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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…

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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

TRICARE makes online customer service easier

Posted  December 12, 2013

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — TRICARE implemented an easier way to access customer service features under the “I want to” section of the www.tricare.mil homepage, which began Dec. 1. TRICARE brings together the healthcare resources of each of the military services and supplements them with networks of civilian health care professionals to provide better access and high…

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Air Force

AF announces force management programs to reduce size

Posted  December 12, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force leaders announced force management programs Dec. 11 designed to reduce the force by thousands of Airmen over the next five years as a result of sequestration. Fiscal 2014 force management initiatives are in addition to the announcement made in July, stating the Air Force will implement several force management programs…

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Local

Call signs represent more than name

Posted  December 12, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Maybe the most familiar call signs known to the movie-going public are “Maverick,” “Iceman” and “Goose,” call signs for pilots in the movie “Top Gun.” And just like in the movies, fighter pilots in real life have call signs, too. The origin of pilot call signs is mysterious, but how pilots…

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Air Force

New year is a perfect time to update contact information, records

Posted  December 12, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — With the new year just around the corner, now is the perfect time for Airmen to double check and, if necessary, update their contact information, secure web account access and emergency records, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The traditional move season is over, so some Airmen may have…

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Creative visual team showcases munitions at the 162nd Fighter Wing

Posted  December 12, 2013

When trying to reach that segment of young people who might be ready and willing to commit to their community, state and country, the Air National Guard does not rely on posters of Uncle Sam nor the “Fuel Your Future” or “Guarding America, Defending Freedom” slogans of yesterday. Instead, America’s premier air power turns to…

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Commentary

SA: Identifying threats before they become a danger

Posted  December 12, 2013

Situational awareness is not a skill only practiced by government officials, private security subject matter experts or highly trained Office of Special Investigation agents. Situational awareness is a MINDSET that should be and can be practiced by any individual in order to quickly recognize an emerging threat. It does not have to be a TERRORISM…

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DoD

DOD officials order disability board results review

Posted  December 12, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Some Airmen who met a medical or physical disability evaluation board between Sept. 11, 2001 and April 30, 2012 prior to separating from the Air Force may be eligible for re-evaluation, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. When defense officials learned some diagnoses had been changed during board processing…

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Veterans

VA: New rates for compensation and pension benefits in 2014

Posted  December 12, 2013

WASHINGTON – Veterans, their families and survivors receiving disability compensation and pension benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs will receive a 1.5 percent cost-of-living increase in their monthly payments beginning Jan. 1, 2014. “We’re pleased there will be another cost-of-living increase for Veterans, their families and their survivors,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric…

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Air Force

Exchange’s online mall expands

Posted  December 12, 2013

DALLAS – The addition of several new stores in the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s Online Mall is adding up to greater selection and savings for military shoppers. Hat Club, World of Powersports and Candy Crush candy boxes have all recently joined more than 40 third party sites offering exclusive discounts and promotions to…

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Diamond Sharp December 13, 2013

Posted  December 12, 2013

Airman 1st Class Jonathan Kelly / 355th Communications Squadron Name/Squadron: Airman 1st Class Jonathan Kelly / 355th Communications Squadron First Sergeant: Master Sgt. DeAndre Blagburn Duty Title: Knowledge Operations Manager When joined the AF: November 2012 Hometown: Wilkes Barre, PA Hobbies: Playing Basketball and Fantasy Football Selection Reasons:   Airman 1st Class Jonathan Kelly overhauled…

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