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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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Retired NCO enjoys life as small business owner

Posted  July 24, 2015

On a hot summer afternoon, Alfredo Sibucao Jr. is rearranging a hat display in his Las Vegas-based retail store. He moves on to the jewelry case by the register and the mini-skateboards in the front window before officially opening for the day.

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‘Blue’ forces power through Red Flag 15-3

Posted  July 24, 2015

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, flies during a Red Flag 15-3 sortie at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., July 17. Red Flag is a realistic combat training exercise involving the air forces of the U.S. and…

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Health & Safety

Ask the Doc

Posted  July 24, 2015

Q: Does TRICARE cover breastfeeding counseling (lactation counseling)? A: Yes, you may get up to six individual outpatient breastfeeding/lactation counseling sessions, per birth event when: • Your provider bills using one of the preventive counseling procedure codes • Breastfeeding/lactation counseling is the only service you get • You see a TRICARE-authorized provider These sessions are…

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Community Happenings – July 24, 2015

Posted  July 24, 2015

SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE: Any persons or person having claims for or against the estate of Master Sgt. Alicia A. Walters assigned to the 99th Medical Support Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, should contact Summary Court Officer Capt. Melissa Rountree at melissa.rountree@us.af.mil or 702-653-2096. 2015 Air Force Ball: Make plans to attend this great event celebrating…

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First week of RF 15-3 wraps up

Posted  July 17, 2015

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, flies during a Red Flag 15-3 sortie at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., July 13. The 366th Fighter Wing, assigned to Mountain Home AFB, is the lead wing of Red Flag 15-3, which…

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Wormuth stresses whole-of-government approach to ISIL

Posted  July 17, 2015

WASHINGTON — The campaign in Syria and Iraq against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is a whole-of-government approach, the undersecretary of defense for policy stressed July 13 during a Center for International Studies military strategy forum in here. Christine E. Wormuth is the latest official to emphasize that ISIL cannot be defeated…

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F-35A plays role for first time in USAFWS Integration Phase

Posted  July 17, 2015

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Spangler The second F-35 Lightning II assigned to the U.S. Air Force Weapons School lands at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Feb. 18. The integration of the F-35 into the syllabus will better prepare Weapons School students for future conflicts, as well as increase the effectiveness of…

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I am an American Airman

Posted  July 17, 2015

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — I am an American Airman … at least that’s what the Creed says. But what do I say when people ask what I am; geo-spatial analyst, intelligence analyst, command chief, Airman …  At what point do I stop identifying with my Air Force Specialty Code, career field, or duty position and…

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New DOD agency focuses on improvised threats

Posted  July 17, 2015

WASHINGTON — Because it takes a network to defeat a network, the Defense Department’s newest agency to stay at the forefront of improvised threats made its debut here July 13. DOD’s Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Agency, or JIDA, is built from what had been the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization. It is a combat support…

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AF revolutionizes study material delivery for FY16

Posted  July 17, 2015

WASHINGTON — Airmen studying for career development and promotion opportunities will begin to receive study materials solely online by Oct. 1, 2017. Electronic delivery of Career Development Course volumes and Weighted Airman Promotion System study references have been in place for several years with a majority of the materials accessible on Air Education and Training…

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