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New inspection system taking form at Nellis

U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika With the new Air Force Inspection System taking form, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Airmen will no longer spend weeks and months preparing for a one-week inspection, but rather be graded on their overall performance over a two-year cycle. Another important change brought on…

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15 seconds: A rude awakening

U.S. Air Force illustration by Staff Sgt. Jamal D. Sutter Airmen and their families hit the road every summer to travel and enjoy a little relaxation. When making travel arrangements that involve driving long distances, be sure to get enough rest the night before and take breaks as needed. LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark….

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Nellis’ newest mayor discusses hopes, goals

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika Col. Richard Boutwell, 99th Air Base Wing commander, shares a story with a member of the 99th Contracting Squadron during his unit immersion at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 12. Boutwell, who is a command pilot with more than 3,500 flying hours, once served…

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Community outreach hosts Honorary Commander induction ceremony

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jason Couillard Col. Richard Boutwell, 99th Air Base Wing commander, speaks to attendees of the Honorary Commander Induction Ceremony at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 7, 2014. The goal of the honorary commander program is to acquaint community leaders with the missions here at Nellis, Creech and…

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Running toward better health, wellness

When someone first hears about the 99th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Health and Wellness Center’s six-week running program, they probably think of a program aimed only at improving an Airman’s 1.5 mile run time.


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Difficult force shaping calls made tougher by undeserved ‘Firewall 5s’

Posted  June 20, 2014

LAJES FIELD, Azores — I was not a very good Airman in the early days of my Air Force career. I was passably good at my job and very bad at the Air Force. Here is an actual quote from one of my early Enlisted Performance Reports, “Improved responsibility in off-duty affairs would quickly set this…

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Mobile maintenance keeps you driving

Posted  June 20, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Tam Staff Sgt. Francisco Macatol, 99th Logistics Readiness Squadron customer service technician, replaces a tire on a 4K forklift June 17 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The 99th LRS vehicle management flight customer service section can provide mobile maintenance to customers with repairs on vehicles that…

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End of an era for Warrior Trained Fitness instructor

Posted  June 20, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Taylor Worley Missy Cornish, wife of Col. Barry Cornish, 99th Air Base Wing commander, leads participants in a fast paced workout during a Warrior Trained Fitness exercise session at the Warrior Fitness Center June 12 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The session marked Cornish’s final time leading…

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Summer heat brings dangers for man’s best friend

Posted  June 20, 2014

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — As summer continues to funnel its way into Las Vegas, temperatures continue to soar above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Many people enjoy a day at the pool and barbeques, but others enjoy time with pets. It is important to remember the proper precautions to take in order to keep pets…

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Stray animals, pests find shelter from summer heat

Posted  June 20, 2014

With the summer months fast approaching, stray animals and vermin will begin to appear around work place buildings and homes.

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Every Airmen can change how Air Force does business

Posted  June 20, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Creative, motivated Airmen are the key to changing how the Air Force does business, and every Airman has an equal opportunity to make a lasting contribution through the Airmen Powered by Innovation program, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Launched in April, API was initiated thanks to the success of the…

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Some AFSCs removed from eligibility for retention boards

Posted  June 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — Fewer Airmen than originally expected will meet involuntary retention boards this summer and fall, Air Force officials said June 13. Air Force leaders eliminated approximately 4,000 Airmen from eligibility for the upcoming boards at Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James’s direction to bolster manning for nuclear-related air force specialty codes and to…

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Beat heat illness; Stay cool, hydrated

Posted  June 20, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler With the temperature rising, it is important to watch for and prevent heat-related illness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heat exhaustion signs include heavy sweating, weakness, fast or weak pulse, nausea or vomiting, fainting and cold, pale or clammy skin….

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VA Begins Monthly Inspections to Restore Scheduling Integrity

Posted  June 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan D. Gibson June 18 directed all of the department’s medical center and health care system directors to conduct monthly in-person reviews of scheduling practices in every clinic within their jurisdiction. Site inspections will include observing daily scheduling processes and interacting with scheduling staff to ensure all policies are being followed…

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Official explains options for changing health care providers

Posted  June 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — Making a permanent-change-of-station move can be stressful, but changing health care providers during that time is easy, the director of the TRICARE health plan said here yesterday. In a DOD News interview, Mary Kaye Justis said she wants service members and their families to know there are several easy options to find new health care…

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