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Air Force revamping rescue exercise staged from Arizona base

The Air Force is doing a reset on a large training exercise during which helicopter crews and other personnel use parts of Arizona and neighboring states to practice rescues and extractions of downed aviators and other service members.

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55th RQS: The maintainers that keep HH-60Gs flying

The 55th Rescue Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., conducts training missions on a regular basis, but when the HH-60G Pave Hawk is grounded, a completely different crew handles the aircraft.

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D-M Airman wins MAJCOM-level award

From the moment an individual raises their right hand and repeats the Oath of Enlistment, they become an ambassador for the U.S. armed forces.

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Air Force’s first HC-130 takes its final flight to retirement

After more than 50 years of faithful service and rescue missions spanning the globe, King 52, the first HC-130 configured for Air Force rescue in 1964, retired March 6. King 52 was one of a few HC-130s converted to conduct rescue operations in the 1960s and tested at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

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Disbrow delivers State of the AF

Acting Secretary of the Air Force Lisa S. Disbrow addressed current and future issues, and talked about some of the occasions the Air Force has to look forward to in 2017 during the Air Force Association Air Warfare Symposium here March 3., 2017.


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A prescription for problems

Posted  May 19, 2016

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AFNS) — Making sure their medical records are up to date and accurate could save Airmen selected for a random drug test a lot of trouble. In addition to testing for illegal substances, random drug tests also screen for a number of prescription medications, including amphetamines and opiates, like morphine or…

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162nd Wing celebrates 60 years; a military legacy continues

Posted  May 19, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. — On any given day, F-16 Fighting Falcons zip through the southern Arizona skies – their pilots perfecting their skills – showcasing military readiness thousands of feet above the desert. It’s a reoccurring scene similar to what an observer might have experienced in 1956 – the birth year of what is now the 162nd Wing…

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Standards don’t change – on duty or off

Posted  May 18, 2016

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do are core values that U.S. Air Force Airmen live by. Although these are important values for the Air Force, every base has their own principles that are essential to accomplishing the mission. Brig. Gen. Glen VanHerck, 7th Bomb…

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Flight plan outlines next 20 years for RPA

Posted  May 18, 2016

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force leaders outlined what the next 20 years will look like for remotely piloted aircraft in the Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flight Plan published April 30. “The Small UAS Flight Plan outlines a vision and strategy for the continued development, operation and sustainment of SUAS over the next 20 years,” said…

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Face of Defense: Wounded Warriors motivate squad leader

Posted  May 18, 2016

NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY BETHESDA — A soldier going through the Warrior Transition Brigade asked Army Staff Sgt. Loriann DeMelis, an inpatient squad leader here, if she had done her pull-ups. “No, once you start doing them I’ll start doing them,” DeMelis said. The soldier rolled his wheelchair into DeMelis’ doorway, raised himself up to the pull-up bar…

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