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New inspection system taking form at Nellis

U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika With the new Air Force Inspection System taking form, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Airmen will no longer spend weeks and months preparing for a one-week inspection, but rather be graded on their overall performance over a two-year cycle. Another important change brought on…

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15 seconds: A rude awakening

U.S. Air Force illustration by Staff Sgt. Jamal D. Sutter Airmen and their families hit the road every summer to travel and enjoy a little relaxation. When making travel arrangements that involve driving long distances, be sure to get enough rest the night before and take breaks as needed. LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark….

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Nellis’ newest mayor discusses hopes, goals

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika Col. Richard Boutwell, 99th Air Base Wing commander, shares a story with a member of the 99th Contracting Squadron during his unit immersion at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 12. Boutwell, who is a command pilot with more than 3,500 flying hours, once served…

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Community outreach hosts Honorary Commander induction ceremony

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jason Couillard Col. Richard Boutwell, 99th Air Base Wing commander, speaks to attendees of the Honorary Commander Induction Ceremony at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 7, 2014. The goal of the honorary commander program is to acquaint community leaders with the missions here at Nellis, Creech and…

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Running toward better health, wellness

When someone first hears about the 99th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Health and Wellness Center’s six-week running program, they probably think of a program aimed only at improving an Airman’s 1.5 mile run time.


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Hagel stresses workforce’s value after ‘manufactured crisis’

Posted  October 25, 2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued a message to the Defense Department’s workforce today, welcoming back employees furloughed by the 16-day government shutdown and emphasizing their value to the nation.

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AF implements changes to PT assessment

Posted  October 25, 2013

WASHINGTON — The Air Force has released further guidance on the implementation of several changes to the physical assessment test, which will take place Oct. 21. The new guidance includes additions to the body composition component of the fitness assessment, delegation of appeal authority for fitness assessments and changes to the walk test. According to…

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Combined Federal Campaign resumes as shutdown ends

Posted  October 25, 2013

WASHINGTON — The annual Combined Federal Campaign charity drive, interrupted by the 16-day federal government shutdown, has resumed. Susan A. Yarwood, director of human resources for Washington Headquarters Services, which manages the Defense Department’s CFC participation, announced the resumption in a memo to all DOD personnel. According to the campaign’s website, CFC is the world’s…

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Air Force tuition assistance back on

Posted  October 25, 2013

Courtesy graphic WASHINGTON — As a result of the passed continuing resolution legislation, the Air Force is in the process of returning operations to normal pre-shutdown status, to include the reinstatement of military tuition assistance. The continuing resolution will fund the Air Force under the fiscal year 2013 sequester funding levels, which will enable the…

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Military parenting website assists communication

Posted  October 25, 2013

WASHINGTON — Service members who deploy or are otherwise separated from their families due to mission needs now have an online resource allowing them to hone their parenting skills as they reconnect with their children. Pam Murphy, the Defense Department’s lead psychologist for the website, said the launch of http://www.militaryparenting.org offers unprecedented, comprehensive and free…

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Affordable Care Act has little impact on TRICARE beneficiaries

Posted  October 25, 2013

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The Affordable Care Act, also known as the health care law, was created to expand access to affordable health care coverage, lower costs, and improve quality and care coordination for all Americans. Under the health care law, people will have health coverage that meets a minimum standard (called “minimum essential coverage”)…

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RPAs then and now Part I: Reaching 2 million hours

Posted  October 25, 2013

The U.S. Air Force’s MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft accumulated 2 million flight hours Oct. 22 not only marking a significant milestone, but also demonstrating the evolution of the program.

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Halloween: A cavity trick or sugary treat

Posted  October 25, 2013

Halloween is fast approaching. Soon the ghouls, ghosts and zombies from Las Vegas will be wandering the streets and knocking on doors in search of treats.

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Airmen celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month during fiesta

Posted  October 25, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Tam Staff Sgt. Shakuntala Willis, 57th Adversary Tactics Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician, serves nachos, cheese and chili to Staff Sgt. James Hadayia, 57th ATSS aircrew flight equipment technician, at Freedom Park during a Hispanic Heritage Fiesta celebration Oct. 16 at Nellis Air Force Base,…

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Harvest Festival offers families day of fun, games

Posted  October 25, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal Holly Keller, 99th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center services intern, paints a child’s face during the annual Harvest Festival held at the CDC Oct. 19 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. In addition to face painting, children were also able to play games, participate in…

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