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Air Force major to be recognized at 2016 BET Awards

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Maj. Kenyatta Ruffin, an instructor pilot with the 469th Flying Training Squadron at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, will be recognized during the Shine a Light segment of the 2016 BET Awards to air live, June 26 at 8 p.m. PST/7 CST. Through Shine a Light, BET recognizes individuals…

(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Andria Allmond) Health & Safety

Health literacy key for better health, better care

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Just as the ability to read, write and be literate is critical to the processing of information in day-to-day life, health care has its own component of literacy. Health literacy is the capacity of individuals to obtain, process and understand health information and services in order to make informed decisions about…

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Students lead large-scale joint forcible entry exercise

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. (AFNS) — Sixteen mobility Airmen attending the U.S. Air Force Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, participated in a joint forcible entry exercise at the Nevada Test and Training Range June 18. The exercise, known as JFE Vul, is a large-scale air mobility exercise designed to expose students to…

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A dog and his handler

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — The strength of a working relationship can grow exponentially when, at the office, a co-worker jumps all around his cage recklessly wagging his tail, ready to cover faces with big, fat, slobbery kisses. That is the reality for a military working dog handler in the 21st Security Forces Squadron. Senior…

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Family first: A story for Air Force spouses

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) — Jeff Hogg knows the role of the military spouse better than most because he understands the needs of the military lifestyle and the military family. He served in the Air Force for over 20 years before retiring and is the spouse of Maj. Gen. Dorothy Hogg, the Air Force deputy surgeon…


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Air Force

Airman represents Air Force through special duties

Posted  November 25, 2015

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va.  — He stands in front of a seated audience. Much like a spotlight, all eyes are on him as he waits for the music to start. But this isn’t the typical routine for Air Combat Command Heritage of America Band vocalist, Tech. Sgt. Richard Vasquez, Jr. As he firmly grips the Air Force…

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Alisa Deuermeyer, a volunteer at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., laughs as U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Scott Fridinger, additional duty first sergeant assigned to the Air Combat Command Communications Support Squadron, performs a card trick at Langley Air Force Base, Va., Oct. 21, 2015.
Veterans

Face of Defense: ‘Magic’ NCO Reaches Airmen, Veterans

Posted  November 25, 2015

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — From a distance, Air Force Master Sgt. Scott Fridinger, the first sergeant for the Air Combat Command Communications Support Squadron, looks like any other senior noncommissioned officer; his uniform is in order, military-issued silver glasses frame his eyes, his hair trimmed with precision. But what makes Fridinger unique is what…

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309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group F-15A Disassembly

Posted  November 25, 2015

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Basic Nathan H. Barbour) A U.S. Air Force F-15A Eagle awaits disassembly on the flightline at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Nov. 16, 2015. The F-15A was assigned to the 412th Test Wing at Edwards AFB, Calif., and transferred to the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group in December…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Grace Lee)
People and Places

Utah: worth the drive

Posted  November 24, 2015

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — I hadn’t taken a vacation in forever and decided it was time to go on a trip. I wanted to go somewhere relatively easy to get to but somewhere far enough away that it felt like a getaway. That’s why I chose to go to Moab, Utah. Moab is surrounded by…

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DoD

U.S. Begins Second Phase of Ukrainian Training, Equipping Mission

Posted  November 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — The United States has begun the second phase of its Fearless Guardian mission to train and equip Ukrainian forces, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said today. The United States has committed more than $265 million in equipment and training to the mission, Davis told reporters at the Pentagon. The effort, which Congress approved…

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