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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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Airmen hone warfighter skills during Blue Flag exercise

Posted  February 14, 2013

Airmen at 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) and the 612th Air and Space Operations Center (AOC) are currently participating in a Blue Flag exercise. The exercise, which officially kicked-off Feb. 8, trains the warfighter at the operational level in a realistic synthetic environment. These missions simulate everything from successful air strikes to downed aircraft…

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Veterans

African-Americans in the military: from the American Revolution to integration

Posted  February 14, 2013

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. (AFNS) — Many are familiar with the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, but they were not the first African-Americans to serve in the American armed forces. African-Americans have continuously served in the U.S. military since colonial times. After the fighting began in 1775, the British offered to free any…

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Take the next step to starting a business after your Military service

Posted  February 14, 2013

IS SMALL BUSINESS OWNERSHIP FOR YOU?  Entrepreneurship and small business ownership is a key opportunity for transitioning service members and veterans as they transition to civilian life. Returning veterans are natural entrepreneurs, possessing the skills, experience and leadership to start businesses and create jobs.  According to the most recent U.S. Census Data, veteran-owned firms represent…

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Act like a Superhero

Posted  February 14, 2013

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. (AFNS) — I was recently picking up a few items at a local retail chain at lunchtime; everywhere I walked, someone wanted to shake my hand or say, “Thank you for your service.” It made me proud to be wearing the uniform of the U.S. Air Force. While waiting…

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AF leaders: Sequestration, more budget cuts will be devastating

Posted  February 14, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS)  — Sequestration would leave the Air Force with untrained people, a lack of equipment and be “devastating” to the service, officials said Feb. 7. The warning echoes what Department of Defense officials have stated for months about across-the-board defense cuts, in addition to an ongoing continuing resolution. “Now that we’re staring at that…

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Put down the phone, pick up a conversation

Posted  February 14, 2013

Albert Einstein said, “I fear the day when the technology overlaps with our humanity. The world will only have a generation of idiots.” I first saw this quote one day on a social networking site, and it was accompanied by several photos of people sitting in social settings with one or more people messaging on…

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Panetta signs memo extending benefits to same-sex partners

Posted  February 14, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Calling it “a matter of fundamental equity,” Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta today signed a memorandum to the service secretaries and the Pentagon’s top personnel official extending benefits to same-sex partners of service members. Here is the secretary’s announcement of the policy change: “Seventeen months ago, the United States military ended the…

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Deadline for 2013 Scholarships for Military Children fast approaching

Posted  February 14, 2013

FORT LEE, Va. – In today’s economy, it’s hard to find the money for what many could consider the luxury of a higher education. Getting a scholarship to help pay for your investment can really help. That’s why the Defense Commissary Agency wants to remind you that the Feb. 22 deadline for students to apply…

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Air Force tuition assistance implements change

Posted  February 14, 2013

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. –  — The U.S. Air Force Tuition Assistance program altered its guidelines Jan. 3 to emphasize the new requirement of maintaining a grade point average of at least 2.0, on a 4-point scale. “By adopting these changes, the Air Force is falling in line with the federal government and the…

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Health & Safety

Keep fitness resolution with “Commit to be Fit”

Posted  February 14, 2013

February marked the start of the Commit to be Fit incentive program here at the Benko Fitness Center. The cardio centered program is based on points and the goal is to get the required number of points for the months of February, March and April. The individual gets these points by performing exercises like swimming,…

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