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AAFES marks 119 years of serving Airmen

Today, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) celebrates 119 years of proudly serving Airmen, Soldiers and their families. AAFES is the 43rd largest retail organization in the U.S., with annual revenue of more than $10 billion and employing 40,622 civilian and military personnel. The Exchange is a joint non-appropriated fund instrumentality of the…

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‘An Innovator’s DNA’: Col. John Boyd

Surprisingly, few Airmen have heard of Col. John Boyd, with far fewer aware of his innovative contributions to the advancement of modern-day air power. As the Air Staff feverishly reviews the thousands of innovative ideas submitted by young Airmen, I thought it appropriate to recognize an Airman who committed his entire career to innovation. Though…

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NSWC Corona STEPs for future scientists, engineers

Naval Surface Warfare Center Corona and Riverside’s Science and Technology Education Partnership signed an education partnership agreement at the Bourns Technology Center July 16, strengthening ties for greater outreach for the next generation of inland scientists and engineers.

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AF introduces Total Force Commissioning Process

Air Force officials announced the Total Force Commissioning Process July 10. This new process allows the Air Force to provide multiple career avenues for officers being commissioned through Air Force ROTC

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Pacing program embodies Wingman concept

U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. David House Staff Sgt Joey William, 452 Force Support Squadron (right) helps fellow Airmen keep pace during a timed run at the March ARB running track, June 28. William is one of several volunteers who provides motivation to runners as part of the Rising Six pacing program. Airmen at March…


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Top Reserve shirt talks first sergeants’ importance

Posted  February 22, 2013

Chief Master Sgt. Michael Bellerose, Air Force Reserve Command’s first sergeant functional manager. (U.S. Air Force photo) HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — Early in his career, Chief Master Sgt. Michael Bellerose saw a first sergeant fix a problem others said couldn’t be solved. Bellerose, a security forces patrolman at the time, was working at…

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Has anyone ever really seen God face-to-face?

Posted  February 22, 2013

One of the important “faith questions” we chaplains often hear is, “Has anyone ever seen God?” If, on your own faith journey or in your effort to seek the Almighty, you have asked this question, you’re not alone. Believers of a variety of faiths, as well as doubters, have asked this question since the beginning…

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Introducing the 452 Maintenance Ops Squadron Rising Six

Posted  February 22, 2013

Late in 2011, the 452d Maintenance Operations Squadron established a unit Rising Six organization. This group of dedicated entry- to mid-level Airmen took time out of their hectic schedules to put in place mechanisms that will ensure a successful career advancement for fellow wingmen. The current officers of the MOS R6 are Staff Sgt. James…

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March VITA center: Offering members free first-rate tax service

Posted  February 22, 2013

Midway through the 2013 tax season, the March Air Reserve Base Volunteer Income Tax Assistance center, or VITA, took a moment to recognize its second year in operation with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, officiated by the 452d Air Mobility Wing commander, Col. Samuel Mahaney, Feb. 14. “This is our second year of providing free tax service…

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UPS pledges support to those who serve

Posted  February 22, 2013

ATLANTA, Ga. — The United Parcel Service and the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve held a statement of support signing ceremony at the UPS World Headquarters, Feb 12. Air Force Reserve officers joined with UPS senior executives and other Guard and Reserve military branches in continuing a 40-year-old ESGR mission of gaining and…

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Space-based sensors star in “Stellar Eyes” missile defense test

Posted  February 22, 2013

PACIFIC OCEAN — The Navy’s Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System scored another hit for the Missile Defense Agency on the Pacific Missile Range overnight, marking the first live-fire intercept of a medium-range ballistic missile using space-based sensors. Flight Test Mission-20 successfully demonstrated again the system’s capability to detect the target from outer space and launch…

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Snapshots | Retirement

Posted  March 1, 2013

Col. Robert Weisenberger, 452d Medical Group commander, says farewell to his military family and friends Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, during his retirement ceremony at the March Field Air Museum. Weisenberger, whose career spans 28 years as a traditional reservist from Norton Air Force Base to March Air Reserve Base, served in Operations Desert Shield, Desert…

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AF releases criteria for new combat medal

Posted  March 1, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Air Force officials released nomination criteria for the new Distinguished Warfare Medal, Feb. 15, following defense officials’ announcement of the new decoration days prior. The DWM will be awarded to honor individuals for single acts of extraordinary achievement, not involving acts of valor, that directly impact combat or other military operations approved by the secretary…

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Iron Dawg II: Military working dog handlers compete for “Top Dog”

Posted  March 1, 2013

A U.S. Marine and his K9 companion crouch at the starting position, readying for the first task — securing a seemingly abandoned bread truck. When the signal was given, they take off! After a thorough search and clear, they proceed on to an old pick-up truck to do the same. After which, they advance to…

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AF implements enlisted date of separation rollback

Posted  March 1, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Air Force will implement the enlisted date of separation rollback program this fiscal year, in addition to several voluntary force management programs that were announced early in Feb., Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The rollback will accelerate the date of separation for senior master sergeants and below, who…

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