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Special Operations develops ‘Iron Man’ Suit

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit is cool. But it’s not real. The Tactical Assault Light Operators Suit is cool, too. But it is real and may soon be protecting America’s special operations forces going into harm’s way. The TALOS suit “was chartered to explore and catalyze a revolutionary integration…

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Air Force, Army conduct joint service training

U.S. Air Force and Arizona Army National Guard units conducted joint training at a southern Arizona military training range Jan. 20. A-10C Thunderbolt IIs from the 354th Fighter Squadron, based out of D-M, and a UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter from Detachment 1, C Company, 5-159th Air Ambulance, based out of Phoenix, conducted close air support…

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Airman pulls woman from burning vehicle

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — For Tech. Sgt. Justin Mahana, 823rd Maintenance Squadron support section chief, life is about helping those in need. When the 17-year veteran learned a coworker’s truck had broken down two-and-a-half hours away in Lake Havasu, Arizona, he volunteered his truck, trailer and time to help the junior Airman get it back…

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Arizona Air Guard to watch over Super Bowl XLIX

Pilots and F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 162nd Wing’s Aerospace Control Alert Detachment at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base may take to the skies to help protect thousands of spectators at Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Arizona, Feb. 1. Arizona’s Air National Guard is among the units teaming up with the North American Aerospace Defense Command in…

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Adventure in Alaska: Officer looks to mush dogs in Iditarod

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series on AF.mil. These stories focus on a single Airman, highlighting their Air Force story.) Snow and trees are all that can be seen for miles while the bitter cold nips at any piece of exposed skin. Maj. Roger…


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Same-sex spouses eligible for FMLA benefits

Posted  November 8, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Federal employees with same-sex spouses are now provided the same Family and Medical Leave Act coverage as those with opposite-sex spouses, according to an Oct. 21 Office of Personnel Management memorandum. Following a June 26 Supreme Court decision finding Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional,…

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Total Force Service Center contact numbers change

Posted  November 8, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Telephone contact numbers for the Total Force Service Center, or TFSC, will change Nov. 15. The new numbers are commercial 210-565-0102 and DSN 665-0102. They will replace DSN 665-5000 and DSN 847-3294. To ensure Airmen have ample time to adjust, Air Force Personnel Center officials will keep both old DSN…

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JAG Corp announces law school programs

Posted  November 8, 2013

Applications for the Funded Legal Education Program (FLEP) and Excess Leave Program (ELP) are being accepted from 1 January through 1 March 2014. Interested officers are encouraged to compete. The number of FLEP and ELP applicants selected n any academic year is determined based on the needs of the Air Force. “Our Air Force missions…

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U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Hollie Hansen
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From the greenery of Virginia to the desert: 162nd FW welcomes new leader

Posted  November 8, 2013

U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Hollie Hansen Col. Howard “Phil” Purcell speaks to the men and women of the 162nd Fighter Wing as the new wing commander. A former wing vice commander from the 192nd Fighter Wing at Langley Air Force Base, Va., Purcell assumed command of the 162nd Fighter Wing during…

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Leave policy allows permissive TDY to legally marry: Rules apply equally to same sex and opposite sex couples

Posted  November 8, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS)–Military members who are unable to legally marry in the state or country where they are assigned can request permissive temporary duty to travel to a state where they can get married, according to an Oct. 15 leave policy update, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Following a June 26…

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Health & Safety

Protect your smile with a mouth guard

Posted  November 14, 2013

Once again, its fall and that means sports! Whether it’s you, your buddies or your kids out there enjoying some football, soccer or another sport of your choice, it’s always wise to make sure you’re playing safe. Each year, thousands of athletes suffer sports injuries, with about one third being oral-related. Falls or hits to…

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Supplement safety website helps keep Airmen healthy, informed

Posted  November 14, 2013

WASHINGTON  — For peak performance, people should eat healthy and exercise regularly. But in their quest to gain an edge, many resort to dietary supplements. Enter Operation Supplement Safety, or OPSS. This Defense Department educational campaign, accessible at www.hprc-online.org/opss, is targeted at service members and healthcare providers, but is available to anyone looking for useful information…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier)
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Airmen march in local parade

Posted  November 14, 2013

Davis-Monthan Airmen marched in the annual Veterans Day Parade in Tucson, Ariz., Nov. 11. Forty Airmen from around base volunteered to participate in the event to include Col. Michael Rawls, 355th Fighter Wing vice commander and Chief Master Sgt. Dawna Cnota, 355th Fighter Wing command chief. Veterans Day, formally Armistice Day, was originated to honor…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Frank Miller)
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Aircraft washing: not your average bubble bath

Posted  November 14, 2013

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE S.C. — After many hours in the sky, the 20th Fighter Wing’s F-16 Fighting Falcons get dirty. Whether from afterburner exhaust or smashed insects, the jets need to be washed. Airmen from the 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron here get the sudsy job of washing aircraft, scrubbing down the jets at the wash-rack. “No…

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Acting SecAF visits D-M

Posted  November 14, 2013

Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning visited Airmen and to get first-hand knowledge on the various missions here and address key issues within the Air Force, Nov. 5. Fanning was confirmed as the 24th Under Secretary of the Air Force April 18, and assumed the role of acting secretary June 21. As the…

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