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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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Salutes & Awards

New commander takes reins of 12th AF, AFSOUTH

Posted  January 8, 2015

Lieutenant Gen. Chris Nowland took the reins of 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) in a ceremony Dec. 19 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. “I am very humbled to have an opportunity to affect the 12th Air Force community in helping to produce the ready warriors needed to fight the threats faced by our nation,”…

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Local Briefs January 9, 2015

Posted  January 8, 2015

NARFE chapter 55 to meet January 12, 11 a.m. – Golden Corral The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Association, Chapter 55, will hold their next monthly luncheon meeting on Monday January 12 at the Golden Corral, 4380 East 22nd Street, Tucson, AZ 85711. The luncheon starts at 11 a.m. and ends about 1:30…

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Health & Safety

Want to quit smoking? Here’s how

Posted  January 8, 2015

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — By using the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, all federal employees and retirees – as well as their spouses and dependents – have full access to evidence-based tobacco cessation treatments at no out-of-pocket cost. FEHB covers an estimated 8 million people, including 2.2 million active federal employees, 1.9 million retirees,…

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Boeing completes successful first flight in KC-46 program

Posted  January 8, 2015

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) —  The KC-46 Pegasus development program completed its first flight of Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) aircraft #1 Dec. 28. EMD #1 is a provisioned 767-2C freighter and the critical building block for the KC-46 missionized aerial refueler. The maiden flight took off at 9:29 AM PST from Paine…

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Health & Safety

AF government travel cards receive tech upgrade

Posted  January 8, 2015

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Beginning this month, Citibank is issuing chip and PIN-enabled government travel cards (GTC) to new card applicants, individuals whose cards will expire in 2015 and individuals who have reported lost or stolen cards. This is the first phase in a multi-phased rollout, which will enhance the security and convenience of government travel…

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Health & Safety

Air Force makes strides in combating sexual assault

Posted  January 8, 2015

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Eight-hundred fewer Active-Duty Airmen experienced some form of unwanted sexual contact in fiscal year 2014 than in fiscal 2012, and 500 more Airmen reported the crime over the same period. This data was part of a report provided to the President, Dec. 2, that summarizes the progress the Department of Defense and…

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The end of an era signals new beginnings for security forces

Posted  January 8, 2015

SILVER FLAG ALPHA, Nevada  — Ninety-five security forces Airmen from around the country attended the 99th Ground Combat Training Squadron’s last Base Security Operations course at the Silver Flag Alpha Range Complex outside of Las Vegas Dec. 6-20, 2014. The Airmen not only received critical pre-deployment skills during their course, but they unknowingly became part of…

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World

Kabul Afghan Airmen complete FAST training

Posted  January 8, 2015

FOWARD OPERATING BASE OQAB, Afghanistan (AFNS) — As American security forces transition to Resolute Support, it is important that Afghan security forces can secure their own country. Recently another step was taken in this direction when eight Afghan air force security forces airmen graduated the first Kabul Air Wing Fly-Away Security Team training, providing additional…

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DOD releases 2015 military pay, compensation rates

Posted  January 8, 2015

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Defense Department announced the 2015 military pay and compensation rates for service members Dec. 22, with most service members receiving a 1 percent increase in basic pay. The new rates for basic pay, basic allowance for housing (BAH), basic allowance for subsistence (BAS), and the cost of living allowance (COLA) rates…

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Local

D-M Airman receives early gift before the holidays

Posted  January 8, 2015

What seemed to be a normal visit from base leadership to the Civil Engineer Squadron’s Emergency Management building, quickly unveiled itself to be a career-changing day for a young staff sergeant. The 355th Fighter Wing commander and command chief stopped by under the cover of discussing the success of a recent exercise. “I was under…

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