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Historic fighter squadron celebrates 98th birthday

One of America's oldest fighter squadrons celebrated its 98th birthday at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, Aug. 20.

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SecAF, CSAF, CMSAF present new “little blue book”

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody delivered the initial handout of the pamphlet, “America’s Air Force: A Profession of Arms,” Aug. 27 to the Air Force’s newest Airmen at Airmen’s Week.

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Arming the RPAs

Airmen from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron provide every munition that is loaded onto an MQ-1B Predator or MQ-9 Reaper at Kandahar Airfield; without them, the RPAs wouldn’t be able to provide combat airpower in Afghanistan.

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Warfighter of the Week: Staff Sgt. Brad Johannes

Staff Sgt. Brad Johannes, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) manager of engineering operations, was recognized as the Warfighter of the Week, August 24.

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AF Senior leaders give State of the Air Force address

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III held a State of the Air Force address at the Pentagon, Aug. 24. The first topic of discussion was about Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone’s heroic actions aboard a train in France. James…


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Warfighter of the Week: Tech. Sgt. Anthony Moore

Posted  August 13, 2015

Tech Sgt. Anthony Moore, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) weapons safety manager, was recognized as the Warfighter of the Week, June 29. Moore, a native of New Bern, North Carolina, has been serving in the Air Force for 18 years. After graduating high school and attending college for a semester, Moore decided to join…

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Intel Airman sets record

Posted  August 13, 2015

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb.  — For the average Airman, the beginning of their career looks pretty similar: complete basic military training and technical school and then at their first duty station, knock out career development courses. When Airman 1st Class Nathan M. Dunster, 55th Intelligence Support Squadron electronic warfare systems apprentice, arrived at Offutt in August…

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VA launches no-cost training to transitioning servicemembers

Posted  August 13, 2015

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today launched two new no-cost training programs, Accelerated Learning Programs (ALPs) and VA Learning Hubs, to help transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans from all eras learn skills, earn credentials, and advance in civilian careers following separation from service. ALPs and Learning Hubs are part of VA’s Veterans Economic…

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Local Briefs

Posted  August 13, 2015

Space Drafts Public Talk Series Aug. 19, 7:30 p.m. –   Borderlands Brewery  Dr. Veronica Bray presents “New Horizons at Pluto” In a public talk series hosted by Borderland Brewery, space science researchers from the Department of Astronomy, Lunar and Planetary Lab, Planetary Science Institute, and NOAO share cutting edge research happening right here in…

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Arizona heat hard on vehicle

Posted  August 13, 2015

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Arizona — It’s that time of year again when most Arizona vehicle owners put up their sunshades to protect their vehicle’s interior from the heat, but this will do little to protect the vehicle’s engine parts and tires. “With the extreme heat in Arizona, the main areas of the car that are usually…

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Fighter Pilot: Hopper to bring resolve to Aug. 8 triathlon

Posted  August 13, 2015

  VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Three weeks before Maj. Christina Hopper’s first half-Ironman race, she came down with bronchitis. She carried the sticky, coughing weight with her as she continued training, hoping that she’d kick it before race day. In a doctor’s office on the Tuesday before the race, as her still-inflamed lungs…

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Class 15-BBD graduates from 47th FS

Posted  August 13, 2015

Six pilots of Class 15-BBD graduated from the 47th Fighter Squadron here July 24. The 47th FS is a unit that conducts training for pilot initial qualification, transition and instructor qualification in the A-10C Thunderbolt II. Class 15-BBD graduated from the 6-month course after completing 245.5 hours of classroom academics, 71 hours of A-10 simulator…

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AFSOUTH works with partner nations in annual exercise

Posted  August 6, 2015

Members of 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) came together with 19 other partner nations in a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored exercise that focused on ensuring the defense of the Panama Canal. PANAMAX is a training exercise with scenarios that are focused around the Panama Canal. “The primary objective of the exercise was to practice the…

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Air Force vice chief of staff discusses education, innovation

Posted  August 6, 2015

  WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry O. Spencer and Jack Buckley, the senior vice president of research for the College Board, spoke about innovation and education during the Military Child Education Coalition’s 17th National Training Seminar July 31. Spencer, who was a military child himself, spoke on the importance…

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Jamming the enemy with joint integration

Posted  August 6, 2015

Walking the halls of the 41st Electronic Combat Squadron is an unfamiliar uniform. Leaving the flight deck of the EA-6B Prowler behind for a few years, U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Jonathon Leach from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, joins the Desert Lightning Team. Leach is part of a three-year inter-service exchange program…

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