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Welcome U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds

Posted November 9, 2012 by

Thunderbirds “America’s Ambassadors in Blue,” the Thunderbirds plan and present precision aerial maneuvers to exhibit the capabilities of modern high performance aircraft and the lofty degree of professional skill required to operate these aircraft in a precision aerial demonstration.

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AF to open remaining combat positions to women

Posted February 1, 2013 by

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey announced today the rescission the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule for women and that the Department of Defense plans to remove gender-based barriers to service. “Women have shown great courage and sacrifice on…

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Air Force reservists, retirees eligible for TRICARE healthcare programs

Posted April 5, 2013 by Col. Bob Thompson

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — TRICARE has affordable healthcare programs available for all Air Force Reserve retirees – including “gray-area retirees” and actively-participating Air Force reservists, no matter what orders they are on. Reservists who retire before age 60 are eligible for TRICARE Retired Reserve coverage while they are in the “gray area.” This is the waiting…

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SecAF approves captain’s board cancellation

Posted May 10, 2013 by Capt. Candice Ismirle

WASHINGTON, D.C. — First lieutenants will no longer meet a promotion central selection board to make captain, Air Force officials announced May 7. Effective immediately, the Secretary of the Air Force approved the elimination of the Captain’s Central Selection Board. The Air Force is returning to the same promotion process that was in effect prior…

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F-35 is backbone of Air Force’s future fighter fleet, Welsh says

Posted June 28, 2013 by Master Sgt. Angelita Colón-Francia

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Air Force’s most advanced strike aircraft, the F-35 Lightning II, is a vital capability that the nation needs to stay ahead of adversary technological gains, the Air Force chief of staff told a Senate panel, June 19. Testifying before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Defense, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said…

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Former Air Force leader passes away

Posted August 16, 2013 by Air Force News Service

A former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who was also a chief of staff of the Air Force, passed away Aug. 10 in Falcon’s Landing military retirement community in Potomac Falls, Va.

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Feedback on Sexual Assault Prevention, Response Blog

Posted September 27, 2013 by Gen. Larry Spencer

Once again, you answered the call and responded to our request to hear from you – thank you.

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CSAF: Air Force must modernize despite budget woes

Posted November 15, 2013 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON — Budget concerns affect every aspect of the Air Force, but the service must continue to modernize, the service’s chief of staff told the Defense Writers Group here Nov. 12. In forming the defense strategy, the service chiefs have to take resources into consideration, Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said. “To some…

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Enlisted retention board to convene in June

Posted January 10, 2014 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — An enlisted retention board will convene here in June to consider eligible senior airmen through senior master sergeants for retention, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The enlisted retention program is one of several expanded force management programs that have been or will be implemented this year, said Lt. Col….

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Red Flag 14-1 stays on target

Posted February 14, 2014 by

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brett Clashman U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Michael Lyons, Joint Tactical Communications Office communications operator from Fort Sam Houston, Texas, looks through information on a workstation inside the Combined Air and Space Operations Center-Nellis during Red Flag 14-1 Feb. 5 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. This…

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