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Air Force photograph by Airman Nathan H. Barbour Salutes & Awards

From NCO to CGO

Around this time in 2015, Caroline Rodriguez was serving in the rank of technical sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. She still serves today, but in a slightly altered uniform and has assumed much more responsibility.

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First commander’s final celebration

Members of the Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Wing family gathered to celebrate the life and memory of retired Maj. Gen. Donald E. Morris during a ceremony in Tucson, Ariz., Oct. 14.

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier Local

Training detachment expands maintainers’ knowledge AF-wide

From the outside, it’s a barren building with no windows and few travelers through the doors, but down its concrete halls, Airmen from all over the world are expanding their knowledge on aircraft maintenance.

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Pioneering new ground

As the Air Force Reserve Command’s only unit-equipped, both actively and classically associated organization, the 924th Fighter Group stood up at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Ariz., in the spring of 2014.

Photo by Trisha A. Dennis Local

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebaration

FORT IRWIN, Calif. – September is Hispanic Heritage Month at Fort Irwin and over 150 Soldiers and family members attended the Hispanic Heritage celebration at the Sandy Basin Community Center, Wed. The guest speaker, Command Sgt. Maj. Eric J. Vidal, Regimental Support Squadron, 11th ACR Command Sergeant Major, shared his experiences of growing up in…

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AF program receives makeover

Posted  June 3, 2016

Air Force leadership launched its new idea suggestion program renamed Airmen Powered by Innovation in February 2014. The Air Force Vice Chief of Staff tasked Air Force leaders to streamline and consolidate four older idea generating programs to include Innovative Development through Employee Awareness, Productivity Enhancing Capital Investment,  best practices and the Air Force Smart…

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Chief becomes first AF E-9 to graduate Ranger School

Posted  June 3, 2016

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) — For more than two months, Ranger students train to exhaustion. They push the limits of their bodies, minds and souls, and on average, one in three candidates makes it through the grueling course. The average U.S. Army Ranger School student is in the rank of E-4 through E-6…

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

Airmen take on 50 summits challenge

Posted  June 3, 2016

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — A group of 19 individuals made up of U.S. Airmen, veterans and civilians summited Humphreys Peak, Ariz., Sunday in accordance with the U.S. Air Force 50 Summits Challenge. The challenge is an enduring effort focused on bringing Airmen in each of the 50 states to the highest points of…

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Forced distribution driving more promotions for top performers

Posted  June 3, 2016

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Results of the first promotion board using the forced distribution process were released May 25, highlighting a close connection between commander recommendations and those selected for promotion. “These results are achieving the intended purpose of the new evaluation and promotion systems we previewed to our enlisted force during last year’s roadshows,” said Lt….

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Father-son duo comes full circle at BMT graduation, retirement

Posted  June 3, 2016

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) — In the Air Force, countless parents have proudly watched their child graduate from basic military training, and countless children have seen their parents retire from service. On May 27 at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, a father and son did both on the same day, respectively. Col. Hernando J….

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