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Policy changes allow Airmen to retrain into special operations

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — In a move to meet the high-demand signal for the Air Force’s Battlefield Airmen, the service announced changes to retraining and cross-flow, outlined in a policy memorandum dated April 25. The changes allow Airmen to be released from their current jobs in the Air Force to cross-train into the Special Tactics career…

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Air Force Brothers: piloting their careers since birth

(U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman Jackson N. Haddon)ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — The year was 2013; the President of the United States was flying to Israel for Passover and three C-17 Globemaster III’s and one C-5 Galaxy would be accompanying him. Two of the pilots had more than the mission in common; they…

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First-female amputee to return to cockpit

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. –After an above-the-knee amputation, one HC-130J pilot solidified her place in history as the sixth amputee and the first-female amputee to return to the cockpit July 22. Following nearly 15 months of rehabilitation, learning to walk, run and fly again, U.S. Air Force Capt. Christy Wise, 71st Rescue Squadron HC-130J…

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Goldfein hosts first town hall with CMSAF

The Air Force’s top officer and enlisted leader hosted a town hall forum in the Boyd Auditorium at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., July 20, 2016.

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Research, technology aid effort to help TBI patients

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Since the Vietnam War, doctors have seen an increase in service members returning from combat with traumatic brain injuries from blasts. At the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), a directorate of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, doctors and therapists use research and technology to help service members with…


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Soldier plans bike ride to support STEM education

Posted  July 19, 2016

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — In just a few months, an Army Reserve soldier went from driving around town to participating in a three-day, 150-mile bike ride to raise money and awareness for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. Army Spc. Terry Cunningham, with the 7th Mission Support Command’s 406th Human Resources Company, will be riding in the “Cycle…

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Air Force

214th RG bolts toward future with new commander

Posted  July 19, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. — A former vice commander for the 9th Air Expeditionary Task Force in Afghanistan assumed command of the 214th Reconnaissance Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base July 9. Col. James Thompson, an Arizona native who returns home after 22 years of active duty service, took over from Lt. Col. Brian Grasky, who served as the interim commander…

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Commentary

Pokémon, Don’t

Posted  July 18, 2016

Watch out! Everyone’s favorite game from the 90s is back, this time in form of a mobile phone application. That’s right, with Nintendo’s release of its new Pokémon Go mobile game, people across America are catching Pokémon fever again. Confused about how the game works? Well, Pokémon Go uses your mobile phone’s GPS to spot…

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Air Force

Love for the job fuels crew chief’s passion to fix jets

Posted  July 18, 2016

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan (AFNS) — Instead of the usual roar of F-16 Fighting Falcons preparing for another flight here, a soft, warm breeze skirting across the flightline carried the ound of tools clanking against metal. In the depths of a hangar, an Air Force crew chief worked diligently to solve the most recent maintenance challenge…

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Defense

Air dominance and the critical role of fifth generation fighters

Posted  July 15, 2016

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Gen. Hawk Carlisle, the Air Combat Command commander, discussed the importance of air superiority and the need to assure it by modernizing the combat air force during a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee in Washington, D.C., July 13. This is the second of two hearings…

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