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Military kids website helps parents, educators

Posted January 24, 2013 by Staff

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD – The Defense Department website for military children has added new features to help parents and educators explain difficult topics of the military lifestyle to children. Since its launch in January 2012, MilitaryKidsConnect.org has served more than 125,000 visitors and won five industry excellence awards. To mark the one-year anniversary, the website…

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USAF photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden
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12th Air Force gives back to Tucson homeless at local soup kitchen

Posted April 5, 2013 by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden

USAF photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden Tech. Sgt. Tiffany Alteri-Brown, Tech. Sgt. Linda Hodgson, Ms. Mary -Claire Avery and Master Sgt. Donnie Brown, all from 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern), prepare sack lunches for homeless individuals at the Casa Maria Soup Kitchen in Tucson March 28. Over the course of two days, members…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths)
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HC-130J prepares for first ever deployment

Posted June 13, 2013 by Senior Airman Brittany Dowdle

Since the arrival of the first HC-130J Combat King II to D-M Nov. 15, the men and women of the 563rd Rescue Group have been working to get the aircraft to full-operational capability. The 79th Rescue Squadron is preparing to take the new HC-130J Combat King II on its first ever deployment. They will be…

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Deadline nears for completing SNCOA course

Posted August 15, 2013 by Phil Berube

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala.  — Students enrolled in Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy Course 14 Version 5 have until the end of September to complete the course or they will be automatically disenrolled and will have to complete the new version of the course. Airmen who haven’t completed version 5 by Sept. 30 will not receive…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. J S. Wilcox)
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50 year old aircraft vital to Raptor training

Posted October 17, 2013 by Capt. Jeffrey ‘Heat’ Vanderbilt

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — A T-38 Talon bridged five decades and generations of technological development to merge at 400 knots with the F-22 Raptor near Tyndall Air Force Base recently. “MOJO 1 is engaged, Bullseye 323/24,” said Lt. Col. Christopher ‘Moto’ Davis, 325th Training Support Squadron Adversary Air Operations officer. The Raptor and trainer jet were beak…

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34 ICBM launch officers implicated in cheating probe

Posted January 16, 2014 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Thirty-four intercontinental ballistic missile launch officers at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., have been implicated in cheating on the ICBM launch officer proficiency test, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said Jan. 15. The revelations emerged during an investigation into alleged illegal drug possession, James said. The officers range in rank from…

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AF officials announce FY15 force structure changes

Posted March 14, 2014 by

WASHINGTON  — Air Force officials released force structure changes resulting from the Fiscal Year 2015 President’s Budget today. To ensure the service successfully transitions to a leaner force that remains ready, the Air Force plans to remove almost 500 aircraft across the inventories of all three components over the next five years. “The FY15PB request favors a…

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Key spouse program key to family readiness

Posted June 12, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force spouses are key to maintaining stability on the home front as Airmen maintain focus on the war front, according to the wife of the Air Force’s top officer. The key spouse program is an official unit/family program overseen by commanders designed to enhance readiness and establish a sense of unity…

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AF implements static EPR closeout dates

Posted August 14, 2014 by Debbie Gildea

The first in a series of changes to the enlisted evaluation and promotion systems announced July 31 will include implementation of static enlisted performance report closeout dates, or SCOD, for each grade and elimination of change of reporting official EPRs. Evaluation system changes are focused on purposefully evolving the enlisted evaluation system to ensure job…

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Pedro 66 survivor defines resiliency

Posted October 16, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Torri Ingalsbe

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AFNS) — When the combat rescue helicopter Pedro 66 was brought down by enemy fire June 9, 2010, in Afghanistan, retired Master Sgt. Christopher Aguilera thought his life was over, literally. “I thought my last job as an aerial gunner was to make sure that the aircraft and everything around us burned…

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