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Air Force family’s blind son awarded service dog

Posted June 1, 2018 by Story and photo by Tech. Sgt. CLINTON ATKINS

A Luke family was recently awarded a service dog from a local nonprofit organization for their 4-year-old son, Hunter, who was born with optic nerve hypoplasia. The condition results in blindness due to the underdevelopment of the optic nerves. Hunter is able see colors, but much of the world around him remains a mystery, according…

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AF honors Maj. Ian Holt, Capt. Abby Hall as athletes of year

Posted June 1, 2018 by by STEVE WARNS

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas — Maj. Ian Holt and Capt. Abby Hall were recently named 2017 Air Force Athletes of the Year. Holt, combat operations division space control branch chief for the 614th Air Operations Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, is a cyclist and past member of the World Class Athlete Program….

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Air Force offers IT education

Posted June 1, 2018 by by 1st Lt. JESSICA RISMA

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — “It’s all the stuff I’ve always wanted to learn, and it’s completely free.” Two 53rd Computer Systems Squadron Airmen recently shared how the Air Force opened wide the doors of educational opportunity, and how they set themselves up for success in both the military and civilian worlds. “I’m a…

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Air Force transitions to a single combat uniform

Posted May 14, 2018 by

U.S. Air Force leaders have announced the service will move to a single combat utility uniform, adopting the Operational Camouflage Pattern, or OCP, already in use by the Army and Airmen in combat zones and in certain jobs across the Air Force. Starting Oct. 1, 2018, Airmen who have serviceable OCPs may wear the uniform,…

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Around the Air Force: May 11

Posted May 14, 2018 by

On this look around the Air Force, Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson signs a letter of intent to partner with the National Science Foundation and an expert from the Headquarters Air Education and Training Command visited the 58th Special Operations Wing at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, to discuss the Continuum of…

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Air Force directs one-day operational safety review

Posted May 9, 2018 by

Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein directed all Air Force wings with flying and maintenance functions to execute a one-day operational safety review by May 21, 2018. “I am directing this operational safety review to allow our commanders to assess and discuss the safety of our operations and to gather…

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Service Dog lends war veteran helping paw

Posted May 4, 2018 by Story and photos by Tech. Sgt. LILIANA MORENO

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — What if you are screaming for help, but no one can hear you? What if your life starts to crumble? Do you know where to turn or what options are available to veterans and service members? These are the kinds of questions retired Tech. Sgt. Brandon Jones felt as he…

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Remembering F-117 Nighthawk’s last mission

Posted May 4, 2018 by by Tech. Sgt. ROBERT BARNETT

WASHINGTON — It’s been 10 years since the F-117 Nighthawk retired, an aircraft so secret Nevada folklore labeled it a UFO. The Nighthawk pilots were known by the call sign “Bandit,” each earning their number with their first solo flight. Some of the maintainers were also given a call sign, said Wayne Paddock, a former…

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Regaining ground …

Posted May 4, 2018 by

Louis Briscese Maj. Kemuel Bellows, chaplain; former major league baseball player, Darryl Strawberry; and Col. Kenneth Reyes, 60th Air Mobility Wing chaplain; pray April 11 after Strawberry’s presentation at Travis Air Force Base. The former Rookie of the Year and four-time World Series champion spent 17 years in the majors. Strawberry’s addiction to drugs and…

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AF announces changes to Courses 14 and 15

Posted April 27, 2018 by

Effective immediately, Air Force officials have removed the requirement to complete Courses 14 and 15 for all Airmen serving in the active component. Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Airmen will have the option to complete their enlisted professional military education through distance learning or in-residence attendance. Airmen will no longer be required to…

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