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Arizona Airmen memorialize fallen Iraqi fighter pilot

Members of the Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Wing honored the life and memory of Iraqi Air Force Brig. Gen. Rasid Mohammed Sideeq Hasan during a memorial service here July 7. Hasan died June 24 after his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed near Douglas, Arizona, during a night training mission.  He trained with Air Guard members…

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Viper Demo Team pilot ‘Rockets’ to new heights

  SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. — An F-16CM Fighting Falcon shoots into the air, flying at a speed of 400 knots as it is pulled through various maneuvers to demonstrate its capabilities. Maneuvering the aircraft through inversions, undergoing eight to nine times the force of gravity, and pushing the F-16 to its limits is Capt. Craig…

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Working group to study implications of transgender service

WASHINGTON – A Defense Department working group will study the policy and readiness implications of welcoming transgender persons to serve openly in the military, and its work will presume they can do so unless objective and practical impediments are identified, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced today. In a statement announcing the working group, Carter said…

(U.S. Air Force illustration by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski) Commentary

Run to the Sound of the Guns…Be a Servant Leader

Many of us have seen the best and worst in leadership throughout the course of our careers as Airmen. Usually we can think of two names, one good and one bad, that personify each bound of the leadership spectrum. This reality leads to the fact that even though we are called to be leaders in…

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Fuel systems repair hangar officially opens

The 355th Component Maintenance Squadron’s joint fuel cell repair hangar ribbon cutting ceremony was held July 13. The facility was constructed to improve efficiency within the joint fuel cell leading to the reduction in man hours and operating costs. The new hangar is Air Combat Command’s largest aircraft fuel systems repair section. It supports eight…


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Health & Safety

Pilot program enhances Autism care, treatment

Posted  July 25, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — A congressionally mandated pilot program set to launch July 25 will enhance an existing Defense Department program that provides care and treatment for military children with autism, a senior DOD official said. Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs and director of the TRICARE Management Activity met with reporters yesterday to…

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Holding Airmen accountable: Mandatory discharge for sexual assault

Posted  July 25, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force recently adopted two new measures to eliminate sexual assault from within the ranks, including requiring discharge for Airmen who commit sexual assault, and requiring the Air Force’s most senior commanders to review actions taken on these cases. According to Capt. Allison DeVito, chief of JAG’s victim issues and policy branch, both…

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Commentary

Slowest of suicides

Posted  July 25, 2013

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy (AFNS) — I’ve been slowly killing myself for the past three years. I intentionally inhale toxins that destroy my lungs and heart. I smoke cigarettes. But, I’m quitting — again. According to the health and wellness center’s tobacco cessation class, the average smoker will attempt to quit five to seven times before achieving…

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World

Squadron commander receives German Air Force award

Posted  July 25, 2013

Before he assumed command of the 563rd Operations Support Squadron, Lt. Col. Lorne Eshelman served as a personnel exchange program liaison with the German Air Force. On July, 18, he was awarded for his efforts. Eshelman was presented the German Air Force Service Cross by Oberst Heinz-Josef Ferkinghoff, GAF, during a ceremony held at the…

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LEAD Program encourages Airmen to apply to the USAFA

Posted  July 25, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY — Are you an enlisted Airman between the ages of 17 and 22 and looking to be a future leader? Would you like to earn your bachelor’s degree going to school full time at one of the most competitive, prestigious schools in the nation that traditionally only accepts 18 percent of its applicants —…

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Local

Off base libraries accessible for DLT Airmen

Posted  July 25, 2013

Air Force-wide Airmen are dealing with fiscal changes. One of those changes here deals with the closure of the base library. The base library closed in June, however Airmen still have the opportunity to use library facilities off base. The Eckstrom-Columbus Branch Library has a variety of amenities for all ages, to include new furniture,…

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Gate 29B to have a limited opening July 29

Posted  July 25, 2013

Gate 29B here is scheduled to open July 29. However, it will only be a limited opening. This means the gate will only be open for certain time periods of the duty day. 29B will be open for inbound traffic only from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., and for outbound traffic only from 4 p.m….

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Events

Exchange to hold fourth annual “Cutest Kiddo” contest

Posted  July 25, 2013

DALLAS – Youngsters competing to be the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s “Cutest Kiddo” will have the opportunity to flex some artistic muscle this year. Through Aug. 9, Exchange patrons worldwide may post photographs of their children holding a completed coloring page to the Exchange Facebook page for the first-ever “‘Color Me’ Cutest Kiddo”…

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Salutes & Awards

Diamond Sharp July 26, 2013

Posted  July 25, 2013

Staff Sgt. Keith Burgess/ 43 ECS Name/Squadron: Staff Sgt. Keith Burgess/ 43 ECS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Marisa Lewis Duty title:  EC-130H Flight Engineer When Joined the AF: September 2005 Hometown: Fresno, California Hobbies: Snowboarding, dirt bike riding, and wakeboarding Selection Reasons:   Staff Sergeant Keith J. Burgess has distinguished himself as an EC-130 H…

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Mobile app helps iPhone users ‘Be Ready’

Posted  July 25, 2013

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — The “Be Ready” mobile app, or application, is now available for download on most Apple devices like the iPhone and iPad. Previously offered for Motorola Android products only, this app was developed by the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Emergency Management Division, as an on-the-go emergency preparation resource. “This app provides…

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