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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 stresses workforce’s value after ‘manufactured crisis’

Posted  October 25, 2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued a message to the Defense Department’s workforce today, welcoming back employees furloughed by the 16-day government shutdown and emphasizing their value to the nation.

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AF implements changes to PT assessment

Posted  October 25, 2013

WASHINGTON — The Air Force has released further guidance on the implementation of several changes to the physical assessment test, which will take place Oct. 21. The new guidance includes additions to the body composition component of the fitness assessment, delegation of appeal authority for fitness assessments and changes to the walk test. According to…

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Combined Federal Campaign resumes as shutdown ends

Posted  October 25, 2013

WASHINGTON — The annual Combined Federal Campaign charity drive, interrupted by the 16-day federal government shutdown, has resumed. Susan A. Yarwood, director of human resources for Washington Headquarters Services, which manages the Defense Department’s CFC participation, announced the resumption in a memo to all DOD personnel. According to the campaign’s website, CFC is the world’s…

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Air Force tuition assistance back on

Posted  October 25, 2013

Courtesy graphic WASHINGTON — As a result of the passed continuing resolution legislation, the Air Force is in the process of returning operations to normal pre-shutdown status, to include the reinstatement of military tuition assistance. The continuing resolution will fund the Air Force under the fiscal year 2013 sequester funding levels, which will enable the…

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Military parenting website assists communication

Posted  October 25, 2013

WASHINGTON — Service members who deploy or are otherwise separated from their families due to mission needs now have an online resource allowing them to hone their parenting skills as they reconnect with their children. Pam Murphy, the Defense Department’s lead psychologist for the website, said the launch of http://www.militaryparenting.org offers unprecedented, comprehensive and free…

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Affordable Care Act has little impact on TRICARE beneficiaries

Posted  October 25, 2013

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The Affordable Care Act, also known as the health care law, was created to expand access to affordable health care coverage, lower costs, and improve quality and care coordination for all Americans. Under the health care law, people will have health coverage that meets a minimum standard (called “minimum essential coverage”)…

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RPAs then and now Part I: Reaching 2 million hours

Posted  October 25, 2013

The U.S. Air Force’s MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft accumulated 2 million flight hours Oct. 22 not only marking a significant milestone, but also demonstrating the evolution of the program.

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Halloween: A cavity trick or sugary treat

Posted  October 25, 2013

Halloween is fast approaching. Soon the ghouls, ghosts and zombies from Las Vegas will be wandering the streets and knocking on doors in search of treats.

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Airmen celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month during fiesta

Posted  October 25, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Tam Staff Sgt. Shakuntala Willis, 57th Adversary Tactics Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician, serves nachos, cheese and chili to Staff Sgt. James Hadayia, 57th ATSS aircrew flight equipment technician, at Freedom Park during a Hispanic Heritage Fiesta celebration Oct. 16 at Nellis Air Force Base,…

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Harvest Festival offers families day of fun, games

Posted  October 25, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal Holly Keller, 99th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center services intern, paints a child’s face during the annual Harvest Festival held at the CDC Oct. 19 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. In addition to face painting, children were also able to play games, participate in…

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