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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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Gone phishing: How scams can affect you

Posted January 9, 2014 by Senior Airman Brett Clashman

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  – When you hear the term “phishing” you can’t help but think of a boat, bait and a fishing pole. However, in this case, phishing is a scam of evil intentions. If you’re looking to avoid becoming a victim, all you have to do is keep an eye out for activities that…

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Language diversity is critical to the Air Force

Posted January 9, 2014 by Senior Airman Josh Slavin

Diversity is a key characteristic of today’s Air Force and is what enables Airmen across the world to become well cultured. With Airmen constantly being sent to all stretches of the globe it is now as important as ever that they have the ability to speak multiple languages. Staff Sgt. Ashley House, 755th Operations Support…

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Alaskan NORAD Region keeps Santa safe, on schedule

Posted December 19, 2013 by Master Sgt. Mikal Canfield

OINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – Children around the world know the role the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, plays in tracking Santa’s Christmas Eve flight around the world. What many don’t know is the role an organization in Alaska plays in ensuring Santa makes his deliveries. U.S. and Canadian servicemembers of the Alaskan NORAD…

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Thankfulness leads one airman to serve

Posted November 26, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  – Serbian paramilitary forces surrounded Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, during the Bosnian conflict, bombarding the city with heavy artillery in 1992. U.S Air Force Capt. Merima White, 99th Medical Operations Squadron Family Medicine Residency resident physician, then 9 years-old, survived the conflict as a young child and attributes her experiences to who she is…

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ACC Commander: ‘I will die before I give up’

Posted November 14, 2013 by Senior Airman Jack Sanders

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan  – The Commander of Air Combat Command visited Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 8, to meet with Airmen and leadership during a tour of the Southwest Asia Area of Responsibility. Gen. Mike Hostage said understanding the conditions and expectations of the Airmen here will help to ensure training standards continue to prepare Airmen to…

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