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Red Flag 14-3 just days away

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Timothy Young An F-15E Strike Eagle flies alongside a KC-135 Stratotanker while waiting for its wingman to finish refueling during Red Flag 14-2 March 13 over the Nevada Test and Training Range. Red Flag provides different units, military branches and countries the opportunity to train together in a…

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Meeting veteran helped me feel connection with grandfather

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sarah Hall-Kirchner Dale VanBlair, World War II veteran, addresses the crowd that honored him for his 93rd birthday in Belleville, Ill., June 17. VanBlair thanked everyone for coming to his birthday party and told them that it felt amazing to be appreciated. SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. — Twenty-five B-24…

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rachel Loftis Health & Safety

Hope for best, prepare for worst

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rachel Loftis Death and tragedy can be an unexpected consequence of everyday life. It is important to be prepared for the unexpected by taking every precaution, such as creating a will. A will is a is a legal document used to dispose of personal property at death…

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RPA crews test skills during competition

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen A MQ-9 Reaper prepares to conduct systems checks prior to take-off at Creech Air Force Base, Nev., June 13. The MQ-9 Reaper is an armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft that is employed primarily as an intelligence-collection asset and secondarily against dynamic execution targets….

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Airmen, families celebrate at Freedom Fest

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Timothy Young Kapaka (red) knocks down his brother Ma’ila while participating in padded sumo wrestling during Freedom Fest July 3 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. This was one of the many events offered for children during the 99th Force Support Squadron’s sponsored festival. The event was held…


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Ask the Doc

Posted  January 10, 2014

Q. “We were told that the Tricare for Life Mandatory Mail-Order starts Feb. 14 and only applies to maintenance medications. Is there a listing somewhere of this category of drugs? Will notifications go out in January? Lastly, is there a transition period for this change?” A. “We do have a list and will post to…

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Handheld laser marker project team targets improvements

Posted  December 20, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Lancaster U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Carlos Vargas, Naval Special Warfare combatant crewman, bore sights an LA-10u/PEQ handheld laser marker during a Handheld Laser Marker Tactics Development and Evaluation project Dec. 10 at the Nevada Test and Training Range. The handheld laser marker is a small, lightweight…

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Military personnel section prepares Airmen for force management programs

Posted  December 20, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Changing global missions, national security concerns and ongoing budget uncertainty are driving the Air Force to become a leaner force. Officers and enlisted service members are facing force management programs designed to reduce the force as much as by 25,000 Airmen, 900 civilians and 550 aircraft during the next five years….

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I was determined to live

Posted  December 20, 2013

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — I don’t mean “the parachute opened in just the knick of time as I plummeted to the Earth” kind of save. I was failing college classes and getting into trouble. I didn’t care if my decisions lead to jail or death. I was too busy recklessly living in the moment while…

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Be a Wingman’s ‘ghost’ during holiday season

Posted  December 20, 2013

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — I need each of you to be a “ghost” to your Wingman during this holiday season. No, that doesn’t mean I want you to “disappear” when it’s convenient for you-quite the opposite. Let me explain by saying, “Bah, humbug!” Dickens’ classic Ebenezer Scrooge character perhaps sums up what your Wingman might…

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CSAF hosts summit to address sexual assault

Posted  December 20, 2013

WASHINGTON — Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III hosted a Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Summit Dec. 11 and 12 as part of the Air Force’s ongoing effort to provide education and analysis on the issue and to discuss the complex leadership concerns sexual assault presents. Welsh brought in…

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USAF AMMOS graduates AMSC 100th graduate

Posted  December 20, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The U.S. Air Force Advanced Maintenance and Munitions Operations School celebrated the graduation of its 7th Advanced Maintenance Superintendent Course class Dec 13. This graduation also marked the graduation of the 100th AMSC graduate. AMSC is a six-week course that provides graduate-level education in expeditionary logistics and agile combat support to…

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Gone phishing: How scams can affect you

Posted  December 20, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — When you hear the term “phishing” you can’t help but think of a boat, bait and a fishing pole. However, in this case, phishing is a scam of evil intentions. If you’re looking to avoid becoming a victim, all you have to do is keep an eye out for activities…

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EOD Counter-IED course hones leadership management proficiency

Posted  December 20, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jason Couillard Staff Sgt. Daniel Esselstrom, 23rd Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technician, Moody Air Force Base, Ga., uses a mine detector to check for an improvised explosive device during an IED training course Dec. 12 in Area 2 at Nellis AFB, Nev. During the two-week…

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Keep things safe this holiday season

Posted  December 20, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The holidays are a time for celebration, and that means more cooking, home decorating, entertaining, and an increased risk of fire. Keep your holidays safe and follow these tips from the 99th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department and the National Fire Protection Agency. Safety tips people can follow this holiday season…

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