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Travis Reserve wing is best in Fourth Air Force

Posted December 13, 2013 by Master Sgt. Linda Welz

Courtesy photo Col. Douglas Planer (foreground), 4th Air Force A3 Director, joins (from left) Roger Rupp, Riverside Military Affairs Committee Chairman; Brig. Gen. John C. Flournoy Jr., 4th Air Force commander; and Cindy Roth, Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce President, in congratulating the 349th Air Mobility Wing, Travis Air Force Base, Calif., for being named…

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Maintaining telecommunications in disasters

Posted May 16, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Joseph Dangidang

U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Joseph Dangidang Tech. Sgt. Sam Leventer and Senior Airman Jonathan Hueso survey the area from Emergency Management’s mobile communication vehicle during the training an emergency communications training exercise. The exercise demonstrated the combined tactical communications and networking capabilities while practicing unified telecommunications and live video satellite service delivery…

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452nd felt early frost in Cold War

Posted October 17, 2014 by Chief Master Sgt. Matt Proietti

(Ninth in an 11-part series that was first run in the Beacon in 2007) Two weeks after the D-Day invasion, 47 B-17s from the 452nd Bombardment Group and other Army Air Forces units were destroyed by German aircraft at a largely undefended Russian airfield. The attack, which began about 12:30 a.m. June 22, 1944, destroyed…

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2012 Air Force Climate Survey coming soon

Posted May 11, 2012 by by Jon Hanson

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Air Force active duty, Reserve, Guard, appropriated fund and non-appropriated fund civilians have an opportunity to voice their concerns to leadership during the 2012 Air Force Climate Survey, which kicks off May 14 and runs through June 22. The chief of staff for the Air Force-directed survey is…

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Being a Wingman: Simple tap of an app could save a life

Posted August 31, 2012 by by Master Sgt. Leisa Grant

ARLINGTON, Va. — Smartphone applications, or apps, have no shortage of uses and can include nearly everything from sharing an exercise route with a friend to finding nearby restaurants. For Air National Guard members and families, one app serves as a potential lifesaver. With the goal of enhancing communication, the Wingman Project, a collaborative solution…

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Pearl Harbor: Air Force legacy on day that would ‘live in infamy’

Posted December 14, 2012 by by Tom Budzyna

FORT MEADE, Md. — “It was the first time I had ever seen a plunging dive bomber and it was an awesome sight. Nothing in warfare is more frightening,” said Pvt. Wilfred D. Burke, 72d Pursuit Squadron, Wheeler Field, whose experience in the attacks on Pearl Harbor are recorded in 7 December 1941: The Air…

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Betty ‘Tack’ Blake: Only surviving member of 1st WASP class

Posted March 15, 2013 by by Randy Roughton

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. — A young female U.S. Air Force pilot recently showed her 91-year-old guest the F-16 Fighting Falcon she flies at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. During the tour, the pilot continually gave praise to “Tack” Blake, which was odd, because  the guest was that very person – Betty “Tack” Blake. As…

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Air Force Reserve announces senior leader changes

Posted June 21, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Lt. Gen. James F. Jackson, chief of Air Force Reserve, announced the following senior leader changes from left to right: Brig. Gen. Stephen “Fritz” Linsenmeyer, from commander, Force Generation Center, Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., to deputy director for Joint Matters, Hq Air Education and Training Command,…

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U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Neil Ballacer
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163rd Reconnaissance Wing and CAL FIRE make history

Posted September 6, 2013 by Elan Head

U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Neil Ballacer Col. Dana Hessheimer, commander, 163rd Reconnaissance Wing, California Air National Guard, March Air Reserve Base, Calif., briefs the joint task force on an upcoming sortie over the fires in Yosemite National Park, Calif. The wing joined with CAL FIRE to make history by using the MQ-1 Predator to…

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CHIEFchat: CMSAF talks about force management, EPRs

Posted January 31, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Devon Suits

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody addressed upcoming changes to enlisted performance reports and effects of force management during his 2nd worldwide CHIEFchat at Defense Media Activity, Fort George G. Meade, Md., Jan. 9. CHIEFchat is a recurring initiative, designed to give Airmen around the world a direct connection to the…

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