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Historic fighter squadron celebrates 98th birthday

One of America's oldest fighter squadrons celebrated its 98th birthday at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, Aug. 20.

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SecAF, CSAF, CMSAF present new “little blue book”

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody delivered the initial handout of the pamphlet, “America’s Air Force: A Profession of Arms,” Aug. 27 to the Air Force’s newest Airmen at Airmen’s Week.

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Arming the RPAs

Airmen from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron provide every munition that is loaded onto an MQ-1B Predator or MQ-9 Reaper at Kandahar Airfield; without them, the RPAs wouldn’t be able to provide combat airpower in Afghanistan.

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Warfighter of the Week: Staff Sgt. Brad Johannes

Staff Sgt. Brad Johannes, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) manager of engineering operations, was recognized as the Warfighter of the Week, August 24.

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AF Senior leaders give State of the Air Force address

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III held a State of the Air Force address at the Pentagon, Aug. 24. The first topic of discussion was about Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone’s heroic actions aboard a train in France. James…


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Legal Corner: Avoiding ‘bird-dogging’

Posted  August 17, 2015

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — Scams aimed at taking advantage of U.S. military members are nothing new; however, one such scam, “bird-dogging,” has re-emerged as a threat to Service members’ financial security. Bird-dogging refers to the act of soliciting sales for a third party and is illegal both on and off base. One example occurs when a…

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D-M rescuers assist with F-16 crash recovery

Posted  August 17, 2015

When help is needed, pararescuemen known as “PJs” and air crew from Air Force Reserve rescue squadrons at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base fly to assist. Sometimes, the outcome is cheerful; sometimes, it is sober. One such sober mission occurred in the dark evening hours of June 24, when two HH-60s got the call to assist…

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Southern Methodist University receives honors from Raytheon

Posted  August 17, 2015

DALLAS (SMU) – Raytheon Company has named Southern Methodist University (SMU) as a strategic partner in cyber research based on the company’s collaborative efforts with the Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security in SMU’s Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering.   The strategic partnership includes joint research projects in cyber security, Raytheon internships for SMU students,…

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AF selects 13,269 for staff sergeant, release date Aug. 20

Posted  August 17, 2015

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The Air Force selected 13,269 for promotion to staff sergeant out of 39,260 considered during the 2015 E5 cycle, for a 33.8 percent selection rate. The staff sergeant promotion selection list will be posted to the myPers enlisted promotion page Aug. 20 at 8 a.m. CDT. The list…

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Face of Defense: New York Guard Officer Becomes Champion Powerlifter

Posted  August 17, 2015

WEBSTER, N.Y.— What started as a weightlifting hobby at the gym while deployed at Guantanamo Bay in 2011 and 2012 has become a record-breaking event for New York Army National Guard Capt. Jeremy Hillyard. Hillyard, a battle-staff officer in the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team headquarters based in Syracuse, took five prizes in the Aug….

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9th CMSAF laid to rest

Posted  August 17, 2015

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va. (AFNS) — “If you’ve met Chief Binnicker, you’ve met an icon — a hero, a legend,” said Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force, James A. Cody. Cody said these words as he delivered the eulogy for former Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James C. Binnicker at the Fort…

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Chaplain office supports Rescue mission

Posted  August 17, 2015

The military as a whole prides itself in promoting a “comprehensive fitness” model of health, and one major component is spiritual health. With a goal of supporting each individual’s personal faith beliefs, the U.S. Air Force and Reserve chaplain’s corps encourages members to attend services that enhance their spiritual lives. Ch. (Maj.) Andre Mooney, 943rd…

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Exchange shoppers can win $1,000 by using a MILITARY STAR card

Posted  August 17, 2015

DALLAS – Every time military shoppers swipe their MILITARY STAR® card with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, they are earning a chance to win big with the MILITARY STAR® and Ashley Gives Back Sweepstakes. Through December, authorized shoppers will automatically earn one entry into the sweepstakes every time they use a MILITARY STAR®…

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Military and civilian first responders partner in Pathfinder-Minutemen exercise

Posted  August 17, 2015

CAMP RILEA, Ore. — U.S. Air Force Reserve pararescuemen from the 304th Rescue Squadron — a geographically-separated unit belonging to the 943rd Rescue Group — participated in Operation Pathfinder-Minuteman at Camp Rilea, Astoria, OR, as part of an earthquake/tsunami disaster drill Aug. 4-6. More than 250 participants from U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM), U.S. Air Force Reserve, Army…

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Keep motorcycle riding fun – keep it safe

Posted  August 13, 2015

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Arizona — Many motorcyclists dream of riding during the summer, but without the right training it can quickly turn into a nightmare. “The cause of most motorcycle injuries we see are caused by lack of discipline,” said Staff Sgt. Jason De Jesus, 56th Fighter Wing Ground Safety technician. “Military riders receive more training…

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