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99th FSS in overdrive during Red Flag

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta Ika Senior Airman Darren Tomas, 99th Force Support Squadron food services journeyman, chops lettuce at the flight line kitchen Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., July 17. The 99th FSS kitchen staff normally prepares 500 meals weekly, during the Red Flag exercise they prepare more than 1,000 meals…

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I am second: USAFWC command chief bids farewell after 30 years

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika Chief Master Sgt. Robert A. Ellis, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center command chief, poses for a photo outside of the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center headquarters building at Nellis Air Force Base, N.V., July 16. Ellis, who will be retiring after serving 30 years in…

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Nellis to add another large solar plant

U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Robert Valenca The solar field, comprised of more than 72,000 panels, was completed after 26 weeks of construction and three years of planning. The array is expected to produce more than 25 percent of Nellis’ electricity. TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — The Air Force is set to…

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Combat challenge 2014

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen Master Sgt. Kiosha Mitchell, 432nd Wing Commander’s Executive Administrations superintendent, left, and Capt. Bishane, 432nd Wing commander’s action group chief, flip a tire during a combat challenge July 11 at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. The combat challenge was part of the inaugural Creech Combat…

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Sports bring esprit de corps to Nellis community

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rachael Loftis Intramural sports are a good way to take control of one’s fitness. Participating in intramural sports offers active duty, dependents and retirees the opportunity to compete with other members of the Nellis community. There are currently five coed intramural sports offered annually; flag football, basketball,…


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Special Victims’ Counsel program set to strengthen defense against sexual assault

Posted  January 10, 2014

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Sexual Assault Prevention and Response is a subject that airmen and service members are briefed and trained on. With the Air Force’s goal to reduce these incidents to as close to zero as possible, a new program was started to help arm the Air Force with the means to protect service…

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Enlisted retention board to convene in June

Posted  January 10, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — An enlisted retention board will convene here in June to consider eligible senior airmen through senior master sergeants for retention, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The enlisted retention program is one of several expanded force management programs that have been or will be implemented this year, said Lt. Col….

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Prime BEEF provides engineer force in Afghanistan

Posted  January 10, 2014

As concrete splatter finds its way onto the uniforms and faces of U.S. Air Force airmen assigned to the 577th Expeditionary Prime BEEF Squadron, smiles and laughter can be seen and heard coming from the workers as they pour a concrete foundation at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 4, 2014.

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Bullseye’s 40th Anniversary

Posted  January 10, 2014

Courtesy photograph A five-ship of U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron fly a sortie. The USAFADS’s switch to the T-38 also saw an alteration of the flight routine to exhibit the aircraft’s maneuverability in tight turns during the 1970s. U.S. Air Force photo U.S. Air Force Security Police practice securing an area during a Silver…

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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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