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Challenge coins: A tradition of excellence

Posted April 17, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Deana Heitzman

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy (AFNS) — Throughout the time we spend in the military, we collect many things. Whether they are mementos, awards or habits, such items are kept to remember those special moments we never wish to forget. Challenge coins are an example of these memories, as they are a form of recognition of…

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New Airmen get their bearings

Posted February 27, 2015 by Senior Airman Frank Casciotta

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — New Airmen go through a whirlwind of activities during the transformation of civilian to active duty Airman, which can be a confusing process. Lucky for new Airmen, there’s the First Term Airmen Center to catch them when they land at their first duty station. FTAC is a five-day program…

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Some temp, seasonal, interim workers eligible for health benefits

Posted January 30, 2015 by Janis El Shabazz

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Some temporary, seasonal and intermittent employees are now eligible for coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits program (FEHB), said Office of Personnel Management officials. Temporary, seasonal or intermittent employees who anticipate working 130 or more hours per month for 90 consecutive days are now eligible to receive the same…

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The end of an era signals new beginnings for security forces

Posted January 9, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. Nadine Barclay

SILVER FLAG ALPHA, Nevada  — Ninety-five security forces Airmen from around the country attended the 99th Ground Combat Training Squadron’s last Base Security Operations course at the Silver Flag Alpha Range Complex outside of Las Vegas Dec. 6-20, 2014. The Airmen not only received critical pre-deployment skills during their course, but they unknowingly became part of…

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AF Selective Re-enlistment Bonus program list triples

Posted February 5, 2016 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force officials released details on the fiscal year 2016 Selective Re-enlistment Bonus program Feb. 1. This year’s program, consisting of 117 Air Force specialties eligible to receive bonuses, is a substantial increase from the previous year’s program where 40 Air Force specialty codes were eligible. The program’s expansion coincides with Air…

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EC-130H Compass Call

Posted March 4, 2016 by

The EC-130H Compass Call is an airborne tactical weapon system using a heavily modified version of the C-130 Hercules airframe. The system disrupts enemy command and control communications and limits adversary coordination essential for enemy force management. The Compass Call system employs offensive counter-information and electronic attack (or EA) capabilities in support of U.S. and…

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SERE: Water survival – preparing Airmen for the sea

Posted April 13, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Sean Campbell

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. — Everything instantly goes dark as a fuselage rises into the air. Winds stir and the water below begins to churn. Strobe lights begin to flash and sounds of simulated gunfire and thunder fill the already chaotic room. As soon as the fuselage is up in the air, it’s back…

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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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Blended retirement system training now available

Posted June 20, 2016 by Tech. Sgt. Bryan Franks

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Online training designed to educate Airmen about the new Blended Retirement System, the Defense Department system with changes on the current military retirement system, is now available via Joint Knowledge Online course number P-US1330. The course is also available to those without a Common Access Card — to include family members — via an alternate website….

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59th MDW brings normalcy to wounded patients

Posted July 13, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Kevin Iinuma

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) — Most people may have no idea what “maxillofacial” means, but to wounded warriors with traumatic injuries the word inspires hope. Disfigured by circumstances while abroad or at home, maxillofacial prosthodontics gives wounded warriors and civilians a chance at living a normal life. “The specialty improves quality of life by…

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