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Pilot saves six Marines, earns Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor

Posted January 30, 2015 by Senior Airman Grace Lee

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — It was October 2008 in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. A Marine had been shot twice in the arm, another in the helmet and the Marine Special Operations Team had three of their weapons damaged by fire. They were outnumbered 11 to one and in desperate need of air…

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A shared love, a shared goal, a shared mission

Posted January 21, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Brandon May

Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas — Joining the Air Force, commissioning, becoming a pilot, progressing to the rank of major… all of these things define the word ‘minority.’ Maj. Regina Wall and her husband, Maj. Jared Wall, have done all of the above. Maj. Regina Wall, 86th Flying Training Squadron assistant director of operations, and…

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KC-10 Extender

Posted March 4, 2016 by

General Characteristics Primary Function: Aerial tanker and transport Contractor: The Boeing Company Power Plant: Three General Electric CF6-50C2 turbofans Thrust: 52,500 pounds, each engine Length: 181 feet, 7 inches (54.4 meters) Height: 58 feet, 1 inch (17.4 meters) Wingspan: 165 feet, 4.5 inches (50 meters) Speed: 619 mph (Mach 0.825) Ceiling: 42,000 feet (12,727 meters)…

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Airman, family injured in Brussels bombings

Posted March 23, 2016 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — A U.S. Airman from Joint Force Command Brunssum in the Netherlands and members of the Airman’s family were injured in an attack at the Brussels airport March 22, Air Force officials confirmed. “We are saddened by today’s attacks and extend our sincere condolences to the victims and families of those impacted,” said…

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AF spouse receives spouse of the year accolades

Posted May 9, 2016 by Tech. Sgt. Bubba Franks

FORT MYER, Va. (AFNS) — Michelle Aikman was named Military Spouse Magazine’s 2016 Air Force Military Spouse of the Year during a luncheon May 5 at Fort Myer. Surrounded by her family and previous Air Force military spouses of the year winners, Aikman was recognized for her lifetime of accomplishments. Aikman, who graduated from the…

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On/off duty — we are Airmen 24/7

Posted October 14, 2015 by Commentary by Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — My job as a public affairs professional consists specifically of communicating with the public to gain support for our Air Force personnel, resources and missions. Although my job’s primary purpose is to strengthen the bonds between the Air Force and the public to promote public understanding and support of the Air…

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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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New automated evals, decorations processing available

Posted May 21, 2015 by Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Beginning in May, supervisors of active-duty Airmen will be able to initiate, process, track and sign officer and enlisted evaluations using myPers, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced May 15. Additionally, beginning in June, supervisors of active-duty members will be able to use myPers to initiate and track…

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Exchange rewards academic excellence with “You Made the Grade Program”

Posted April 10, 2015 by

DALLAS — The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is rewarding military students who excel in the classroom with its You Made the Grade program, now in its 15th year. Students in first through 12th grades who maintain a B average or better are eligible to receive a coupon book filled with free offers and…

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AF unveils airborne qualified radio able to support SRW

Posted February 20, 2015 by

In today’s complex battle environment, networked communications is key to the success of ground operations. The challenge facing the military today is how to extend that modern connectivity to air assets to enable support of ground operations. That challenge was met recently in a live demonstration using a contractor’s ARC-210 software defined radio (SDR), the…

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