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From pharmacist to Airman

Posted October 29, 2015 by Story and photo by Senior Airman JAMES HENSLEY

Some of the reasons people join the Air Force are the education benefits and job security. Many Airmen had jobs before joining. “I was a pharmacy technician back when it didn’t require formal education,” said Staff Sgt. Ashley Byers, 56th Force Support Squadron commander’s support staff NCO in charge. “When the requirement changed I knew…

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AFROTC accepting instructor, detachment commander applications for summer 2018

Posted June 16, 2017 by Kat Bailey

Air Force officials have announced 81 projected Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps instructor vacancies and 13 detachment commander positions available for summer 2018.  Officers eligible for instructor slots include first lieutenants, captains or majors. Active-duty rated officers, line of the Air Force lieutenant colonels and majors selected for lieutenant colonel may apply for detachment…

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AAFES programs improve lives of Airmen

Posted June 2, 2017 by by Airman 1st Class CALEB WORPEL

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service has been improving the lives of service members around the globe since 1895. AAFES provides Soldiers and Airmen a place to shop, dine, grab a snack, get a haircut, have their cars repaired and so much more, according to Aileen Rivenburg, 56th Fighter Wing Base Exchange General Manager….

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Air Force rolls out phased retirement program for eligible civilians

Posted July 17, 2017 by Richard Salomon

Eligible Air Force civilian employees now have the option of working part time in a “semi-retired” status, according to new Air Force Instruction 36-817, Civilian Phased Retirement Program. The civilian phased-retirement program allows eligible full-time employees to request to work on a part-time basis and receive a portion of their retirement annuity. Under the program,…

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Lightning IIs fly night mission — All part of the training —

Posted February 25, 2016 by Photos by Airman 1st Class Shan Ridge

61st FS ground crew and pilot prepare an F-35 Lightning II for launch. The 61st FS trains an international contingent of F-35 pilots in a rigorous and thorough curriculum which includes nighttime flying. The bright afterburner exhaust from the F-35 illuminates the tail section of the jet in the dark. The F-35’s afterburner can rapidly…

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BLUE: A step ahead

Posted February 13, 2017 by

Air Force TV has released the latest episode of the Air Force’s flagship television program, BLUE. Staying a step ahead in current and future conflicts required a new edge in air warfare. In this episode, we introduce you to the newest fifth-generation, multi-role fighter aircraft, the F-35A Lightning II.

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Luke F-35 competes first time in load crew competition

Posted January 14, 2016 by Courtesy of 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Luke F-35 competes first time in load crew competition A Luke Air Force Base F-35 Lightning II crew competed Dec. 18 for the first time in a load crew competition here against legacy F-16 Fighting Falcon crews. The 425th AMU scored the highest points and won the competition. Quarterly load crew competitions showcase the combat…

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Disbrow delivers State of the AF

Posted March 8, 2017 by Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross

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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Around the Air Force: Feb. 14

Posted February 15, 2017 by

On this look around the Air Force, Airmen at Beale Air Force Base, California, assist evacuees displaced by Oroville Dam spillage and security forces advisors train Afghan airmen.

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MWD handler — not an ordinary Airman

Posted December 17, 2015 by Story and photo by Senior Airman JAMES HENSLEY

While most dogs are considered pets, in the Air Force a select few Airmen view them as partners and lifesavers for not just themselves, but for others. These Airmen are trained to deploy with military working dogs who detect explosive devices in advance of lives being in danger. One Airman came into the Air Force…

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