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Embracing diversity by leading from the front

Posted June 13, 2016 by Col. Greg Gilmour

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. (AFNS) — Often times when we hear terms like diversity and inclusion, we think of them more as buzz words or a way to hold someone accountable for not doing the right thing. But what does diversity actually mean to us in the Air Force? To me, it’s simple: place the right…

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A backseat view of combat airstrikes

Posted June 13, 2016 by Capt. Sybil Taunton

SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) — Throughout the month of May, the air coalition has been able to strike lucrative targets including: logistics lines, command and control and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant financial resources through more than 1,800 strike sorties. “My goal as the air component is to actually put pressure on (ISIL) wherever they…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Stan Parker)
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USAF Thunderbird pilot in good medical condition, released from hospital

Posted June 9, 2016 by Lt. Col. Chris B. Hammond

Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada — Maj. Alex Turner, U.S. Air Force Thunderbird #6, is in good medical condition and has recently been released from the hospital. “The cause of the mishap is currently under investigation,” said Brig. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, 57th Wing Commander. “Major Turner’s ability to steer the aircraft away from any populated areas…

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Test Pilot School Ph.D. program accepting applications

Posted June 8, 2016 by Kat Bailey

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School is accepting graduate applications through July 31 for the Air Force Institute of Technology in-residence engineering Ph.D. program. The primary purpose of the program is to ensure the TPS curriculum and research programs reflect the state-of-the-art education in aeronautical science and to…

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Shattering the silence

Posted June 8, 2016 by By Anonymous

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AFNS) — Editor’s note: The author’s name was redacted to protect their identity. I’m tired of the sound of silence. At a recent Green Dot leadership training session, I was asked to write down on a piece of paper an action that I would do as a leader to help implement…

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Taking care of my Airmen

Posted June 7, 2016 by Senior Airman Christopher Tam

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – What is Airman Leadership School? ALS is probably the most stressful and overwhelming experience I have yet to go through in my Air Force career. In my four and a half years in the Air Force, I have had multiple supervisors. Some good, some bad, and some in-between. Even…

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Pet health certificates: Essential for international PCS travel

Posted June 7, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.—With permanently changing stations already being a complex procedure for individuals, any way to simplify it is always welcomed by service members. When PCSing is already stacked with getting all the correct documents and information together before a move, the last thing on Service members minds are acquiring the necessary documents for bringing pets overseas….

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Air Force increases access to behavioral health care

Posted June 7, 2016 by Prerana Korpe

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Nearly half of people with a treatable behavioral health disorder do not seek help from behavioral health professionals, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. However, 80 percent of this population does visit a primary care manager at least once a year. The Air Force Behavioral Health Optimization…

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AF continues to monitor Zika, infected mosquitoes could hit US this summer

Posted June 6, 2016 by Prerana Korpe

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) — As the threat of infected mosquitoes reaching the U.S. climbs, the Air Force continues to closely monitor the emergence of Zika virus infections to help inform and protect Airmen and their families. The World Health Organization declared Feb. 1 that the Zika virus is a public health emergency of international concern….

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AF program receives makeover

Posted June 3, 2016 by Tech.Sgt. Tara Mitchell

Air Force leadership launched its new idea suggestion program renamed Airmen Powered by Innovation in February 2014. The Air Force Vice Chief of Staff tasked Air Force leaders to streamline and consolidate four older idea generating programs to include Innovative Development through Employee Awareness, Productivity Enhancing Capital Investment,  best practices and the Air Force Smart…

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