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Alisa Deuermeyer, a volunteer at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., laughs as U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Scott Fridinger, additional duty first sergeant assigned to the Air Combat Command Communications Support Squadron, performs a card trick at Langley Air Force Base, Va., Oct. 21, 2015. Veterans

Face of Defense: ‘Magic’ NCO Reaches Airmen, Veterans

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — From a distance, Air Force Master Sgt. Scott Fridinger, the first sergeant for the Air Combat Command Communications Support Squadron, looks like any other senior noncommissioned officer; his uniform is in order, military-issued silver glasses frame his eyes, his hair trimmed with precision. But what makes Fridinger unique is what…

(U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis) Air Force

How we quit smokin’

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AFNS) — “Smoke in the cockpit! Smoke in the cockpit!” the flight crew yells in unison. Then the dreaded radio transmission goes out: “Declaring an IFE (in flight emergency); request immediate return to base for landing.” Moments before the troubling exclamations occurred, the flight crew of the massive C-5M Super…

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What to know about Fitness Assessments

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz., — The Air Force’s Fitness Assessment is one of the many opportunities for Airmen to display their Core Values. When it comes to this assessment, Airmen here must know what to expect, what to avoid, and how to prepare in order to exceed. FA sessions are scheduled here Monday through Friday at…

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jake Carter) People and Places

Guardian Angel retires after 41 years of service

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The year is 1974. The Vietnam War is on its way to an end after almost 15 years of fighting. The U.S. Air Force was trying to give America the upper hand. Also in 1974, a young man named Paul Koester decided that he wanted to join the world’s…

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley N. Steffen) Events

D-M Airmen march in Tucson Veterans Day Parade

TUCSON, Ariz. — Airmen from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base participated in the Tucson Veterans Day Parade Nov. 11. A formation of more than 100 Airmen, consisting of D-M Honor Guardsmen, 355th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technicians in full gear and Airmen from various units, marched in the streets of downtown Tucson. “I was able to…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley N. Steffen)

Pride in perfection

Posted  November 12, 2015

DAVIS MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz.  — The constant strive for perfection, pride in their aircraft, and responsibility of knowing they have someone’s life in their hands; these are a few examples of what A-10C Thunderbolt II crew chiefs have resting on their shoulders each day. “The never ending pursuit of perfection is what the job demands,”…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen)

Planes by day, cars by night; Airman’s passion brings balance

Posted  November 10, 2015

CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nevada  — During the day he sits in a cushy, thick seat in a ground control station flying yet another eight-hour sortie in the remotely piloted aircraft, the MQ-9 Reaper. By night he sits in a thin, lightweight racing seat, harnessed into a raw, stripped out track monster. He is Tech. Sgt. Gabriel,…

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What TRICARE beneficiaries need to know about open enrollment, marketplace

Posted  November 10, 2015

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) — It’s time for open enrollment; the time of year when people can enroll in or change their health insurance plan. The open enrollment period for HealthCare.gov is Nov. 1 to Jan. 31 for 2016 coverage. How does this affect you? Most TRICARE beneficiaries don’t need to worry about open enrollment….

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ariel D. Partlow)

Bone pins by day, bowling pins by night

Posted  November 10, 2015

Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas — The uniform: an unequivocal symbol of what an Airman stands for, where their loyalties lie, and who they’ve pledged their allegiance too. The people behind the uniform, however, are as diverse as the nations they originate. Born in Toluca, Mexico, Senior Airman Javier Perez, 47th Medical Support Squadron diagnostic…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant)

Warfighter of the week: Capt. Jeff Shi

Posted  November 9, 2015

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz — — Capt. Jeff Shi, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) operations research analyst, was recognized as the Warfighter of the Week, October 19, 2015. Shi, a native of Austin, Texas, has been serving in the Air Force for 4 years. After graduating high school, he attended the University of…

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