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Sanctions having a mixed effect on Russia, officials say

Posted February 26, 2015 by Nick Simeone

WASHINGTON– U.S. and European sanctions imposed on Russia for its support of Ukrainian separatists and the annexation of Crimea are having a significant impact on Russia’s economy but have not curtailed Moscow’s continued intervention in the region, two senior Defense Department officials told Congress today. “We are hearing, for example, more dissatisfaction of the oligarchs,…

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Theater security package begins rotation in Europe

Posted February 19, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany  — The 3rd Air Force commander announced the beginning of the U.S. Air Force’s first European theater security package Feb. 18, 2015, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force commander, addressed media, local authorities and the 52nd Fighter Wing while…

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First Air Force theater security package deploys to Europe

Posted February 12, 2015 by USAFE-AFAFRICA Public Affairs

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — The U.S. Air Force deployed 12 A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft and approximately 300 Airmen as part of a theater security package to the 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve this week. The aircraft and Airmen, from the 355th Fighter Wing, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., and are…

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Centcom acknowledges social media sites ‘compromised’

Posted January 15, 2015 by

TAMPA, Fla. – U.S. Central Command officials today released a statement detailing what they called “cybervandalism” affecting two of the command’s social media sites. The full statement reads: Earlier today, U.S. Central Command’s Twitter and YouTube sites were compromised for approximately 30 minutes. These sites reside on commercial, non-Defense Department servers and both sites have…

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Kabul Afghan Airmen complete FAST training

Posted January 8, 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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U.S. Military begins training Iraqi Forces to take on ISIL

Posted January 8, 2015 by Nick Simeone

WASHINGTON – The United States has begun training Iraqi army recruits, a central part of the strategy by the U.S.-led coalition that is working with the Iraqi government to retake territory and ultimately defeat Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in the country. Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters today that…

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Details still in works for deploying troops to Iraq

Posted December 18, 2014 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON – While some 1,500 U.S. service members will advise, assist and train Iraqis in the coming months, deployment orders have not been issued yet, Pentagon spokesman Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said today. Sourcing details for the troops are still being worked out, Kirby told reporters. The 1,500 personnel are a part of the…

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Face of Defense: Army officer competes for Mars Arctic 365 Program

Posted December 11, 2014 by Walter T. Ham IV

MARS DESERT RESEARCH STATION – An Army officer is competing to spend a year on a Canadian island with the Mars Arctic 365 program. First Lt. Heidi Beemer is taking part in a Mars simulation here this month. Beemer is a decontamination platoon leader from the 63rd Chemical Company, 83rd Chemical Battalion, 48th Chemical Brigade,…

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NORAD prepares to track Santa’s flight

Posted December 4, 2014 by

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — The North American Aerospace Defense Command’s NORAD Tracks Santa website, http://www.noradsanta.org, launched Dec. 1, featuring a mobile version, a holiday countdown, new games and daily activities and more. The website is available in eight languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Chinese. Official NORAD Tracks Santa…

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AFSOUTH Liaison Officers: Embarking on a journey toward a promising future

Posted November 26, 2014 by Jessica Casserly

Colonel Alex Voigt has only been serving as the Air Forces Southern Chilean Liaison Officer at Davis-Monthan for a couple of months, but with a history of Chilean LNOs reaching the rank of general and one even going on to serve as the top ranking officer in their country’s air force, Voigt is on track…

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