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AF releases criteria for new valor ‘V,’ combat ‘C,’ remote ‘R’ devices

Posted June 23, 2017 by

Air Force officials released criteria for the new “V”, “C” and “R” devices, following the secretary of Defense’s Jan. 7, 2016, authorization. Following a comprehensive Military Decorations and Awards Review in 2015, the secretary of Defense implemented several changes to ensure the Defense Department’s military decoration and awards program continues to appropriately recognize the service,…

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Modern Day Air Force

Posted September 1, 2017 by

Today, the U.S. Air Force is the largest, most capable and most technologically advanced air force in the world, with about 5,778 manned aircraft in service, approximately 156 Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles, 2,130 Air-Launched Cruise Missiles, and 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles. The U.S. Air Force has approximately 328,439 personnel on active duty, 74,000 in the…

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Medical Airman saves newborn minutes from death

Posted October 6, 2017 by Story and photo by Tech. Sgt. RACHELLE BLAKE

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. ­— After severe weather left many with property damage, and even more without power, a patient missing an appointment might have been easily overlooked. For Senior Airman Taylor Scherff, 55th Medical Group Pediatric Clinic medical technician, something didn’t sit right. She knew she couldn’t wait for the normal call-back to…

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Airman puts language skills to work

Posted October 28, 2015 by Air Force Senior Airman Mikaley Kline

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.— She speaks Russian, Bulgarian and English while possessing master’s degrees in economics, law, business administration as well as international relations. She worked as a teacher and a border patrol agent at one of the busiest checkpoints in Bulgaria before immigrating to the United States, eventually beginning a career as an American…

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Viper Demo Team pilot ‘Rockets’ to new heights

Posted July 24, 2015 by Senior Airman Diana M. Cossaboom

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. — An F-16CM Fighting Falcon shoots into the air, flying at a speed of 400 knots as it is pulled through various maneuvers to demonstrate its capabilities. Maneuvering the aircraft through inversions, undergoing eight to nine times the force of gravity, and pushing the F-16 to its limits is Capt. Craig “Rocket”…

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Victim advocates help in time of need

Posted May 8, 2015 by Senior Airman James Hensley  

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, AZ — Being a victim or survivor of a sexual assault can be a traumatic experience, but there are resources available to help at the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office. One of the most valuable resources is the victim advocate. “A victim’s advocate is basically a confidant for the survivor and support…

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Eligible Airmen may choose retirement plan at 14 1/2-year mark

Posted April 3, 2015 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The Air Force Personnel Center has developed an automatic notification process that sends a message directly to active-duty Air Force and headquarters Active Guard Reserve members when they reach 14 1/2 years of active service. The new process will help ensure eligible military members are aware of their…

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AF officials announce FY16 budget force structure changes

Posted February 13, 2015 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS)  — Air Force officials released force structure changes resulting from the fiscal year 2016 President’s Budget, Feb. 6. The fiscal year 2016 budget will continue the Air Force’s divestment strategy presented in fiscal year 2015, but will re-phase the retirement of several weapons systems later into the Future Years Defense Program (FYDP) in order to…

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New commander takes reins of 12th AF, AFSOUTH

Posted January 9, 2015 by 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Public Affairs

Lieutenant Gen. Chris Nowland took the reins of 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) in a ceremony Dec. 19 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. “I am very humbled to have an opportunity to affect the 12th Air Force community in helping to produce the ready warriors needed to fight the threats faced by our nation,”…

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AF announces year two adjustments to enlisted evaluations, promotions

Posted February 8, 2016 by Tech. Sgt. Bryan Franks

WASHINGTON (AFNS)  — Incorporating various observations and assessments from the first year under the new enlisted evaluation and promotion systems, the Air Force is making several adjustments for year two to ease execution and strengthen processes. In 2015, the Air Force began execution of the new enlisted evaluation and promotion systems with the goal of ensuring performance…

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