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214th RG bolts toward future with new commander

Posted July 19, 2016 by Tech. Sgt. Erich B. Smith

TUCSON, Ariz. — A former vice commander for the 9th Air Expeditionary Task Force in Afghanistan assumed command of the 214th Reconnaissance Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base July 9. Col. James Thompson, an Arizona native who returns home after 22 years of active duty service, took over from Lt. Col. Brian Grasky, who served as the interim commander…

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Love for the job fuels crew chief’s passion to fix jets

Posted July 18, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Jordyn Fetter

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan (AFNS) — Instead of the usual roar of F-16 Fighting Falcons preparing for another flight here, a soft, warm breeze skirting across the flightline carried the ound of tools clanking against metal. In the depths of a hangar, an Air Force crew chief worked diligently to solve the most recent maintenance challenge…

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Security forces support active-duty, Reserve missions

Posted July 15, 2016 by Carolyn Herrick

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — When people think of Air Force security forces, their minds often go immediately to flight line operations, military working dogs, and gate guard duty. But there’s a team of Air Force Reserve security forces members here with a totally unique mission: geographically separated from their parent 920th Mission Support Group…

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NASA pilots enter new frontier

Posted July 14, 2016 by Senior Airman Bobby Cummings

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — NASA astronauts underwent full-pressure suit training at the 9th Physiological Support Squadron, July 7, 2016. The astronauts conducted training in a hypobaric chamber at simulated altitudes of more than 70,000 ft. Lt. Col. Nicole Mann, United States Marine Corps, NASA astronaut, and Christina Koch, NASA astronaut, are currently in…

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Starter-generator failure led to intentional crash of RPA

Posted July 13, 2016 by Headquarters ACC Public Affairs

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — A ground control station error in the wake of a starter-generator failure led to the intentional crash of an MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft in the CENTCOM area of responsibility Nov. 24, 2015, according to an Abbreviated Accident Investigation Board report released today. The aircraft, valued at $9.9 million, was…

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Northrop Grumman surpasses $1 billion subcontracted to small businesses

Posted July 13, 2016 by

FALLS CHURCH, Va., — Northrop Grumman Corporation has exceeded $1 billion subcontracted to small businesses under the U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s Joint National Integration Center Research and Development Contract (JRDC). The company celebrated the milestone with two events last month – in Huntsville, Alabama and Colorado Springs, Colorado – as small businesses in those two…

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59th MDW brings normalcy to wounded patients

Posted July 13, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Kevin Iinuma

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) — Most people may have no idea what “maxillofacial” means, but to wounded warriors with traumatic injuries the word inspires hope. Disfigured by circumstances while abroad or at home, maxillofacial prosthodontics gives wounded warriors and civilians a chance at living a normal life. “The specialty improves quality of life by…

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Carter announces 560 US troops to deploy to Iraq

Posted July 12, 2016 by Department of Defense Press Operations

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Secretary of Defense Ash Carter met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and other Iraqi leaders in Baghdad on July 11. He commended them for the recent progress in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, including the capture of a strategic airfield near the town of Qayyarah that…

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Battlefield Airmen use science to beat the heat

Posted July 11, 2016 by Kim Bowden

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) — Of all the threats facing battlefield Airmen and other special operations forces, heat doesn’t typically come to mind; however, heat-related illness is a critical factor for personnel operating in extreme temperatures. Dr. Reginald O’Hara and his exercise physiology research team at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine,…

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Ask a Badwater finisher…if you can find one

Posted July 11, 2016 by Paul Holcomb

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah  — Ever wonder what it might be like to run more than 100 miles? If so, ever consider adding 100-degree heat and more than 14,000 feet in cumulative elevation gain? An Airman will find out in July. Capt. Jared Struck, an aircraft maintenance officer with the Ogden Air Logistics Complex, is training…

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