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Lightning strikes through the clear skies of Nellis

Posted April 12, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Michael Charles

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brett Clashman Capt. Brad Matherne, 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron pilot, conducts pre-flight checks inside an F-35A Lightning II before a training mission April 4 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The F-35A will be integrated into advanced training programs such as the USAF Weapons School, Red Flag…

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ACC stands down units due to budget cuts

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LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — The United States Air Force will begin to stand down active duty combat units starting today to ensure the remaining units supporting worldwide operations can maintain sufficient readiness through the remainder of the fiscal year. The stand down is the result of cuts to the command’s operations and maintenance…

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Nellis Airmen participate in load crew competition

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U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jason Couillard Onlookers watch as Staff Sgt. Michael Briston and Airman 1st Class David Blyzes, 57th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron armament systems technicians, upload a guided bomb unit during a quarterly load crew competition April 5 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Load crew competitions take place four…

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Voluntary separation programs continue through August

Posted April 12, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Eligible officers and enlisted members have until Aug. 1 to submit their application for separation under the fiscal year 2013 voluntary force management programs, Air Force officials reminded Airmen April 8. Announced in February, fiscal 2013 force management programs support the Air Force effort to reduce manning to the…

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Stressed parents get help with new program

Posted April 12, 2013 by Nick Simeone

With April designated as Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Defense Department is highlighting its commitment to preventing child abuse and neglect among military families, especially through the Family Advocacy Program, and providing those who need it with counseling.

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Military children express sacrifices through art, writing

Posted April 12, 2013 by Terri Moon Cronk

Life through the eyes of military children through their paintings, drawings and writings was on public display at the Education Department in Washington, D.C., April 4 to celebrate the Month of the Military Child.

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Space mission continues despite restructure

Posted April 5, 2013 by Air Force Press Service

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFPS) — Critical Air Force missions continue from their current locations after today’s restructure of Air Force Space Command’s Space Innovation and Development Center at Schriever AFB, Colo. The SIDC restructure and realignment of subordinate organizations is part of the Air Force response to meet future challenges by balancing and…

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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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AF to implement force structure changes

Posted April 5, 2013 by Jennifer Cassidy

(AFNS) — The Air Force released its plan Mar. 28 to implement force structure changes mandated by the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. The bill authorized the service to complete actions approved in previous years, such as aircraft retirements, and directed execution of Congressionally-approved force structure actions. Some of these changes were outlined…

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AEF Indicator: Don’t go on leave without it

Posted March 29, 2013 by Senior Airman Daniel Hughes

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — When in-processing to a new duty station, newcomers receive a checklist to accomplish before taking leave or going on a permissive TDY to look for a house. However, an item being overlooked while in-processing with the unit deployment manager is providing an Air and Space Expeditionary Force Indicator. The…

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