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Nellis squadrons stand ready despite sequestration setbacks

Posted August 9, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — The 99th Civil Engineer Squadron, 99th Security Forces Squadron and 99th Contracting Squadron are determined to provide quality support despite civilian furlough and sequestration setbacks, but request patience during this challenging time. Sequestration has had a far reaching impact across the Department of Defense, from manning issues to unit budget…

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Hagel Announces Reduction in Civilian Furlough Days

Posted August 9, 2013 by American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Hundreds of thousands of Defense Department civilian employees who have had to take a weekly unpaid day off from work since July 8 are getting some relief, as the total number of furlough days has been reduced from 11 to six, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Aug. 6. Here is the complete text…

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Creech celebrates newest SNCOs

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U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. S.S. 432nd Wing and 799th Air Base Group senior noncommissioned officer inductees stand in formation prior to the SNCO medallion ceremony Aug. 2. Creech Air Force Base, Nev., commanders and chief master sergeants presented the 34 inductees with medallions to congratulate them for achieving the rank of master…

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More than 300 Nellis staff sergeant selects announced

Posted August 9, 2013 by 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Air Force officials selected 11,212 of 34,078 eligible senior airmen for promotion to staff sergeant for a selection rate of 32.9 percent that was released at 8 a.m., CST, Aug. 1. The average score for those selected was 291.07. Selectees’ average time in grade was 1.98 years and time in…

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Actor Dean Cain visits Nellis

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U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jason Couillard Actor Dean Cain shakes hands with Airmen from the 57th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Raptor Aircraft Maintenance Unit Aug. 2. at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Cain learned about the various capabilities of the F-22 Raptor and the various jobs Airmen perform to keep the aircraft…

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Deadline nears for completing SNCOA course

Posted August 9, 2013 by Phil Berube

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — Students enrolled in Senior NCO Academy Course 14 Version 5 have until the end of September to complete the course or they will be automatically disenrolled and will have to complete the new version of the course. Airmen who haven’t completed version 5 by Sept. 30 will not receive…

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USA Basketball recognizes Airmen during game

Posted August 2, 2013 by

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Hughes Senior Airman Nathaniel Mills, 99th Security Forces Squadron journeyman, performs a windmill dunk during a time out during the third quarter of the USA Blue vs. White Basketball game at the Thomas and Mack Center July 25 in Las Vegas. Mills was asked to dunk during…

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No decisions yet on cutting furlough days, official says

Posted August 2, 2013 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Despite media reports that say Defense Department civilians may face up to five fewer furlough days, “no decisions have been made at this time,” a Pentagon spokesman said July 30. More than 640,000 civilian employees are being furloughed one day a week for 11 weeks, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen said. These unpaid…

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Airman slowly kills himself by smoking

Posted August 2, 2013 by Airman Ryan Conroy

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy — I’ve been slowly killing myself for the past three years. I intentionally inhale toxins that destroy my lungs and heart. I smoke cigarettes. But, I’m quitting — again. According to the health and wellness center’s tobacco cessation class, the average smoker will attempt to quit five to seven times before achieving…

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Air Force takes swift action against sexual assault

Posted August 2, 2013 by Maj. Gen. Margaret Woodward

WASHINGTON, D.C. — It’s not an overstatement to say that the past many years have been challenging for those in the military working to prevent sexual assault and sexual trauma. However, for those who’ve been victimized it has been much worse, and we should never forget that. The harm in this crime is not just physical;…

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