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40 years of Red Flag ends on high note

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Spangler A C-17 Globemaster III assigned to the 437th Airlift Wing, Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., flies to the Nevada Test and Training Range during Red Flag 15-4, Aug. 25. With a range of over 2,500 miles, the C-17 is capable of carrying 102 troops or paratroopers…

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From throttle to brakes: ACMS maintainers make RPA missions possible

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen Airman 1st Class Stephen Parker, 432nd Aircraft Communications Maintenance Squadron ground control station maintainer, powers a ground data terminal used to transmit signals needed to fly both the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft at Creech Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 19. The…

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RPA Airmen save time, money with new NDI technology

Non-destructive inspection technicians assigned to the 432nd Maintenance Squadron are among the first Airmen to receive training on a new technology used to maintain and fix remotely piloted aircraft and parts.

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AMU ‘Strikes’ Nellis with mission-ready aircraft

The blazing rays of the hot summer sun beat down on them as they work. The heat is reflected off the pavement. Greasy hands grip onto tools, which could become scalding if left sitting in the sun for even a short period of time.

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CJCS, USA Basketball leaders enlighten Nellis Airmen

DOD News photo U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Jerry Colangelo, the USA Basketball chairman and managing director; and Mike Krzyzewski, USA and Duke University’s head men’s basketball coach, hold a leadership panel discussion with Airmen at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 13. NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE,…


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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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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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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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