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Arizona Airmen memorialize fallen Iraqi fighter pilot

Members of the Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Wing honored the life and memory of Iraqi Air Force Brig. Gen. Rasid Mohammed Sideeq Hasan during a memorial service here July 7. Hasan died June 24 after his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed near Douglas, Arizona, during a night training mission.  He trained with Air Guard members…

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Viper Demo Team pilot ‘Rockets’ to new heights

  SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. — An F-16CM Fighting Falcon shoots into the air, flying at a speed of 400 knots as it is pulled through various maneuvers to demonstrate its capabilities. Maneuvering the aircraft through inversions, undergoing eight to nine times the force of gravity, and pushing the F-16 to its limits is Capt. Craig…

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Working group to study implications of transgender service

WASHINGTON – A Defense Department working group will study the policy and readiness implications of welcoming transgender persons to serve openly in the military, and its work will presume they can do so unless objective and practical impediments are identified, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced today. In a statement announcing the working group, Carter said…

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Run to the Sound of the Guns…Be a Servant Leader

Many of us have seen the best and worst in leadership throughout the course of our careers as Airmen. Usually we can think of two names, one good and one bad, that personify each bound of the leadership spectrum. This reality leads to the fact that even though we are called to be leaders in…

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Fuel systems repair hangar officially opens

The 355th Component Maintenance Squadron’s joint fuel cell repair hangar ribbon cutting ceremony was held July 13. The facility was constructed to improve efficiency within the joint fuel cell leading to the reduction in man hours and operating costs. The new hangar is Air Combat Command’s largest aircraft fuel systems repair section. It supports eight…


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NORAD prepares to track Santa’s flight

Posted  December 4, 2014

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — The North American Aerospace Defense Command’s NORAD Tracks Santa website, http://www.noradsanta.org, launched Dec. 1, featuring a mobile version, a holiday countdown, new games and daily activities and more. The website is available in eight languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Chinese. Official NORAD Tracks Santa…

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“Aiming High” and getting high not compatible for civilian, AF members

Posted  December 4, 2014

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah, — Voters in Alaska, Oregon and Washington D.C., recently joined Colorado in legalizing the possession and use of marijuana. Apart from Oregon, each area has large Air Force populations. Leaders say it’s important for military and civilian Airmen to remember that while American voters’ attitudes are shifting toward loosening restrictions on marijuana,…

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Retiree Will Night

Posted  December 4, 2014

The 355th Fighter Wing Legal Office has upgraded services provided for retirees by increasing their Retiree Will Nights. With the D-M area’s retiree, snowbird, population outnumbering active duty population about 2-to-1, their need for wills to be drafted or redrafted was in high demand. This demand prompted the legal office to pool their resources together…

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Local Briefs December 5, 2014

Posted  December 4, 2014

Claims Notice for Senior Airman Sean M. Morrissey Senior Airman Sean M. Morrissey of the 355th Civil Engineer Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base passed away on November 17. Anyone having knowledge of claim for or against the deceased’s estate may contact the Summary Courts Officer, Capt. Allen Lewis, at 520-228-3136, 479-304-8386, or by email at…

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New combat rescue helicopter HH-60W to perform personnel recovery mission

Posted  December 4, 2014

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio (AFNS)  — The Air Force has officially designated the new combat rescue helicopter (CRH) as the HH-60W. The need to acquire a new personnel recovery capability resulted in the June 2014 contract award to Sikorsky for eventual production and fielding of up to 112 aircraft with a potential value of approximately $7.9 billion….

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First sergeants to supervisors: Here are 4 things you should know

Posted  December 4, 2014

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. (AFNS) — There are approximately 2,600 active-duty Airmen assigned to Fairchild Air Force Base and nine fully trained, diamond-wearing first sergeants on duty. That’s a little more than 280 Airmen to one first shirt. This proportion is not uncommon at most bases around the command and the Air Force. Acting…

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Service members must update TSP by Jan. 31

Posted  December 4, 2014

Active duty members of the Army, Air Force or Navy making dollar-amount Roth contributions to a Thrift Savings Plan account should know that these deductions will stop on Jan. 31, unless action is taken. “The Roth [Thrift Savings Plan] contributions are going from a dollar figure to a percentage of pay,” said Kent Thompson, Financial…

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“Little people like you make Christmas better”

Posted  December 4, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — “It’s little people that make the difference. Little people like you.” The fictional character Frank Shirley pitched his “little people” Christmas message to Clark Griswold in the 1989 movie “Christmas Vacation.” Although demeaning in a comical way, the little people reference is seen over and over in classic Christmas stories. Little…

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Tool to safeguard PII scheduled for December rollout AF wide

Posted  December 4, 2014

OINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas–The Digital Signature Enforcement Tool is scheduled for Air Force-wide integration Dec. 5, providing Microsoft Outlook email users with an interactive, automated virtual assistant to help ensure the security of personally identifiable information “I can’t overstate the operational importance of preventing PII breaches,” said Maj. Gen. B. Edwin Wilson, commander of…

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AFSOUTH Liaison Officers: Embarking on a journey toward a promising future

Posted  November 26, 2014

Colonel Alex Voigt has only been serving as the Air Forces Southern Chilean Liaison Officer at Davis-Monthan for a couple of months, but with a history of Chilean LNOs reaching the rank of general and one even going on to serve as the top ranking officer in their country’s air force, Voigt is on track…

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