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DOD makes last-minute push for food donations in ‘Feds Feed Families’

"There were many times that we would go without just to feed the kids," Diane Carter said at the Pentagon today at a charity fair for the Feds Feed Families initiative.  "And at one point in time ... I had sold everything in my house, all my furniture and everything, just to feed the kids.

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AF to grow, enhance Nellis group with close air support focus

Nevada’s Nellis Air Force Base plans to restructure the 57th Operations Group to enhance its focus on close air support integration, Air Force officials announced Aug. 16.

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Aircraft crashes near Nellis

At approximately 7:40 a.m., PDT, Aug. 18, a civilian contractor aircraft supporting 57th Wing operations crashed on public land adjacent to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The crash site was less than a mile from the north end of the Nellis’ runway. The aircraft was a Draken International A-4 Skyhawk. An official says a veteran…

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Vernon Young Jr. Air Force

RPA pilots set to receive $35,000 annual bonus

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James announced an increase to the service’s remotely piloted aircraft pilot bonus Aug. 10 in a multi-pronged approach to increase RPA manning and incentivize RPA pilots within a community that has operated at surge capacity for more than 10 years.

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Madelyn Brown Air Force

AF declares F-35A ‘combat ready’

The F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation fighter aircraft was declared ‘combat ready’ by Gen. Hawk Carlisle, the commander of Air Combat Command, Aug 2.

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Air Force Retirees, National Guardsman win big in Exchange’s Your Holiday Bill Is On Us sweepstakes

Posted  April 15, 2016

DALLAS — The Army & Air Force Exchange Service made wishes come true for three grand-prize winners of the worldwide MILITARY STAR Your Holiday Bill Is On Us sweepstakes—and for one retiree, the prize was a way of saying “thank  you” for sacrifices made decades ago. Retired Air Force Chief Master Sgt. James Jones, retired…

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U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen

Piecing puzzles together, RPAs provide crucial CAP capabilities: Flying missions

Posted  April 8, 2016

The aircraft is ready to fly, the ground control stations (GCS) are up and running, and the crews have been briefed. Now, it’s time to fly the remotely piloted aircraft.

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U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathan Byrnes
Salutes & Awards

Everybody loves Ramos

Posted  April 8, 2016

What is it to be a hero? When hearing this word one probably automatically associates it with ‘super’ in front of it or pictures a caped crusader. One tends to lose sight that there are real-life heroes performing brave acts every day, but what defines what it really means to be a hero?

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Courage to Continue: Theme of 2016 National Prayer Breakfast

Posted  April 8, 2016

“Success is not final; failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” — Sir Winston Churchill, English statesman It takes courage to live life. After all, life is unpredictable. Sometimes life doesn’t go as expected. Sometimes it doesn’t follow our plan. Sometimes it isn’t all we hoped for. This military life…

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U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Olivia Dominique

Stunned by gun: Airman shocks away fear

Posted  April 8, 2016

“Taser, Taser, Taser,” is all I heard moments before suffering the worst pain I’ve ever put my body through. Instantly, 50,000 volts of electricity surged from one prong touching my shoulder, through my torso, and to the other prong placed at the back of my hip.

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