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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…

(U.S. Air Force illustration by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski) Commentary

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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Safeguarding your digital footprint

Posted  October 16, 2014

JBSA LACKLAND, TEXAS — Social media is a great resource for Airmen and their families to share information and stay connected to relatives at home and abroad. Although many depend on these wonderful tools, recent events have encouraged us to re-evaluate our digital footprint to ensure our personal and professional information is protected from online predators and…

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Health & Safety

When responding to surveys, check to ensure they’re official

Posted  October 16, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Airmen around the world are asked to respond to many surveys, some of which are official and legitimate. Others, however, are not official and Airmen should not respond to them. According to Renee Tealer of the Air Force Survey Office, Air Force Personnel Center, Airmen typically get three types…

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AF releases criteria for new service medal

Posted  October 16, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS)  — Air Force officials released nomination criteria for the new Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal, following Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James’ May 27, authorization. The medal will be awarded to individuals for their direct support of nuclear deterrence operations. “This service medal provides a clearly visible way to recognize the dedication and…

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Airman uses LEAP experience to enhance AFSOUTH mission

Posted  October 9, 2014

The U.S. Air Force is made up of a diversely talented group of people whose personal skill sets often enhance their careers; one Davis-Monthan Airman is using his language and culture skills to support a unique Air Forces Southern mission. Capt. Kawika Berggren, a C-130 navigator by trade and a fluent Spanish speaker, who is…

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National Night Out at Davis-Monthan

Posted  October 9, 2014

The annual National Night Out event was held at Ironwood Park at Davis-Monthan, Oct. 2. The NNO is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness as well as strengthen neighborhood spirit and community partnerships.

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Local Briefs October 10, 2014

Posted  October 9, 2014

Claims Notice for Senior Airman Chase C. Corrao Senior Airman Chase C. Corrao of the 355th Communications Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, AZ passed away on September 28, 2014. Anyone having knowledge of claim for or against the deceased’s estate may contact the Summary Courts Officer, Capt. Sondra Williams, at 520-228-4110, 228-365-7256, or by email…

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Air Force rebuts report due to outdated data

Posted  October 9, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force believes a recent Department of Defense Inspector General report that critiqued Air Force MQ-9 procurement plans to buy 401 Reaper aircraft, stating that 46 aircraft may not be needed, is based on data that is out of date. “The data in the report is a year old,” said Lt Gen Robert…

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Commentary

A service-before-self mentality

Posted  October 9, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Do you have a service-before-self mentality? Do you take advantage of leadership opportunities? If you were nominated for a Developmental Special Duty, how would you respond if it was in a role you felt uncomfortable with? Would you volunteer to go on a deployment today if the opportunity presented itself? Back…

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Tucson’s rocket club to hold rare night launch

Posted  October 9, 2014

On Saturday, Oct. 11, dozens of rockets will light up the night sky west of Tucson at the Fall 2014 Night Launch hosted by the Southern Arizona Rocketry Association (SARA), Tucson’s own rocket club. This event is free to the general public. Rockets are not fireworks; they must return safely to ground, usually on one…

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Turning the page in financial improvement

Posted  October 9, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Oct. 1 marked not only the beginning of a new fiscal year but also the start of a new chapter in Air Force Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness that has been ten years in the making. The Air Force declared audit readiness July 8, meaning a component of the Air Force’s financial…

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