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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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AF integrates TAP into new Military Lifecycle Model

Posted  October 2, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The redesigned Transition Assistance Program is in its third and final stage and will be integrated into the new Defense Department Military Lifecycle Model, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The MLC, which was implemented Oct. 1, is the latest in a series of improvements to the Transition…

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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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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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