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F-35A deployment brings advanced airpower capability to Europe

This weekend’s deployment of an initial six F-35A Lightning II fighters and several hundred Airmen to Europe demonstrates the aircraft’s readiness to conduct operations with America’s European partners, according to Air Force leaders.

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MWDs, handlers receive new training facility

The construction of a new military working dog training facility was completed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March 1, 2017.

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chip Pons Sports

Wounded warrior competes for games

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Airmen from across the nation journeyed here for their chance at becoming members of the 2017 Warrior Games team during the AF Trials Feb. 24 – March 3. The Air Force Wounded Warrior Program is a congressionally mandated, federally funded program that provides personalized care, services and advocacy to…

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Soldier’s MILITARY STAR bill paid in full at D-M Exchange

For Staff Sgt. Joshua Graser, Army Recruiting Battalion Phoenix, having one less bill to worry about is giving him extra peace of mind. As a grand-prize winner in the worldwide Your Holiday Bill Is On Us sweepstakes, Graser had his MILITARY STAR account paid in full March 24. During a presentation at the Davis-Monthan Air…

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Congress probes military pilot shortage

A shortage of pilots across the U.S. military is most acute in the Air Force, senior military officials told Congress March 29.


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Thank you so much for all the ‘Thanks’

Posted  March 3, 2017

LOUISVILLE, Tenn. — If I went through my past receipts on military discounts I would calculate a lot of cash left in my wallet from the generosity and appreciation of American businesses through the years; especially from hardware stores. A kitchen renovation is the newest project I’m tackling on my own time since its mid-winter…

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At end of the day, ‘It’s all about the hooks’

Posted  March 3, 2017

SOUTHWEST ASIA — High above Mosul, Iraq, a fighter pilot arrives on station. Now within 20 nautical miles of the target, the pilot arms the weapons on board and checks in with a joint terminal attack controller, identifying the call sign, position and combat load of munitions. The pilot can see explosions, small arms fire…

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Deployment provides reservist teacher valuable experience for classroom

Posted  March 3, 2017

Editor’s note: This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series. These stories focus on individual Airmen, highlighting their Air Force story. SOUTHWEST ASIA — Who was Archduke Franz Ferdinand? What year was the ice cream cone created? Who was the first person to fly around the world? Questions such as these might bring…

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People First

Posted  March 3, 2017

Editor’s Note: The following is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 355th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. AF Selective Re-enlistment Bonus…

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Exchange bakeries nourish troops’ spirits overseas

Posted  March 3, 2017

DALLAS — For Cpl. Deamborene Outlaw, a simple slice of Wonder Bread goes a long way toward making South Korea feel more like home. “It’s comforting to me because it’s like a little piece of home,” Outlaw said, who serves as a chaplain’s assistant at U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys in South Korea. “I’ve lived in…

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