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Alisa Deuermeyer, a volunteer at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., laughs as U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Scott Fridinger, additional duty first sergeant assigned to the Air Combat Command Communications Support Squadron, performs a card trick at Langley Air Force Base, Va., Oct. 21, 2015. Veterans

Face of Defense: ‘Magic’ NCO Reaches Airmen, Veterans

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — From a distance, Air Force Master Sgt. Scott Fridinger, the first sergeant for the Air Combat Command Communications Support Squadron, looks like any other senior noncommissioned officer; his uniform is in order, military-issued silver glasses frame his eyes, his hair trimmed with precision. But what makes Fridinger unique is what…

(U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis) Air Force

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…

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jake Carter) People and Places

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…

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley N. Steffen) Events

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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DeCA collects 1.6M pounds in Feds Feed Families items

Posted  October 22, 2015

FORT LEE, Va. – The Defense Commissary Agency has just finished a record-breaking year for its participation in the Feds Feed Families campaign, chalking up a 64-percent increase in donations, with a total of more than 1.6 million pounds of grocery items collected for area food banks. During the 2015 campaign, which ran from July…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. James Hodgman)

ACC Commander: “You are the greatest of your generation”

Posted  October 26, 2015

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar — More than 300 members of Al Udeid Air Base filled the Coalition Compound Theater Oct. 21 to hear U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, share his perspective on several topics during an all-call event. A resounding message the general delivered was one of thanks. “Thank you…

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Air Force releases new SAPR strategy

Posted  October 28, 2015

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force leaders released a five-year Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Strategy that will guide the Air Force in developing a robust prevention model while continually honing response capabilities today. The secretary, chief of staff and chief master sergeant of the Air Force signed a foreword to the strategy charging all Airmen…

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Leading the way: A spark to start a fire

Posted  October 28, 2015

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — As a leader, do not let your ego get in the way.  Stand tall, but not above everyone else.  Do not tell people what to do, show them.  Showing them is what leading is all about.  When you show them, you are creating that spark.  Much like a fire, it all…

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(U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Martie Moore)
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Have fun, be safe this Halloween

Posted  October 28, 2015

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.  — When I was a kid, my favorite character and what I dressed up as for Halloween was this homemade Godzilla costume my mom made.  It wasn’t anything extraordinary as the costumes in today’s world are, but I was a huge Godzilla fan and it was something “unique” in my small town…

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