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How we quit smokin’

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AFNS) — “Smoke in the cockpit! Smoke in the cockpit!” the flight crew yells in unison. Then the dreaded radio transmission goes out: “Declaring an IFE (in flight emergency); request immediate return to base for landing.” Moments before the troubling exclamations occurred, the flight crew of the massive C-5M Super…

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What to know about Fitness Assessments

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz., — The Air Force’s Fitness Assessment is one of the many opportunities for Airmen to display their Core Values. When it comes to this assessment, Airmen here must know what to expect, what to avoid, and how to prepare in order to exceed. FA sessions are scheduled here Monday through Friday at…

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Guardian Angel retires after 41 years of service

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The year is 1974. The Vietnam War is on its way to an end after almost 15 years of fighting. The U.S. Air Force was trying to give America the upper hand. Also in 1974, a young man named Paul Koester decided that he wanted to join the world’s…

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D-M Airmen march in Tucson Veterans Day Parade

TUCSON, Ariz. — Airmen from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base participated in the Tucson Veterans Day Parade Nov. 11. A formation of more than 100 Airmen, consisting of D-M Honor Guardsmen, 355th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technicians in full gear and Airmen from various units, marched in the streets of downtown Tucson. “I was able to…

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AF veterans reveal what Veterans Day means to them

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va. (AFNS) — The day when nearly 70 bullets riddled his Sikorsky HH-3E “Jolly Green Giant” rescue helicopter as his crew tried to save two Airmen during the Vietnam War remains vivid for retired Chief Master Sgt. Dennis Richardson. It was March 14, 1968, and Richardson, a flight engineer at the time,…

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DOD VOLED to hold virtual education fair Nov. 19

Posted  November 12, 2015

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AFNS) — In an effort to expand the reach of military voluntary education and help make higher education accessible for all service members, veterans and family members, the Defense Department’s Voluntary Education Program will host its first virtual education fair Nov. 19. The online fair is designed to enable members’ participation from anywhere…

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Exercise BUSHWHACKER 15-07

Posted  November 12, 2015

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Basic Nathan H. Barbour) U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nicolas Capriato, Airman 1st Class Caitlin Obee and Senior Airman Maria Silveira, 355th Security Forces Squadron members, stay alert after a simulated attack during Exercise BUSHWHACKER 15-07 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Nov. 3, 2015. The operational readiness exercise…

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Pride in perfection

Posted  November 12, 2015

DAVIS MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz.  — The constant strive for perfection, pride in their aircraft, and responsibility of knowing they have someone’s life in their hands; these are a few examples of what A-10C Thunderbolt II crew chiefs have resting on their shoulders each day. “The never ending pursuit of perfection is what the job demands,”…

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Planes by day, cars by night; Airman’s passion brings balance

Posted  November 10, 2015

CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nevada  — During the day he sits in a cushy, thick seat in a ground control station flying yet another eight-hour sortie in the remotely piloted aircraft, the MQ-9 Reaper. By night he sits in a thin, lightweight racing seat, harnessed into a raw, stripped out track monster. He is Tech. Sgt. Gabriel,…

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What TRICARE beneficiaries need to know about open enrollment, marketplace

Posted  November 10, 2015

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) — It’s time for open enrollment; the time of year when people can enroll in or change their health insurance plan. The open enrollment period for HealthCare.gov is Nov. 1 to Jan. 31 for 2016 coverage. How does this affect you? Most TRICARE beneficiaries don’t need to worry about open enrollment….

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