Air Force

Cyberbullying: What can parents do?

Posted October 13, 2015 by Senior Airman Sarah Hall-Kirchner

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. (AFNS) — According to the Pew Research Center, in 2000, about half of adults in the U.S. were online and only 3 percent of American households were using broadband for internet access at home. That number increased and in 2014, Pew reported that 87 percent of American adults use the…

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How we quit smokin’

Posted November 20, 2015 by Greg L. Davis

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AFNS) — “Smoke in the cockpit! Smoke in the cockpit!” the flight crew yells in unison. Then the dreaded radio transmission goes out: “Declaring an IFE (in flight emergency); request immediate return to base for landing.” Moments before the troubling exclamations occurred, the flight crew of the massive C-5M Super…

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Dispelling remotely piloted aircraft myths

Posted May 21, 2015 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Public interest in remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) continues to grow thanks to increasing non-military uses and portrayal in popular culture. For the Air Force, remotely piloted aircraft are and will continue to be a vital mission set delivering vital airpower to combatant commanders throughout the world. While the demands placed upon the Airmen charged…

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Preventing sexual assault in the Air Force is our enduring responsibility

Posted April 10, 2015 by Gen. Larry Spencer, Air Force Vice Chief of Staff 

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — As we begin Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, clear signs point to the progress we have made in combating sexual assault. We can cite encouraging numbers in the areas of prevalence, reporting and convictions; however, this serves as only the beginning of an enduring effort. This effort must continue without pause and we…

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Carter takes office as 25th Defense secretary

Posted February 20, 2015 by Cheryl Pellerin

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Ash Carter became the 25th secretary of Defense Feb. 17, after having served previously as deputy defense secretary, defense acquisition chief and assistant secretary for global strategic affairs. President Barack Obama nominated Carter for the position — calling Carter an innovator and a reformer who knows the Defense Department inside and out…

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Kabul Afghan Airmen complete FAST training

Posted January 9, 2015 by Senior Master Sgt. J. LaVoie

FOWARD OPERATING BASE OQAB, Afghanistan (AFNS) — As American security forces transition to Resolute Support, it is important that Afghan security forces can secure their own country. Recently another step was taken in this direction when eight Afghan air force security forces airmen graduated the first Kabul Air Wing Fly-Away Security Team training, providing additional…

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Intel paints battlefield picture from windowless room

Posted February 5, 2016 by Tech Sgt. Nicholas Rau

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFNS) — In a windowless room, illuminated only by the light of computer screens, intelligence Airmen of the 455th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron paint a picture of the battlespace clear as day. With intelligence gathered from multiple platforms, from ground forces to satellites, the unit collects, analyzes, and formulates up-to-date reports for…

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HH-60G Pave Hawk

Posted March 4, 2016 by

Mission The primary mission of the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter is to conduct day or night personnel recovery operations into hostile environments to recover isolated personnel during war. The HH-60G is also tasked to perform military operations other than war, including civil search and rescue, medical evacuation, disaster response, humanitarian assistance, security cooperation/aviation advisory, NASA…

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Civilian employment mentoring leads to understanding

Posted April 11, 2016 by Barry L. Wilkinson

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. – (This is an article out of Offutt AFB about a new mentoring program. We are running this article to inspire the creation of similar programs.) Something exceptional happened when two retired first sergeants — one a team leader from the Airman & Family Readiness Center here, and the other…

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Standards don’t change – on duty or off

Posted May 18, 2016 by Senior Airman Shannon Hall

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do are core values that U.S. Air Force Airmen live by. Although these are important values for the Air Force, every base has their own principles that are essential to accomplishing the mission. Brig. Gen. Glen VanHerck, 7th Bomb…

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