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Preventative healthcare: Key to overall wellness

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler Mellissa Urban, 99th Medical Group contracted licensed practical nurse, gives a vaccination to Tech. Sgt. Allan Habel, U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds quality assurance inspector, at the Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 19. Receiving immunizations for preventable diseases is one…

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Leadership Lessons: Do you know our Air Force Heritage?

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — On June 28, 1914, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie were assassinated by a Yugoslav nationalist. One month later on July 28, the Austrian-Hungary Empire declared war on Serbia and by mid-August the great powers of Europe would be embroiled in war. Within a short time…

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99th CES ‘plumbers’ keep mission flowing

U.S. Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika Staff Sgt. Alan Franklin, 99th Civil Engineer Squadron water and fuels systems maintenance craftsman, uses a hand auger, or plumbing snake, to unclog a drain pipe at the Nellis Inn on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 19. The pipe Franklin was unclogging was the main…

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Civil Air Patrol cadets gain insight on Nellis

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Tam Maj. Jason Curtis, U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron no. 6 pilot, interacts with Civil Air Patrol cadets at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 18. The CAP cadets were visiting the base to tour the Thunderbirds museum and the Threat Training Facility to gain more…

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Microchips help return lost furry friends

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikaley Towle Dr. Michael Simpson, a Department of Army Civilian Veterinary medical officer, scans ‘P.J.,’ a military working dog, for a microchip number at the Nellis Veterinary Treatment Facility at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 20. Military working dogs are required to have microchips due to…


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63rd BSB activation ceremony held at Nellis

Posted  October 26, 2012

Lt. Col. Robyn Hamasaki, 63rd Brigade Support Battalion commander, listens to a speech given by Col. Richard Lamb, 311th Sustainment Command commander, during an activation ceremony for the 63rd Brigade Support Battalion Oct. 21, 2012, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The 63rd BSB is located in southern Las Vegas and chose Nellis AFB as…

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Behind the red line

Posted  October 26, 2012

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev., — Members working in the Operation Room at the Mike O’ Callaghan Federal Medical Center strive to provide the best medical support to military members and their families, and authorized DOD and Veterans Affairs beneficiaries. From preparation to the end of surgery, these Airmen and civilians work around the clock,…

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Do’s and Don’ts for Airmen during political season

Posted  October 26, 2012

(AFNS) — With the 2012 general presidential election only weeks away, keep in mind that special ethics rules apply to active-duty Airmen regarding their political activities. The purpose of these rules is to ensure the Department of Defense does not influence our nation’s electoral process. Violation of these rules can have serious consequences and could…

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Nellis releases more on Aviation Nation Open House schedule

Posted  October 26, 2012

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The 2012 Aviation Nation schedule for Nov. 10 and 11 has been released. Gates will open at 9 a.m. with the opening ceremony and national anthem at 10:30 a.m. Flying acts will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the following order: Korean Conflict reenactment with with an…

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Happy Halloween!

Posted  November 1, 2012

Service members and their families near the finish line during the Halloween 5K Run at the Warrior Fitness Center Oct. 31, 2012, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. After completion of the run Airmen and family members voted for the best costume at the event.   Larry Bridges, 99th Force Support Squadron sports director, hosts…

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Community Happenings – November 2, 2012

Posted  November 2, 2012

Free access to Lake Mead: Lake Mead National Recreation Area park rangers will distribute free National Park Service annual passes to active duty military and their families at Aviation Nation Nov. 11. The passes, valued at $80, provide the service member, their children and up to three adults (16 or older) with free access to…

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Aviation Nation 2012 is coming. . . get ready to be inspired

Posted  November 2, 2012

  Top performers . . . NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.–An F-22A Raptor and F-15C Eagle from the U.S. Air Force Weapons School’s 433rd Weapons Squadron fly in formation over the Grand Canyon July 16, 2010. These two aircraft will be performing at Aviation Nation 2012 here at Nellis, Nov.10-11.     Thunderbirds will thrill…

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Airman Leadership School honors new graduates

Posted  November 2, 2012

Sixty-four Airmen completed their first Professional Military Education milestone by graduating Airman Leadership School as part of Class 12-G Oct. 11.

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AF officials eliminate civilian skill code requirements

Posted  November 2, 2012

(AFNS) — Air Force officials have rescinded the manual used to define civilian position skill codes in one of several ongoing administrative actions geared toward transforming civilian hiring, determining employee training and development needs, and selecting employees for training under competitive procedures, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Skill codes were a foundation of the…

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Ask the Doc

Posted  November 2, 2012

By 99th Medical Group Q. I am a military retiree (or military retiree spouse) who recently started a new job. My new employer offers a comprehensive employer sponsored health care plan. As a military retiree, they are familiar with TRICARE, and have offered me an additional $3000 per year to opt out of their plan…

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