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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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Adaptive Sports Camp promotes teamwork, healing

Posted  August 9, 2013

Wounded warriors from around the country met at the Warrior Fitness Center here July 29 - Aug. 2 for the re-vamped Air Force Wounded Warrior Adaptive Sports Camp featuring a variety of physical activities aimed at promoting healing and camaraderie.

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Health & Safety

Ask the Doc

Posted  August 9, 2013

  Q. I have Medicare and TRICARE. Can I see a doctor or supplier who doesn’t provide services through Medicare? A. Yes, you can see a doctor or supplier but your out-of-pocket expenses are higher. If you sign a private contract with your doctor or supplier Medicare won’t pay any amount for the services you…

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Community Happenings – August 9, 2012

Posted  August 9, 2013

Every Monday: Ready Set Grow at the Youth Center 10 a.m. Every Wednesday: Storytime at the Library 10:30 a.m. Grill Your Own Steak at The Club 5 p.m. Every Thursday: Walk-in GI Bill briefing 2 p.m. Every Friday: Social hour at the Robin’s Roost 4 p.m. Every Friday through Sept. 27: The Nellis Education Office and Disposition Services will be closed as a…

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USA Basketball recognizes Airmen during game

Posted  August 2, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Hughes Senior Airman Nathaniel Mills, 99th Security Forces Squadron journeyman, performs a windmill dunk during a time out during the third quarter of the USA Blue vs. White Basketball game at the Thomas and Mack Center July 25 in Las Vegas. Mills was asked to dunk during…

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No decisions yet on cutting furlough days, official says

Posted  August 2, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Despite media reports that say Defense Department civilians may face up to five fewer furlough days, “no decisions have been made at this time,” a Pentagon spokesman said July 30. More than 640,000 civilian employees are being furloughed one day a week for 11 weeks, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen said. These unpaid…

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Commentary

Airman slowly kills himself by smoking

Posted  August 2, 2013

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy — I’ve been slowly killing myself for the past three years. I intentionally inhale toxins that destroy my lungs and heart. I smoke cigarettes. But, I’m quitting — again. According to the health and wellness center’s tobacco cessation class, the average smoker will attempt to quit five to seven times before achieving…

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Air Force takes swift action against sexual assault

Posted  August 2, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — It’s not an overstatement to say that the past many years have been challenging for those in the military working to prevent sexual assault and sexual trauma. However, for those who’ve been victimized it has been much worse, and we should never forget that. The harm in this crime is not just physical;…

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AF looks to collaborate with public

Posted  August 2, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – RANDOLPH, Texas — For the first time in its history, the U.S. Air Force is seeking input from the public to help solve three real-world, unclassified projects. Known as “The Air Force Collaboratory,” the Air Force’s newest STEM initiative goes live Thursday on www.airforce.com/collaboratory. The educational online platform will offer the…

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Officers, enlisted members offered early retirement

Posted  August 2, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Technical and master sergeants, captains, majors and lieutenant colonels in certain Air Force specialties may apply to retire with fewer than 20 years of active service under the Temporary Early Retirement Authority, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced. Commonly referred to as the 15-year retirement, TERA is one of several…

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Waist measurement failures non-factor for most Airmen

Posted  August 2, 2013

U.S. Air Force graphic by Senior Airman Carlin Leslie The waist measurement portion of the fitness assessment is the second least reason for failure among Airmen. WASHINGTON, D.C. — Recent comments on social media sites show there’s a rumor among Airmen that the abdominal circumference component of the Fitness Assessment is where the largest majority of…

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