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Don’t throw a fit — get fit

Posted June 26, 2015 by SrA. GRACE LEE

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZONA — It’s a controversial topic that has been brought up by many Airmen — changing the abdominal circumference standards on the Air Force fitness assessment test. After months of debate, it was decided by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III that the standards will stay the same….

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AAFES brings Freshens to family with Davis-Monthan AFB location

Posted July 28, 2016 by

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service ushered in a new era of healthy dining options as Freshens Fresh Food Studio made its debut at the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Exchange food court, marking the restaurant’s first direct-operated location on an Army or Air Force installation. “We’re pleased to officially welcome Freshens to the…

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(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Deana Heitzman)
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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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AF presents fiscal year 2018 budget

Posted May 24, 2017 by

The Air Force presented its fiscal year 2018 president’s budget request May 23, 2017, following the Defense Department and sister services’ budget briefings. Maj. Gen. Jim Martin, the Air Force budget director, said the request supports the Secretary of Defense’s commitment to strengthening the U.S. military by improving warfighting readiness and addressing critical shortfalls while…

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Carter announces 560 US troops to deploy to Iraq

Posted July 12, 2016 by Department of Defense Press Operations

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Secretary of Defense Ash Carter met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and other Iraqi leaders in Baghdad on July 11. He commended them for the recent progress in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, including the capture of a strategic airfield near the town of Qayyarah that…

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Blended Retirement System Opt-In training now available to all Airmen

Posted February 1, 2017 by Kat Bailey

The Defense Department will implement the new Blended Retirement System in less than a year. While no one needs to make a decision until Jan. 1, 2018, all Airmen should take advantage of training and informational resources to research their options during 2017. Airmen eligible for the new BRS will begin receiving email notifications in…

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Around the Air Force: Nov. 22

Posted November 23, 2016 by

On this look around the Air Force Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico has been selected to be the interim home for two F-16 Fighting Falcon training squadrons, the secretary of defense got a close look at special operations Airmen at work, and the Air Force has concluded an F-16 crash investigation

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Luke F-16 crashes in Arizona

Posted January 22, 2016 by 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. (AFNS) — An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base crashed at approximately 8:45 a.m. January 21 north of Luke AFB in the vicinity of Bagdad, Arizona. Luke AFB officials are working closely with local authorities in a search and rescue operation. Due…

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Female Airmen gain time to make separation decision when pregnant

Posted May 1, 2017 by Kat Bailey

Female Airmen now have up to 12 months after having a baby to request separation from the service under the Air Force’s new Diversity and Inclusion initiative. This policy change, effective April 26, 2017, gives female Airmen more time to better understand and assess how they can balance a military career and family needs, ensuring…

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Bold dreams propel war-torn child to AF flight engineer

Posted June 14, 2016 by Senior Master Sgt. Kevin Wallace

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (AFNS) — Growing up, Master Sgt. Kristofer Reyes and his cousins would use rubber and rocks from a nearby recycling center and create games. He was born to a poor family in Luzon, Phillipines. His parents divorced when he was 2 years old and his mom moved to the U.S. That…

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