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How we quit smokin’

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AFNS) — “Smoke in the cockpit! Smoke in the cockpit!” the flight crew yells in unison. Then the dreaded radio transmission goes out: “Declaring an IFE (in flight emergency); request immediate return to base for landing.” Moments before the troubling exclamations occurred, the flight crew of the massive C-5M Super…

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What to know about Fitness Assessments

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz., — The Air Force’s Fitness Assessment is one of the many opportunities for Airmen to display their Core Values. When it comes to this assessment, Airmen here must know what to expect, what to avoid, and how to prepare in order to exceed. FA sessions are scheduled here Monday through Friday at…

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Guardian Angel retires after 41 years of service

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The year is 1974. The Vietnam War is on its way to an end after almost 15 years of fighting. The U.S. Air Force was trying to give America the upper hand. Also in 1974, a young man named Paul Koester decided that he wanted to join the world’s…

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D-M Airmen march in Tucson Veterans Day Parade

TUCSON, Ariz. — Airmen from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base participated in the Tucson Veterans Day Parade Nov. 11. A formation of more than 100 Airmen, consisting of D-M Honor Guardsmen, 355th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technicians in full gear and Airmen from various units, marched in the streets of downtown Tucson. “I was able to…

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AF veterans reveal what Veterans Day means to them

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va. (AFNS) — The day when nearly 70 bullets riddled his Sikorsky HH-3E “Jolly Green Giant” rescue helicopter as his crew tried to save two Airmen during the Vietnam War remains vivid for retired Chief Master Sgt. Dennis Richardson. It was March 14, 1968, and Richardson, a flight engineer at the time,…

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Deployed Airmen keep Compass Call flying

Posted  October 21, 2015

(U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Bryan Bouchard) U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Adam Luna, a 41st Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Unit aerial repair technician deployed from the 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., conducts a post operations check on a EC-130H Compass Call aircraft following a mission Oct. 20, 2015, Bagram…

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‘A blood transfusion saved my life’

Posted  October 20, 2015

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — Many children dream of taking a trip to Disneyland, and in 2001, 1st Lt. Fanita Schmidt’s family set off to make it a reality. But the family’s dream suddenly turned into a nightmare when Arizona winds blew their minivan off the road, causing the vehicle to roll down…

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Face of Defense: Airman earns spot on AF Pistol Team alongside brother

Posted  October 20, 2015

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del.— Tucker Sears grew up with his three older brothers in Graham, Texas, all of them learning how to shoot BB guns and eventually moving up to .22-caliber rifles. This love of guns led to plenty of hunting trips with his brothers and grandfather, but when Tucker was 12, his oldest brother,…

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In the minds of millennials

Posted  October 20, 2015

Global survey finds young adults believe Internet safety is a personal responsibility – but admit to risky behaviors Young adults are well aware that everyone shares the responsibility for keeping the internet safe and secure, a recent global survey shows. What most don’t understand is how they should behave online to do their part. To…

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Cybersecurity: Are you safe?

Posted  October 20, 2015

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — October is Cybersecurity awareness month when Airmen need to refresh themselves on safety tips for keeping their personal and work information safe. “Cybersecurity awareness month is about getting the word out to Airmen making them aware of what they are putting out there,” said Staff Sgt. Kevin Scheel, 56th Communications Squadron…

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