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Nellis pilot first reservist to fly F-35

Posted March 22, 2013 by Maj. Jessica Martin

A reservist from the 706th Fighter Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., recently became the first to fly the F-35A Lightning II, Air Force’s newest aircraft.

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Sequestration impacts ripple across Air Force

Posted March 15, 2013 by Alan Black

U.S. Air Force photo by Scott M. Ash Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III testifies before the House Appropriations Committee’s Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee, March 5 in Washington, D.C. (AFNS) — Air Force senior leaders issued updated guidance to leaders of Air Force major commands and addressed the service’s…

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Air Force suspends military tuition assistance

Posted March 15, 2013 by Staff Sgt. David Salanitri

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — In the wake of sequestration, the Air Force officially suspended military tuition assistance March 11. Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley announced the Air Force has officially suspended military TA for the remainder of fiscal 2013. The program will continue to be evaluated to determine the way ahead in fiscal 2014….

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Furloughs can begin April 26 DOD comptroller says

Posted March 15, 2013 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Unless Congress acts to end sequestration, furloughs for Defense Department civilian employees can begin April 26, the department’s comptroller said here March 11. Robert F. Hale discussed the furlough planning process with a Pentagon audience. The comptroller also took questions sent in via Facebook and Twitter. DOD is the only agency in…

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Raptors soar during Red Flag 13-3 . . .

Posted March 15, 2013 by

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Lancaster A three-ship formation of F-22 Raptors from the 27th Fighter Squadron out of Langley Air Force Base, Va., participate in Red Flag 13-3 March 5, over the Nevada Test and Training Range. The exercise is hosted by the 414th Combat Training Squadron out of Nellis AFB,…

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Thrift Savings Plan officials warn against unsanctioned app

Posted March 15, 2013 by Air Force News Service

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — A free iPhone app for the Thrift Savings Plan available at the Apple App Store could pose a security risk, program officials warned. A notice on the Thrift Savings Plan website says the “TSP Funds” app, which asks participants for their account login information, is not sanctioned. “This app is not being…

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Hacking away at tomorrow’s threats: Red Flag incorporates cyber domain

Posted March 8, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Michael Charles

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The United States has achieved global air superiority. It has a well trained and equipped military force, and the resources to provide and maintain peace and stability throughout the world. With these requisites met, many wonder how Nellis’ Red Flag exercise can possibly continue to prepare Airmen for future…

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RED HORSE takes part in JOAX 2013

Posted March 8, 2013 by Senior Airman Daniel Hughes

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Hughes U.S. Army Soldiers from the 1st 321st Airborne Artillery Regiment from Fort Bragg, N.C., jump out of a C-17 Globemaster from Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., over Sicily Air Field during a 1,700 parachute Joint Operational Access Exercise Feb. 25 at Fort Bragg, N.C. Soldiers participating…

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Military Personnel Data System upgrade begins

Posted March 8, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – The Military Personnel Data System will be offline for 23 days, as of this morning, to allow the Air Force Personnel Operations Agency to upgrade and transfer military personnel data to the Defense Information Systems Agency Defense Enterprise Computing Center, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. MilPDS is the…

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The writing on the wall: ‘Tigers’ preserve spot in Red Flag history

Posted March 1, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Kenny Holston

U.S. Air Force photo by Lawrence Crespo U.S. Air Force EC-130H Compass Call flight engineer assigned to the 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron out of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., inspects the aircraft’s fuselage prior to a Red Flag 13-3 training mission at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Feb. 27. The 43rd ECS combat mission is…

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