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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…

(U.S. Air Force illustration by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski) Commentary

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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MWR officials urge furloughed civilians to tap programs

Posted  August 8, 2013

WASHINGTON — With furloughs now in full swing and many Defense Department civilian employees finding themselves with more time on their hands but less money in their pockets, morale, welfare and recreation officials are encouraging them to check out some of the programs offered right where they work. Every military service provides fitness, recreational and educational services,…

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Critically Manned: Loadmaster, flexibility is key to success

Posted  August 8, 2013

Loadmasters play a critical role in the Air Force’s mission to transport supplies and military personnel to various points around the world. However, D-M’s loadmasters have a unique mission that requires their skill to perform rescue missions, as well as moving cargo and personnel. A loadmaster’s job consists of an array of different tasks, from…

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Second job entails procedures, approval

Posted  August 8, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Unexpected events in life such as family issues, education needs and even career progression can make getting a second job helpful for active-duty Airmen. However, if an Airman seeks off-duty employment, certain protocol must be adhered to. Factors such as upgrade training, upcoming deployments and duty performance can effect whether or…

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The flying interpreter

Posted  August 8, 2013

For most Airmen, graduating from technical school means joining the operational Air Force and settling in at their first duty station. But some Airmen chart a different course. Technical Sgt. Breana Reyes, 55th Electronic Combat Group command language manager, spent her first five years after tech school flying around the world with the Defense Threat…

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‘Good debt’ can bolster earning potential, official says

Posted  August 8, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — Establishing “good debt” can be valuable for future earning potential, particularly in today’s challenging economy, a Defense Department official advised here recently. Obtaining a student loan for a college education or a higher degree to pursue a professional career is an example of good debt for service members and their families when…

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DLT Airmen selected for promotion

Posted  August 8, 2013

The Air Force notified 268 Airmen here August 1 that they had been selected for promotion to the rank of staff sergeant. There were a total of 34,078 Airmen eligible to for promotion. With a selection rate of 32.9 percent, 11,212 of those Airmen will join the noncommissioned officer tier. The Desert Lightning Team promotees…

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Arizona VA National Wheelchair Games team brings home multiple medals

Posted  August 8, 2013

The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System is hosting the SAVAHCS VA Wheelchair Game competitors, medal recipients and their families today at 1 p.m. in the Community Living Center, conference room C108.  SAVAHCS had eight Veteran patients from southern Arizona, one from Phoenix, and one from Prescott, Arizona participating in this year’s National Wheelchair Games…

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Safe HelpRoom: new support avenue for sexual assault victims

Posted  August 8, 2013

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. — Sexual assault victims now have a way to network with other survivors from the privacy of their own homes, thanks to the launch of a DoD chat service called Safe HelpRoom. Part of the Department of Defense’s ongoing fight against sexual assault among the ranks of service members and DOD civilians,…

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No more redundant inspections: AF implements new system

Posted  August 1, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force recently implemented a new inspection system, aimed at giving more power to wing commanders. With the signing of Program Action Directive 13-01, Air Force inspection system Implementation Tiger Team transitions from the planning phase to the execution phase. The program, which was beta tested by United States Air Forces in Europe-Air…

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Perseverance: An Airman’s commitment to health, triathlon and career

Posted  August 1, 2013

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — There’s a chill in the water of the pool contrasting the dry heat outside. Above the surface there is chaos, but Beneath the water there is a sense of solitude, leaving the swimmer alone with only her thoughts. Swimming laps requires constant focus – keeping the body streamlined, pushing muscles…

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