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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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AT&T’s U-Verse service goes on sale at the Exchange

Posted  November 14, 2013

DALLAS – Exchange shoppers in the continental United States can now subscribe to AT&T’s U-verse Internet, TV and Voice services directly through the Exchange and get a free $100 Gift Card with a bundle subscription. To get the Exchange special offer, shoppers must subscribe by going to www.shopmyexchange.com/u-verse.  This website provides extensive information about the…

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IG hotline reports spike in complaints

Posted  November 14, 2013

WASHINGTON – Complaints to the Defense Department’s inspector general hotline have climbed by 125 percent over the past four years, a senior official in the office said, and the cases include everything from abuse in the workplace to the multi-million-dollar contracting investigation now underway within the upper reaches of the Navy. “We are marketing and…

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Honor and Camaraderie: Chaplain receives knighthood and continues to serve

Posted  November 14, 2013

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — He may not wear medieval armor while on horseback wielding a man-sized sword, but he does live by a code of honor as a knight. Through dedication and motivation, Chaplain Maj. David Kruse, 82nd Training Wing, has achieved knighthood through the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem during a…

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AF Portal goes mobile, gets face-lift

Posted  November 14, 2013

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. — Expected to launch by the end of 2013, the Global Combat Support System-Air Force, or GCSS-AF, is rolling out a revamped portal, which simplifies navigation, improves performance on low-bandwidth connections and works from mobile devices. “The old system had become cluttered, difficult to navigate and was in need of an update,” said…

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Shutdown cost DOD $600 million

Posted  November 14, 2013

Furloughs of civilian employees as a result of the government shutdown cost the Defense Department at least $600 million in productivity, the Pentagon’s top financial officer said. During a Pentagon news conference, DOD Comptroller Robert F. Hale said that in addition to the lost productivity, the shutdown generated a number of other costs that have…

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Local Briefs November 15, 2013

Posted  November 14, 2013

Society of Military Widows to meet Saturday, Nov. 16, Noon – Mirage Club The Society of Military Widows will have their meeting and a Thanksgiving luncheon at the Mirage Club. For your reservations, please call Kay Spargur 574-6628 ten days prior to the luncheon. DMOSC November Luncheon Thursday, Nov. 21, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m – Mirage…

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ACC Commander: ‘I will die before I give up’

Posted  November 14, 2013

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan  — The Commander of Air Combat Command visited Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 8, to meet with Airmen and leadership during a tour of the Southwest Asia Area of Responsibility. Gen. Mike Hostage said understanding the conditions and expectations of the Airmen here will help to ensure training standards continue to prepare Airmen to…

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Standards don’t change – on duty or off

Posted  November 14, 2013

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do are core values that U.S. Air Force Airmen live by. Although these are important values for the Air Force, every base has their own principles that are essential to accomplishing the mission. Brig. Gen. Glen VanHerck, 7th Bomb Wing commander,…

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ACOMS First Six Association lauded by Tucson Community

Posted  November 14, 2013

A ceremony honoring the 612th Air Communication Squadron’s First Six Association was held in the Tucson community, Nov. 7. The group was officially recognized by several community leaders at Erikson Elementary School for adopting one of Tucson’s local parks, Vista del Prado Park. The Vista del Prado Park project was taken on by Tech. Sgt….

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Military spouse competes on reality cooking show

Posted  November 14, 2013

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. (AFNS) — Seonkyoung Longest, wife of Master Sgt. Jacob Longest, is one of nine contestants in a new television show, “Restaurant Express” that aired for the first time on the Food Network, Nov. 3. Born and raised in South Korea, Seonkyoung said that while cooking is a passion of hers…

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