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Policy changes allow Airmen to retrain into special operations

In a move to meet the high-demand signal for the Air Force’s Battlefield Airmen, the service announced changes to retraining and cross-flow, outlined in a policy memorandum dated April 25, 2016.

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Policy changes allow Airmen to retrain into special operations

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — In a move to meet the high-demand signal for the Air Force’s Battlefield Airmen, the service announced changes to retraining and cross-flow, outlined in a policy memorandum dated April 25. The changes allow Airmen to be released from their current jobs in the Air Force to cross-train into the Special Tactics career…

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Air Force Brothers: piloting their careers since birth

(U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman Jackson N. Haddon)ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — The year was 2013; the President of the United States was flying to Israel for Passover and three C-17 Globemaster III’s and one C-5 Galaxy would be accompanying him. Two of the pilots had more than the mission in common; they…

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First-female amputee to return to cockpit

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. –After an above-the-knee amputation, one HC-130J pilot solidified her place in history as the sixth amputee and the first-female amputee to return to the cockpit July 22. Following nearly 15 months of rehabilitation, learning to walk, run and fly again, U.S. Air Force Capt. Christy Wise, 71st Rescue Squadron HC-130J…

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Goldfein hosts first town hall with CMSAF

The Air Force’s top officer and enlisted leader hosted a town hall forum in the Boyd Auditorium at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., July 20, 2016.


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Visualizing threats: A decade of threat modeling

Posted  July 6, 2016

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) — Dynamic explosions, missile launches and air-to-air dogfights are just a few animations the National Air and Space Intelligence Center threat visualization team create to help communicate potential threats in the world. For the past decade, these types of animations have allowed policymakers at all levels of government to watch…

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Supplement Safety: What does it mean to you?

Posted  July 6, 2016

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. — Most people would rather place their trust in multivitamins and other supplements over prescription medications, thinking them to be safer and more natural due to their over-the-counter availability. The truth of the matter is that supplements are not regulated the way that prescription medications are – and that can be…

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The mission essential factors of diversity and inclusion

Posted  July 6, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. — Though Air National Guardsmen wear the same shade of green on their Airman Battle Uniforms or flight suits, Chief Master Sgt. Jacinta Figueroa points to how variety is important when it comes to the mindset of the 162nd Wing Airman. “You don’t want to color with the same crayon because everything is going to…

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Mastering the jump

Posted  July 5, 2016

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — In order to run a combat free fall jump and deploy Airmen safely from an aircraft at high altitudes, there has to be someone specially trained to direct the operation. They must be highly proficient in every component of the jump process, from ensuring equipment is donned properly, to coordinating…

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Pentagon ends ban on transgender troops in military

Posted  June 30, 2016

The Pentagon announced June 30 that transgender people will be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military, ending one of the last bans on service in the armed forces. Saying it’s the right thing to do, Defense Secretary Ash Carter laid out a yearlong implementation plan declaring that “Americans who want to serve and…

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