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NASA selects Army surgeon for astronaut training

Posted July 7, 2017 by by Army Staff Sgt. JORDEN WEIR

FORT CARSON, Colo. ­— How many lifetimes does it take to become a soldier, pilot, doctor — and an astronaut? For Army Maj. (Dr.) Francisco Rubio, the battalion surgeon assigned to 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group, it only takes one. Soldier, astronaut Rubio recently took his place as one of only 12 Americans selected…

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Fallen WW I aviator gets distinguished flying cross

Posted July 7, 2017 by by C. TODD LOPEZ

WASHINGTON — Army Capt. James Miller, one of the first aviators in the U.S. military and the first U.S. aviation casualty in World War I, has been named recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross nearly 100 years after his heroic actions over France in 1918. Army Capt. James Miller On the 242nd birthday of the…

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Tobacco-use AFI changes

Posted May 15, 2015 by Senior Airman Monet Villacorte

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — Air Force Instruction 40-102, Tobacco Free Living, was recently updated to give Airmen a simplified definition of what is defined as tobacco, as well as additional regulations for smoking in privately owned vehicles. According to the AFI, tobacco includes all products that may be configured to deliver nicotine, including but not…

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Meet Arizona’s next air refueling wing commander

Posted November 3, 2015 by By Lt. Col. Gabe Johnson

PHOENIX – The men and women of the Arizona Air National Guard’s 161st Air Refueling Wing will welcome their new commander during a change of command ceremony scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Dec. 5, at the Phoenix Sky Harbor Air National Guard Base. Col. Tupper Daniels will serve as the KC-135 Stratotanker unit’s 14th commanding officer…

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Officials describe plans to integrate women into combat roles

Posted February 5, 2016 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON — Senior Army, Navy and Marine Corps officials outlined plans to integrate women into combat roles before the Senate Armed Forces Committee today, and agreed incorporating women into combat ranks is the right path for the future. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, Army Undersecretary Patrick J. Murphy, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley…

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2017 TSP contribution limits announced

Posted February 3, 2017 by by Master Sgt. Lisa Krejci

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board and Internal Revenue Service have announced the annual contribution limits for the Thrift Savings Plan for 2017. They will remain unchanged from 2016 except for a traditional tax-exempt increase. Those limits are: • Traditional deferred\ROTH\Combination limit: $18,000 • Traditional deferred\ROTH\Combination catch-up limit: $6,000 • Traditional tax-exempt: $54,000 NOTE: The…

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Airman Handbook desktop icon available Dec. 18

Posted December 16, 2015 by Gloria Kwizera

JOINT BASE SAN ANOTNIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Airmen will be able to access the Airman Handbook via a desktop icon slated to begin Dec. 18. The Airman Handbook is a compilation of policies, procedures and standards that guide Airmen’s actions within the profession of arms. Each desktop will have an icon with an e-Link to…

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ANGEL THUNDER’S Non-conventional Assisted Recovery in Flagstaff

Posted May 29, 2015 by

ANGEL THUNDER participants will conduct Personnel rescue exercises using Non-conventional Assisted Recovery (NAR) techniques in Flagstaff, June 1-13. ANGEL THUNDER is the world’s largest personnel recovery exercise hosted by Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson Ariz. It is supported by 12 nation-partners and over 3,000 personnel. NAR is a recovery tactic used in contested environments…

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Diversity: The Policy, the patriot and the fight

Posted June 19, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Rachelle Blake

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. — Diversity comes in all forms and effects everyone differently. For one 49th Intelligence Squadron reservist, it was his sexuality. “While I wouldn’t identify as bisexual, I never really made a distinction between genders, colors, races…anything,” said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Eric Velander. “I always knew connections instead of genders were…

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A year in Photos — August 2016

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Courtesy photo U.S. Airmen from the 42nd Electronic Combat Squadron perform pre-flight checks in an EC-130H Compass Call before executing its first training mission with an upgraded cockpit acquired via an avionic viability program at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., July 11, 2016. The 42nd ECS’s Compass Calls were the first to be upgraded in…

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