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Obama: U.S. to keep nearly 10,000 troops in Afghanistan in 2015

Posted May 29, 2014 by Nick Simeone

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama today announced the United States plans to keep nearly 10,000 American troops in Afghanistan next year — a level largely in line with what U.S. commanders had requested — and that nearly all U.S. forces will leave the country by the end of 2016, bringing to an end a U.S….

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From American Samoa to Afghanistan: Polynesian PERSCO processes Bagram Airmen

Posted May 8, 2014 by Senior Master Sgt. Gary J. Rihn

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Lackland Air Force Base is worlds away from American Samoa, in more ways than one. And for Senior Airman Desirae Faasavalu, she found a few of those differences right away. “It was a huge culture shock, seeing all of the buildings and freeways and no greenery,” she said. Faasavalu is a…

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Guardian Angels from the 563rd RQG in rescue mission

Posted May 8, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO — Airmen from the 563rd Rescue Group (RQG) responded to a Rescue Mission after being notified of a Venezuelan fishing boat 1,100 nautical miles off the Pacific coast of Mexico with two critically injured Chinese sailors May 02, 2014. While preparing for the world’s largest Combat Search and Rescue Exercise, ANGEL…

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AFSOUTH sends training team to Colombia to prepare for Exercise ANGEL THUNDER

Posted April 17, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Heather Redman

Capts. Aaron Cavazos and David Nagle, A-10 weapons officers assigned to the 355th Fighter Wing, recently returned from their second mobile training team (MTT) event this year with the Colombian Air Force (COLAF) to prepare for their participation in Exercise ANGEL THUNDER. During their trip, Cavazos and Nagle worked with the COLAF to help develop…

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The writing on the “Walls”

Posted April 10, 2014 by 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

The “Thunder and Lightning Over Arizona” open house will feature many showcases, mostly centered on aerial displays. But one exhibit takes us from the skies to the ground and across thousands of miles to the sands of Iraq, where the 332nd Expeditionary Medical Group sparked a movement that would come to be known as the…

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Arizona’s F-16 schoolhouse builds capable partners, strong bonds

Posted April 10, 2014 by Maj. Gabe Johnson

Over European castles, Middle Eastern deserts and Pacific islands, F-16 fighter pilots are soaring in ever-increasing numbers. Their experiences, nationalities and cultures are different, but they share several common bonds. They are partners, they are friends and they learned to fly their F-16s at the Air National Guard base at Tucson International Airport. With more…

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AF MiCare now fully implemented

Posted March 27, 2014 by Jonathan Stock

WASHINGTON – The Air Force has recently completed implementation of its secure healthcare-messaging system, MiCare, to all 76 of its medical treatment facilities worldwide. As of March 1, more than 360,000 Air Force healthcare beneficiaries and 2,300 providers have signed up for this service, which allows the patient and provider to communicate on a secure network regarding non-urgent…

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Changes coming to deployed Airman pay

Posted March 20, 2014 by

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – Starting June 1, Airmen deployed to several locations will see significant changes to pay programs. The biggest change includes the discontinuation of imminent danger pay, or IDP, in multiple countries. The DOD-wide announcement impacts Airmen deployed to 15 countries. “The IDP recertification process is an assessment that includes input from combatant commands, the joint…

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Airmen can ‘chat’ live via myPers for personnel support

Posted February 20, 2014 by Janis El Shabazz

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) – Air Force Personnel officials have implemented a live chat capability on the myPers website to allow real-time communication between Airmen and personnel specialists. Launched in 2012, myPers represents a shift from primarily face-to-face personnel interaction to a process that enables Airmen to handle their personnel transactions on demand and…

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Angel Thunder planners convene

Posted February 13, 2014 by Maj. Sarah Schwennesen

More than 200 exercise planners from across the globe met at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base this week, in preparation for the upcoming annual Angel Thunder exercise May 4 – 17. The Angel Thunder Professional Control Force, under Headquarters Air Combat Command Exercises Division, conducted a three-day planning conference in which unit representatives developed the size…

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