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Special Operations develops ‘Iron Man’ Suit

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit is cool. But it’s not real. The Tactical Assault Light Operators Suit is cool, too. But it is real and may soon be protecting America’s special operations forces going into harm’s way. The TALOS suit “was chartered to explore and catalyze a revolutionary integration…

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Air Force, Army conduct joint service training

U.S. Air Force and Arizona Army National Guard units conducted joint training at a southern Arizona military training range Jan. 20. A-10C Thunderbolt IIs from the 354th Fighter Squadron, based out of D-M, and a UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter from Detachment 1, C Company, 5-159th Air Ambulance, based out of Phoenix, conducted close air support…

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Airman pulls woman from burning vehicle

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — For Tech. Sgt. Justin Mahana, 823rd Maintenance Squadron support section chief, life is about helping those in need. When the 17-year veteran learned a coworker’s truck had broken down two-and-a-half hours away in Lake Havasu, Arizona, he volunteered his truck, trailer and time to help the junior Airman get it back…

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Arizona Air Guard to watch over Super Bowl XLIX

Pilots and F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 162nd Wing’s Aerospace Control Alert Detachment at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base may take to the skies to help protect thousands of spectators at Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Arizona, Feb. 1. Arizona’s Air National Guard is among the units teaming up with the North American Aerospace Defense Command in…

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Adventure in Alaska: Officer looks to mush dogs in Iditarod

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series on AF.mil. These stories focus on a single Airman, highlighting their Air Force story.) Snow and trees are all that can be seen for miles while the bitter cold nips at any piece of exposed skin. Maj. Roger…


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Detached supervision breeds average performance

Posted  December 12, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — Growing up as a child, I got in trouble for getting a “C” grade for my school work and it reflected on my report card. My mother, actively involved in my childhood development, instilled an ethos: “There is an enemy called average; you are not average and an average score isn’t…

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TRICARE makes online customer service easier

Posted  December 12, 2013

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — TRICARE implemented an easier way to access customer service features under the “I want to” section of the www.tricare.mil homepage, which began Dec. 1. TRICARE brings together the healthcare resources of each of the military services and supplements them with networks of civilian health care professionals to provide better access and high…

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AF announces force management programs to reduce size

Posted  December 12, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force leaders announced force management programs Dec. 11 designed to reduce the force by thousands of Airmen over the next five years as a result of sequestration. Fiscal 2014 force management initiatives are in addition to the announcement made in July, stating the Air Force will implement several force management programs…

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Call signs represent more than name

Posted  December 12, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Maybe the most familiar call signs known to the movie-going public are “Maverick,” “Iceman” and “Goose,” call signs for pilots in the movie “Top Gun.” And just like in the movies, fighter pilots in real life have call signs, too. The origin of pilot call signs is mysterious, but how pilots…

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New year is a perfect time to update contact information, records

Posted  December 12, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — With the new year just around the corner, now is the perfect time for Airmen to double check and, if necessary, update their contact information, secure web account access and emergency records, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The traditional move season is over, so some Airmen may have…

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Creative visual team showcases munitions at the 162nd Fighter Wing

Posted  December 12, 2013

When trying to reach that segment of young people who might be ready and willing to commit to their community, state and country, the Air National Guard does not rely on posters of Uncle Sam nor the “Fuel Your Future” or “Guarding America, Defending Freedom” slogans of yesterday. Instead, America’s premier air power turns to…

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SA: Identifying threats before they become a danger

Posted  December 12, 2013

Situational awareness is not a skill only practiced by government officials, private security subject matter experts or highly trained Office of Special Investigation agents. Situational awareness is a MINDSET that should be and can be practiced by any individual in order to quickly recognize an emerging threat. It does not have to be a TERRORISM…

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DOD officials order disability board results review

Posted  December 12, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Some Airmen who met a medical or physical disability evaluation board between Sept. 11, 2001 and April 30, 2012 prior to separating from the Air Force may be eligible for re-evaluation, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. When defense officials learned some diagnoses had been changed during board processing…

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VA: New rates for compensation and pension benefits in 2014

Posted  December 12, 2013

WASHINGTON – Veterans, their families and survivors receiving disability compensation and pension benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs will receive a 1.5 percent cost-of-living increase in their monthly payments beginning Jan. 1, 2014. “We’re pleased there will be another cost-of-living increase for Veterans, their families and their survivors,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric…

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Exchange’s online mall expands

Posted  December 12, 2013

DALLAS – The addition of several new stores in the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s Online Mall is adding up to greater selection and savings for military shoppers. Hat Club, World of Powersports and Candy Crush candy boxes have all recently joined more than 40 third party sites offering exclusive discounts and promotions to…

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