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Red Flag 15-3 wraps up

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Spangler A B-52 Stratofortress assigned to the 69th Bomb Squadron, Minot Air Force Base, N.D., lands during Red Flag 15-3 at Nellis AFB, Nev., July 21. A typical Red Flag exercise involves a variety of aircraft including, but not limited to, fighters, bombers, reconnaissance aircraft, airlift support,…

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Ground testing for F-35 gun conducted at Edwards AFB

Lockheed Martin photograph by Darin Russell An F-35A Lightning II, tail number AF-2, fires a burst of rounds down range at the Edwards Gun Harmonizing Range on Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., July 17. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Test Force is in the process of testing the F-35A Lightning II’s newest munitions asset;…

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Raptor pilots reach 1,000 flight hours in F-22

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Kleinholz Majs. Ethan Waitte and Thomas Borrego, 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron pilots, stand with Lt. Col. Matt Allen, 422nd TES F-22 Raptor test director, after returning from a training sortie at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., July 27. Waitte and Borrego flew as wingmen throughout the…

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Creech Airmen showcase RPA at Canadian airshow

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen Senior Airman Kaitlyne LaRocque, 432nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron MQ-1 Predator crew chief, left, and Staff Sgt. Craig Stewart, 432nd AMXS MQ-1 crew chief, prepare a Predator to be lifted out of its “casket” in Lethbridge, Alberta province, Canada, July 24. The crew chiefs, along with…

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Contract that started it all

Posted  January 16, 2015

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Many of us who have been through history class will remember the story of the Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, and their invention of the first airplane. The Wright brothers are not only given credit for the invention of the first successful airplane, but are also attributed with being central figures…

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Air Force issued me my ‘kids’

Posted  January 16, 2015

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — While I’ve decided to live the child-free lifestyle, the Air Force, in its infinite wisdom, saw the need to issue me two kids. They are both straight out of technical training and brand new to the Air Force — and one is still too young to accept an adult…

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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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U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nadine Barclay
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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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