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How we quit smokin’

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AFNS) — “Smoke in the cockpit! Smoke in the cockpit!” the flight crew yells in unison. Then the dreaded radio transmission goes out: “Declaring an IFE (in flight emergency); request immediate return to base for landing.” Moments before the troubling exclamations occurred, the flight crew of the massive C-5M Super…

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What to know about Fitness Assessments

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz., — The Air Force’s Fitness Assessment is one of the many opportunities for Airmen to display their Core Values. When it comes to this assessment, Airmen here must know what to expect, what to avoid, and how to prepare in order to exceed. FA sessions are scheduled here Monday through Friday at…

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Guardian Angel retires after 41 years of service

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The year is 1974. The Vietnam War is on its way to an end after almost 15 years of fighting. The U.S. Air Force was trying to give America the upper hand. Also in 1974, a young man named Paul Koester decided that he wanted to join the world’s…

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D-M Airmen march in Tucson Veterans Day Parade

TUCSON, Ariz. — Airmen from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base participated in the Tucson Veterans Day Parade Nov. 11. A formation of more than 100 Airmen, consisting of D-M Honor Guardsmen, 355th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technicians in full gear and Airmen from various units, marched in the streets of downtown Tucson. “I was able to…

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AF veterans reveal what Veterans Day means to them

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va. (AFNS) — The day when nearly 70 bullets riddled his Sikorsky HH-3E “Jolly Green Giant” rescue helicopter as his crew tried to save two Airmen during the Vietnam War remains vivid for retired Chief Master Sgt. Dennis Richardson. It was March 14, 1968, and Richardson, a flight engineer at the time,…

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Not all trash belongs in dumpsters

Posted  October 29, 2015

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — A dumpster may seem like the perfect place to dispose of personal and government property that is no longer wanted or needed. This is not the case with the dumpsters on base according to the 355th Civil Engineer Squadron. Common items found in and around dumpsters, that are prohibited, include couches…

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A gunfighter shares his past

Posted  October 29, 2015

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Three enemy MiGs swooped low underneath him, screaming out to intercept the U.S. Navy A-4 fighter-bombers who were unloading their payload of explosives on Kep Air Field in North Vietnam. Flying in F-8 Crusaders as fighter protection for the A-4s, he was tasked to defend them at all cost. He quickly…

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First line of defense

Posted  October 29, 2015

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — As experienced supervisors and leaders, are we empowering our junior leaders to spread their wings as supervisors and leaders at their level?   Specifically, I’m referring to the day-to-day leadership roles within their work areas. I can remember as a young staff sergeant, my team relied on me to motivate them, teach…

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IP offers personal look into what CFC stands for

Posted  October 29, 2015

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — The Combined Federal Campaign is something I look forward to each year. It is important to me because it easily permits me to support organizations that raise awareness, funds research, and assists those afflicted by a rare genetic disorder that runs in my family. One of my older brothers…

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Air Force releases new SAPR strategy

Posted  October 28, 2015

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force leaders released a five-year Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Strategy that will guide the Air Force in developing a robust prevention model while continually honing response capabilities today. The secretary, chief of staff and chief master sergeant of the Air Force signed a foreword to the strategy charging all Airmen…

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