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Sequestration will significantly affect force readiness

Posted April 26, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The four branches of the military delivered another warning to Congress April 18 that a prolonged budget sequester will significantly affect military readiness, and could leave the services unable to carry out defense strategy. Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry Spencer told lawmakers sequestration has forced the cancellation of flying…

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Day on the Job: EOD techs

Posted June 7, 2013 by Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton Staff Sgt. Joel Calahan inspects the battery pack of an explosive ordnance disposal bomb suit, May 29 at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia. Calahan is a 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron EOD craftsman deployed from Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. SOUTHWEST ASIA — Explosive ordnance…

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10 special duties become developmental opportunities

Posted July 19, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Selection for 10 special duty fields is now a nominative rather than volunteer-based process, Air Force officials announced today. In the past, any qualified Airman who met eligibility criteria defined in the special duty catalog could apply for a special duty opportunity. However, as resources become scarcer, Air Force leaders…

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Coalition Virtual Flag 13-4 trains U.S., allied partners on simulated battlefield

Posted September 20, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brett Clashman Royal Canadian Air Force Master Cpl. Paul Clowe, 460th Operations Support Squadron mission crew chief, Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., and U.S. Army Warrant Officer Elizabeth Wages, 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command all source analysis technician, Fort Bliss, Texas, review activity on defense systems…

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57th AMXS Lightning AMU conducts first hot pit training

Posted October 25, 2013 by

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brett Clashman Staff Sgt. William Rispoli, 57th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion specialist, marshals an F-35 Lightning II at the revetments Oct. 16 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The F-35 is a single-seat, single-engine, fifth-generation multirole fighter that performs ground attack, reconnaissance, and air defense missions with…

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Former commander sees mission decades later

Posted December 6, 2013 by Tech. Sgt. S.E.

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman A.K. Retired Air Force colonel Linus Upson Jr. (left) and his family gather in a hangar and receive a briefing about the MQ-1 and MQ-9 aircraft during a tour of the base, Nov. 27. Upson, who was the base commander in 1945, brought his family to see the…

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AF acquisition chief nominee testifies

Posted January 24, 2014 by Ed Gulick

Dr. Bill LaPlante testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee Jan. 16 during his nomination hearing to be the next assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition.

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Air terminal Airmen move essential supplies

Posted February 28, 2014 by Senior Airman Matthew Lancaster

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Lancaster Staff Sgt. Chris Alvarez, 99th Logistics Readiness Squadron air transportation craftsman, guides a 60K Tunner loader on the flightline Feb. 19 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The 99th LRS air terminal staff use a 60K Tunner loader to transport pallets of cargo to and from…

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AF opens additional TERA, VSP windows

Posted April 18, 2014 by Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Air Force will open two new fiscal year 2014 force management temporary early retirement authority application windows, and a new voluntary separation pay application window, Air Force Personnel Center officials said April 14. Commonly referred to as the 15-year retirement, TERA eligibility will be based on the updated…

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Combat Hammer 2014: Boosting RPA strike proficiency

Posted May 30, 2014 by Staff Sgt. N.B.

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. N.B. Airmen 1st Class Steven and Taylor (right), both 432nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron MQ-9 Reaper crew chiefs, prepare an MQ-9 Reaper for flight during Combat Hammer May 15 at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. Fighter, bomber and remotely piloted aircraft units around the Air Force are evaluated four…

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