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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….

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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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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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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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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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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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Health & Safety

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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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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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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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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U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nieves Camacho
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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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U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Young
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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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