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Air Force photograph by Airman Nathan H. Barbour Salutes & Awards

From NCO to CGO

Around this time in 2015, Caroline Rodriguez was serving in the rank of technical sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. She still serves today, but in a slightly altered uniform and has assumed much more responsibility.

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First commander’s final celebration

Members of the Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Wing family gathered to celebrate the life and memory of retired Maj. Gen. Donald E. Morris during a ceremony in Tucson, Ariz., Oct. 14.

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier Local

Training detachment expands maintainers’ knowledge AF-wide

From the outside, it’s a barren building with no windows and few travelers through the doors, but down its concrete halls, Airmen from all over the world are expanding their knowledge on aircraft maintenance.

Air Force photograph by Tech. Sgt. Louis Vega Jr. Local

Pioneering new ground

As the Air Force Reserve Command’s only unit-equipped, both actively and classically associated organization, the 924th Fighter Group stood up at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Ariz., in the spring of 2014.

Photo by Trisha A. Dennis Local

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebaration

FORT IRWIN, Calif. – September is Hispanic Heritage Month at Fort Irwin and over 150 Soldiers and family members attended the Hispanic Heritage celebration at the Sandy Basin Community Center, Wed. The guest speaker, Command Sgt. Maj. Eric J. Vidal, Regimental Support Squadron, 11th ACR Command Sergeant Major, shared his experiences of growing up in…

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New AF development planning effort key to third offset

Posted  April 21, 2016

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) — In 2030 and beyond, the Air Force will achieve air superiority with a networked family of capabilities that may include legacy systems like the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II, new concepts such as manned/unmanned teaming, and advanced weapons including lasers, hypersonic munitions, or cyber capabilities. To help…

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NATO-Russia Council to meet for first time since 2014

Posted  April 19, 2016

WASHINGTON — NATO and Russian officials have much to discuss during the NATO-Russia Council meeting in Brussels tomorrow. “We will address … the crisis in and around Ukraine, military activity, transparency, risk reductions and Afghanistan” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said today. The alliance kept open lines of communication at the ambassadorial level, but this will be the first…

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Health & Safety

TRICARE improves mental health care, treatment

Posted  April 19, 2016

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) — People in distress may hesitate to reach out for help due to perceived stigma associated with seeking mental health treatment. This perception and the belief that care may be hard to get, may prevent some people who need care from getting it. TRICARE has worked hard to eliminate potential barriers…

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AF introduces Air Superiority 2030 study

Posted  April 19, 2016

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force introduced the results of a yearlong study focused on developing capability options to ensure joint force air superiority in 2030 and beyond during an Air Force Association breakfast April 7 in Arlington, Virginia. According to Lt. Gen. Mike Holmes, the Air Force deputy chief of staff for strategic plans…

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633 mph — nothing to mach

Posted  April 18, 2016

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — “Ten, nine, eight, seven, six…” A steady voice reads through a crackling radio atop a roughly hewn 2×4 wooden shelf, adding lumber to the smells of coffee and aftershave inside the enclosed trailer. Red LED numbers attached to the radio flash their faint light as they drop toward zero….

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