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Need help? Trust your ‘Shirt’

Posted July 31, 2015 by Senior Airman Devante Williams

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Arizona — When young Airmen need help or are looking for guidance, a good place to start is with a senior NCO. Making it into the top 3 percent in the U.S. Air Force is a major accomplishment. Although senior NCOs are the primary people to go, there are a limited number of senior NCOs…

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Davis-Monthan Airmen return from deployment

Posted July 31, 2015 by

Nearly 300 Airmen deployed from D-M the past six months returned at 10:45 p.m. on July 29. Airmen were greeted by family, friends and base leadership. A total of 1,200 Airmen from across D-M have been deployed around the world including the 354th Fighter Squadron, which deployed as a Theater Security Package to Europe. This…

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Celebration and education; Equal Opportunity

Posted July 24, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Ashley N. Steffen 

In 1948, Ester Blake became the first enlisted female in the U.S. Air Force, pictures were still black and white, and families gathered around radios for the evening news. Since then, the U.S. Air Force has gone through many changes. The Davis-Monthan Equal Opportunity office specializes in making sure that everyone is treated equally and…

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Viper Demo Team pilot ‘Rockets’ to new heights

Posted July 24, 2015 by Senior Airman Diana M. Cossaboom

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. — An F-16CM Fighting Falcon shoots into the air, flying at a speed of 400 knots as it is pulled through various maneuvers to demonstrate its capabilities. Maneuvering the aircraft through inversions, undergoing eight to nine times the force of gravity, and pushing the F-16 to its limits is Capt. Craig “Rocket”…

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Run to the Sound of the Guns…Be a Servant Leader

Posted July 17, 2015 by Commentary by Maj. Tim Grebs

Many of us have seen the best and worst in leadership throughout the course of our careers as Airmen. Usually we can think of two names, one good and one bad, that personify each bound of the leadership spectrum. This reality leads to the fact that even though we are called to be leaders in…

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Working group to study implications of transgender service

Posted July 17, 2015 by DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON – A Defense Department working group will study the policy and readiness implications of welcoming transgender persons to serve openly in the military, and its work will presume they can do so unless objective and practical impediments are identified, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced today. In a statement announcing the working group, Carter said…

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Fighter pilot makes history at USAF Weapons School

Posted July 10, 2015 by Susan Garcia

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho (AFNS) — Capt. Kari Armstrong, an F-15E Strike Eagle weapon systems officer with the 389th Fighter Squadron, received more than a diploma from the U.S. Air Force Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, June 27. Armstrong also became the first female F-15E weapons school officer and the…

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Making a Splash: NCO Goes Deep to Re-Enlist

Posted July 10, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Sergio A. Gamboa

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — A Tyndall Airman re-enlisted in a unique way recently, diving approximately 70 feet under water to swear in for another three and a half years of service. Technical Sgt. Robert Barnes, 325th Communications Squadron quality assurance NCO in charge, wanted his re-enlistment to be one he will always remember. He knew…

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Giving life through the Living Donor Program

Posted July 1, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski

As Airmen, it is our responsibility to help each other, as well as our civilian counterparts from day to day. But what if the need was greater than something as simple as a ride to work? What if it was as great as a kidney donation? Located in Sacramento, Calif., The University of California Davis…

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AF recognizes LGBT service members during Pride Month

Posted July 1, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Heather Davis

The last decade has given way to great change in the military as it marches toward the crumbling walls of discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender service members. “The true genius of America is that America can change,” said President Barack Obama. “Change happens because of ordinary people, countless unsung heroes of our American…

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