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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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Reservist protects her country with two careers

Posted  September 26, 2013

Most of the time you’ll find Yvette Orellana serving as a federal police officer for the U.S. Forest Service in Santa Barbara, Calif., patrolling in her squad car, writing tickets, protecting natural resources, as well as serving her local community as a mentor to teens heading down the wrong path. One might assume that in…

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“These things we do that others may live”… in Bagram

Posted  September 26, 2013

Airmen from the 55th Rescue Squadron were be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross Medal with Valor, Sept. 20 at the 55th RQS. The Distinguished Flying Cross Medal with Valor was presented to Capt. John Larson and Senior Airman Joshua Brown for their actions during a contingency operation while deployed to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. “I…

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Every Airman Counts: Auto crash leads one Airman to path of depression

Posted  September 26, 2013

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — It was a normal summer day for Ashley Barnett as she drove down the highway, reminiscing about her vacation. With her home city of Philadelphia behind her, she was on her way back to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. Unfortunately, nothing could prepare her for what happened next. “In that one second,…

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Local Briefs September 27, 2013

Posted  September 26, 2013

Love & Logic Parenting Classes Would you like to learn skills for raising responsible children?  Love & Logic makes parenting fun rather than frantic.  FREE Love & Logic classes are being offered at Borman Elementary School on D-M.  Classes will run from Nov. 6 – Dec. 19, from 3-5 p.m.  Free child care will be…

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Single logon offers retirees simple access to secure sites

Posted  September 26, 2013

OINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Airmen concerned about losing access to benefits web pages once they retire should establish their Department of Defense self-service logon identification account today, Air Force Personnel Center officials suggested. The common logon, developed by the DOD and Veterans’ Administration allows beneficiaries of DOD or Veterans’ Affairs…

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AF PFT enhancements to start Oct. 1

Posted  September 26, 2013

Air Force senior leadership announced enhancements to the Air Force’s Physical Fitness Assessment program, to be implemented Oct. 1. In a letter to Airmen Aug. 20, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III explained the results of the comprehensive review, highlighting the strength of the program and the need for slight improvements….

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The 358th fights to support life

Posted  September 26, 2013

Members of the 358th Fighter Squadron inspect and ensure that aircrew flight equipment is mission ready at Davis-Monthan, Sept. 19. AFE technicians operate various types of test equipment such as altimeters, oxygen testers, leakage testers, radio testers and other types of testers to conduce reliability testing of AFE. A flight helmet sits on a shelf…

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Dagger Point: A First Sergeant’s point of view

Posted  September 26, 2013

Master Sgt. Angela Womack is the 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) First Sergeant. She began her 18-year career as an Aerospace Medical Technician. In addition to holding a variety of positions in the medical career field, she has also served as the Professional Military Education Instructor for Airman Leadership School and the Family Readiness…

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Suicide Prevention: Don’t be afraid to ask ‘why’

Posted  September 26, 2013

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — I was a young Airman, accused of a crime I didn’t commit – I faced a court martial with an outcome of a dishonorable discharge, years in prison and civil limitations for the rest of my life. I was ultimately found not guilty, but not before I tried to kill myself….

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Combined Federal Campaign: Why I give

Posted  October 3, 2013

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. — I was sitting in a daze in a cold and uninviting waiting area outside an emergency operating room about one month before my high school graduation in 2005. I listened to the robotic beeps of medical machinery when I realized my life was about to change forever. Earlier that night,…

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