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Air Force: Phased rollout to improve enlisted evaluation system

Posted September 26, 2014 by Senior Airman Alexander Riedel

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force chief of enlisted force policy outlined the implementation of the new enlisted evaluation and promotion systems at the 2014 Air Force Association’s Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition here Sept. 17. Developed in 1968, and implemented two years later, the existing Weighted Airman Promotion System has been in…

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Marines: Students train resupply techniques with pack animals

Posted September 26, 2014 by Lance Cpl. Seth Starr

Marines from 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, recently conducted training aboard Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif., Aug. 18 to Sept. 17. The month-long exercise trained Marines in many facets all centered on mountaineering skills and high-altitude warfare. Assault climbing, rappelling, horse and mule packing, and small unit…

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Air Force: Top Airman discusses AF future

Posted September 19, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Torri Ingalsbe

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III spoke about the importance of embracing change and creating an adaptive Air Force at the 2014 Air Force Association’s Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition, Tuesday.

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Marines: Gen. Mattis honored by No Greater Sacrifice

Posted September 19, 2014 by Sgt. Melissa Karnath

WASHINGTON — To most Marines this man is a legend. To other Americans he would just be another veteran sporting tightly cropped white hair and a face worn from years of combat. When he speaks listeners hear sincerity, confidence and blunt wisdom. He is a legend among those new and old to the Corps —…

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Air Force: Recon squadron keeps remotely piloted aircraft flying

Posted September 12, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez

Staff Sgt. Nelson Cherry inspects an MQ-9 Reaper with the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron Aug. 18, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. The Reaper is launched, recovered and maintained here. It is also remotely operated by pilots in bases located in the U.S. Cherry is an aircraft armament systems specialist with the 451st Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron….

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DoD announces guidance for upgrading discharge requests

Posted September 5, 2014 by Department of Defense

The Department of Defense announced Wednesday that it has issued supplemental guidance to Military Department Boards for Correction of Military/Naval Records, BCM/NR, when considering petitions regarding discharge upgrade requests by veterans claiming post-traumatic stress disorder, PTSD. “This is our responsibility and the right thing to do for veterans,” said Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. “This…

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Marines: Final flight of UH-1N Huey for HMLA-773

Posted September 5, 2014 by Cpl. J. Gage Karwick

The UH-1N Huey (right) escorts a UH-1Y Venom during the final flight of the UH-1N Huey for Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 773, Marine Aircraft Group 49, aboard Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, New Orleans, Aug. 28. The escort symbolizes the stepping aside of one helicopter platform to allow for an improved version to…

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Air Force: AF uses lasers to preserve space history

Posted September 5, 2014 by Jennifer Schneider

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas — The site of one of America’s proudest achievements is now little more than a weed-riddled concrete pad, surrounded by twisted, rusting metal. Cape Canaveral’s Launch Complex 14 is best known as the launch site for NASA’s “Friendship 7,” the flight that brought John Glenn fame as the first American…

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DoD: Officials expand space-tracking website

Posted August 28, 2014 by Amaani Lyle

WASHINGTON — Defense Department officials announced additions to its space situational awareness program’s Space-Track.org website. In a recent telephone interview with DoD News, Maj. Gen. David Thompson, U.S. Strategic Command’s director of plans and policy at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, said the release of new high-quality positional information on space debris of an unknown…

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Navy: Secretary of the Navy visits Marines, Sailors aboard USS America

Posted August 22, 2014 by Cpl. Christopher Moore

Cpl. Donald Holbert, U.S. Marine Corps Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus addresses the Marines and Sailors of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force South and the future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) during an all hands meeting held in the hangar bay, Tuesday. Visits like this remind the Marines and Sailors…

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