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A life in flight for first female ‘Thunderbirds’ pilot

Posted March 22, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Alexander W. Riedel

(AFNS) — Since 1953, the Air Force’s air demonstration team, the Thunderbirds, have captivated spectators across the world and showed its audiences what the Air Force’s aircraft are capable of. For two years, Lt.Col. Nicole Malachowski surprised audiences not just in the air, but especially when she stepped out of the cockpit of the fighter…

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Chance of a lifetime; getting the most from volunteer experience

Posted March 22, 2013 by Maj. Dear Beloved

We all hear about the myriad of volunteer opportunities available on and off base. Our leaders encourage us to get out in the local community and represent the Air Force.

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Former WAC interviewed as one of oldest living Airmen

Posted March 15, 2013 by Randy Roughton

FORT MEADE, Md. (AFNS) — After Mildred McDowell left the Air Force in 1949, she had one regret – that she no longer had her Women’s Army Corps uniform. Fortunately, the year before she died, someone read a story about her life and sent her a replacement. When McDowell died at the age of 104…

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Women play huge role in World War II aviation efforts

Posted March 8, 2013 by Martha Lockwood

The Air Force’s acceptance of women into the force dates back to long before the first “Women’s History Week” celebration in 1978. In 1942, the U.S. Army Air Corps took the unheard-of step of forming and employing two women’s aviation units. That same year, a unit of flight nurses who had not yet quite finished…

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Plan ahead for those you love

Posted March 1, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Alexander W. Riedel

(AFNS) — Last year, I dealt with the death of two people close to me. In September, my father passed away unexpectedly at the age of 59, due to an illness. The man I thought to be indestructible, suddenly was gone. Almost exactly two months later, a long-time friend also passed away in the hospital…

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African-American leaders thrive through education

Posted February 22, 2013 by Martha Lockwood

(AFNS) — It’s difficult to know when or how inspiration will strike, or who provides the personification that in our mind’s eye, we become. For some, it is a favorite teacher or an historical figure. For others, it is a parent. And for others, it may be a fictional character who helps us see how…

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Act like a Superhero

Posted February 15, 2013 by Chief Master Sgt. Brian Bischoff

(AFNS) — I was recently picking up a few items at a local retail chain at lunchtime; everywhere I walked, someone wanted to shake my hand or say, “Thank you for your service.” It made me proud to be wearing the uniform of the U.S. Air Force. While waiting in the checkout lane, I noticed…

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Have a plan when traveling Space-A

Posted February 8, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Monet Villacorte

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — When planning a vacation, people are always looking for ways to save a little money. One option is space-available flights offered by the Nellis air terminal to active-duty, retired, guard and reserve military members and dependents. Space-A flights allow people in these categories to take advantage of free flights…

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Three ways to combat sexual assault

Posted February 1, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Krystal Tomlin

(AFNS) — While moderating the U.S. Air Force Facebook page recently, I came across a question I found personally difficult to answer. The question was asked by a concerned parent preparing to send a daughter to basic training in light of a widespread sexual assault investigation. She asked, “Will my daughter be safe?” It’s difficult…

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“Red”

Posted January 25, 2013 by 1st Lt. David Liapis

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps Though red pens are often seen as leaving negative remarks on one’s career, they are in fact used as tools to help better Airmen. From fixing aircraft to correcting papers, each stroke makes a mark in pursuing excellence. INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey — You could say…

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