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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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AF completes historic fuel conversion

Posted  November 7, 2014

The Air Force officials took an important step in fiscal responsibility and supply chain efficiency with the conversion of the final stateside installation from Jet Propellant 8 (JP-8) fuel to the more common and commercially available Jet A fuel, Oct. 29 at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The transition to Jet A completed a…

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STEM: Necessary but not sufficient

Posted  November 7, 2014

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — I was an active-duty Airman for 15 years before realizing my gut was as valuable as my mind; my intuition as useful as scientific analyses; and my agility, creativity and innovation honed the decision-making necessary to function in complex environments. A scientist by nature and education, I failed…

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DoD celebrates Military Family Month in November

Posted  November 7, 2014

WASHINGTON – November in America traditionally is a month of thankfulness, and the Defense Department chose this month to recognize those who support the nation’s armed forces but who don’t wear the uniform: military families. Barbara Thompson directs the department’s Office of Family Policy, Children and Youth, and Special Needs. She recently spoke with DoD…

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VA expands Fry Scholarship to surviving spouses

Posted  November 7, 2014

Washington, DC – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will begin accepting applications by mail on Monday, November 3, 2014, for the Fry Scholarship under newly expanded eligibility criteria to include surviving spouses. The expanded criteria for the Fry Scholarship is the latest in a series of VA actions to implement provisions of…

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Back to basics with open ranks

Posted  November 7, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. — Logistics is the business of being precise, as Senior Master Sgt. Daniel Ramirez can attest. So it only seemed appropriate that on Nov. 2, the 162nd Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) held the one event that reflects that kind of precision: an open ranks inspection. “As the new LRS superintendent, it’s my duty to always…

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Local Civil Air Patrol opportunities available

Posted  November 7, 2014

There is a unique organization available for those who are interested in serving the U.S. without contractual obligation. The Civil Air Patrol was created in 1941, giving thousands of volunteer members the chance to answer America’s call to national service by accepting and performing critical wartime missions. Today the CAP supports America’s communities with emergency…

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355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron

Posted  November 7, 2014

Staff Sgt. Erwin Viray, 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron alternate mission equipment section supervisor, replaces a stepper switch. The stepper switch controls the order of munition release on an A-10. Staff Sgt. Brandon Coppock, 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron alternate mission equipment section supervisor, installs a LAU-105 launcher on a Dual Rail Adapter. The DRA holds two…

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Health & Safety

Airman smoke free for two years

Posted  November 7, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — There’s a killer on the loose — tobacco. It entices many each day. More than 3,200 people smoke their first cigarette under the age of 18 each day, and about 2,100 youth and young adults become daily smokers, according to BeTobaccoFree.gov. Tobacco also prematurely kills more than 10 times as many U.S….

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AF women try out for basketball team

Posted  November 7, 2014

Senior Airman William J. Blankenship 42nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — Airmen stationed around the world gathered at Maxwell Air Force Base Oct. 19 to try out for the All Air Force women’s basketball team, with hopes of representing the service in the Armed Forces Basketball Championship tournament at…

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Key Spouse program supports military families

Posted  November 7, 2014

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — Keeping deployed members’ spouses involved and in the loop can be difficult for commanders and first sergeants to keep up. The key spouse program exists to make sure families are taken care of. “The key spouse program mission is based on readiness, retention and resiliency,” said Carmine Muscarella, Airman and Family…

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