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Policy changes allow Airmen to retrain into special operations

In a move to meet the high-demand signal for the Air Force’s Battlefield Airmen, the service announced changes to retraining and cross-flow, outlined in a policy memorandum dated April 25, 2016.

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Goldfein hosts first town hall with CMSAF

The Air Force’s top officer and enlisted leader hosted a town hall forum in the Boyd Auditorium at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., July 20, 2016.

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Goldfein swears in as 21st CSAF

Gen. David L. Goldfein was sworn in as the Air Force’s 21st chief of staff by Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James during a ceremony at the Pentagon July 1, 2016. As the Air Force’s most senior uniformed leader, Goldfein is responsible for ensuring the 660,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian airmen under his command…

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Firefighter switches to fighter pilot

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Staff Sgt. Garrett Christensen, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Logistics NCO in charge, is crossing over to the Air Force officer corps where he hopes to become an F-22 Raptor fighter pilot. “Christensen is one of 12 Airmen selected for basic officer training school program,” said Steven Kinkade, 56th CES…

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USFWS selects BMGR for award

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The Barry M. Goldwater Range has been selected as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2015 Military Conservation Partner Award recipient. The award, presented in a ceremony June 9, is a national award presented annually to a military installation whose efforts represent significant conservation accomplishments achieved in partnership with…

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Tried, true, take-off ready …

Posted  February 25, 2016

Staff Sgt. Luther Mitchell Jr. Six F-16 Fighting Falcons await instructions prior to launch Tuesday at the end of the runaway at Luke Air Force Base. The 56th Operations Group has operational control and responsibility for all F-16 fighter squadrons here at Luke, including two detachments. The United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, officially…

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Hero Award

Posted  February 25, 2016

Courtesy photo FROM LEFT: Audrey Jennings, United Blood Services executive director, Maj. Charlotta Leader, 56th Medical Group health care integrator, Capt. Sharlott Uriarte, 56th MDG Education and Training Flight commander, and Tech. Sgt. Alisa Frisch, 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron unit training manager, gather for a photo at the United Blood Services Hero Award ceremony Feb….

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Air Force Week in photos

Posted  February 25, 2016

An Airman with the 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron maneuvers to the objective Feb. 9 during training at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany. The training consisted of 2nd ASOS Airmen calling in close air support, neutralizing opposing forces and practicing medical evacuation by helicopter. The Airmen swapped roles as opposing forces and U.S….

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‘Start Small, Think Big’ theme of Military Saves Week

Posted  February 18, 2016

Military Saves Week is Feb. 22 through 27, and the campaign’s slogan, “Start Small, Think Big,” speaks to the long-term benefits of saving even a small amount each month. The Military Saves program is designed to educate and motivate service members and their families to reduce debt and save their hard-earned money for both emergencies…

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Wolves at the door

Posted  February 18, 2016

I’ll start by stating I’m not running for president of the United States. I consciously avoid alarmist reactions. I know that 24-hour cable news is at best, only one part information and two parts entertainment, and I truly believe American ideals apply to all people regardless of age, sex, race or creed. That said, I…

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