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F-35 Program Makes Significant, Solid Progress, Official Says

Production of the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter is on a good trajectory and is a necessary aircraft in the military’s arsenal to battle high-end threats, service leaders told a House Armed Service Committee panel Feb. 16.

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55th RQS: These things we do, that others may live

Combat search and rescue plays a major role in the mission set of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.

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162nd Wing MAGIC

The Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Wing located at Tucson International Airport held the 7th annual My Air Guard Incentive Career, or MAGIC event at Pima Community College West Campus Feb. 11-12.

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Nathan H. Barbour Local

Second chance to fly: Pilot, cancer survivor reunite after 28 years

Marcus Foiles beamed with excitement as he piloted an A-10 in the skies over a virtual southern Arizona landscape.

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MLK observance: Breaking barriers then, now

WASHINGTON — Lt. Gen. Stayce Harris, the assistant vice chief of staff and director of staff, was the keynote speaker for this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. observance at the Pentagon, Jan. 25. Joining her in addressing the standing-room-only audience were Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Michael Rhodes, the director of administration, Office…


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Edge of space emergency tests aviator’s skills

Posted  June 1, 2016

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Imagine being at the cusp of the world, where everything flat warps and the earth’s curvature begins to appear. Looking around on a bright and sunny day, the sky is a brilliant blue. The blue eventually turns to black as space comes within reach. This is the view U-2 pilots like Maj. Jack…

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CHIEFchat: EPRs heading in the right direction

Posted  June 1, 2016

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) – The Air Force’s top enlisted leader addressed the new enlisted performance report and gave insight to feedback he’s received during his latest edition of CHIEFchat at the Defense Media Activity on Fort George G. Meade. Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody encouraged Airmen to forget…

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AF releases Air Superiority 2030 Flight Plan

Posted  June 1, 2016

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force released a flight plan directing development activity as a result of a yearlong study focused on developing capability options to ensure joint force air superiority in 2030 and beyond. According to the unclassified version of the Air Superiority 2030 Flight Plan, released May 26, the gap between the U.S. military’s air superiority…

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Exchange program works to retain Airmen

Posted  May 24, 2016

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. (AFNS) — In an effort to educate, retain and expand the views of Airmen here, a civil engineer squadron member has recently started an Airmen exchange program. “It’s important that we allow Airmen to have that broader view in the beginning because it saves our great Airmen,” said Chief Master…

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AF defers promotion

Posted  May 24, 2016

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force has deferred the effective date for promotion and re-enlistment eligibility associated with the Air Force policy to complete enlisted professional military education distance learning courses within 12 months of enrollment until Jan. 1. The six-month deferment allows additional time to validate notification and acknowledgment procedures, as well as ensure test…

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