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Arizona Airmen memorialize fallen Iraqi fighter pilot

Members of the Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Wing honored the life and memory of Iraqi Air Force Brig. Gen. Rasid Mohammed Sideeq Hasan during a memorial service here July 7. Hasan died June 24 after his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed near Douglas, Arizona, during a night training mission.  He trained with Air Guard members…

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Viper Demo Team pilot ‘Rockets’ to new heights

  SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. — An F-16CM Fighting Falcon shoots into the air, flying at a speed of 400 knots as it is pulled through various maneuvers to demonstrate its capabilities. Maneuvering the aircraft through inversions, undergoing eight to nine times the force of gravity, and pushing the F-16 to its limits is Capt. Craig…

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Working group to study implications of transgender service

WASHINGTON – A Defense Department working group will study the policy and readiness implications of welcoming transgender persons to serve openly in the military, and its work will presume they can do so unless objective and practical impediments are identified, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced today. In a statement announcing the working group, Carter said…

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Run to the Sound of the Guns…Be a Servant Leader

Many of us have seen the best and worst in leadership throughout the course of our careers as Airmen. Usually we can think of two names, one good and one bad, that personify each bound of the leadership spectrum. This reality leads to the fact that even though we are called to be leaders in…

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Fuel systems repair hangar officially opens

The 355th Component Maintenance Squadron’s joint fuel cell repair hangar ribbon cutting ceremony was held July 13. The facility was constructed to improve efficiency within the joint fuel cell leading to the reduction in man hours and operating costs. The new hangar is Air Combat Command’s largest aircraft fuel systems repair section. It supports eight…


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Local Briefs June 19, 2015

Posted  June 18, 2015

Deadlift Competition June 19, 3 p.m. – Haeffner A deadlift competition will be held at the Haeffner on Friday, June 19 from 3 – 4:30 p.m.. Register at the Benko by June 18 at 11 p.m. Salt River Kayaking July 25 Escape the Tucson heat and enjoy the cool water of Salt River while kayaking…

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Commissaries serve as Feds Feed Families collection sites

Posted  June 18, 2015

  FORT LEE, Va. (AFNS) — Commissaries are serving as collection points for the Feds Feed Families campaign, which began June 1 and ends Aug. 31 at participating stateside military installations. During the campaign, participating installations help collect items most needed by food pantries and then donate them to area food banks. “This marks our…

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US, partner nations’ rescue personnel participate in MASCAS

Posted  June 18, 2015

A U.S. Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk from the 66th Rescue Squadron flies over Southern California during Angel Thunder 2015, June 11. Angel Thunder is the largest personnel recovery exercise in the world combining joint, coalition and interagency personnel that will train through the full spectrum of personnel recovery capabilities with numerous types of aircraft….

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D-M Air Force Clubs Scholarship Program winner

Posted  June 18, 2015

Delaney Alyssa Drew receives a check for $500 from the Air Force Clubs Scholarship Program by 2nd Lt. Charles Hulsizer, 355th Force Support Squadron career development chief, Col. Rodger Schuld, 355th Mission Support Squadron commander, and Maj. Stephen Anderson, 355th Force Support Squadron commander. Air Force Services, Food & Beverage Branch announced the winners of…

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Total force current, selected master sergeant evaluations close out Sept. 30

Posted  June 18, 2015

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve master sergeant and master sergeant-select enlisted performance reports will now close out annually on Sept. 30. In addition, as of June 3, master sergeants and selects will no longer receive change-of-reporting-official EPRs. Enlisted Evaluation System and Weighted Airman…

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Health & Safety

June is Men’s Health Month

Posted  June 18, 2015

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. (AFNS) — Each June, a congressional health education program is promoted to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. Screenings, health fairs, media appearances and other health education activities are held to raise awareness for male health…

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TRICARE’s breast pump policy updates effective July 1

Posted  June 18, 2015

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — TRICARE’s breast pump policy was recently updated to include coverage of breast pumps and supplies, and breastfeeding counseling. These supplies and services will be retroactively covered as of Dec. 19. To get full details about this important benefit change, as well as an opportunity to ask questions, TRICARE will host a Facebook…

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Service star authorized on GWOT Expeditionary Medal

Posted  June 18, 2015

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Active-duty, Guard and Reserve Airmen who earned the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for more than one of the five Defense Department approved Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal operations may now wear a service star device on the medal and service ribbon for the second and…

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Health & Safety

Drug testing: What’s fact or myth?

Posted  June 18, 2015

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZONA — For those who have donned a military service uniform, most have heard the myths and urban legends that surround random drug testing, with the biggest question being “Is it really random?” With facts received from the 56th Fighter Wing Drug Demand Reduction, this article presents the truth about the…

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Career Intermission Program application window opens July 1

Posted  June 18, 2015

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The Air Force Career Intermission Program application window opens July 1 for eligible Airmen interested in taking one to three years off active duty for personal or professional needs. Applications must reach the Air Force Personnel Center no later than Aug. 31, with the total force selection panel…

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