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Base welcomes recently deployed airmen home

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Air Force photographs by Sarah Cirrice SMC Commander, Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, talks with returning airmen and their families prior to the start of the Welcome Home Airmen ceremony, Jan. 24. The ceremony honored airmen returning from deployments during the past six months. The audience jumps to its feet and claps with the arrival of…

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Third Boeing GPS IIF begins operation after early handover to U.S. Air Force

Posted December 21, 2012 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – A third Boeing GPS IIF satellite has completed on-orbit checkout and is now part of the active 31-satellite GPS constellation, providing improved performance for both military and civilian users. GPS IIF-3, now designated SVN-65, is being operated by the 50th Space Wing’s 2nd Space Operations Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base,…

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Morin talks space superiority at AFA conference

Posted November 30, 2012 by MSgt. Angelita Colón-Francia

Acting Under Secretary of the Air Force Dr. Jamie Morin addressed more than 320 Airmen, industry officials and Air Force Association members at AFA’s Global Warfare Symposium in Los Angeles, Calif., Nov. 15. Morin opened the symposium with a discussion on space superiority as an enduring source of American strength. “Space is a fundamental pillar…

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Air Force takes part Hollywood Christmas parade

Posted November 30, 2012 by

Air Force photograph by Joe Juarez Lt Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., waves to the crowd from an F-16 mini-jet during the Hollywood Christmas Parade, Nov. 25. The 81st annual parade featured Hollywood celebrities, floats, balloons and marching bands, marking the beginning of the holiday season…

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Air Force secretary addresses rebalance to the Pacific

Posted November 30, 2012 by Master Sgt. Angelita Colón-Francia

Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley spoke about the Air Force’s role in the U.S. defense strategy to rebalance to the Asia-Pacific during the Air Force Association’s Global Warfare Symposium in Los Angeles, Calif., Nov. 16. Donley closed the symposium, which gathered more than 320 airmen, industry officials and Air Force Association members together…

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Cody named next Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force

Posted November 9, 2012 by

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III has named Chief Master Sgt. James A. Cody to serve as the 17th chief master sergeant of the Air Force. Cody will assume his new position on Feb. 1, following the Jan. 31 retirement of current Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy….

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AFA names aerospace award winners

Posted November 9, 2012 by Gloria Kwizera

Air Force Association officials named the 2012 National Aerospace and Specialty Award winners during the Annual Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition in Washington D.C. last month, said Air Force Personnel Center officials. The specific categories and winners are as follows: David C. Schilling Award for the most outstanding contribution to national defense in…

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Air Force eliminates civilian skill code requirements

Posted November 9, 2012 by Debbie Gildea

The Air Force has rescinded the manual used to define civilian position skill codes in one of several ongoing administrative actions geared toward transforming civilian hiring, determining employee training and development needs, and selecting employees for training under competitive procedures, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Skill codes were a foundation of the previous civilian…

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DCMA Western Region welcomes new commander

Posted November 9, 2012 by Matthew Montgomery

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – The North Harbor Marina was the backdrop as Western Regional Command Director, Michael A. Lowry relinquished responsibilities to Air Force Col. Tracey Kop, and bid farewell to coworkers and friends during a change of command and retirement ceremony held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Redondo, Beach, Calif., July 19. “It…

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Space command convenes accident investigation

Posted October 26, 2012 by

Air Force Space Command commander Gen. William Shelton has ordered an Accident Investigation Board to investigate why a Delta IV RL-10B-2 upper stage engine did not perform as expected during the Oct. 4 launch of a GPS IIF satellite. “While the launch was ultimately successful, the time-honored rigor and earnest process of an AIB will…

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