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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.

U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Matthew Plew Local

Teamwork, Precision and Execution: Red Flag 16-4

The skies above Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, have been dominated by the presence of F-15E Strike Eagles from the 492nd Fighter Squadron for Red Flag 16-4.

U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Frank Miller Local

Red Flag 16-4: challenge issued, challenge accepted

The 55th Fighter Squadron, from Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, brought their “Shawesome” F-16 Fighting Falcon’s to an exercise Air Expeditionary Wing during Red Flag 16-4 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Aug. 15, 2016.

U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Matthew Plew Local

Mad Hatters strike at Red Flag

F-15E Strike Eagles, personnel and equipment from the 492nd Fighter Squadron out of Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England kicked-off exercise Red Flag 16-4, to conduct air combat training with joint and U.S. allies combat air forces at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Aug. 15.

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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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CSAF letter to Airmen

Posted  August 12, 2016

Fellow Airmen, I am now completing my first month as the 21st Chief of Staff. What an honor to serve with you! Attached is the first in a series of short papers I will share that outlines my thinking in key focus areas. You will find each in our Strategic Master Plan and Air Force…

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AF declares F-35A ‘combat ready’

Posted  August 12, 2016

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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DoD

Leader training on Blended Retirement System available via mobile app

Posted  August 12, 2016

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The new Blended Retirement System is a hot topic of conversation across the Defense Department, and most total force members have questions on how it will work and who is eligible. The online BRS leader course, released in June, is designed to educate leaders on the new retirement system….

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Commentary

Critical thinking is way of future

Posted  August 12, 2016

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Many people in leadership positions, be it military or civilian, say education is the way of the future and believe through education problems can be solved, efficiency improved and the mission completed. I came from that world, graduating cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management….

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Transparent leadership: An old concept for modern times

Posted  August 12, 2016

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — We’re living in an age of hyper-connectivity. With sensors everywhere and supercomputers in our pockets, there’s a wealth of information available to everyone, whether it’s a review of a restaurant, an updated Air Force instruction or the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow (African or European). There are unofficial…

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