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99th FSS in overdrive during Red Flag

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta Ika Senior Airman Darren Tomas, 99th Force Support Squadron food services journeyman, chops lettuce at the flight line kitchen Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., July 17. The 99th FSS kitchen staff normally prepares 500 meals weekly, during the Red Flag exercise they prepare more than 1,000 meals…

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I am second: USAFWC command chief bids farewell after 30 years

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika Chief Master Sgt. Robert A. Ellis, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center command chief, poses for a photo outside of the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center headquarters building at Nellis Air Force Base, N.V., July 16. Ellis, who will be retiring after serving 30 years in…

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Nellis to add another large solar plant

U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Robert Valenca The solar field, comprised of more than 72,000 panels, was completed after 26 weeks of construction and three years of planning. The array is expected to produce more than 25 percent of Nellis’ electricity. TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — The Air Force is set to…

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Combat challenge 2014

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen Master Sgt. Kiosha Mitchell, 432nd Wing Commander’s Executive Administrations superintendent, left, and Capt. Bishane, 432nd Wing commander’s action group chief, flip a tire during a combat challenge July 11 at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. The combat challenge was part of the inaugural Creech Combat…

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Sports bring esprit de corps to Nellis community

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rachael Loftis Intramural sports are a good way to take control of one’s fitness. Participating in intramural sports offers active duty, dependents and retirees the opportunity to compete with other members of the Nellis community. There are currently five coed intramural sports offered annually; flag football, basketball,…


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Thank you, for now

Posted  June 6, 2014

THULE AIR BASE, Greenland — Capt. Thomas Hammill was a Green Beret who served in Vietnam and Cambodia. I knew him as an uncle and hero; however, society had a different perception of him and the rest of the men and women who fought in Vietnam. Vietnam veterans returned to America and found protests, hate…

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It’s about fair procedures

Posted  June 6, 2014

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — Occasionally, folks around the base will ask me after a court-martial, “What do you think about the result?” The question comes up more often when the accused member is acquitted or when the punishment appears to be somewhat lenient. This occasionally causes me to scratch my head a bit. The apparent implication…

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432nd AMXS surpasses ACC mission capable standards

Posted  June 6, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. C.R. Airmen from the 432nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Tiger Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew inspect an AGM- 114 Hellfire missile loaded on an MQ-9 Reaper prior to launch at Creech Air Force Base, Nev., May 12. The 432nd Maintenance Group has continuously exceeded the RPA standard…

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Summer driving: make it safe driving

Posted  June 6, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Timothy Young Summer brings a number of factors to escalate the risk of being in an accident. According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the highest casualty factor for traffic accidents in 2012 was “improper driving” followed by “excessive speed.” Accident can’t always be avoided, but taking…

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Don’t leave anything behind

Posted  June 6, 2014

There are many hazards associated with going on the road and traveling. It is important to remember basic safety tips for car travel such as wearing a seatbelt, getting enough rest before long stretches of travel and ensuring everything is properly packed or stowed. Each year 1.3 million people are killed and between 20 to…

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Summer driving: make it safe driving

Posted  June 6, 2014

Every year parents have to bury their children, wives become widows and families are devastated because of vehicle accidents on Nevada’s roadways.

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Keeping workplace relations appropriate is crucial to overall Airman wellness, readiness

Posted  June 6, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler Anyone can become a victim of a sexual assault or an unwanted advance. If an individual does not feel comfortable in their workplace because of an assault or unwanted advance, they may become distracted from effectively completing their mission. If you are the recipient…

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Commission seeks service members’ compensation preferences

Posted  June 6, 2014

WASHINGTON — The commission tasked by President Barack Obama and Congress to modernize military compensation and benefits programs is seeking input from service members on their preferences. Alphonso Maldon Jr., chairman of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, said understanding service members’ compensation preferences is central to the commission’s effort to craft modernization recommendations. “Our primary…

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Permissive TDY allowed for voluntary force management separation

Posted  June 6, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Airmen who separate under voluntary and involuntary force management programs may be eligible for permissive TDY. Airmen should check their separation orders to ensure the statement is included in the remarks block. The statement should read “Member separating voluntarily under force management program and may be eligible for (permissive) TDY according…

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Ask the Doc

Posted  June 6, 2014

Q.“My child just turned 18 and has recently graduated from high school. Will my child still be eligible for TRICARE benefits?” A.Yes. Your child is eligible for TRICARE benefits until they turn 21, or 23 if they are enrolled full-time at an institution of higher learning that is approved by the Secretary of Defense, Department of…

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