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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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The wait is over…E-3 Block 40/45 deploys to combat theater

Posted  November 19, 2015

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — The long-awaited, highly anticipated deployment of the E-3 “Sentry” Airborne Warning and Control System Block 40/45 aircraft is finally over, with the arrival of the first upgraded weapon system to a combat theater of operations. The first E-3G arrived in Southwest Asia Nov. 18, marking the deployment of the most comprehensive…

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EUCOM implements travel restrictions to France

Posted  November 18, 2015

STUTTGART, Germany (AFNS) — United States European Command has implemented travel restrictions to France that apply to all Defense Department personnel. Specifically, unofficial travel (leave, liberty and special pass) to France is prohibited. This EUCOM policy applies to U.S. military personnel, DOD civilian employees, contractors and command-sponsored dependents and family members. Paris travel This prohibition…

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The unstoppable Airman

Posted  November 18, 2015

PEORIA, Ill. (AFNS) — Airman 1st Class Tanya Brown was a fulltime everything three years ago — beautician, livestock farmer, college student, wife and mother to four children. Then, not being one to shy away from a challenge, the 35 year old decided to join the Air National Guard. Along the way, she earned a…

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AETC battles National ‘epidemic’

Posted  November 18, 2015

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — What’s worse than drinking and driving? According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, texting and driving. As a matter of fact, texting while driving is about six times more likely to cause an accident than driving intoxicated. That’s why Air Education and Training Command is running…

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Boxer fights for country, friends

Posted  November 18, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In 2015, Army Capt. Boyd “The Rainmaker” Melson became the World Boxing Council’s U.S. junior middleweight champion. Melson, an Army reservist assigned to the 1st Mobilization Support Group in Fort Totten, New York, also is a U.S. Military Academy graduate, a four-time U.S. Army champion and a three-time National Collegiate Boxing Association…

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