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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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Health & Safety

Detecting spice: research continues at the Academy

Posted  February 13, 2014

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — The Navy has a promotional campaign warning against spice; the Army has allowed commanders to order mandatory drug-testing for the first time; and Airmen at the Air Force Drug Testing Laboratory are working to find ways to detect the substance in service members. Spice is a synthetic compound created…

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AF to replace aviator locator beacons

Posted  February 13, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force will replace thousands of unreliable aircraft personnel locator beacons across the fleet, a service official said Jan. 16, here. Locator beacons are an automated method used to locate an aviator should he or she eject or egress in peacetime flights, said Col. Aaron Clark, the Global Power Programs Directorate deputy director…

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Veterans

DOD electronic health records help VA disability claims

Posted  February 13, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Defense Department has made troops’ health records electronically available to the Veterans Affairs Department to speed up the adjudication of disability claims, a DOD health information technology official said. Now in place for service members who have separated or discharged from the military since Jan. 1, the Health Artifact and Image…

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DOD to mandate documentation for lost, stolen CAC cards

Posted  February 13, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AFNS) — Later this year, the Defense Department will begin fully enforcing a previously optional policy regarding the reissuance of lost or stolen common access cards, a defense official said here today. Sam Yousef, a program manager for identity and benefits policy at the Defense Human Resources Activity, discussed an update to the current…

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AF announces ‘pro-gear’ policy change

Posted  February 20, 2014

Air Force officials recently announced changes to the Department of Defense’s policy on transporting member’s professional books, papers and equipment, or PBP&E, shipped in household goods during permanent change of station moves. Known as “pro-gear,” the new PBP&E policy will impact orders issued on or after May 1. At that time, PBP&E will be limited…

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Recruiter Assistance Program: More than meets the eye

Posted  February 20, 2014

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska  — I remember five years ago when I started the long process of joining the military. I was nervous, excited and had no idea what to expect when going into the Air Force. The person who assured me, mentored me and put tons of hours into my career is the reason why…

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Events

Annual D-M 50 picnic scheduled for March 15

Posted  February 20, 2014

The annual DM-50 picnic will be held March 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bama Park here. The picnic is a free event for active duty members, families, retirees and any guests sponsored onto the base. The DM-50 will be providing a variety of free entertainment, food, drinks and events. “It is a…

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Airmen can ‘chat’ live via myPers for personnel support

Posted  February 20, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Air Force Personnel officials have implemented a live chat capability on the myPers website to allow real-time communication between Airmen and personnel specialists. Launched in 2012, myPers represents a shift from primarily face-to-face personnel interaction to a process that enables Airmen to handle their personnel transactions on demand and…

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LEAP spring application window delayed

Posted  February 20, 2014

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — The spring 2014 Language Enabled Airman Program application period has been delayed. The application window was scheduled to open in February. A new date to apply has not been set, and the spring application period may be cancelled, said program officials. LEAP administrators cited several factors in the decision to delay…

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Health & Safety

Airmen help other Airmen stay fit

Posted  February 20, 2014

The members of the Fitness Assessment Cell detail are responsible to ensure that Airmen here stay fit to fight during their enlistment. The FAC detail team is made up of Airmen who are designated Physical Training Leaders in their work areas. PTLs are responsible for helping fellow Airmen maintain physical fitness standards, by assembling challenging…

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