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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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‘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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Marines call out squadrons after PT challenge victory

Posted  February 18, 2016

The Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center hosted the first squadron physical test challenge Feb. 5 where Luke Thunderbolts faced off against a team of Marines. Staff members, maintainers and regularly visiting Airmen from the Bryant Fitness Center formed the core of the Air Force team which faced off against a group of Marines…

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In Brief February 19, 2016

Posted  February 18, 2016

Luke tax center open The on-base tax center is now open. Free tax assistance on federal and state tax returns is available to active-duty, retirees and dependents. To receive assistance, members must bring a valid military I.D., social security card for each member of the family to be claimed, all tax forms for income (e.g….

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PEOPLE FIRST February 19, 2016

Posted  February 18, 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. SecAF, CSAF…

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