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AFSOUTH works with partner nations in annual exercise

Posted August 7, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. Heather R. Redman

Members of 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) came together with 19 other partner nations in a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored exercise that focused on ensuring the defense of the Panama Canal. PANAMAX is a training exercise with scenarios that are focused around the Panama Canal.  “The primary objective of the exercise was to practice the…

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NATO’s first AWACS aircraft remains in the desert

Posted August 7, 2015 by Maureen Geraets-Head

It’s almost as if weather elements, mainly the heat and wind, absorbed all life that once enabled these aircraft to fly. Like mummies, patched with white coating, they are parked in orderly rows on sandy terrain, in a blasting sun. Most liquids have been drained, valuable parts have been removed. Some aircraft are waiting for…

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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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CHIEFchat: Cody addresses new EPR form, Course 15

Posted August 7, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Chris Gross

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) — Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody addressed several topics during his latest CHIEFchat, including the new enlisted performance report and Course 15, at the Defense Media Activity here. Cody said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III handed off the task…

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AF promotion system: How do you stack up?

Posted July 31, 2015 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Nick Ledesma

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZONA — With upcoming changes to the enlisted performance report and Air Force promotion system, it’s important to understand how you stack up against your peers, not only within your job, but within your unit as well. The days of receiving time in grade and time in service points are numbered. They are…

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Payday lenders prey on Airmen

Posted July 31, 2015 by Senior Airman Devante Williams

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Arizona — Loans can be very useful in life. From paying off bills to moving expenses, loans can help Airmen out when they need it. Sometimes Airmen are attracted to a less than ideal option of obtaining cash other than getting a traditional loan. What they may not realize is that going to…

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Need help? Trust your ‘Shirt’

Posted July 31, 2015 by Senior Airman Devante Williams

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Arizona — When young Airmen need help or are looking for guidance, a good place to start is with a senior NCO. Making it into the top 3 percent in the U.S. Air Force is a major accomplishment. Although senior NCOs are the primary people to go, there are a limited number of senior NCOs…

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Overcoming all odds, Airmen defeats toughest adversary yet

Posted July 31, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen

CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nevada  — He awoke on a frigid Washington D.C. morning completely blind and was rushed through the cold snow laden streets in a furious sprint to the hospital. A few hours later Ryan Keeney received the worst news of his life. He had been diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia, a deadly form of…

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Airmen leverage TFI concept

Posted July 24, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. Louis Vega Jr.

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – Thirty-eight service members, including individuals from the 944th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal section, participated in a Battlefield Forensics training course here at the end of June. Together, Senior Master Sgt. Stephen Hunter, 944th Civil Engineer Squadron EOD program manager and Joshua Nason, General Dynamics Information Technology senior…

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Education benefits benefit Airmen

Posted July 24, 2015 by Senior Airman Grace Lee

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZONA — Education — it’s something that’s important not only to be competitive in one’s military career but also in the civilian sector. “A diploma or college education shows you not only have the education but you also have critical thinking skills, and that you can analyze, be objective and have a perspective…

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