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Air Force News – July 5, 2013

Posted July 12, 2013 by

Air Force leaders stand behind civilians during tough furlough Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III sent the following furlough message to the Airmen of the U.S. Air Force: As you all know, Defense Department civilian furloughs began this week. With few exceptions, our…

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People First – July 5, 2013

Posted July 12, 2013 by

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. Aviators may…

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Maple Flag brings heat to Great White North

Posted July 12, 2013 by Senior Airman KATE VAUGHN

Members of the 425th Fighter Squadron recently participated in Maple Flag, a Canadian directed exercise conducted annually that provides training for warfighters in large-force employment of 50 aircraft at a time.

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AF Marathon race transfer progam announced

Posted July 11, 2013 by af.mil

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — The Air Force Marathon has officially sold out all races and organizers have announced details for the transfer program. “The transfer program is the only official way for runners to give their bib to another runner,” said Rob Aguiar, director. “Along with the charity partner slots, it is the…

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Additional F-35s coming to Luke AFB

Posted July 3, 2013 by

The Air Force announced June 27 that Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., has been chosen as the location for 72 additional F-35A Lightning II aircraft, bringing the eventual total number of the fifth-generation fighters expected at the base to 144. The Air Force’s initial decision to establish an F-35 pilot training center at Luke was…

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Boeing begins assembly of first KC-46 tanker aircraft

Posted July 3, 2013 by

Boeing workers in Everett, Wash., recently loaded the first wing spar for the first U.S. Air Force KC-46A aerial refueling tanker, starting production of that aircraft and achieving another milestone toward delivering 179 tankers during the next 14 years. The KC-46A is based on the commercial 767-200ER, a proven airframe in service as an airliner,…

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Army updates ‘eyes’ of Apache helicopters

Posted July 3, 2013 by Sofia Bledsoe

The Army is incorporating a new sensor capability into its Apache helicopters. The Apache Sensors Product Office has accepted delivery of the new Modernized Day Sensor Assembly Laser Rangefinder Designator, or LRFD, the first component to be fielded in the Modernized Day Sensor Assembly. The laser represents increased capability to the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation…

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Third F-35 for the U.K. arrives at Eglin Air Force Base

Posted July 3, 2013 by

The third Lockheed Martin F-35B Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing Lightning II for the United Kingdom arrived at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., June 25 where it will be used for pilot and maintainer training. U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Roger Hardy piloted the aircraft known as BK-3 (ZM137) on its 90-minute ferry flight from the Lockheed…

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Air Force announces preferred alternative for security forces regional training center consolidation

Posted July 3, 2013 by

Air Force officials announced June 27 that Fort Bliss, Texas, was chosen as the preferred alternative for the Security Forces Ground Combat Training Center while Camp Guernsey, Wyo. is a reasonable alternative. If selected as the final basing choice, Fort Bliss will host a training center, offering training courses for approximately 8,500 students per year….

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AETC military members must complete form for high-risk activity

Posted July 3, 2013 by Alex Salinas

When choosing to participate in off-duty high-risk activities, Air Force members are highly encouraged, and Air Education and Training Command members are required, to fill out paperwork notifying their supervisors. Air Force Instruction 91-202, U.S. Air Force Mishap Prevention Program, adopted changes in August 2011 encouraging supervisors Air Force-wide to establish a high-risk activities program, but…

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