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Need help? Trust your ‘Shirt’

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Arizona — When young Airmen need help or are looking for guidance, a good place to start is with a senior NCO. Making it into the top 3 percent in the U.S. Air Force is a major accomplishment. Although senior NCOs are the primary people to go, there are a limited number of senior NCOs…

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A Q&A with Master Sgt. Jaime Lewis

The men and women of the 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) welcomed a new First Sgt. in May. Master Sgt. Jaime M. Lewis, began his career in 2000 as an Aerial Porter, where he performed duties such as passenger services, cargo warehouse worker, ramp services, special handling, and air terminal operation center controller. After…

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Relationship building by means of the F-16

  America’s stars and stripes and Arizona’s lone copper star always wave proudly at the Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Wing. But it’s the adjacent flags of coalition-partners – from the pacific island-nations of Far East Asia, to the NATO countries of the old Europe and new ones in the Middle-East – that remind Guard…

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Davis-Monthan Airmen return from deployment

Nearly 300 Airmen deployed from D-M the past six months returned at 10:45 p.m. on July 29. Airmen were greeted by family, friends and base leadership. A total of 1,200 Airmen from across D-M have been deployed around the world including the 354th Fighter Squadron, which deployed as a Theater Security Package to Europe. This…

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Airmen to keep focus on safety at home

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZONA — Airmen are constantly trained to be safe in everything while at work, but how safe are we when we arrive home? According to the National Safety Council, an estimated 93,200 unintentional injury-related deaths occur in the home and community. The top causes of injuries involve motor vehicles, poisoning, falls, choking, drowning,…


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A-10s provide close air support for Green Flag exercise

Posted  February 5, 2015

Members of the 357th Fighter Squadron were given a unique opportunity to participate in Green Flag-West 15-03 during these past two weeks. Green Flag-West 15-03 is a joint close-air support exercise with the U.S. Army taking place at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. “This is a really unique opportunity for us because…

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Paving the Way

Posted  February 5, 2015

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — People often think of diversity in the workplace as being defined as the hiring of different races and cultures. The Air Force envisions diversity to be more in-depth. According to the Air Force Instruction 36-7001, the Air Force broadly defines diversity as a composite of individual characteristics, experiences and abilities consistent…

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Maintaining the technological edge

Posted  February 5, 2015

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry O. Spencer urged members of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) to help the service maintain their technological edge at their winter board meeting Jan. 27. “We need your help,” Spencer said. “We need the expertise you provide because it is really critical….

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Special Operations develops ‘Iron Man’ Suit

Posted  January 29, 2015

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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Financial responsibility — vital to readiness

Posted  January 29, 2015

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — In the “Band of Brothers” miniseries, there is a line in the movie where the soldiers are told to make sure they sign up for life insurance to ensure their next-of-kin gets $10,000 upon the soldier’s death. While none of us are about to make a combat jump in 1944 to…

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Lessons learned in protecting social media accounts

Posted  January 29, 2015

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — On a Saturday afternoon in late November, I was informed about a political remark that appeared on my Director of Public Affairs Twitter feed. A staff member called to ask if I was aware of the re-tweet. At the time, I was on leave, out of the state, tending to my daughter…

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Adapt, overcome, succeed

Posted  January 29, 2015

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Change is inevitable, especially in today’s Air Force. If you’ve been serving for more than a few years, it’s likely you’ve experienced everything from new physical fitness requirements to the implementation of force management programs. Enlisted performance reports and feedback forms have been altered and changes to the promotion system are…

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Living in the New Normal

Posted  January 29, 2015

The Military Child Education Coalition, or MCEC, will be hosting Living in the New Normal Institute, Feb. 4-5. LINN-I is a free two-day institute outlining specific community resources, deployment information and practical strategies for encouraging resilience in all children. Some learning outcomes to expect from the training are differentiating affective aspects of children dealing with…

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Air Force, Army conduct joint service training

Posted  January 29, 2015

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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Local Briefs January 30, 2015

Posted  January 29, 2015

Claims notice for Technical Sergeant Christopher S. Byrd Technical Sergeant Christopher S. Byrd, formerly of the 51st Logistics Readiness Squadron, Osan Air Base, Korea, passed away 13 November 2014 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.  Anyone having knowledge of a claim for or against the deceased’s estate may contact the Summary Court Officer, 1st Lt…

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