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SECAF announces resignation

Posted March 11, 2019 by

Upon a favorable final vote by the regents, Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson announced her resignation March 8, after serving in her position as the service’s top civilian since May 2017, to accept the role as president of the University of Texas at El Paso.

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Chaplain’s thoughts … Saint Patrick leadership lessons

Posted March 1, 2019 by

Bring on the March Madness! I think March is great. It is full of all kinds of official/unofficial holidays. I am looking forward to Pi (π) Day on the 14th, because it means free pie, of which I am a huge fan, and it is the only day most of us celebrate math (or use…

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Lightning integrated technicians make strides in 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit

Posted March 1, 2019 by by Airman 1st Class CAROLINE BURNETT

The 2018 Luke initiative to increase F-35A Lightning II maintenance efficiency through the creation of a team of unified maintenance specialties called Lightning Integrated Technicians has expanded to all 120 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit Airmen and maintenance on 15 F-35As. Maintainers from independent career fields, including crew chiefs, avionics, weapons and low-observable technicians, who operate…

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78th Anniversary of the Tuskegee Airmen

Posted March 1, 2019 by

During the week of March 18, the Archer-Ragsdale Arizona Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., joins the national celebration of the 78th Anniversary of the legendary Tuskegee Airman of World War II. ARAC also heralds its 13th year anniversary and the 5th Annual Tuskegee Airmen Commemoration Day in Arizona. Sixteen Tuskegee Airmen had direct ties to…

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Air Force ends promotion testing for E-7 and above

Posted February 6, 2019 by

The Air Force announced Feb. 4 it is removing the Weighted Airman Promotion System testing requirement for active-duty promotions to the grades of E-7 through E-9, beginning this fall with the 2019 E-9 promotion cycle. The memo, signed Jan. 31, 2019, removes the phase one requirement for senior noncommissioned officers to test for promotion, allowing…

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‘Alcatraz Gang’ POW leaves legacy of hope

Posted February 1, 2019 by by LISA SMITH MOLINARI

In May of 1966, 21 days after his F-4 Phantom II was shot down over North Vietnam, Sam Johnson arrived at the Hōa Lò Prison. Within hours, he was beaten unconscious by his brutal captors. The unspeakable pain Johnson endured when his broken arm and dislocated shoulders were wrenched backwards was only the beginning. Johnson…

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Tech Report: New tech for boom operators

Posted January 25, 2019 by

As the new KC-46 Pegasus tanker aircraft comes on line, boom operators will have a whole new way of getting the job done.

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Around the Air Force: VR demo/3-D printed F-22 part

Posted January 25, 2019 by

On this look Around the Air Force, a virtual reality and augmented reality demonstration at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., and an F-22 Raptor gets a 3-D printed part.

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Air Force makes updates to enlisted evaluation policies

Posted January 23, 2019 by

The Air Force recently updated evaluation policies for enlisted Airmen, refining the process and requirements for enlisted performance reports. The revised policies are in response to feedback from the field and are geared towards increasing flexibility for commanders and empowering performance within the enlisted corps. “We are continuously making strides to reform our talent management…

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Air Force announces fiscal year 2019 aviation bonuses

Posted January 23, 2019 by

The Air Force announced Jan. 23 the details of the fiscal year 2019 Aviation Bonus program. The fiscal 2019 AvB program is designed to augment continuing aircrew retention efforts across the Air Force, by offering experienced aviators bonuses for signing tier-based contracts, ranging from three to 12 years of continued service. Congress raised the annual…

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