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First-female amputee to return to cockpit

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. –After an above-the-knee amputation, one HC-130J pilot solidified her place in history as the sixth amputee and the first-female amputee to return to the cockpit July 22. Following nearly 15 months of rehabilitation, learning to walk, run and fly again, U.S. Air Force Capt. Christy Wise, 71st Rescue Squadron HC-130J…

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Goldfein hosts first town hall with CMSAF

The Air Force’s top officer and enlisted leader hosted a town hall forum in the Boyd Auditorium at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., July 20, 2016.

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Research, technology aid effort to help TBI patients

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Since the Vietnam War, doctors have seen an increase in service members returning from combat with traumatic brain injuries from blasts. At the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), a directorate of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, doctors and therapists use research and technology to help service members with…

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Retired Airman builds bonds, resilience with comedic veterans

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. (AFNS) — After 28 years of service, Maj. Darlean Basuedayva was selected for retirement during the 2011 U.S. Air Force reduction board. Basuedayva dreamed of commissioning since she was in grade school, and was crushed by the separation, she said. The Air Force was not only her ticket out of working in…

U.S. Airmen and civilians from the 355th Comptroller Squadron volunteer at the Food Bank of Southern Arizona, Ariz., in Tucson, July 14, 2016. They participated in a three hour volunteer shift, which involved sorting and boxing different kinds of nonperishable foods. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Nathan H. Barbour/Released) Local

Food for thought

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — An Air Force base cannot function properly or complete its mission effectively without public trust and support from the local community. The Honorary Commander Program opens the door to good communication by allowing D-M and the Tucson, Arizona community to see how each other operate. “The program is used to…


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IRS Form 1095 available on myPay

Posted  January 12, 2016

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — All active-duty, Guard, Reserve, retiree and civilian Airmen will need proof of health care coverage when filing their federal tax returns for 2015. “This is the first year that Affordable Care Act requires health care validation for filing their taxes and Airmen need this information,” said Robert W. Burke, the Air Force…

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Health & Safety

TRICARE pharmacy copays change Feb. 1

Posted  January 12, 2016

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Military pharmacies and TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery will remain the lowest cost pharmacy option for TRICARE beneficiaries when some TRICARE pharmacy copays change Feb. 1. Most copays for prescription drugs in the home delivery program and retail network pharmacies will increase slightly. The 2016 National Defense Authorization Act requires TRICARE to change its prescription…

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Defense

Pentagon announces changes to military decorations, awards program

Posted  January 12, 2016

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Pentagon has made a number of changes to the military decorations and awards program to ensure service members receive appropriate recognition of their actions, according to a statement released Jan. 7. The changes come after a long and deliberate review, a defense official told reporters in a Jan. 6 background briefing. Then-Defense Secretary…

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SERE water survival training

Posted  January 11, 2016

DAVIS MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz.  — Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape water survival training taught by a SERE instructor from the 355th Operational Support Squadron refreshes an aircrew on how to survive in the event that they become stranded. Crew members complete an initial course and revisit the training every three years. The refresher training stimulates memories about surviving…

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Munitions Flight is the bomb

Posted  January 11, 2016

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz.  — Tucked away at D-M AFB, the 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions flight builds bombs. The munitions flight, also known as AMMO, supports the D-M AFB mission by assembling whatever types of munitions are needed. “The main focus for us is to support the flight line,” said U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Timothy Starling,…

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