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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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Retired Airman builds bonds, resilience with comedic veterans

Posted July 22, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. (AFNS) — After 28 years of service, Maj. Darlean Basuedayva was selected for retirement during the 2011 U.S. Air Force reduction board. Basuedayva dreamed of commissioning since she was in grade school, and was crushed by the separation, she said. The Air Force was not only her ticket out of working in…

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America’s Armed Forces Kids fun run 2017

Posted June 2, 2017 by Story and photo by Airman 1st Class Ilyana Escalona

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. ­— The Youth and Teen Center hosted the Art Blast color run 5k and the America’s Armed Forces Kids fun run on May 20 at Holloman Air Force Base. “The turnout was amazing,” said Harry Miller, the 49th Force Support Squadron Youth sports director. “In addition to the large number…

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Put safety first during the holiday season

Posted December 1, 2015 by Senior Airman Grace Lee

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The holiday season is known for being a time of giving and cheer, but it can also be one of the most dangerous times of year if the proper safety precautions aren’t taken. “Each year there are approximately 350 driving fatalities during Christmas and 350 driving fatalities on New Year’s Day,”…

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Compass Call receives an upgrade

Posted September 3, 2016 by Amn. Nathan H. Barbour

Since it became operational, the EC-130H Compass Call has demonstrated its electronic combat power in tactical air operations around the world, and this year the aircraft has achieved another first.

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AZ Air Guard trains with 48th Fighter Wing in United Kingdom

Posted June 18, 2018 by 1st Lt. Tinashe Machona

Several Airmen from the 161st Air Refueling Wing at Goldwater Air National Guard Base, Phoenix, Ariz., conducted an overseas training mission with the 48thFighter Wing at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, May 21 to June 8.   

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AF begins testing phase for women in combat roles

Posted April 24, 2015 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Command Information

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — In April 2015, the Air Force will begin conducting the physical evaluations required to explore opening the last six career fields currently closed to women. When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women. The current…

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Community support vital to mission success

Posted July 7, 2017 by Courtesy of Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON — Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson spoke about the important role communities play in supporting the Air Force mission at the 2017 Defense Communities National Summit June 19 in Washington, D.C. Wilson emphasized how vital community partnerships are to the Air Force and outlined the symbiotic relationship military bases have with the…

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The Ghost over the highway: Reservists renew bond with Desert Storm AC-130A gunship

Posted January 15, 2016 by Paul H. Larson

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — More than 20 years after two Air Force Reserve Command leaders flew into combat together over the “Highway of Death” in Iraq, they were reunited with the aircraft that took them on the mission. Maj. Gen. Richard S. “Beef” Haddad and Col. Randal L. Bright boarded the AC-130A gunship — No. 55-0014…

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Face of Defense: Wounded Warrior continues Marine Corps career

Posted July 20, 2016 by Adele Uphaus-Conner

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — “This seemed like a good way to give back to the Marine Corps and thank them for letting me stick around after I got wounded,” said Marine Corps Master Sgt. Berle Sigman, a student in the Faculty Advisor Course at the Staff Noncommissioned Officer Academy. Sigman, who graduated from the…

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