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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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Key spouse program key to family readiness

Posted  June 12, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force spouses are key to maintaining stability on the home front as Airmen maintain focus on the war front, according to the wife of the Air Force’s top officer. The key spouse program is an official unit/family program overseen by commanders designed to enhance readiness and establish a sense of unity…

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Keeping workplace relations appropriate is crucial to overall Airman wellness, readiness

Posted  June 12, 2014

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — Today’s Airmen face many challenges in both their personal lives and the workplace. Having to worry about feeling safe from unwanted advances or sexual assault should not be one of those challenges. In addition to being essential for effectively completing the mission, being free from unwanted advances or sexual…

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Corrective eye surgery wait times reduced

Posted  June 12, 2014

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — The Air Force currently offers active duty members two types of corneal refractive surgery to correct near-sightedness, far-sightedness and astigmatism. Refractive surgery eliminates the need for glasses, contacts, prescription inserts for night vision goggles and ballistic eyewear thereby enhancing mission and deployment readiness. CRS is now offered at six…

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D-M welcomes new rescue flight

Posted  June 12, 2014

Col. Sean Choquette, 563rd Rescue Group commander, gives Capt. Michael Ellingsen, newly appointed 68th Rescue Flight commander, the guidon during an assumption of command ceremony here June 4. The 68th Rescue Flight’s mission is to instruct and train U.S. Air Force combat rescue officers and pararescuemen in advanced skill upgrades and proficiency training.

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Diamond Sharp June 13, 2014

Posted  June 12, 2014

Name/Squadron: Airman 1st Class Joel Schuman / 755 OSM First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Amanda Hass Duty Title: Cyber Surety Specialist When joined the Air Force: February 20, 2013 Hometown: Memphis, TN Hobbies: Running, Church Basketball, Weightlifting, Intramurals Selection Reasons:  Airman 1st Class Schuman was hand-selected as the 55 ECG Advanced Programs Information Assurance Officer. He immediately…

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Tops In Blue performs at D-M

Posted  June 12, 2014

The U.S. Air Force expeditionary unit Tops In Blue performed at the 755th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron hangar here June 3. Tops In Blue is an all-active duty Air Force special unit which provides entertainment for the Air Force family, primarily focusing on Air Force personnel stationed worldwide. The unit consists of vocalists, musicians, dancers and…

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Integrity first: Having courage to speak up

Posted  June 12, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — As a kid my dad always asked me questions he already knew the answers to, testing my integrity throughout my childhood. As a strict military father, he taught me at an early age that a man’s word is everything, and as I grew older, it developed into having integrity…

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Local Briefs June 13, 2014

Posted  June 12, 2014

Comedy Show at the Mirage Club On June 13 the Mirage Club will host “Wingman Comedy Show” for DM Airmen, the comedian will be Damon Williams. This event will be adults only ages 18 and up, Airmen E-1 to E-4 $8 and E-5 and up $15. This will include Horsd’oevurs and autograph signing. Social hour…

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Gay Airman paved path for future service

Posted  June 12, 2014

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — With his father, a 30 year Air Force veteran by his side, Leonard Matlovich was just another scared but excited 19 year old taking the oath of enlistment in 1962. He couldn’t predict then that his presence in the Air Force would ignite a national debate. Shortly after his…

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Guardian Angels receive Bronze Star with Valor and a personal “Thank You”

Posted  June 12, 2014

It’s not every day you get to thank your Guardian Angels for saving your life, but on Monday, retired Marine Staff Sgt. Michael Stringer was able to do just that. In a ceremony Monday, two 48th Rescue Squadron Guardian Angels were presented the Bronze Star with Valor for their rescue of Stringer in February 2012,…

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