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AF uniform office designs for entire force; new modifications underway

When an airman gets dressed for his or her job, he or she dons apparel and equipment that were developed, produced, deployed, sustained, and modified by a group of fewer than 20 people working at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

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AF family shares experience with child’s autism

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Four-year-old Dawson Stock loves music and instruments; his mother says he is obsessed with the violin. He knows the alphabet forward and backward and is ready to read. Dawson is teaching himself the sign-language alphabet. He knows his numbers and how to add. Dawson is a high-functioning child. This was not…

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Honor guard Airman pushes past her limits

WASHINGTON — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series. These stories focus on individual Airmen, highlighting their Air Force story.) It’s noon on a Saturday, and Staff Sgt. April Spilde chalks up her hands in the gym at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia, as she waits for her chance to lift during…

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McGuire hosts rapid response training with FEMA

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. — The 305th Aerial Port Squadron welcomed members of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Pennsylvania Task Force 1 to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst for rapid air mobilization training April 21, as part of an ongoing partnership initiative. FEMA are the nation’s experts in rapid response in case of humanitarian crises and to…

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309th Fighter Squadron Graduates 11 from class 15-BBC

America’s newest fighter pilots are ready to join the most lethal combat air force the world has ever known. The eight active-duty and three Air National Guard officers of class 15-BBC have successfully completed the F-16 Basic Course and will celebrate this accomplishment today with loved ones, academic instructors, and instructor pilots. Class 15-BBC’s stay…


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PEOPLE FIRST – February 26, 2016

Posted  February 25, 2016

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. James focuses…

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

Posted  February 25, 2016

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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Exchange program rewards military students

Posted  February 18, 2016

For military students, making multiple moves with their active-duty parents is just a part of life. In fact, military children typically move six to nine times by the time they’ve completed 12th grade, according to the Military Child Education Coalition. The Army & Air Force Exchange Service appreciates the sacrifices military students make and is…

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F-35 program moving forward, addressing challenges

Posted  February 18, 2016

WASHINGTON — The F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Program is moving forward while addressing various challenges, the program’s executive officer recently said. “In the big picture, I would tell you that the program right now is accelerating, growing and changing,” Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan said at a media roundtable in Arlington, Virginia. He detailed…

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Retiree witnesses historic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech

Posted  February 18, 2016

It was Aug. 23, 1963, in D.C. and it was hot. He was a child standing in a sea of people when he heard a man he didn’t know begin to speak. While he vaguely remembers the beginning of the speech, he clearly recalls the words, “I have a dream …” Although he was 10…

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