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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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Veterans

9th Annual Veteran Stand Down a success

Posted  March 31, 2012

A couple of weeks ago, I sat in on a planning meeting for the Ninth Annual “Veterans Stand Down” hosted by U.S.VETS,  March 21-22  at the East Las Vegas Senior Community Center.  I dropped by the Stand Down to see how it was going. Much credit goes to the 15 sponsors who donated more than…

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‘Citizen Soldier’ goes to war

Posted  March 31, 2012

I first met Dan Still in one of my former lives as Deputy Director of Building and Safety for the City of Las Vegas.  Dan was a Deputy City Attorney, our “go to” guy in legal matters (disputes with contractors, etc.)  In addition to his City legal duties, Dan was a lieutenant in the Army…

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Health & Safety

Healing through therapy

Posted  March 31, 2012

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – Every break, bump or bruise has one thing in common: they take time and work to heal. The medics at the Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center Physical Therapy section know this better than most. “Our job is getting people, as soon as possible, back to duty in a safe…

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Health & Safety

Satellite Pharmacy reopens following drive-through expansion

Posted  March 31, 2012

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – The satellite pharmacy reopened Mar. 26, 2012 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., allowing patients needing pharmaceutical refills an alternative to the main Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center Pharmacy. Dependents and military retirees filling off-base prescriptions…

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Local

Diverse range of education available to Nellis Airmen

Posted  March 31, 2012

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – Education benefits allow Airmen to achieve Air Force-required standards and set personal goals. “Anytime you complete a degree, the education gained is going to make you better at your job,” said Alice Patton, 99th Force Support Squadron, chief of education..

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Air Force

Air Force officials announce third round of VERA/VSIP

Posted  March 31, 2012

(AFNS) – In its continuing effort to meet the Defense Department requirement to maintain civilian manning at fiscal 2010 levels, the Air Force is offering a third round of Voluntary Early Retirement Authority and Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment beginning May 1. “The Air Force recognizes the…

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Local

Operations Security is everyone’s business – even families

Posted  March 31, 2012

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – Operational security, put simply, is protecting critical information about military activities so it cannot be used against our military. OPSEC is an aspect of daily military life most civilian families don’t have to think about, but it should be of utmost importance to military families.

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Air Force ends pilot travel card program

Posted  March 31, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – The Air Force recently decided to transition existing Controlled Spend Account travel cards to an enhanced Government Travel Card by the end of fiscal 2012. “The CSA, a pilot travel card program, provided some enhancements for travelers, but also brought about significant challenges for our most frequent travelers and those with unique…

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Commentary

Dealing with the near rocks, far rocks

Posted  March 31, 2012

“Let’s deal with the near rocks” is something many of us frequently hear these days at planning meetings, scheduling discussions, etc. I asked someone in my office what they thought the term near rocks referred to. They replied that it was in reference to the fact that road crews or prison chain-gangs…

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Local

57th Wing welcomes new commander

Posted  March 31, 2012

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – The 57th Wing bid farewell to Brig. Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy as he relinquished command to Brig. Gen. Charles L. Moore Jr. at a change of command ceremony March 26, 2012. “Everything I hold dear about our Air Force is represented here within the 57th…

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