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Air Force

Innovation: Never stop improving

Posted October 13, 2015 by by Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station commander

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, Colo. (AFNS) — “Another article on innovation?” you say. I don’t have to tell you that there are more challenges across the Air Force than any time that I can recall: manning reductions, reduced budgets, infrastructure we can no longer afford, new requirements; response to advanced cyber threats, and the…

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(U.S. Air Force photo/Megan Crusher)
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Civilian employers recognized for reserve support

Posted December 11, 2015 by by Megan Crusher

The Air Force Reserve is comprised of over 65,000 reservists, with the majority of those reservists being citizen Airmen, who along with their reserve career also have civilian careers that demand their time and attention. It takes dedication and determination for reservists to successfully manage their civilian career alongside their reserve career. In order to…

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229th Bravo Company deploys from March Field

Posted November 6, 2015 by by Capt. Perry Covington

The 229th Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Bravo Company deployed on October 24, 2015 from March Air Reserve Base to Northern Afghanistan to fulfill a 9-12 month deployment that was one of the first from Fort Irwin, California, in more than 10 years. The training facility’s primary mission is to ready troops for CONUS (continental U.S.)…

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Sexual assault survivor: ‘You are not alone’

Posted April 10, 2015 by By Staff Sgt. Nancy Kasberg

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AFNS) — I remember the day like it was yesterday. My heartbeat echoed in my head as I attempted to dry my sweaty hands on my jeans. I was 21 years old, sitting in a Korean court room, waiting to be questioned by prosecutors. How I ended up there was unreal….

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Cody gives enlisted perspective at AFA expo

Posted February 20, 2015 by By Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross

ORLANDO, Fla. (AFNS) — Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody outlined his top priorities for the enlisted force during the Air Force Association’s annual Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition in Orlando, Florida, Feb. 12. Cody talked to those in attendance and focused on key areas such as enlisted development, resiliency…

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U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Hailey Haux
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AF generals testify for their future positions

Posted July 7, 2015 by by Senior Airman Hailey Haux

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – Two Air Force generals testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee during their nomination hearing as the next U.S. Transportation Command commander and new vice chairman to the Joint Chiefs of Staff July 14. Both were nominated by President Barack Obama and expressed their gratitude for the nomination, and if selected look…

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U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kevin Mitterholzer
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Enlisted Evaluation System roadshow unveils process

Posted October 13, 2015 by by Senior Airman Kevin Mitterholzer

Airmen were introduced to the new Enlisted Evaluation System at one of two briefings given here, Sunday, Oct. 4. The new system, which became effective Oct. 1, is designed to more easily recognize outstanding Airman. Under the old Enlisted Performance Report system, scores were easily inflated, making it more difficult to distinguish between exceptional and…

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AF sexual assault prevention: moving in the right direction

Posted April 24, 2015 by By Tech. Sgt. Terri Paden

“I was raised in a household where you take responsibility for your own actions and don’t blame others for your downfalls,” said Tech. Sgt. Kathleen Thorburn. “Instead of seeing a crime that had occurred, all I could see were my mistakes. Why did I go to that party? Why did I accept the drink? Why…

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AF leadership talks total force current climate

Posted September 25, 2015 by by Staff Sgt. Kat Justen

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Members of senior leadership from the active-duty Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, as well as the principal deputy to the secretary of the Air Force for manpower and reserve affairs, convened for a discussion panel regarding the status of the total force at the Air Force Association’s Air…

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Sexual assault prevention: moving beyond awareness

Posted April 10, 2015 by by Gen. Larry Spencer, Air Force Vice Chief of Staff

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Every April since 2001, the nation has focused its attention on sexual assault awareness and the impact this crime has on those who have experienced it. This year, the Department of Defense deliberately renamed the annual effort Sexual Assault Awareness and PREVENTION Month. I want to take this opportunity to share with…

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