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Breaking News: Air Force declares the F-35A ‘combat ready’

Posted August 3, 2016 by HQ ACC Public Affairs

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — The F-35A Lightning II fifth generation fighter aircraft was declared ‘combat ready’ today by Gen. Hawk Carlisle, the commander of Air Combat Command. Carlisle lauded the aircraft’s performance, noting that the aircraft had met all key criteria for reaching initial operational capability. Airmen trained, manned and equipped to conduct basic…

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‘Ghost Rider’ in the sky: B-52 departs Tinker in historic flight

Posted October 3, 2016 by John Parker

The first B-52H Stratofortress to be resurrected from long-term storage at the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group [Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.] to rejoin the active strategic bomber fleet soared into the sky from Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., Sept. 27, 2016.

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e-Deliver tax forms save services money

Posted December 19, 2016 by Katie Lange

The holiday season is in full swing, which means there is a slim chance you are worrying about tax prep season, right? Of course you’re not. Taxes aren’t usually something you worry about until after the New Year, but now is actually a great time to think about switching your tax forms to electronic delivery,…

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Around the Air Force: Feb. 3

Posted February 6, 2017 by

On this look around the Air Force, three B-2 Spirit bombers return to Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, after a deployment, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, has begun construction of a next generation 9-1-1 call center, U. S. Air Force in Europe and Air Forces Africa has a new command chief, and February is American Heart Month.

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AF seeks to increase modernization budget

Posted March 31, 2017 by

Air Force senior leaders testified about Air Force modernization before the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington, D.C., March 22, 2017.

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Air Force selects 5,166 for promotion to master sergeant

Posted May 24, 2017 by

The U.S. Air Force has selected 5,166 technical sergeants for promotion to master sergeant of the 20,169 eligible. The overall selection rate was 25.61 percent, with an average selectee overall score of 523.22. Selectees’ average time in grade was 3.86 years, time in service was 14.36 years and the average decorations score was 11.42. Additionally,…

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Air Force rolls out phased retirement program for eligible civilians

Posted July 17, 2017 by Richard Salomon

Eligible Air Force civilian employees now have the option of working part time in a “semi-retired” status, according to new Air Force Instruction 36-817, Civilian Phased Retirement Program. The civilian phased-retirement program allows eligible full-time employees to request to work on a part-time basis and receive a portion of their retirement annuity. Under the program,…

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Air Force sets weight restrictions for F-35 pilots

Posted October 19, 2015 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Command Information

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — — Air Force leaders recently made a decision to restrict pilots weighing less than 136 pounds from flying the F-35A Lightning II due to safety concerns about the ejection seat in a portion of the flight envelope. The manufacturer of the seat has been conducting tests to ensure the escape system works…

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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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Final Total Force Training Environmental Assessment released

Posted May 21, 2015 by

The final Environmental Assessment for Total Force Training, released here today by Air Combat Command, concludes a “Finding of No Significant Impact.” The Air Force will implement the proposed action alternative which places a cap on Total Force Training (formerly Operation Snowbird) flights at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base at 2,326 annual flights.  Officials state that…

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