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AF selects 16,506 for promotion to staff sergeant

Posted August 26, 2016 by Kat Bailey

Out of the 39,064 eligible senior airmen, 16,506 were selected for promotion to staff sergeant, Air Force officials announced Aug. 25. The overall selection rate was 42.25 percent, with an average selectee overall score of 360.88. Officials selected 2,318 Airmen with a promote now recommendation for 14.04 percent of the total selects; 5,762 Airmen with…

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Return to Vietnam in search of POW/MIA clues

Posted October 23, 2015 by A first-hand account by MC2(SW) Billy Ho

The forest was awakened by the rustling sounds of more than 80 American and Vietnamese outsiders. The heat and humidity was no match for their determination. Their shovels, pickaxes and sledgehammers scoured the earth. Dirt fell through sifting screens like tropical rain as they looked for human bone fragments and artifacts. Their faces were sweaty,…

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Master Sgt. Bode named AFRC’s 2014 Crew Chief of the Year

Posted April 17, 2015 by by Linda Welz

Master Sgt. James Bode, Air Reserve Technician (ART) and dedicated crew chief, 752nd Aerospace Maintenance Squadron (AMXS), was recently selected to receive the 2014 Chief Master Sgt. Thomas N. Barnes Award as the Crew Chief of the Year by Air Force Reserve Command. His nomination was submitted to AFRC earlier in the year, he said,…

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Women’s History Month Spotlight: Maintainer reflects on decades of service

Posted March 25, 2016 by by Maj. Marnee A.C. Losurdo

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — In 1979, Margaret Thatcher was elected as the United Kingdom’s prime minister and 63 Americans were taken hostage in the American Embassy in Tehran, Iran. It was the year Michael Jackson released his first solo album “Off the Wall,” ESPN launched on cable television, a Sony Walkman cost $200,…

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Johnson assumes command of 56th Aerial Port Squadron

Posted August 28, 2015 by by Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan

The 56th Aerial Port Squadron held an Assumption of Command ceremony at the Cultural Resource Center here on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. During the ceremony Col. Timothy McCoy, commander, 452nd Mission Support Group, March Air Reserve Base, passed the guidon to Maj. Mark E. Johnson, who accepted as the new 56 APS commander. “When we…

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Civil Air Patrol awarded Congressional Gold Medal

Posted March 20, 2015 by by Staff Sgt. Gregory Solman

The U.S Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to five veterans of CAP World War II service in at ceremony at March Air Museum in March.  Five other Gold Medals were awarded posthumously or in absentia to family members who attended the event. Lt. Col. Jeri Truesdell, now 100 years…

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Welsh: Joint force in excellent shape, but needs resources, prioritization

Posted June 17, 2016 by Jim Garamone

The joint force is in excellent shape, but leaders must pay attention to it, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III told the Defense Writers Group in Washington, D.C., June 15. Welsh, a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke to the group as one of his last public acts in…

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Increased mission requirements open doors for continued military service

Posted May 22, 2015 by by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force is introducing several personnel and manpower initiatives to meet increased mission requirements outlined in the fiscal year 2016 President’s Budget. In order to enhance operational and mission capacity in support of combatant commanders, and to maintain readiness, the Air Force is setting a minimum active-duty force level of 317,000…

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Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Cody answers questions on promotions, EPRs and more

Posted January 22, 2016 by from AirForceTimes.com

Few enlisted leaders in recent decades have had as great an impact on airmen as Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody. Since becoming the top enlisted leader three years ago, Cody has shepherded the biggest reform to how airmen are evaluated and promoted in decades. This includes “forced distribution” quotas that limit…

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Yesterday’s Air Force: Archie Williams

Posted August 29, 2016 by

As an Olympic gold medalist and command pilot, Lt. Col. Archie Williams proved time and again his skill, discipline and determination were among the best.

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