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Air Force faces fighter pilot shortage

The Air Force is in the midst of a pilot shortage. While most platforms are affected by the shortage, the fighter pilot community has been hit the hardest.

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Upgrade advances A-10s search capability

A-10C Thunderbolt IIs assigned to active duty fighter squadrons at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., are in the process of having new lightweight airborne recovery systems installed.

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SecAF highlights progress at AFA breakfast

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James addressed the Air Force Association’s Air Force Breakfast Series Jan. 6, at the Key Bridge Marriot in Arlington, Va.

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Razor’s Edge: Practicing mass casualty recovery

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier A U.S. Air Force pararescueman from the 48th Rescue Squadron provides overwatch during a mass casualty exercise at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., Dec. 8, 2016. Pararescuemen were air dropped into the site of a simulated plane crash, where they triaged casualties and had them airlifted from…

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47th Fighter Squadron celebrates their heritage

On the eve of the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the 47th Fighter Squadron gathered their alumni to celebrate the unit’s history Dec. 6-7, 2016.


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Defense

DoD launches new Civilian Performance Appraisal Program

Posted  April 6, 2016

WASHINGTON — Defense Department civilian employees are getting a new, standardized performance appraisal program as part of the department’s New Beginnings initiative. Paige Hinkle-Bowles, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for civilian personnel policy, said New Beginnings represents a series of requirements that grew out of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2010. “For us, it…

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People and Places

Please give tomorrow a chance

Posted  April 5, 2016

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — In March 1983, I was 16 years old and a senior in high school. I had a sister who was 17 and a brother who just turned 19. Through interesting circumstances, we were all seniors together. On Sunday, 4 March 1983, my brother committed suicide. That was a tough…

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DOD announces pilot tutoring program for service members

Posted  April 5, 2016

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AFNS) — Officials with the Defense Department Voluntary Education Program and the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) announced the launch of a pilot tutoring program that will provide service members with tutoring support at no cost, anytime, anywhere. “If a service member is struggling with a college course or simply needs…

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People and Places

Pararescueman looks to rejoin team despite losing leg

Posted  April 5, 2016

In July 2011, Staff Sgt. August O’Neill, U.S. Air Force pararescueman, was sent to rescue a unit of Marines pinned down in Afghanistan when enemy insurgents opened fire on his team’s helicopter. A round bounced off the door, tearing through both of O’Neill’s lower legs and critically wounding his left, resulting in 20 surgeries over…

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Military family comes through in tragedy

Posted  April 4, 2016

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — I woke up last week to news that one of my closest friends’ town house in Maryland caught on fire at 4 a.m while they were sleeping, warm and cozy in their beds. Their neighbor woke them up, and she and her family – her husband, twin 1.5 year…

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