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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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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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41 EECS Scorpions execute theater electronic warfare

Posted September 25, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — With more than 6,600 sorties and 38,000 flying hours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the 41st Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron provides premier counter-communications electronic attack capabilities here. The unit flies the EC-130H Compass Call aircraft which is configured to execute worldwide information warfare tactics.  It conducts electronic attack operations in…

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Their legacy lives on at American cemetery in UK

Posted May 24, 2012 by Master Sgt. Kevin Wallace

CAMBRIDGE, England (AFNS) — Service members from across the United Kingdom will make their way to the Madingley American Cemetery Memorial Service here May 28 to remember the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who fell during World War II in defense of the…

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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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Team of Airmen to attempt Mount Everest climb

Posted January 24, 2013 by Amber Baillie

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — Four Air Force Academy graduates may be busy preparing to climb the world’s highest peak in May, but they haven’t forgotten where mountaineering first began for them: here, climbing Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks as cadets. A team of six seasoned Air Force mountaineers; currently stationed in Colorado, Alabama, Florida,…

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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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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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Arizona, Japanese Airmen team up for post-tsunami fighter capabilities

Posted July 12, 2012 by 1st Lt. Angela Walz

While the island nation of Japan continues to rebuild in the wake of the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, its airmen look to reconstitute the country’s air defenses…

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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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