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U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika Salutes & Awards

Weapons School welcomes new commandant

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika Col. Michael Drowley (right), U.S. Air Force Weapons School commandant, accepts the USAFWS guidon from Brig. Gen. Christopher Short, 57th Wing commander, during the USAFWS’s change of command ceremony at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., May 26. The passing of the guidon signals the official…

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen Air Force

Frankenphone: Creech Airman improves RPA communications

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen Staff Sgt. Marion is a 42nd Attack Squadron sensor operator at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. Marion was recognized by Air Force leadership for constructing a device dubbed “Frankenphone 3.5 Ultra High Definition,” which simplifies life in the ground control station while flying remotely piloted…

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikaley Towle Air Force

Space-A: No cost for Airmen, dependents, retirees

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikaley Towle Airman 1st Class Jourdan Sutton, 99th Logistics Readiness Squadron air terminal operator, checks the flight schedule at the air terminal on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., May 26. Space-available flights are available to veterans, Guard, Reserve and active-duty service members. Dependents must be accompanied by…

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USAFWC vice commander throws first pitch

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann Brig. Gen. Stephen Whiting, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center vice commander, throws the first pitch during the Las Vegas 51s’ military appreciation night at Cashman Field in Las Vegas, May 22. This was the second game the Las Vegas 51s played against the Oklahoma City Dodgers…

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jake Carter Health & Safety

Airman dreams of becoming Mr. Olympia

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jake Carter Senior Airman Vincent Costante, 99th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels laboratory technician, performs a shoulder dumb bell press with the assistance of his trainer, Staff Sgt. Travis Mitchell, 99th LRS, NCO in charge of fuels preventive maintenance, at the Warrior Fitness Center on Nellis Air Force…


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AF releases furlough-related pay information

Posted  October 11, 2013

Nellis Commissary reopens for business U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Young Edgar Yanga, commissary store workers, arranges bags of apples in the commissary produce section Oct. 9 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The commissary reopened Oct. 7 after being closed for five days due to the government shutdown. WASHINGTON —…

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To serve with honor

Posted  October 11, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nieves Camacho Airman 1st Class John Nieves Camacho, 4th Fighter Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, recently completed a three-month commitment to the 4th FW Honor Guard. Honor guardsmen primarily perform military honors at official base functions and Service member’s funerals. SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. — “FIRING PARTY! TENCH…

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Government shutdown: Frequently asked questions

Posted  October 11, 2013

WASHINGTON — Below are frequently asked questions about the current government shutdown.  If you don’t find the answer to a question you have about the government shutdown and its impact on the Air Force, post your question as a comment below.  We will research and try to find the answer(s) for you and respond to…

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Government shut-down affects ID card, DEERS office

Posted  October 11, 2013

Tech. Sgt. Julie Duke, 799th Air Base Squadron customer service section chief, assist customers at the identification card and Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting system office at the military personnel flight Oct. 4 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Due to the government shutdown, the contractors who work in the ID card and DEERS office were…

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Funding issues have differing impacts on base services

Posted  October 11, 2013

The absence of funding sent 1,100 Nellis civilians home Oct. 1 as congressional negotiations failed to produce a solid budget for fiscal 2014. The financial shortfalls prompted the base to start an orderly shutdown of activities.

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New Defense Health Agency to streamline functions

Posted  October 11, 2013

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The government shutdown did not stop the official opening Oct. 1 of the Defense Health Agency, a major streamlining effort of military medicine that has been in the works for three decades and signed into law earlier this year. “This day has been a long time in coming, and represents a…

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505th TEG more than just testing, evaluation

Posted  October 11, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Don’t be confused by the name. The 505th Test and Evaluation Group does more than just testing and evaluation. The focus of the 505th TEG is not on one particular mission set. Tasks the group completes range from distributing mission operations, virtual training, radar evaluation, operational-level training and integrating tests….

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Communication key in protecting security clearance during financial hardships

Posted  October 11, 2013

WASHINGTON — As the government shutdown continues, Air Force leadership wants their civilian workforce to communicate well and often as possible financial challenges arise – something that could impact one’s security clearance. With such a large number of civilians possessing security clearances, including many workers in the space and cyber theaters, leaders want the civilian…

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Furlough Raises Questions on Civilian Leave, Pay

Posted  October 11, 2013

WASHINGTON — Only those Defense Department civilians recalled from furlough under the Pay Our Military Act may take annual and sick leave, a Pentagon spokesman said Oct. 8. “Employees who remain on furlough are in a nonpay, nonduty status, so there is no leave to take,” Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen explained. So a civilian…

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Hagel receives update on shutdown from service leaders

Posted  October 11, 2013

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department’s top leadership, including the service secretaries and service chiefs, updated Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Oct. 7 on the impact of the ongoing government shutdown, Pentagon officials reported. In a statement summarizing the meeting, officials said Hagel was pleased that most DOD civilians are returning to work this week, and that…

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