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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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Crossing into the Blue

Posted  September 3, 2013

Staff Sgt. Bradley Rector, 25th Operational Weather Squadron senior duty officer, served in the U.S. Marines for 10 years before crossing into the blue. Rector joined the Marines in 1999, in his early 20s. Young and determined, no one could change his mind. After Marine boot camp, Rector was stationed at Marine Corp Air Station…

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Meet D-M Staff Sergeant’s roller derby alter-ego: Judo Gnomi

Posted  September 3, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier Staff Sgt. Hilary Middleton, 355th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician (center), prepares to start a bout with the Tucson Roller Derby in Tucson, August 10. During a bout, players try to keep members of the opposing team from getting past them and…

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All things happen for a reason

Posted  September 3, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Most think that we have complete control over what happens next in our world. Life can always throw obstacles at us where we have to adapt and overcome. At times we can feel as if the whole world is about to crumble in front of us. To be able to make…

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CSAF: Every Airman matters, each story is important

Posted  September 3, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — There are more than 690,000 Airmen serving in the U.S. Air Force, and according to Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, each one is critical to the Air Force mission and each one has story to tell. As outlined in the Air Force vision, “every Airman, regardless of specialty, must…

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Women’s Equality Day and Rosie the Riveter history

Posted  September 3, 2013

In 1971 at the request of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), the U.S. Congress designated Aug. 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.” The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women…

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Undergrad flying training applications due in November

Posted  September 3, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO — RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Eligible active duty officers interested in undergraduate flying training must apply by Nov. 29 to be considered by the UFT selection board, which convenes here Jan. 14, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The board will review candidates for fiscal year 2014/2015 training requirements in the…

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Apply before Sept. 30 for tuition assistance

Posted  September 3, 2013

LANGLEY AFB, Va — Airmen across Air Combat Command can now apply for Military Tuition Assistance for classes beginning on or before Sept. 30, 2013. For college courses beginning in October, service members must wait for approvals of the MilTA program, which are under review at the DoD level.  Currently, there is no estimated time on when new MilTA guidance will be available,…

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99-year old female vet receives VA benefits

Posted  September 3, 2013

Courtesy Photo Dr. Perez-Padilla, Chief of the Primary Care Line at SAVAHCS, and Sophie B. Yazzie On August 17, the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System hosted a Health Fair focused on female military members and veterans, and according to Pepe Mendoza, PA official for SAVAHCS, the most extraordinary thing happened. Sophie B. Yazzie, 99-years…

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Two D-M Airmen receive invites for All-Air Force Men’s Softball team

Posted  September 3, 2013

Two Airmen here received invites to try out for the All-Air Force men’s softball team. Technical Sgt. Matthew Lemay, 355th Security Forces Squadron, and Staff Sgt. Steven Lasseson, 355th Maintenance Group, are slated to attend team tryout camp from Aug. 22 through Sept. 13 at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. For Lemay, a utility player,…

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Citizenship for Airmen

Posted  September 3, 2013

A Desert Lightning Team member will lead the Pima Community Citizenship program here, Sept. 5. Pima Community College offers the course on their campus for all those who would like to obtain their U.S. Citizenship but Master Sgt. Natasha Lindblom, 355th Comptroller Squadron Financial Management Flight flight chief, volunteered to teach the classes to Airmen…

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