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Special Operations develops ‘Iron Man’ Suit

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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Air Force, Army conduct joint service training

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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Airman pulls woman from burning vehicle

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — For Tech. Sgt. Justin Mahana, 823rd Maintenance Squadron support section chief, life is about helping those in need. When the 17-year veteran learned a coworker’s truck had broken down two-and-a-half hours away in Lake Havasu, Arizona, he volunteered his truck, trailer and time to help the junior Airman get it back…

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Arizona Air Guard to watch over Super Bowl XLIX

Pilots and F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 162nd Wing’s Aerospace Control Alert Detachment at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base may take to the skies to help protect thousands of spectators at Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Arizona, Feb. 1. Arizona’s Air National Guard is among the units teaming up with the North American Aerospace Defense Command in…

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Adventure in Alaska: Officer looks to mush dogs in Iditarod

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series on AF.mil. These stories focus on a single Airman, highlighting their Air Force story.) Snow and trees are all that can be seen for miles while the bitter cold nips at any piece of exposed skin. Maj. Roger…


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DeCA begins rollout of Commissary Rewards Card

Posted  September 20, 2012

FORT LEE, Va — The Defense Commissary Agency is making progress in its rollout of the Commissary Rewards Card that will soon allow customers to access and redeem digital coupons at all of its stores. Testing began Aug. 8 at the Fort Lee Commissary, Va., eventually moving to 30 stores by the end of the…

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HC-130P takes its final flight on D-M

Posted  September 20, 2012

The HC-130P executed its final mission at the D-M flightline on Sept. 12. The 79th Rescue Squadron, the only HC-130 squadron on D-M, will soon utilize the HC-130J…

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AFPC to improve unemployment comp process

Posted  September 20, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Half-a-dozen personnelists here recently completed a rapid improvement event to review Air Force management of the nonappropriated fund, appropriated fund and military unemployment compensation programs, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Last year, AFPC requested an official audit of the appropriated fund civilian and military processes to help…

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Operation Snowbird public comment period

Posted  September 20, 2012

The U.S. Air Force is extending the public comment period for the draft Environmental Assessment concerning Operation Snowbird here until Oct. 4. This additional 20-day extension allows citizens more time to analyze the proposal to implement National Guard Training Plan 60-1 supporting Operation Snowbird. The public comment period began July 31, 2012. The Air Force…

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Don’t worry, help is here

Posted  September 20, 2012

Mental health plays an essential role in shaping one’s life. A person free of excessive anxiety, stress and worry is more capable of living life to the fullest. A mentally fit person maintains a positive self image and interacts well with co-workers, family and friends. With this in mind, the Air Force Reserve Command created…

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Protocol can handle that

Posted  September 20, 2012

The 355th Protocol office can be called a Jack-of-all-trades that wears many hats. From distinguished visitor stays to the Air Force Ball, Protocol has a hand in ensuring a multitude of base events run smoothly. One of their main duties is DV hospitality. These important guests can range from Air Force leaders to foreign dignitaries…

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GOV service station closure

Posted  September 20, 2012

The Main Military Service Station and the AMARG Service Station will be closed Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. for end of year closeout. Both service stations will reopen Oct. 1 at approximately 6:00 a.m. Please ensure your govern-ment vehicles are filled prior to this timeframe. All emer-gency vehicles (SFS, Fire Dept., Ambulances, etc.) can be…

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Four kids, the STAHD and an Air Force mom

Posted  September 20, 2012

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Their kids tell other kids at school, “My momma wears combat boots.” This isn’t your typical Air Force family.

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Disciplined Airmen lead to disciplined life

Posted  September 20, 2012

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — As I prepared to prepare (procrastination!) for this commentary, I remember beginning the all important first step — brainstorming! I bounced from topic to topic, everything from the recent F-35 excitement to the roles supervisors have in today’s Air Force to what was on sale at the Base Exchange….

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Study references available for 2013 promotion cycle

Posted  September 20, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Air Force has begun its 43rd year of enlisted promotion test production. During the 2012 promotion cycle, 240 unique promotion tests were administered to support the Weighted Airman Promotion System and the U.S. Air Force Senior NCO Promotion System. “Today’s Air Force continues to write fair, valid, credible,…

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