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Safeguarding ground troops from above

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Roaring his way down the runway in a 43 thousand pound machine, Maj. Vincent Sherer pilots an A-10 Thunderbolt II into the skies of Afghanistan to provide overwatch and close air support for ground forces operating throughout the country. Sherer, a pilot with the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing deployed from Davis-Monthan Air Force…

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Navy unit trains with D-M

Sailors from Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Calif. conducted joint training with A-10C Thunderbolt II squadrons and Combat Search and Rescue units here Nov. 3-15, 2014. Five MH-60S Knighthawks from the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 4 Black Knights flew with the 48th and 55th Rescue Squadrons, as well as the 354th Fighter Squadron….

(U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Courtney Richardson) Veterans

WWII pilot reunited with P-47

Sitting in a wheelchair with images of airplanes on his shirt and a U.S. Army Air Corps hat on his head, 92-year-old retired Air National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 2 Robert Hertel was reunited with the P-47 Thunderbolt during the Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course here Feb. 28. After being wheeled out to the…

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Annual D-M 50 picnic scheduled for March 14

The annual DM-50 picnic will be held Saturday, March 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bama Park. The picnic is a free event for active duty members, families, retirees and any guests sponsored onto the base. The DM-50 will be providing a variety of free entertainment, food, drinks and events. The picnic will…

(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez) World

41 EECS Scorpions execute theater electronic warfare

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 order to…


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Health & Safety

Most TRICARE beneficiaries meet ACA coverage requirements

Posted  October 17, 2013

The Affordable Care Act, also known as the health care law, was created to expand access to affordable health care coverage, lower costs, and improve quality and care coordination for all Americans. Under the health care law, people will have health coverage that meets a minimum standard (called “minimum essential coverage”) by January 1, 2014,…

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Service members should start saving early for retirement

Posted  October 17, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — It’s never too soon to start saving for retirement, Barbara Thompson, the director of the Defense Department’s office of family policy/children and youth advised service members today. Enlistees as young as 18 might not be thinking about saving for retirement or the importance of their Thrift Savings Plan, but that’s when they…

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Civilian retiree identification card to be replaced

Posted  October 17, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Retired Air Force civilians who use the Air Force Form 354, Civilian Identification Card, to access Air Force installations have until early 2014 — when the AF354 will be rescinded — to get a Department of Defense Civilian Retiree ID Card or other access credentials, Air Force Personnel…

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Congress passes bill reopening federal government

Posted  October 17, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — President Barack Obama signed legislation late yesterday night bringing federal employees back to work after Congress finally resolved the budget logjam which led to a 16-day shutdown. Senate leaders championed bipartisan legislation to reopen the government and remove the threat of government default on its debts. All federal government employees – including…

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AF clarifies same sex marriage policy

Posted  October 17, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force recently published guidance clarifying the service’s policy on implementation of same sex marriage. The guidance clarifies how Airmen may be eligible for administrative absence to obtain legal marriage, if the state or country they are stationed in does not yet recognize same sex marriage. In order to be granted…

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Leadership lesson: My biggest mistake as an NCO

Posted  October 17, 2013

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AFNS) — What was the most important leadership lesson you learned during your career? This question has been asked of me quite a few times as I get the awesome opportunity to speak with our Airmen around base. I have been asked this question from such groups as the…

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Health & Safety

Dietary supplement linked to hepatitis outbreak

Posted  October 17, 2013

FALLS CHURCH, Va., — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers to stop using OxyElite Pro, a dietary supplement, because of suspected links to acute hepatitis. The FDA, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Hawaii Department of Health are investigating reports of acute non-viral hepatitis in Hawaii where 29 cases…

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50 year old aircraft vital to Raptor training

Posted  October 17, 2013

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — A T-38 Talon bridged five decades and generations of technological development to merge at 400 knots with the F-22 Raptor near Tyndall Air Force Base recently. “MOJO 1 is engaged, Bullseye 323/24,” said Lt. Col. Christopher ‘Moto’ Davis, 325th Training Support Squadron Adversary Air Operations officer. The Raptor and trainer jet were beak…

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Academy’s soaring program carries long-term benefits

Posted  October 17, 2013

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo.  — Ask most pilots how they feel about landing an aircraft with no engine, and you might get some dirty looks, but cadet instructor pilots in the Air Force Academy’s soaring airmanship program take it in stride. Experienced cadets make decisions every day about ensuring student pilots’ safety, meeting training requirements…

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Annual charity donation drive suspended indefinitely

Posted  October 17, 2013

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va., — The annual Combined Federal Campaign, responsible for raising $258.3 million for charities in 2012, has been suspended across the DOD due to the partial government shutdown. Susan Yarwood, the director of the DOD’s CFC campaign said in a memorandum that a legal review of the charity drive found it to be…

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