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D-M sets standard for deployed Airmen tracker

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Desert Lightning Team members created an innovative tool, now Air Combat Command-wide, for leadership to track their Airmen downrange at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. Two Airmen from the 355th Communications Squadron crafted an official tool, called the Blue Line Tracker, to create a more simple way of keeping…

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AF uniform office designs for entire force; new modifications underway

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) — When an Airman gets dressed for his or her job, he or she dons apparel and equipment that were developed, produced, deployed, sustained, and modified by a group of fewer than 20 people working at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The Air Force Uniform Office (AFUO), Air Force Life…

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Standards don’t change – on duty or off

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do are core values that U.S. Air Force Airmen live by. Although these are important values for the Air Force, every base has their own principles that are essential to accomplishing the mission. Brig. Gen. Glen VanHerck, 7th Bomb…

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Prince Harry, former President Bush stress importance of healing invisible wounds

ORLANDO, Fla.(AFNS) — Great Britain’s Prince Harry, former President George W. Bush, and service members from each of their nations led a discussion at the 2016 Invictus Games Symposium on Invisible Wounds presented May 8 by the George W. Bush Institute here. Former first lady Laura Bush said she and the Bush Institute leadership were…

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Holocaust Day of Remembrance 2016

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Eight holocaust survivors told their harrowing tales of survival during the Holocaust Day of Remembrance at the Dove Chapel May 9. Dessert lightning team members were invited to listen to holocaust survivors’ personal stories and participate in a candle lighting ceremony to remember those who were lost. Sidney Finkel,…


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Sports

Passion vs. priorities

Posted  April 6, 2016

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. (AFNS) — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series. These stories focus on individual Airmen, highlighting their Air Force story.) Physical fitness doesn’t come easy for everyone — sometimes the drive to finish one more repetition or set a new personal best just doesn’t cut it. For…

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Defense

DoD launches new Civilian Performance Appraisal Program

Posted  April 6, 2016

WASHINGTON — Defense Department civilian employees are getting a new, standardized performance appraisal program as part of the department’s New Beginnings initiative. Paige Hinkle-Bowles, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for civilian personnel policy, said New Beginnings represents a series of requirements that grew out of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2010. “For us, it…

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People and Places

Please give tomorrow a chance

Posted  April 5, 2016

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — In March 1983, I was 16 years old and a senior in high school. I had a sister who was 17 and a brother who just turned 19. Through interesting circumstances, we were all seniors together. On Sunday, 4 March 1983, my brother committed suicide. That was a tough…

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Defense

DOD announces pilot tutoring program for service members

Posted  April 5, 2016

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AFNS) — Officials with the Defense Department Voluntary Education Program and the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) announced the launch of a pilot tutoring program that will provide service members with tutoring support at no cost, anytime, anywhere. “If a service member is struggling with a college course or simply needs…

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People and Places

Pararescueman looks to rejoin team despite losing leg

Posted  April 5, 2016

In July 2011, Staff Sgt. August O’Neill, U.S. Air Force pararescueman, was sent to rescue a unit of Marines pinned down in Afghanistan when enemy insurgents opened fire on his team’s helicopter. A round bounced off the door, tearing through both of O’Neill’s lower legs and critically wounding his left, resulting in 20 surgeries over…

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