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Dietary Supplements: Safety still an issue

SAN ANTONIO — Being a Servicemember is as physically demanding, at times, as being a professional athlete. As a result, Servicemembers are especially conscious of physical training requirements and the need to remain fit and ready. In recent years, a larger percentage of Servicemembers have begun to rely on dietary supplements to help them stay…

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D-M pararescuemen hone skills in Bagram’s excess structures

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Pararescuemen from the 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, participated in a mission rehearsal where they practiced breaching, clearing, patient care and egress skills. Air Force rescue forces, conduct combat search and rescue and personnel recovery. The 83rd ERQS partnered with Joint Task Force Trailblazer, U.S. Army 2nd Engineer Brigade,…

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D-M Airmen respond first to desert wreck

Three D-M Airmen were driving through the desert on their way to a popular hiking spot to enjoy a typical Sunday outdoors. Everything was going according to plan until they spotted a person on the right side of the road frantically trying to get their attention. As they approached the scene, everything came into focus….

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162nd Wing Airmen refine warrior skills in the high country

BELLEMONT, Ariz. — Enhancement of deployment and domestic response skills were the assignments given to 73 members of the 162nd Wing during an exercise Aug. 11-15 at Camp Navajo Collective Training Center. “What would you do if you were deployed?” asked Lt. Col. Gregory Bliss, deputy commander of the 162nd Wing Mission Support Group and…

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AF Academy ranks high in Best Colleges Ranking report

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — The U.S. Air Force Academy ranks high among the nation’s top universities in engineering and liberal arts courses, according to the 2015 Best Colleges Ranking report released Sept. 9, by U.S. News & World Report. Specifically, the Academy has the nation’s fifth-best undergraduate engineering program, and its second-best…


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Warrior of the Week August 24, 2012

Posted  August 23, 2012

Desert Lightning Team’s Weekly Warrior: Technical Sgt. Cory Sivertson Family: Ashley (wife), Caden (son), Trinity (daughter) Hometown: Salinas, Ca Unit: 42 Electronic Combat Squadron Job title: EC-130H Flight Engineer Course Manager Job description: Ensure quality training for EC-130H Flight Engineers Most rewarding job aspect: To see an unqualified Flight Engineer complete training and deploy Goals:…

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High year of tenure changes take effect in 2013

Posted  August 23, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — High year of tenure changes announced in December will go into effect in September 2013, Air Force Personnel Center officials reminded affected Airmen on Aug. 16. Changes will affect senior airmen, staff sergeants and technical sergeants, said Lt. Col. Tara White, AFPC retirements and separations chief,…

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AF addresses use of ‘bath salts’ with zero tolerance

Posted  August 23, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — A dangerous designer drug with an innocuous name is growing in popularity, causing concern in the military and in the civilian world. Marketed as “bath salts,” these retail products contain chemicals that are synthetic derivatives of cathinone, a central nervous system stimulant, and are known to effect users in…

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It takes a village to fight depression in our Air Force

Posted  August 23, 2012

We believe as Airmen that we belong to the greatest service and institution in the world. This is ingrained in us from the time we take the oath and every day thereafter, until we separate or retire. Time after time we understand and accept the challenge that there is a very small margin for error….

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I’ve been profiled, now what

Posted  August 23, 2012

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Getting a profile exempting a person from one or more part of the fitness assessment is different than a profile that limits a person from doing certain things at work, and knowing the difference in the process can save service members unnecessary aggravation down the road. A profile, or…

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Pararescueman braves frigid Alaska to save crash victims

Posted  August 23, 2012

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — The Air Force has released the latest Portraits in Courage, which highlights the courage of Airmen. One of them is Master Sgt. Christopher Uriarte, an Air Force reservist with the 306th Rescue Squadron at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. While assigned to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson as an Air National Guard pararescueman,…

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PANAMAX 2012 Spotlights

Posted  August 23, 2012

PANAMAX 2012 is an annual U.S. Southern Command-sponsored exercise that focuses on ensuring the defense of the Panama Canal. Forces from 17 nations worked together as part of a computer-simulated-exercise to provide a variety of responses to requests made by the governments of Panama and Columbia. These requests were geared at protecting and guaranteeing safe…

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Back to school tips for parents

Posted  August 23, 2012

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — As summer ends, the time for heading back to school begins; whether it is a child’s first year of school or a senior’s last, there are potential dangers lurking around every corner. Fortunately, ACC Safety is here providing simple reminders on keeping school-age children safe. “It is important for…

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Diamond Sharp August 24, 2012

Posted  August 23, 2012

Senior Airman Andrea M. Pabon, 12AF Senior Airman Andrea M. Pabon, 12AF First Sergeant: Senior Master Sgt. Tracy Deason Duty Title: Knowledge Operations Journeyman When joined the AF: Oct. 20, 2009 Hometown: Sonora, TX Hobbies: Running, Volleyball, going to the gym Selection Reasons: Airman Pabon is a true “Wingman”! After discovering that a fellow Airman…

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PLAYpass available at the Airman & Family Readiness Center

Posted  August 23, 2012

The PLAYpass Program provides deployed-affected Single Airmen and Air Force families respite from the challenges of deployment. Single Airmen returning from deployment and families of deployed members can receive special discounts and rewards to help make their deployment easier. PLAYpass offers discount cards that provide members and eligible family members the opportunity to participate in…

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