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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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Viper Demo Team pilot ‘Rockets’ to new heights

Posted  July 24, 2015

  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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Soldier earns Olympic berth at Pan American Games

Posted  July 24, 2015

  TORONTO – Army Spc. Nathan Schrimsher earned an automatic berth into the 2016 Rio Olympic Games with a third-place finish July 19 in men’s Modern Pentathlon at the 2015 Pan American Games here. Schrimsher, 23, a soldier in the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program, or WCAP, from Roswell, New Mexico, took the bronze…

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Local Briefs July 24, 2015

Posted  July 24, 2015

Sunset Horseback Ride August 8, 4 – 8 p.m. – Outdoor Rec Saddle up and enjoy a 2-hour sunset horseback ride through the Saguaro National Park. Single Airmen can sign-up beginning July 6. All others may sign-up beginning July 13. Final deadline is July 31. Minimum age: 18. Cost of $25/person. Call 228-3736 for more…

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Raytheon, partners develop low-cost, high-tech airframe for U.S. Air Force decoy

Posted  July 22, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz.–Raytheon, in partnership with Fokker and Dallara, has developed a lower-cost carbon fiber airframe for the U.S. Air Force’s Miniature Air Launched Decoy by applying robotics and formula racing technologies. The three companies reduced airframe production costs by 25 percent. The new innovative composite design will be included in this year’s Lot 7 production….

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Health & Safety

PT exemptions for new AF mothers to increase

Posted  July 16, 2015

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The six-month deferment for female Airmen to accomplish their fitness assessments following childbirth will be increased to 12 months to align with recent changes to the deployment deferments, Air Force officials announced July 14. The deployment deferment policy, as part of the Air Force’s 2015 Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, increases the deferment…

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Local Briefs July 17, 2015

Posted  July 16, 2015

Claims notice for Airman 1st Class David A. Rhodes A1C David A. Rhodes of the 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, AZ, passed away on 1 July 2015. Anyone having knowledge of claim for or against the deceased’s estate may contact the Summary Courts Officer, 2d Lt Denny Miller, at 937-815-4402, or by…

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Enlisted promotion study reference material released

Posted  July 16, 2015

OINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Profession of Arms Center of Excellence will release Air Force Handbook 1, Airman, Oct 2015 which replaces the Professional Development Guide, and will provide enlisted Airmen information needed for promotion testing. Individual study guides, developed from the information within the handbook, are available for immediate download via www.pdg.af.mil. These guides…

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World

NEW HORIZONS well drilling

Posted  July 16, 2015

A Honduras Aguan resident poses for a photo near the well site in Honduras Aguan, Honduras. The well is one of multiple projects going on in and around Trujillo as part of NEW HORIZONS. NEW HORIZONS was launched in the 1980s and is an annual joint humanitarian assistance exercise that U.S. Southern Command conducts with…

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OPM acts to protect federal workers, others from cyber threats

Posted  July 16, 2015

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — U.S. Office of Personnel Management officials announced July 9, the results of the interagency forensics investigation into a recent cyber incident involving federal background investigation data and the steps OPM is taking to protect those affected. In late May, as a result of ongoing efforts to secure its systems, OPM discovered an…

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GPS: Twenty years of positioning, navigation, timing

Posted  July 16, 2015

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — In the past, leaving the house without an atlas or map full of coordinates and colorful directions sometimes led to the driver leading their passengers through an abyss of twists and turns during a simple trip across town. However, those days came to an end with the explosion of the Global…

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