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Red Flag offers B-52 crews training that ‘can’t be beat’

U.S. Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Rachel Loftis A B-52 Stratofortress assigned to the 69th Bomb Squadon, Minot Air Force Base, N.D., taxis for take off during Red Flag 15-3 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., July 15. The B-52 is a long-range heavy bomber capable of dropping or launching a wide variety…

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‘Thunder’ rolls at Fort Irwin

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikaley Towle Airmen assigned to the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., look on as an A-10 Thunderbolt II departs from the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., July 16. An austere field landing allows for the A-10 pilots to push in, refuel, and…

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Hill activates their first F-35 fighter squadron

U.S. Air Force photo by Alex R. Lloyd Lt. Col. George R. Watkins addresses the audience and squadron members during the 34th Fighter Squadron activation ceremony July 17 at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The 34th FS will be the first combat squadron to fly the Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft, the F-35A Lightning II….

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jake Carter Local

Defenders safeguard assets during Red Flag

During every Red Flag exercise, an increased number of personnel and equipment finds its way here. Units from around the world come to experience and participate in the best training they can receive in the air, space and cyberspace realm of operations.

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ACC, AMC training centers collaborate to increase warfighter support

Maj. Gen. Jay Silveria, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center commander, visited the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center to meet with Airmen who support, train, and execute the expeditionary mission here July 15.


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New law brings changes to Uniform Code of Military Justice

Posted  January 10, 2014

The National Defense Authorization Act passed last month requires sweeping changes to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, particularly in cases of rape and sexual assault.

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Special Victims’ Counsel program set to strengthen defense against sexual assault

Posted  January 10, 2014

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Sexual Assault Prevention and Response is a subject that airmen and service members are briefed and trained on. With the Air Force’s goal to reduce these incidents to as close to zero as possible, a new program was started to help arm the Air Force with the means to protect service…

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Enlisted retention board to convene in June

Posted  January 10, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — An enlisted retention board will convene here in June to consider eligible senior airmen through senior master sergeants for retention, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The enlisted retention program is one of several expanded force management programs that have been or will be implemented this year, said Lt. Col….

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Prime BEEF provides engineer force in Afghanistan

Posted  January 10, 2014

As concrete splatter finds its way onto the uniforms and faces of U.S. Air Force airmen assigned to the 577th Expeditionary Prime BEEF Squadron, smiles and laughter can be seen and heard coming from the workers as they pour a concrete foundation at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 4, 2014.

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Bullseye’s 40th Anniversary

Posted  January 10, 2014

Courtesy photograph A five-ship of U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron fly a sortie. The USAFADS’s switch to the T-38 also saw an alteration of the flight routine to exhibit the aircraft’s maneuverability in tight turns during the 1970s. U.S. Air Force photo U.S. Air Force Security Police practice securing an area during a Silver…

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Ask the Doc

Posted  January 10, 2014

Q. “We were told that the Tricare for Life Mandatory Mail-Order starts Feb. 14 and only applies to maintenance medications. Is there a listing somewhere of this category of drugs? Will notifications go out in January? Lastly, is there a transition period for this change?” A. “We do have a list and will post to…

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Handheld laser marker project team targets improvements

Posted  December 20, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Lancaster U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Carlos Vargas, Naval Special Warfare combatant crewman, bore sights an LA-10u/PEQ handheld laser marker during a Handheld Laser Marker Tactics Development and Evaluation project Dec. 10 at the Nevada Test and Training Range. The handheld laser marker is a small, lightweight…

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Military personnel section prepares Airmen for force management programs

Posted  December 20, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Changing global missions, national security concerns and ongoing budget uncertainty are driving the Air Force to become a leaner force. Officers and enlisted service members are facing force management programs designed to reduce the force as much as by 25,000 Airmen, 900 civilians and 550 aircraft during the next five years….

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I was determined to live

Posted  December 20, 2013

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — I don’t mean “the parachute opened in just the knick of time as I plummeted to the Earth” kind of save. I was failing college classes and getting into trouble. I didn’t care if my decisions lead to jail or death. I was too busy recklessly living in the moment while…

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Be a Wingman’s ‘ghost’ during holiday season

Posted  December 20, 2013

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — I need each of you to be a “ghost” to your Wingman during this holiday season. No, that doesn’t mean I want you to “disappear” when it’s convenient for you-quite the opposite. Let me explain by saying, “Bah, humbug!” Dickens’ classic Ebenezer Scrooge character perhaps sums up what your Wingman might…

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