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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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Airmen make it rain on ‘Weather Geeks’

Posted March 11, 2016 by 1st Lt. Carrie Volpe

Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia — For some Airmen, being called a weather geek is a term of endearment. Two Airmen from the 557th Weather Wing recently embraced their inner geek and will share their passion and expertise on an upcoming episode of “Weather Geeks” on the Weather Channel. Lt. Col. James Weaver, deputy commander of…

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Air Force continues to pursue total force integration

Posted March 11, 2016 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs  

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force continues to make strides toward total force integration, according to an annual report submitted to Congress March 4. The report is based on recommendations from the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force and focuses on how the force structure should be modified to best fill current and…

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Newest ‘Freedom Flyer’ takes final flight for his B-52 crew

Posted March 10, 2016 by Robert Goetz

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The events on Dec. 20, 1972, were clearly on the mind of former Air Force pilot Paul Granger as he exited a T-38C Talon following a special hourlong flight March 3 that began and ended on the east flightline at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph. Caught up in the emotional…

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Resilience pays off on road to Air Force

Posted March 9, 2016 by Dave Smith

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — From being a young boy who could not speak a word of English to an Airman who instructs others on the effects altitude has on the human body, Senior Airman Jae Yu, of the 21st Aerospace Medicine Squadron, practiced resilience far before he ever joined the Air Force. Myong…

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