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162nd Fighter Wing graduates first Iraqi pilots

Posted July 18, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Erich B. Smith

While the Republic of Iraq builds a strong defensive posture in the Middle East as it faces the challenges of securing its new democratic course at home, the 162nd Fighter Wing at the Tucson International Airport graduated two Iraqi air force (IqAF) F-16 pilots June 27. An occasion one would arguably find unimaginable a decade…

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79th Rescue Squadron deploys to Italy

Posted July 11, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Josh Slavin

Recently the 79th Rescue Squadron left for a deployment to Italy. The squadron is expected to be away for a continuous 18 months. The 79th RQS will be relieving a rescue squadron from Moody Air Force Base, Ga., from their 18 month tour. This will be the first deployment for the 79th RQS with the…

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Fighter squadron inactivation signals end of A-10s in Europe

Posted June 20, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Daryl Knee

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany (AFNS) – The Air Force inactivated the 81st Fighter Squadron June 18, here, in support of force-shaping procedures across the service. The squadron employed the A-10 Thunderbolt II, and the closure signals the end of A-10 operations in Europe. “For 71 years, the men and women of this fine squadron have ensured America’s…

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Father and son duo share deployment together

Posted June 20, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Stephanie Wade

BAGRAM AIR FIELDS, Afghanistan – If people were to look at the last names, they wouldn’t be able to tell these two Air Force members were father and son, but for the last 18 years they have been inseparable, even on a deployment.

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D-M receives last A-10s out of Europe

Posted May 30, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier

Five A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft arrived here from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, May 23. The A-10s were part of the 81st Fighter Squadron, which will be inactivated in June. The event marks the removal of all A-10s stationed in Europe. D-M has received multiple A-10 aircraft from Spangdahlem during the last few months. These aircraft…

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Seven Summits team reaches peak of Mount Everest

Posted May 30, 2013 by Heather Uberuaga, Seven Summits Team

On May 19, the U. S. Air Force Seven Summits team reached Mount Everest, the highest point of the world, 29,035 feet. This success marks the first time a team of military members from any nation has reached all seven summits: Mount Elbrus in Russia, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Mount Aconcagua in Argentina, Mount McKinley…

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D-M deployment manager helps maintain mission readiness in theater

Posted May 16, 2013 by Master Sgt. Christian Michael

SOUTHWEST ASIA  – When thousands of maintenance troops are called to serve in Southwest Asia, it takes the work of skilled Airmen to get them trained, processed and ready to fight. Getting them into the theater of operations and back home, however, is a task for the specialized few; enter the deployed maintenance unit deployment manager. UDMs…

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SOC launches new SOS distance learning curriculum

Posted May 16, 2013 by Aaron Henninger

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala.  – With the demands of career and family obligations, completing officer professional military education can be a challenge. Today’s technology makes it possible for students around the globe to enroll in and complete the courses they need in the locations and times that work best for them. With this in mind, Squadron…

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Airmen weather Bagram

Posted May 9, 2013 by Story and Photos by Staff Sgt. David Dobrydney

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – No one can control the weather, but the 455th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron weather flight makes a great effort to control its effect on operations here.

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Combating Human Trafficking

Posted March 7, 2013 by Maj. Jason Burns

Human trafficking is the second-largest source of revenue for criminal enterprises, and it’s a growing criminal enterprise that generates roughly $32 billion per year worldwide. The definition of Trafficking in Persons or “TIP” is: A modern day form of slavery while harboring, transportation, providing or obtaining a person for the purpose of exploitation. TIP is…

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