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Defense Secretary Ash Carter visits Nellis

  NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Defense Secretary (Dr.) Ash Carter visited the base Aug. 26 to observe Red Flag 15-4 operations and speak to Airmen and coalition partners about the future of the force and innovation. While at Nellis Air Force Base, the secretary visited the 414th Combat Training Squadron, toured the Combined…

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Bogdan shines light on F-35 program

  NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The American Flag hangs from the drapes over two F-35 Lightning II’s as fluorescent light fills the hangar. Two grandstands sit coinciding to each other full of eager Airmen and civilian contractors as they wait for Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, the program executive officer for the F-35 Lightning…

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NCO finds calling through various careers

  CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Is this the job for me? Did I pick the right career field? One might find themselves asking these questions throughout their Air Force career. If these questions arise, don’t fret, there are several viable options an Airman has to expand their careers without having to leave the…

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Combat Hammer tested RPA teams

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen Airman 1st Class Quantavious Wall, 432nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew member safety wires a GBU-12 Paveway II laser guided bomb onto an MQ-9 Reaper Aug. 5 at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. The aircraft was loaded in preparation for the 2015 Air-Ground Weapons…

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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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Annual charity donation drive suspended indefinitely

Posted  October 18, 2013

Courtesy Photo The 2013 Combined Federal Campaign charity drive has been suspended indefinitely for the DOD. Civilians and service members may still donate via MyPay, though no outreach will be performed. LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — The annual Combined Federal Campaign, responsible for raising $258.3 million for charities in 2012, has been suspended across the…

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Conserve energy, save money

Posted  October 18, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Some people can remember their parents telling them to ‘turn the lights off when they leave the room’ or ‘close the door; you weren’t raised in a barn.’ Children don’t pay bills so why would they worry about wasting energy? As an adult, that mindset can change quickly paying the…

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Identifying domestic enemies

Posted  October 18, 2013

THULE AIR BASE, Greenland — As members of the military, we have all taken an oath of service. For officers it is the Oath of Office and for enlisted service members it is the Oath of Enlistment. Although the titles are different, there is an identical statement in both that sparked my curiosity one day: “support and…

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Airman, family readiness center provides services to ensure financial stability

Posted  October 18, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Installation commanders are providing seminars, activities and education events to all Airmen and Department of Defense civilian employees in order to emphasize the importance of financial resilience. The ultimate aim of the program is to make achievable recommendations to Airmen and their families, on how they can be encouraged to…

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AF releases government shutdown-related pay, leave impacts

Posted  October 18, 2013

WASHINGTON — Air Force officials just released the following furlough-related questions and answers to inform military and civilians about pay impacts as a result of the government shutdown. Late in the recent pay cycle, the Air Force received updated guidance on how to record time and attendance for those employees who continued to work after…

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Public engagement once again affected

Posted  October 18, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez The Thunderbirds on the Nellis Air Force, Nev., flightline April 23. Air Force community and public outreach was significantly impacted earlier this year as sequestration went into effect, and is now all but non-existent due to the partial government shutdown, with more than 800 events…

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PCS orders on hold until shutdown ends

Posted  October 18, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Permanent change of station orders processing is on hold until fiscal 2014 funds are available, but Airmen who already have their orders in hand are authorized to move, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Airmen slated for PCS in October or November who do not yet have orders may…

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Civilians see impacts on paychecks, leave hours following recall

Posted  October 18, 2013

Some excepted civilians who worked during the Oct. 1-5 furlough may not be paid this week for those hours due to coding errors on their timesheets.

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AFPC continues services following signing of Pay our Military Act

Posted  October 18, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The Air Force Personnel Center started providing services again Oct. 8, following an announcement that most civilians will be recalled from furlough. Government employees who work at AFPC were allowed to resume work for the first time since the continued resolution funding areas of the federal government expired Oct. 1. Signing…

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Shutdown endangers reserve component readiness

Posted  October 18, 2013

WASHINGTON — Reserve component service members continue to be affected by the government shutdown, and officials are concerned about readiness. Within DOD, the reserve components are the Army National Guard, the Air National Guard, the Army Reserve, the Air Force Reserve, the Navy Reserve and the Marine Corps Reserve. The Coast Guard Reserve comes under…

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