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F-15E Strike Eagle students complete training at D-M

Student pilots from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., have been training here since June 17. Fourteen F-15E Strike Eagles from the 334th Fighter Squadron, as well as pilots and Weapons Systems Officers came to D-M to complete the Surface Attack Tactics phase of their training. “We’re a formal training unit that teaches brand new Strike Eagle pilots…

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Monsoon season blows in storms, rain, dust

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZONA — Arizona is known for being sunny with clear skies for the majority of the year, but every year “it” happens. As the clouds roll in, the sky darkens with thunderbolts streaming overhead, and the first drops of rain hit the desert ground. Monsoon season is here. “During monsoon season, you’ll have…

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Living the American Dream

SOUTHWEST ASIA — On Christmas day in 1991, the Soviet flag flew over the Kremlin in Moscow for the last time. People across the country took what jobs they could find, getting paid a fraction of what they made before as the local currency became nearly worthless. The burden of the country’s uncertain direction weighed heavily on…

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More than just Ms. Congeniality: Airman competes for homeless female veterans

For Tech. Sgt. Charmaine Pozo, the Ms. Veteran America contest was not about glamourous pageantry. It was about tireless advocacy – for a minimally acknowledged segment of those who have served in uniform: homeless female veterans. “Currently, female veterans – an estimated 55,000 of them on a daily basis – are the fastest growing homeless…

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AFSOUTH Airmen visit orphans, deliver gifts to those in need

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AFNS) — Up a winding mountain road through the mountains of Honduras, about an hour outside the city of Tegucigalpa, is the town of Casa de Corderitos, a small community of orphaned and neglected children. This is where Airmen from 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) decided to spend some of their downtime…


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AF updates voluntary education programs for FY15

Posted  October 2, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Active-duty Airmen who want to take advantage of military assistance programs for voluntary education in the coming academic year will experience several changes beginning Oct. 1. Air Force Credentialing Opportunities Online, or AF COOL, will take the place of the military tuition assistance, or MilTA, certification program for enlisted and total-force Airmen…

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Resiliency: Does your mind run your body?

Posted  October 2, 2014

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. — “Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up… but the body is never tired if the mind…

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Local Briefs

Posted  October 2, 2014

Join AFOSI We are an elite, prestigious Law Enforcement and Counterintelligence organization—in fact, THE elite, prestigious military organization, known around the world for our professional and thorough criminal, fraud, and counterintelligence investigations. We are a hard-working, select few who not only serve our country in the Air Force, but also serve the greatest men and…

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Enlisted promotion test production begins

Posted  October 2, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Air Force has begun its forty fourth year of enlisted promotion test production. This year, for the 2014 promotion testing cycle, 226 promotion tests were administered to support the Weighted Airman Promotion System (WAPS) and the United States Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Promotion System. “Today’s Air Force…

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Special delivery for 355th CONS

Posted  October 2, 2014

Col. Stephen Renner, 355th Fighter Wing vice commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Ryan Peterson, 355th FW command chief master sergeant, deliver pizza to the 355th Contracting Squadron here, Sept. 30. Renner and Peterson delivered the pizza as a token of thanks to the 355th CONS for working through the evening and into the early morning…

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A master marksman and Arizona Air Guardsman

Posted  October 2, 2014

Tech. Sgt. Daniel Rodriquez’s days at the 162nd Wing are filled with arranging frequencies for new equipment and maintaining communications-based systems. When he is not directly engaged in the Air Force global information grid, the Tucson-native focuses on another type of military-inspired endeavor: competitive marksmanship “I’ve always had a knack for shooting and when I…

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Airmen must revalidate dependents by Dec. 31

Posted  October 2, 2014

By Dec. 31, every Airman will be required to provide their servicing finance office with documentation for all dependents as part of Air Force audit readiness efforts. This one-time, Air Force-wide recertification process will allow the Air Force to validate Airmen’s basic allowance for housing entitlements, ensuring every dollar of the $5.4 billion the Air…

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Health & Safety

Allow time to prepare pet for overseas PCS move

Posted  October 2, 2014

Your family is on orders, preparing to leave the U.S. to go overseas, and it’s time to think about shipping your dog or cat. Since aircraft pet space is very limited, contact your transportation office as early as possible to book. Department of Defense regulations limit pet shipment to two pets to Families in PCS…

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AF to change instructions for oaths

Posted  September 25, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS)  — The Air Force has instructed force support offices across the service to allow both enlisted members and officers to omit the words “So help me God” from enlistment and officer appointment oaths if an Airman chooses. In response to concerns raised by Airmen, the Department of the Air Force requested an opinion…

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Draft Total Force Training Environmental Assessment available for public review

Posted  September 25, 2014

The revised draft Environmental Assessment for Total Force Training (formerly Operation Snowbird) was released by Air Combat Command here today. The release initiates a 30-day public comment period, which ends October 23.  Substantive public comments submitted by that date will be considered before the Air Force makes any determinations on the proposal.  These comments will…

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