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Policy changes allow Airmen to retrain into special operations

In a move to meet the high-demand signal for the Air Force’s Battlefield Airmen, the service announced changes to retraining and cross-flow, outlined in a policy memorandum dated April 25, 2016.

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Policy changes allow Airmen to retrain into special operations

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — In a move to meet the high-demand signal for the Air Force’s Battlefield Airmen, the service announced changes to retraining and cross-flow, outlined in a policy memorandum dated April 25. The changes allow Airmen to be released from their current jobs in the Air Force to cross-train into the Special Tactics career…

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Air Force Brothers: piloting their careers since birth

(U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman Jackson N. Haddon)ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — The year was 2013; the President of the United States was flying to Israel for Passover and three C-17 Globemaster III’s and one C-5 Galaxy would be accompanying him. Two of the pilots had more than the mission in common; they…

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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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Commentary: Tommy got a toy drone for Christmas, what’s next?

Posted  January 8, 2016

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah  — The presents have been opened and the wrapping paper placed in the recycling bin. Tommy is anxious to get outside and fly the new “Invader 700” drone, complete with a 10 times zoom digital camera that sends immediate videos to your new iPad. Wow, you can’t wait to get…

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Air Force everything

Posted  January 8, 2016

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb.  — On an average day, I eat, sleep and breathe Air Force.  My family is Air Force, my friends are Air Force, my coworkers are Air Force, my spouse is Air Force, I am Air Force. I bet there are a few skeptics out there who would say it’s unhealthy….

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Russia naming U.S. as threat does not change Chairman’s perspective

Posted  January 8, 2016

STUTTGART, Germany — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told reporters traveling with him here that a new Russian national security strategy document naming the United States as a threat does not change his perception of the threat posed by Russia. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. said the U.S. military “has…

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A Puzzle Called “Me”

Posted  January 8, 2016

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — It was early October when I entered the waiting room, and I wasn’t in the best of moods. The past two months had been the worst of my life; I made some very poor decisions and my personal, financial and professional stress was unmanageable. I put myself between…

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Face of Defense: Air Force becomes a family affair

Posted  January 8, 2016

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — For one family, the Air Force was not only the answer to their immediate financial needs, but also the start of a multi-generational journey. Steve Nutt and his wife, Brittany Nutt, decided they were ready for a change. “I was working multiple jobs, only getting a couple hours of sleep…

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