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Hill’s F-35s drop first weapons

Posted February 29, 2016 by Nathan Simmons

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah (AFNS) — Airmen from the 388th and 419th fighter wings dropped laser-guided bombs at the Utah Test and Training Range the week of Feb. 25, marking the first time an F-35 Lightning II combat unit has deployed weapons from the F-35A. Lt. Col. George Watkins, the 34th Fighter Squadron commander, said…

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AF stands up Chief Master Sergeant Academy

Posted February 29, 2016 by Phil Berube

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. (AFNS) — The Chief Master Sergeant Academy faculty at Maxwell Air Force Base is preparing for the first class of students in April. The academy’s activation re-establishes the fourth level of enlisted professional military education and marks the first time the Air Force has had a stand-alone faculty and facility dedicated…

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Learning my role

Posted February 24, 2016 by Senior Airman Ramon A. Adelan

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, California — Time and time again I hear, “Everyone makes senior airman, and it’s no big deal.” If it wasn’t a big deal, something to be proud of or a stepping stone, why is there a rank in the first place? I put on senior airman earlier this year and I can tell…

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Air Force warns Airmen against talking politics on social media

Posted February 24, 2016 by Mitch Shaw

HILL AIR FORC BASE, Utah — In a year that will undoubtedly be headlined by politics both national and local, the Air Force is warning Airmen to watch what they say and how they say it. With the 2016 presidential election just nine months away, the Air Force released an informational video, reminding Airmen of Department of…

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General: Airpower key to ISIL fight; strikes to continue

Posted February 23, 2016 by Sean Kimmons

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS)  — The head of Operation Inherent Resolve’s air campaign said Feb. 18 the “most precise air campaign in history” has severely hurt terrorist plans across Iraq and Syria, with more airstrikes to come. “There is no doubt coalition airpower has and continues to dramatically degrade Daesh’s ability to fight and conduct…

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane … it’s a UAV

Posted February 19, 2016 by Dave Smith

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS)  — Due to popularity and past holiday sales, the amount of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, have soared. The Federal Aviation Administration estimated more than one million UAVs were sold during the year-end holiday season. With that many new drones added to existing numbers, federal, state and local officials are concerned…

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Tuskegee Airmen share life lessons

Posted February 19, 2016 by Tech. Sgt. Bryan Franks

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Three members of the famed Tuskegee Airmen visited with Airmen at the Pentagon during a meet and greet hosted by Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James Feb. 16. Retired Col. Charles McGee and former Cadets William Fauntroy Jr. and Walter Robinson Sr. shared stories and insights about their lives as Tuskegee Airmen…

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Open carry on base? Not exactly.

Posted February 19, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Connor J. Marth

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — Due to the frequency of active shooter events in recent years, Air Force commanders can now enable members of their units to participate in the Unit Marshal Program. Those selected for the program and certified through the UMP course can open carry a firearm on base. Mountain Home Air Force…

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AF culture, standards now in the palm of your hand

Posted February 17, 2016 by George Woodward

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFNS) — A series of mobile applications developed by the 367th Training Support Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is giving Airmen ready access to Air Force standards, culture and basic doctrine. While the unit — part of the 82nd Training Wing’s 782nd Training Group at Sheppard AFB, Texas…

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One man’s power behind the iron

Posted February 16, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The circumference of his arms test the strength of the fabric of the normally baggy sleeves of his Airman Battle Uniform, which stretches across his chest just far enough to look like a snug fit. It’s easy to see that he’s a large man, and though his uniform may…

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