Air Force

Be the ‘Wolf’

Posted March 23, 2016 by Col. Robert Novotny

ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England (AFNS) — There are three meetings I attend every week, and they’re the most important meetings in my current job. The first is wing stand-up, held three days a week, where we cover the status of our aircrew, pararescuemen, all 81 combat aircraft, the airfield, communications and logistics. Our mission is…

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Chasing opportunity to fulfill a dream

Posted March 23, 2016 by Dave Smith

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series. These stories focus on individual Airmen, highlighting their Air Force story.) All children have dreams and it was no different for Lt. Col. Brett Chung growing up in Nagoya, Japan. Coming to the United States was something Chung thought…

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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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Luke F-35s drop first weapons

Posted March 21, 2016 by 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Arizona –The F-35A Lightning II program took another step toward initial operational capability yesterday when two aircraft assigned to the 62nd Fighter Squadron successfully employed four laser-guided bombs on the Barry M. Goldwater Range. This marked the first weapons release by F-35s assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air…

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Andrews Airmen enable Obama’s historic Cuba visit

Posted March 21, 2016 by Senior Master Sgt. Kevin Wallace

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (AFNS) — President Barack Obama touched down in Cuba on the iconic Air Force One on March 20, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to visit the country in nearly 90 years. While world leaders and citizens tuned into national news broadcasts of the visit, the men and women of the…

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Take time to explain “why”

Posted March 17, 2016 by Col. Todd L. Osgood

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar — The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Air Force, the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government. Good communication is a key element of successful organizations. As leaders, managers, or supervisors, we’re sometimes…

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Air Force leaders present FY 2017 budget request

Posted March 17, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Alyssa C. Gibson

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The military services’ secretaries and chiefs presented their respective branch’s fiscal year 2017 budget plan March 16 on Capitol Hill. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III testified on the Air Force’s fiscal 2017 national defense authorization budget request, and explained how…

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Juggling enlisted life and advanced education

Posted March 17, 2016 by Master Sgt. Michael Voss

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — Now a Ph.D., Chief Master Sergeant Jackie-Lynn Brown recalls her mother pecking away, key by key, on an old, manual typewriter at the dinner table. She remembers her saying, “We can be 10 years older and have our degree or we can be 10 years older and not have…

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Sentinel of space found in Alaskan wilderness

Posted March 16, 2016 by Dave Smith

CLEAR AIR FORCE STATION, Alaska (AFNS) — Among the bears, moose, wolves and wolverines of Alaska’s interior is a silent sentinel of space — Clear Air Force Station. Its personnel keep an eye on things above for the sake of tactical warning of ballistic missile attacks against the U.S. and Canada and space situational awareness. The…

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Trauma czar acts as lynchpin of care when patients clinging to life

Posted March 15, 2016 by Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Rau

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFNS) — With the whirl of activity rushing around her and the advice of nearly 20 specialists being presented, it’s the job of Maj. (Dr.) Valerie Sams to decide the medical treatment to go forward with that could ultimately decide whether the patient lives or dies. As the 455th Expeditionary Medical Group…

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