popularity and past holiday sales, the amount of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, have soared. The Federal Aviation Administration estimated more than one million UAVs were sold during the year-end holiday season. With that many new drones added to existing numbers, federal, state and local officials are concerned…

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Airmen make it rain on ‘Weather Geeks’

Posted March 11, 2016 by 1st Lt. Carrie Volpe

Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia — For some Airmen, being called a weather geek is a term of endearment. Two Airmen from the 557th Weather Wing recently embraced their inner geek and will share their passion and expertise on an upcoming episode of “Weather Geeks” on the Weather Channel. Lt. Col. James Weaver, deputy commander of…

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AF family shares experience with child’s autism

Posted April 29, 2016 by Prerana Korpe

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) — Four-year-old Dawson Stock loves music and instruments; his mother says he is obsessed with the violin. He knows the alphabet forward and backward and is ready to read. Dawson is teaching himself the sign-language alphabet. He knows his numbers and how to add. Dawson is a high-functioning child. This was…

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Father-son duo comes full circle at BMT graduation, retirement

Posted June 3, 2016 by Jeremy Gerlach

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) — In the Air Force, countless parents have proudly watched their child graduate from basic military training, and countless children have seen their parents retire from service. On May 27 at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, a father and son did both on the same day, respectively. Col. Hernando J….

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Documenting a tragedy: Global Strike historian recalls Khobar Towers

Posted June 29, 2016 by Joe Thomas

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. (AFNS) — “Our Nomads have Ceased Their Wandering.” The epitaph, etched into a monument at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, refers to the 33rd Fighter Wing Airmen who lost their lives in the terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia. Yancy Mailes, the Air Force Global Strike Command historian, was a 27-year-old…

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AF begins study on noise exposures

Posted July 25, 2016 by J.D. Levite

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) — An Air Force Surgeon General initiative called Total Exposure Health will soon advance from a concept to a real-world demonstration at an operational base. Total Exposure Health focuses on primary prevention, which includes exposures in the workplace, the environment and lifestyles, in order to prevent disease and injury from occurring. “We’re…

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Palace Chase offers early separation opportunities to Airmen

Posted October 13, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Rachel Loftis

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev., — Each year thousands of people answer the nation’s call by enlisting or commissioning in the United States Air Force. Some will only serve one term and some will serve many. Sometimes an Airmen may decide that they no longer wish to serve on active duty, but would rather serve on a…

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Crossing over: Enlisted to officer

Posted August 7, 2015 by Senior Airman Devante Williams

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Arizona — For 2nd Lieutenant Shaun Chaplain, 56th Comptroller Squadron flight commander, he made the career decision he knew would change his outcome in the Air Force. From Airmen ranks to general officer, the Air Force makes sure Airmen are equipped with the tools they need to lead other Airmen. Before joining the…

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AF phases in employees’ injury, illness comp portal

Posted May 29, 2015 by Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The Air Force, in conjunction with other Defense Department services, is phasing in the use of the Employees’ Compensation Operations and Management Portal (ECOMP), which is intended to eventually replace the current system used to file injury and illness compensation claims. ECOMP is a free, Web-based portal for…

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Reminder to Airmen: Avoid hemp seed products

Posted April 17, 2015 by Air Force Surgeon General

WASHINGTON D.C.  — Air Force drug testing officials have long warned military members to avoid products that include hemp seed or hemp oil in order to ensure military readiness. In 2013, news reports on the Air Force’s prohibition of a popular yogurt brand spotlighted a regulation, in effect since the late 1990s. Military members were told to…

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