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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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Air Force revamps AEF

Posted  September 11, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force will deploy Agile Combat Support Airmen under its redesigned air expeditionary force construct October 1. The primary purpose of the redesign was to look at ways to deploy more ACS Airmen with their units and standardize dwell times across the Air Force as much as possible to present a…

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D-M Airmen respond first to desert wreck

Posted  September 11, 2014

Three D-M Airmen were driving through the desert on their way to a popular hiking spot to enjoy a typical Sunday outdoors. Everything was going according to plan until they spotted a person on the right side of the road frantically trying to get their attention. As they approached the scene, everything came into focus….

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Air Force reveals newest recruiting campaign

Posted  September 11, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas  — The U.S. Air Force is bringing back its “Aim High” advertising slogan after a 15-year hiatus with the launch of the “I am an American Airman” recruiting campaign today. The integrated campaign, created by the Air Force’s advertising agency, GSD&M, includes three commercial spots as well as new video…

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162nd Wing Airmen refine warrior skills in the high country

Posted  September 11, 2014

BELLEMONT, Ariz. — Enhancement of deployment and domestic response skills were the assignments given to 73 members of the 162nd Wing during an exercise Aug. 11-15 at Camp Navajo Collective Training Center. “What would you do if you were deployed?” asked Lt. Col. Gregory Bliss, deputy commander of the 162nd Wing Mission Support Group and…

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AF Academy ranks high in Best Colleges Ranking report

Posted  September 11, 2014

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — The U.S. Air Force Academy ranks high among the nation’s top universities in engineering and liberal arts courses, according to the 2015 Best Colleges Ranking report released Sept. 9, by U.S. News & World Report. Specifically, the Academy has the nation’s fifth-best undergraduate engineering program, and its second-best…

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CFC Kick-off Breakfast held at D-M

Posted  September 11, 2014

An event to kick off the beginning of a 2014 fundraising campaign was held at the Mirage Club, Sept. 4. More than 200 people attended the Combined Federal Campaign Kick-off Breakfast, which was held to inform attendees of the fundraiser and provided motivation to give while encouraging others to do the same. Remarks were given…

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Local Briefs September 12, 2014

Posted  September 11, 2014

Society of Military Widows to meet Sept. 24, 11:30 a.m. – Tucson Country Club The Society of Military Widows will have their luncheon and meeting at the Tucson Country Club on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 11:30 a.m. The meeting will be a joint luncheon with the Military Officers Association of America (M.O.A.A.).and will be attended…

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68th RQF leads their first Rescue Jumpmaster Course

Posted  September 11, 2014

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — The 68th Rescue Flight, also known as the Guardian Angel Formal Training Unit, organized and led a Rescue Jumpmaster course at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., Aug. 4-22. The RJM course provides pararescuemen with the skills needed to be responsible for the overall safety and execution of a mission….

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Sovereign Skies: AFSOUTH partnership brings illicit air drug trafficking to a halt

Posted  September 5, 2014

(U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Justin Brockhoff) A Dominican Republic air force pilot and maintenance airman inspect an A-29 Super Tucano for a nighttime flight as part of an exercise to detect and track illegal drug traffic. The exercise is part of the Sovereign Skies Program, an initiative between the U.S., Colombian, and Dominican…

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Smoke testing for selected sewers begins

Posted  September 5, 2014

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base has contracted with URS Group to perform physical inspection and smoke testing of base sewers and manholes. On September 8 sewer smoke testing will begin in all areas of the base except for military family housing. Testing is expected to last from September 8 through Oct. 31. Smoke testing is conducted…

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