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Air Force faces fighter pilot shortage

The Air Force is in the midst of a pilot shortage. While most platforms are affected by the shortage, the fighter pilot community has been hit the hardest.

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Upgrade advances A-10s search capability

A-10C Thunderbolt IIs assigned to active duty fighter squadrons at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., are in the process of having new lightweight airborne recovery systems installed.

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SecAF highlights progress at AFA breakfast

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James addressed the Air Force Association’s Air Force Breakfast Series Jan. 6, at the Key Bridge Marriot in Arlington, Va.

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Razor’s Edge: Practicing mass casualty recovery

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier A U.S. Air Force pararescueman from the 48th Rescue Squadron provides overwatch during a mass casualty exercise at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., Dec. 8, 2016. Pararescuemen were air dropped into the site of a simulated plane crash, where they triaged casualties and had them airlifted from…

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47th Fighter Squadron celebrates their heritage

On the eve of the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the 47th Fighter Squadron gathered their alumni to celebrate the unit’s history Dec. 6-7, 2016.


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AF Ranger instructors prep Airmen for rigorous course

Posted  May 12, 2016

FORT BLISS, Texas (AFNS) — “If you don’t care about the man to the left or right of you, get back on the bus and go home,” shouted Air Force Master Sgt. Gabe Rodriguez, as he watched 24 pre-Ranger candidates struggle to low-crawl up a sandy hill in the New Mexico desert April 20. Rodriguez…

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Food for thought: Airmen asked to take AF food services survey

Posted  May 12, 2016

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) — Taking care of Airmen and families remains one of the Air Force’s top priorities. Providing the best food service possible is an important aspect of doing that. It’s essential to listen to and respond to what people have to say. The 2016 Food Services Assessment Survey (FSAS), which…

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Del Toro inspires others during Invictus Games, earns gold at shot put

Posted  May 12, 2016

ORLANDO, Fla. (AFNS) — Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro is all about smiles and inspiring others as he competes at the Invictus Games at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando. Throughout the week, more than 500 wounded, ill and injured service members from 15 nations have been competing in 10 sporting events…

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Voices

Posted  May 11, 2016

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – “I sound just like my mother!” – “I swore I would never say that to my children!”  These are phrases that sometimes grace our lips as we live our lives and grow and experience family.  We sometimes, like history, repeat the follies of our parents and bestow more stories…

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Bergdorf: Odyssey of an Airman

Posted  May 11, 2016

Beale Air Force Base Calif. — The calmness prior to an engagement with enemy combatants resembles the calmness before a storm. The air is still and sounds are quiet, life is bliss and then in a moments instance muzzle flashes erupt, bullets are whistling by your head and rocket-propelled-grenades are exploding. Chaos engulfs around you,…

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