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New course focuses on sortie production at tactical level

Posted February 8, 2017 by Col. Curtis R. Hafer

Congress, former Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James stated, “less than half our combat forces are ready for a high-end fight.” Then, she added “the Air Force is the smallest, oldest and least ready…across the full spectrum of operations in our history.”   However, today, we’re one step closer to alleviating readiness impacts…

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F-35B marks aviation first at JBER

Posted February 8, 2017 by Staff Sgt. Mike Campbell

On any giving day at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, you can hear sound of freedom as the F-22 Raptors circle the mountains and come in for a landing. There was a different tone to that sound Jan. 9, 2017 as the Marine F-35B Lightening II fighter jets joined the orchestration.

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Around the Air Force: Feb. 7

Posted February 8, 2017 by

On this look around the Air Force theU-2 surpasses the 30,000 flight-hour barrier, this month’s edition of Airman magazine covers the Joint Communications Support Element, and the USO is looking for service member of the year nominees.

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Nellis F-15’s ‘odometer’ hits 10,000 flight hours

Posted February 6, 2017 by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika

She’s more than 60 feet long and stands about two stories tall. She’s been many different colors -- she’s currently grey -- and shades of her past ‘lives’ can still be seen all over her body.

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Free tax software, support available for Soldiers, families

Posted February 6, 2017 by Lisa Ferdinando

With the tax season upon us, service members and their families can access free tax-filing software and consultations to help them navigate the task of submitting their annual taxes. Military members and their families can visit the Military OneSource website or call 1-800-342-9647 for the no-cost “MilTax” software, explained Erika Slaton, a program analyst with…

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F-35A proving its worth at Red Flag combat exercise

Posted February 6, 2017 by Micah Garbarino

After eight days “at war” the F-35A Lightning II is proving to be an invaluable asset during Red Flag 17-01, the Air Force’s premier air combat exercise held at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.

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Around the Air Force: Feb. 3

Posted February 6, 2017 by

On this look around the Air Force, three B-2 Spirit bombers return to Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, after a deployment, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, has begun construction of a next generation 9-1-1 call center, U. S. Air Force in Europe and Air Forces Africa has a new command chief, and February is American Heart Month.

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F-35A Lightning maintenance sparks Red Flag 17-1

Posted February 3, 2017 by Airman 1st Class Nathan Byrnes

The debut of the F-35A Lightning II at Red Flag has afforded the pilots and maintainers of the aircraft a chance to be a part of the Air Force’s premier air-to-air combat training exercise.

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MQ-1 Predator airstrike stops car bomb

Posted February 3, 2017 by Senior Airman Christian Clausen

The MQ-1 Predator aircrew sat in the ground control station focused intently on their screens. Tension filled the air as they assessed the situation and began calculating the risks of destroying an armored vehicle suspected of carrying explosives.

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Plan A versus Plan B

Posted February 3, 2017 by Master Sgt. Aubrey Buhr

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — How many of you have received an assignment that you were not crazy about? Do you ever wonder if the Air Force is playing a trick on you? As a young staff sergeant, I received a base of preference assignment and was stationed in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina. The…

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