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Safeguarding ground troops from above

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Roaring his way down the runway in a 43 thousand pound machine, Maj. Vincent Sherer pilots an A-10 Thunderbolt II into the skies of Afghanistan to provide overwatch and close air support for ground forces operating throughout the country. Sherer, a pilot with the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing deployed from Davis-Monthan Air Force…

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Navy unit trains with D-M

Sailors from Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Calif. conducted joint training with A-10C Thunderbolt II squadrons and Combat Search and Rescue units here Nov. 3-15, 2014. Five MH-60S Knighthawks from the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 4 Black Knights flew with the 48th and 55th Rescue Squadrons, as well as the 354th Fighter Squadron….

(U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Courtney Richardson) Veterans

WWII pilot reunited with P-47

Sitting in a wheelchair with images of airplanes on his shirt and a U.S. Army Air Corps hat on his head, 92-year-old retired Air National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 2 Robert Hertel was reunited with the P-47 Thunderbolt during the Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course here Feb. 28. After being wheeled out to the…

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Annual D-M 50 picnic scheduled for March 14

The annual DM-50 picnic will be held Saturday, March 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bama Park. The picnic is a free event for active duty members, families, retirees and any guests sponsored onto the base. The DM-50 will be providing a variety of free entertainment, food, drinks and events. The picnic will…

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41 EECS Scorpions execute theater electronic warfare

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — With more than 6,600 sorties and 38,000 flying hours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the 41st Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron provides premier counter-communications electronic attack capabilities here. The unit flies the EC-130H Compass Call aircraft which is configured to execute worldwide information warfare tactics.  It conducts electronic attack operations in order to…


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Are You Ready?

Posted  July 17, 2014

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — When Air Force leadership announced they would need to cut about 25,000 Airmen over the next five years, many people wondered if they would be affected. A variety of programs were announced, including several allowing Airmen the option to retire early. The Air Force also allowed some Airmen the option to…

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DoD official provides consumer tips on avoiding scammers

Posted  July 17, 2014

Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity WASHINGTON – Service members and their families can be easy targets for scammers, and financial education is key to prevention, the deputy director of the Pentagon’s office of family policy and children and youth said. In an interview with DoD News, Navy Cmdr. Peter Hoegel noted that…

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Health & Safety

Be physically prepared for summer sports to prevent injury

Posted  July 17, 2014

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — Winter has ended and many people are headed outdoors to play their favorite sports, but couch potatoes beware. Summer is one of the most dangerous seasons for sport injuries. Children and adults should properly prepare and ease into summer sports such as basketball, track and field, football, golf or soccer to…

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Lifer: Oath of enlistment has no expiration date

Posted  July 17, 2014

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — After the alarm sounded and the Airman took cover in a nearby bunker, thinking he would be safe. That was until a rocket landed inside exploding upon impact. As a team of medics worked to locate survivors, they came across the Airman and pronounced him dead on scene. Tossing him aside…

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Airmen’s Roll Call: One Air Force. One Team.

Posted  July 17, 2014

Roll Call! We have nearly 690,000 Airmen in our Air Force, from 4 distinct components: Active Duty, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and Civilian Airmen – without question the Strength of our Team. The components have different backgrounds and cultures, with varying capability and capacity, but only when we join forces do we become…

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Salutes & Awards

AF selects 9,403 for promotion to staff sergeant

Posted  July 17, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Of the 36,739 eligible senior airman eligible for promotion to staff sergeant, 9,403 were selected, a 25.59 percent selection rate, Air Force officials said July 10. The average score for those selected was 291.91. Selectees’ average time in grade was 2.03 years and time in service was 4.51 years….

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Health & Safety

Summer heat brings dangers for man’s best friend

Posted  July 17, 2014

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — As summer continues to funnel its way into the desert southwest, temperatures continue to soar above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Many people enjoy a day at the pool and barbeques, but others enjoy time with pets. It is important to remember the proper precautions to take in order to keep pets safe…

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Davis-Monthan hosts Hawgsmoke 2014

Posted  July 10, 2014

The 355th Fighter Wing will host 14 A-10 teams from around the world for the 8th biannual bombing, missile, and tactical gunnery competition known as Hawgsmoke July 9-12. The competition focuses on A-10 tactics such as moving target strafe techniques, GPS-out navigation, and degraded weapons delivery. Both the individual and team portions of the competition…

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Health & Safety

DoD announces new award for sexual assault prevention innovation

Posted  July 10, 2014

WASHINGTON – Defense Department officials today announced the first Sexual Assault Prevention Innovation Award to recognize military and civilian contributions that advance the department’s goals of preventing sexual assault. Core elements of the military’s strategy to prevent sexual assault include the promotion of innovative ideas and enhanced collaboration among the services, officials said. In May,…

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TRICARE offers 24/7 nurse advice line

Posted  July 10, 2014

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Sometimes it is difficult to know if and when to seek medical help for an acute health problem, so having professional assistance at a moment’s notice is invaluable. The Military Health System’s new Nurse Advice Line for TRICARE beneficiaries does just that. As of April 2014, TRICARE beneficiaries in the continental…

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