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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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Shaping command, control enterprise: Nellis hosts C2 summit

Posted  January 16, 2015

Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, provides opening remarks at the U.S. Air Force Command and Control Summit held at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 13. The summit brought together more than 70 general officers from across the Air Force and other subject matter experts with the goal of discussing the future…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbirds welcome new commander

Posted  January 16, 2015

U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Manuel Martinez Brig. Gen. Christopher Short, 57th Wing commander, Lt. Col. Greg Moseley and Lt. Col. Chris Hammond, outgoing and incoming U.S. Air Demonstration Squadron commander, render a salute during the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds change of command ceremony at the Thunderbird hangar at Nellis Air Force Base,…

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AF government travel cards receive tech upgrade

Posted  January 16, 2015

Courtesy photo NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Beginning this month, Citibank is issuing chip and personal identification number-enabled government travel cards, or GTC, to new card applicants, individuals whose cards will expire in 2015 and those who have reported lost or stolen cards. This is the first phase in a multi-phased rollout, which will enhance…

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Air Force, DOD switch HOMES

Posted  January 16, 2015

WASHINGTON — Air Force members now have access to HOMES.mil, a new official Department of Defense website designed to modernize the way all service members search for housing when relocating. Effective Dec. 29, 2014, HOMES.mil was launched for public access to provide service members seeking housing at their assigned location, and to landlords, owners and…

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Health & Safety

Ask the Doc

Posted  January 16, 2015

Q: I am a military retiree — or military retiree spouse — who recently started a new job and my new employer offers a comprehensive employer-sponsored health care plan. They’ve offered me an additional $3,000 per year to opt out of their plan and use my TRICARE benefit. They will also pay for a TRICARE…

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823rd MXS provides safe, reliable aircraft

Posted  January 16, 2015

Airman 1st Class Carlos Thompson, 823rd Maintenance Squadron HH-60G Pave Hawk crew chief, performs maintenance on an HH-60 at the 823rd MXS hangar at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 12. The 823rd MXS is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of 18 HH-60s. Airman 1st Class Hunter Foust, 823rd Maintenance Squadron HH-60G Pave Hawk…

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Community Happenings – January 16, 2015

Posted  January 16, 2015

Nellis Area Spouses’ Club 2016 Academic Scholarships: The Nellis Area Spouses’ Club sponsors academic achievement scholarships for dependents graduating high school seniors, current undergraduate students and dependent military spouses who exhibit potential and desire to complete a program leading to a college or vocational degree. The application packets for the 2015 school year are now…

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End of era signals new beginnings for security forces

Posted  January 9, 2015

U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nadine Barclay Staff Sgt. Dontea White, Base Security Operations course student, scans the area around his convoy for simulated explosive ordnance devices during the dismounted operations portion of the course at the Silver Flag Alpha Range Complex north of Las Vegas Dec. 17. White is training for his…

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Salutes & Awards

ALS honors ninety-six new graduates

Posted  January 9, 2015

U.S. Air Force photoMembers of Airman Leadership School Class 15-A pose for a class photo prior to their graduation ceremony at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Dec. 18. Ninety-six Airmen completed their first professional military education milestone by graduating this course. NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Ninety-six Airmen completed their first professional military education…

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Equipping our Airmen

Posted  January 9, 2015

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. — When I entered the Air Force 16 years ago, my father-in-law, who is retired Army, shared a bit of service rivalry with me. He said that it’s well known the Air Force “mans equipment” while the Army “equips men.” For those of us in blue, it’s an insulting…

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