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Patches lead from front: Weapons system experts graduate from USAFWS

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jack Sanders Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, addresses graduates of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School class 14B Dec. 13 at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. As the guest speaker, the ACC commander emphasized the value of weapons school graduates by stating, “The…

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Chaplains help build relationships

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Timothy Young Chaplain (Capt.) Jason Klodnicki, a 99th Air Base Wing chaplain, helps coworkers find a solution to their problems during a counseling session at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Dec. 12. The Nellis chapel will be hosting a relationship seminar Jan. 9, open to all ID card…

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AMMOS CSC class 15A graduates

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Spangler Maj. Jesse Hasenkampf (center), commander of the 159th Maintenance Squadron from Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans, La., is named the distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Advanced Maintenance and Munitions Operations School Combat Support Course Class 15A at the Club at Nellis…

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926th Wing activated at Nellis, Creech

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Timothy Young Col. Ross Anderson, 926th Wing commander, speaks to the crowd as Maj. Mckay Kingry, 926th WG inspector general, watches during the wing’s activation ceremony Dec. 5 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The 926th WG includes more than 1,300 reservists integrated with active duty Air Force…

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82nd Airborne integrates with USAFWS for JFE 14B

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Guerrero Eleven C-130H Hercules’ from various Air National Guard units and 13 C-130J Super Hercules’ from the 317th Airlift Group at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, prepare to take off from Dyess AFB in support of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School’s Joint Forcible Entry Exercise…


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DOD works to ensure access for special needs families

Posted  April 5, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — Defense Department officials are working to standardize a program designed to help service members get care for family members with chronic health issues or special needs who otherwise might face forgoing an assignment or having to cut short a deployment because of an inability to find such care. The Exceptional Family Member…

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Air Force reservists, retirees eligible for TRICARE healthcare programs

Posted  April 5, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — TRICARE has affordable healthcare programs available for all Air Force Reserve retirees – including “gray-area retirees” and actively-participating Air Force reservists, no matter what orders they are on. Reservists who retire before age 60 are eligible for TRICARE Retired Reserve coverage while they are in the “gray area.” This is the waiting…

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Ask the Doc

Posted  April 5, 2013

Q. I am a TRICARE for Life beneficiary; what do I have to do with the transition to United Healthcare? A. During the transition to United Healthcare Military and Veterans, Welcome Packets were sent to all TRICARE beneficiaries in the TRICARE West Region. Included in that mailing were TRICARE for Life beneficiaries. These packets were…

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Mission focus vs. mission detractors

Posted  April 5, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Our mission to fly, fight and win in numerous environments requires intense focus … minute by minute. If we lose this focus, we risk our mission. Red Flag 13-3 just finished. During this demanding time, we all safely accomplished weapons school, advanced operational tests, Thunderbird season preparation, aggressor operations…

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Sexual assault has no place in DOD, official says

Posted  April 5, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Sexual assault has no place in the Defense Department, a senior Pentagon official said April 2 here, calling on the workforce to be part of the solution. In a keynote address kicking off Aberdeen Proving Ground’s observance of National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, acting Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and…

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Hagel announces fewer furlough days for civilians

Posted  April 5, 2013

Courtesy Photo Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, brief reporters at the Pentagon March 28. Hagel and Dempsey discussed the ongoing sequester affecting the Defense Department’s budget. WASHINGTON — The Defense Department has revised from 22 to 14 the number of days hundreds of…

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Airman Leadership School Class 13-C graduates 64

Posted  April 5, 2013

Sixty four Airmen completed their first Professional Military Education milestone by graduating Airman Leadership School Class 13-C on March 28. Class 13-C’s Award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Senior Airman Matthew Butler – 432nd Operations Support Squadron; Distinguished Graduates: Senior Airman Scott Molino – 57th Maintenance Squadron; Senior Airman Richard Neuharth – 57th OSS;…

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Airman lives wingman concept by saving life of another Airman

Posted  April 5, 2013

While on patrol the night of Oct. 4, 2012, a 99th Security Forces Squadron staff sergeant responded to an entry controller’s call of someone behaving erratically outside the main gate....

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RED HORSE hones explosive skills

Posted  April 5, 2013

  Measuring the depth of a borehole . . . RED HORSE members, measure the depth of a borehole at the 820th RED HORSE rock quarry March 28 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The 820th RED HORSE special capabilities program holds four classes a year teaching basic introduction to explosives and quarry blasting for…

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AF to implement force structure changes

Posted  April 5, 2013

(AFNS) — The Air Force released its plan Mar. 28 to implement force structure changes mandated by the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. The bill authorized the service to complete actions approved in previous years, such as aircraft retirements, and directed execution of Congressionally-approved force structure actions. Some of these changes were outlined…

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