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Airmen Powered by Innovation program launches new site

Posted November 21, 2014 by Gen. Larry O. Spencer

WASHINGTON — Fellow Airmen, Your enthusiasm and ingenuity continues to be our Air Force’s number one weapon system! In April we launched the Airmen Powered by Innovation program aimed at turning your ideas into real cost savings for our Air Force. Since coming online API has received and reviewed more than 2,400 ideas and that…

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US Embassy Singapore, AF team up for diplomatic success

Posted May 29, 2015 by Col. Curtis Walker

SINGAPORE — Singapore’s founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, recently passed away at the age of 91. Given Lee’s stature and standing, all of us at U.S. Embassy Singapore expected a large state funeral and a high-level U.S. delegation would be named and arriving soon; the funeral was just a few short days away. It didn’t…

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Medical ‘C-code’ not a deployment disqualifier

Posted June 8, 2012 by By Debbie Gildea

U.S. Air Force graphic by Corey Parrish JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – RANDOLPH, TEXAS (AFNS) — Contrary to common belief, a medical assignment limitation code, commonly known as the “C-code,” does not disqualify an Airman from deployment, and it does not identify an Airman for medical discharge. A “C-code” applied to a member’s profile for…

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Shopping without breaking the bank

Posted December 14, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Monet Villacorte

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — With the holidays approaching so quickly, it is no surprise to see copious amounts of money being spent to buy gifts for family members, friends and co-workers. Tips from the Airman and Family Readiness Center on budgeting and saving money this season can help bring Airmen and their families…

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An Innovator’s DNA: Col. John Boyd

Posted June 7, 2013 by Col. Houston Cantwell

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Surprisingly, few Airmen have heard of Col. John Boyd, with far fewer aware of his innovative contributions to the advancement of modern-day air power. As the month of May closes and the Air Staff feverishly reviews the thousands of innovative ideas submitted by young Airmen, I thought it appropriate to recognize an Airman…

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Identifying domestic enemies

Posted October 18, 2013 by Col. Joseph L. Prue

THULE AIR BASE, Greenland — As members of the military, we have all taken an oath of service. For officers it is the Oath of Office and for enlisted service members it is the Oath of Enlistment. Although the titles are different, there is an identical statement in both that sparked my curiosity one day: “support and…

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Distracted driving: ‘I never thought it could happen to me’

Posted March 14, 2014 by Senior Airman Alexis Siekert

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany — We all think, “That’ll never happen to me.” We’ve all read the statistics and heard the slogan, “Distracted driving is deadly driving” on the American Forces Network. But be honest,are you always as attentive as you should be? I’ll admit it here, now, that I’m not. Yes, I’ve taken my…

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15 seconds: A rude awakening

Posted August 15, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Cliffton Dolezal

U.S. Air Force illustration by Staff Sgt. Jamal D. Sutter Airmen and their families hit the road every summer to travel and enjoy a little relaxation. When making travel arrangements that involve driving long distances, be sure to get enough rest the night before and take breaks as needed. LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark….

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Contract that started it all

Posted January 16, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Michael Merrell

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Many of us who have been through history class will remember the story of the Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, and their invention of the first airplane. The Wright brothers are not only given credit for the invention of the first successful airplane, but are also attributed with being central figures…

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Don’t underestimate importance of sacrifices

Posted February 27, 2015 by Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Lusson

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — As I was reviewing some enlisted performance reports and decorations, I started contemplating a huge event in my life that occurred almost 20 years ago. In April 1995, I asked my then girlfriend Tiffani, a fellow Airman at the time, to be my wife, for better or worse. We…

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