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Edge of space emergency tests aviator’s skills

Posted June 1, 2016 by Senior Airman Hailey Haux

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Imagine being at the cusp of the world, where everything flat warps and the earth’s curvature begins to appear. Looking around on a bright and sunny day, the sky is a brilliant blue. The blue eventually turns to black as space comes within reach. This is the view U-2 pilots like Maj. Jack…

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CHIEFchat: EPRs heading in the right direction

Posted June 1, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) – The Air Force’s top enlisted leader addressed the new enlisted performance report and gave insight to feedback he’s received during his latest edition of CHIEFchat at the Defense Media Activity on Fort George G. Meade. Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody encouraged Airmen to forget…

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AF releases Air Superiority 2030 Flight Plan

Posted June 1, 2016 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Command Information

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force released a flight plan directing development activity as a result of a yearlong study focused on developing capability options to ensure joint force air superiority in 2030 and beyond. According to the unclassified version of the Air Superiority 2030 Flight Plan, released May 26, the gap between the U.S. military’s air superiority…

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Exchange program works to retain Airmen

Posted May 24, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Jenna K. Caldwell

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. (AFNS) — In an effort to educate, retain and expand the views of Airmen here, a civil engineer squadron member has recently started an Airmen exchange program. “It’s important that we allow Airmen to have that broader view in the beginning because it saves our great Airmen,” said Chief Master…

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AF defers promotion

Posted May 24, 2016 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs  

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force has deferred the effective date for promotion and re-enlistment eligibility associated with the Air Force policy to complete enlisted professional military education distance learning courses within 12 months of enrollment until Jan. 1. The six-month deferment allows additional time to validate notification and acknowledgment procedures, as well as ensure test…

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Air Force changes utility allowance for privatized housing residents

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

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force revised its utility allowance policy May 18 to ensure quality on-base housing for military families and continue to cover utility costs for the average energy consumer. For new tenants, the revised policy for the majority of residents will now be calculated using monthly meter readings instead of a five-year average…

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Air Force applies new EPA guidance

Posted May 23, 2016 by Air Force Civil Engineer Center Public Affairs

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) — The Air Force will apply new Environmental Protection Agency guidance for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) to its ongoing effort to determine if water supplies at its U.S. installations and in local communities are at risk for contamination. The Air Force has been following a 2009…

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AF uniform office designs for entire force; new modifications underway

Posted May 19, 2016 by Amy Rollins

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) — When an Airman gets dressed for his or her job, he or she dons apparel and equipment that were developed, produced, deployed, sustained, and modified by a group of fewer than 20 people working at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The Air Force Uniform Office (AFUO), Air Force Life…

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A prescription for problems

Posted May 19, 2016 by Bo Joyner

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AFNS) — Making sure their medical records are up to date and accurate could save Airmen selected for a random drug test a lot of trouble. In addition to testing for illegal substances, random drug tests also screen for a number of prescription medications, including amphetamines and opiates, like morphine or…

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Standards don’t change – on duty or off

Posted May 18, 2016 by Senior Airman Shannon Hall

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do are core values that U.S. Air Force Airmen live by. Although these are important values for the Air Force, every base has their own principles that are essential to accomplishing the mission. Brig. Gen. Glen VanHerck, 7th Bomb…

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