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Historic fighter squadron celebrates 98th birthday

One of America's oldest fighter squadrons celebrated its 98th birthday at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, Aug. 20.

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SecAF, CSAF, CMSAF present new “little blue book”

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody delivered the initial handout of the pamphlet, “America’s Air Force: A Profession of Arms,” Aug. 27 to the Air Force’s newest Airmen at Airmen’s Week.

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Arming the RPAs

Airmen from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron provide every munition that is loaded onto an MQ-1B Predator or MQ-9 Reaper at Kandahar Airfield; without them, the RPAs wouldn’t be able to provide combat airpower in Afghanistan.

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Warfighter of the Week: Staff Sgt. Brad Johannes

Staff Sgt. Brad Johannes, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) manager of engineering operations, was recognized as the Warfighter of the Week, August 24.

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AF Senior leaders give State of the Air Force address

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III held a State of the Air Force address at the Pentagon, Aug. 24. The first topic of discussion was about Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone’s heroic actions aboard a train in France. James…


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An innocent dream born from chaos

Posted  February 5, 2015

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va.  — In the early hours the morning of Dec. 20, 1989, when most living within Panama City were sleeping, a 10-year-old boy and his family were awakened by explosions and helicopters overhead. The family exited their home, only to witness pandemonium; buildings burning down, people running, screaming. War was reality for Arjune Haynes…

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A call to mentorship

Posted  February 5, 2015

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. — A good Airmen seeks out personal and professional development to ensure their growth as a wingman, leader and warrior. January is National Mentorship Month and ensuring “excellence in all we do” means making mentorship a part of every day. “I’m where I am today because people took the time to mentor…

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Airman leads way in combating sexual assault

Posted  February 5, 2015

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Rape is a dirty word. But it’s not the word that is dirty, it’s the action. At a U.S. Air Force Warfare Center reporting unit, one Airman is going above and beyond to combat this violation to the Air Force, its Airmen and its mission. And the service’s leadership has taken…

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A-10s provide close air support for Green Flag exercise

Posted  February 5, 2015

Members of the 357th Fighter Squadron were given a unique opportunity to participate in Green Flag-West 15-03 during these past two weeks. Green Flag-West 15-03 is a joint close-air support exercise with the U.S. Army taking place at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. “This is a really unique opportunity for us because…

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Paving the Way

Posted  February 5, 2015

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — People often think of diversity in the workplace as being defined as the hiring of different races and cultures. The Air Force envisions diversity to be more in-depth. According to the Air Force Instruction 36-7001, the Air Force broadly defines diversity as a composite of individual characteristics, experiences and abilities consistent…

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Maintaining the technological edge

Posted  February 5, 2015

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry O. Spencer urged members of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) to help the service maintain their technological edge at their winter board meeting Jan. 27. “We need your help,” Spencer said. “We need the expertise you provide because it is really critical….

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Special Operations develops ‘Iron Man’ Suit

Posted  January 29, 2015

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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Financial responsibility — vital to readiness

Posted  January 29, 2015

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — In the “Band of Brothers” miniseries, there is a line in the movie where the soldiers are told to make sure they sign up for life insurance to ensure their next-of-kin gets $10,000 upon the soldier’s death. While none of us are about to make a combat jump in 1944 to…

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Lessons learned in protecting social media accounts

Posted  January 29, 2015

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — On a Saturday afternoon in late November, I was informed about a political remark that appeared on my Director of Public Affairs Twitter feed. A staff member called to ask if I was aware of the re-tweet. At the time, I was on leave, out of the state, tending to my daughter…

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Adapt, overcome, succeed

Posted  January 29, 2015

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Change is inevitable, especially in today’s Air Force. If you’ve been serving for more than a few years, it’s likely you’ve experienced everything from new physical fitness requirements to the implementation of force management programs. Enlisted performance reports and feedback forms have been altered and changes to the promotion system are…

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