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Training for joint, U.K. F-35 programs heat up

Posted July 18, 2013 by Maj. Karen Roganov

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — The largest fleet of F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighters ramped up to 28 aircraft June 25, bringing in new capability for the F-35 Integrated Training Center as the team trains to provide combat operations capability in the years ahead. The U.S. Navy’s Strike Fighter Squadron-101 received a second F-35C from…

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F-16s being regenerated into drones

Posted July 18, 2013 by Teresa Pittman

Less than three months after the last F-4 phantom II departed from the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group for drone conversion, maintainers here are already turning the wrenches on Air Combat Command’s fourth generation of aerial targets, the F-16 Fighting Falcon. With AMARG’s entire F-16 regeneration team gathered to document the event on July…

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FY13 Technical sergeant-selects not eligible for NCORP Phase II

Posted July 18, 2013 by Senior Airman Timothy Moore

With the June 27 public release of technical sergeant selections, the Total Force Service Center has seen an increase of calls from technical sergeant-selects concerned about being selected for non-voluntary retraining as part of the Noncommissioned Officer Retraining Program Phase II. However, they are not eligible for non-voluntary selection. The NCORP is a two-phase program…

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New manual covers mentoring program

Posted July 11, 2013 by Capt. Kimberly Watson

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — A new Air Force manual that provides detailed information on mentoring within the Air Force, including the definition, program benefits and objectives, has been published. Air Force Manual 36-2643, Air Force Mentoring Program, incorporates information from, and supersedes, AFI 36-3401, Air Force Mentoring Program. “Effective mentoring is an excellent tool to ensure Airmen continue…

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Spreading the Air Force story at home

Posted July 11, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Stephan Coleman

KEESLER AIR FORCE, Miss. — The Recruiter Assistance Program is a way Airmen can both give back to the Air Force in a unique setting and see family essentially for free, and it’s allowed to all active-duty Airmen. Having Airmen bring the Air Force story to their hometown by assisting the local recruiter can be vital. “I…

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Concentration camp survivor to fighter pilot: ‘Freedom a beautiful thing’

Posted July 5, 2013 by Senior Airman Mariah Tolbert

U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Aubrey White Retired Lt. Col. Harry Pawlik, a World War II concentration camp survivor, recalled several obstacles from the time he was captured by Nazi forces at the age of 10, to the day he graduated from the Naval War College during a recent interview. SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE…

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Generate earnings: It pays to invest

Posted June 27, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Grace Lee

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Though it’s impossible for money to grow on trees, by investing and with time it can multiply. An investment is the commitment of money or capital used to purchase financial instruments or other assets to gain profits in the form of interest, income or appreciation, said James Knuckles, 56th Force Support…

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NASA selects Airman for 2013 astronaut candidate class

Posted June 20, 2013 by

HOUSTON (AFNS) — NASA officials selected an Airman as one of the eight military and civilian candidates to become an astronaut trainee. After a 1 ½ year search, officials chose Lt. Col. Tyler N. Hague, the Department of Defense deputy chief of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, out of more than 6,100 applicants. Hague is…

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Official explains tuition assistance quality assurance program

Posted June 20, 2013 by Amaani Lyle

WASHINGTON (AFNS)  — To increase stewardship and optimize service members’ educational experiences, Defense Department officials have developed a multifaceted quality assurance program to improve tuition assistance, the assistant secretary of defense for readiness and force management said on Capitol Hill June 12. In testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee, Frederick E. Vollrath said new…

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Airman gets unusual gift along with dental cleaning

Posted June 13, 2013 by Sarah Marshall

BETHESDA, Md. (Army News Service) — When Air Force 2nd Lt. Jennifer Szatkowski came to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for a dental exam, she discovered an unusual coincidence that made her visit not-so-routine. While having her teeth cleaned May 3, she noticed two brown paper bags hanging on a bulletin board in the exam room….

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