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Red Flag offers B-52 crews training that ‘can’t be beat’

U.S. Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Rachel Loftis A B-52 Stratofortress assigned to the 69th Bomb Squadon, Minot Air Force Base, N.D., taxis for take off during Red Flag 15-3 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., July 15. The B-52 is a long-range heavy bomber capable of dropping or launching a wide variety…

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‘Thunder’ rolls at Fort Irwin

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikaley Towle Airmen assigned to the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., look on as an A-10 Thunderbolt II departs from the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., July 16. An austere field landing allows for the A-10 pilots to push in, refuel, and…

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Hill activates their first F-35 fighter squadron

U.S. Air Force photo by Alex R. Lloyd Lt. Col. George R. Watkins addresses the audience and squadron members during the 34th Fighter Squadron activation ceremony July 17 at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The 34th FS will be the first combat squadron to fly the Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft, the F-35A Lightning II….

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Defenders safeguard assets during Red Flag

During every Red Flag exercise, an increased number of personnel and equipment finds its way here. Units from around the world come to experience and participate in the best training they can receive in the air, space and cyberspace realm of operations.

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ACC, AMC training centers collaborate to increase warfighter support

Maj. Gen. Jay Silveria, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center commander, visited the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center to meet with Airmen who support, train, and execute the expeditionary mission here July 15.


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AFREP saves Nellis millions in repair costs

Posted  August 8, 2014

While Nellis Airmen may be familiar with the saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” the 57th Maintenance Group’s Air Force Repair Enhancement Program shop exists to take care of equipment if it does break.

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Air Force to change enlisted evaluations, promotions

Posted  August 8, 2014

WASHINGTON — Air Force officials announced a series of sweeping changes to the Enlisted Evaluation System and Weighted Airman Promotion System July 31. The changes are intended to ensure the Air Force truly makes job performance the driving factor and will be implemented incrementally beginning in August 2014 and continuing through early 2016. Additional information…

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Air Force tests new chief master sergeant EPR form

Posted  August 8, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Air Force leaders will test the newly developed AF Form 912, Enlisted Performance Report [CMSgt], during the calendar year 2014 Regular Air Force Command Chief Master Sergeant Screening Board, which convenes at the Pentagon in September, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Development of a chief master sergeant evaluation form is…

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99th LRS vehicle maintenance drives mission

Posted  August 8, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler Airmen assigned to the 99th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance flight repair and maintain government owned vehicles at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Aug. 5. The 80,000 square foot state of the art facility helps the flight manage more than 1,800 vehicles, the largest fleet…

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Health & Safety

Ask the Doc

Posted  August 8, 2014

Q. Should my doctor use my Department of Defense benefits number or my sponsor’s Social Security number to file a claim?    A. Your doctor can use either number. If they need help filing claims, they can contact the regional contractor.   Contact Information North Region Contractor, Health Net 1-877-TRICARE, 1-877-874-2273 www.hnfs.com  South Region Contractor, Humana Military 1-800-444-5445…

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Community Happenings – August 8, 2014

Posted  August 8, 2014

Weekly events Monday: Ready, Set, Grow Parent Group, 10 a.m. at the youth center. Tuesday: Artistic Expression, 5:30 p.m. at the youth center. Wednesday: Grill your own steak, 5 p.m. at The Club. Thursday: Right Start Newcomers Orientation, 8:30 a.m., at the Desert Oasis. Parent Support Group: Share common experiences unique to special needs families…

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823rd MXS decreases aircraft maintenance time, saves AF money

Posted  August 1, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler Senior Airman William Georgen [left], 823rd Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural mainframe journeyman, and Staff Sgt. Nate Mainville, 823rd MXS aircraft structural mainframe craftsman, replace the structural strap on the tail pylon of an HH-60G Pave Hawk during an accelerated inspection phase, July 25 at Nellis…

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Analog Leadership in a Digital World

Posted  August 1, 2014

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — In today’s military, every service member is a leader, and we all live in a “digital world.” Look around any gathering of people; most of us are online with some form of computer or electronic device the majority of time we are awake. At home station or deployed, portable electronic devices…

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Newcomer’s orientation offers useful information

Posted  August 1, 2014

Incoming members of the Nellis community gather together for a Right Start Newcomers Orientation briefing at The Club, July 24 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. During the peak permanent change of station season, approximately 750 people attend Right Start, and each week approximately 50 people attend in-process orientation, visit vendors at the information fair,…

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Lightning lights up skies over Nellis

Posted  August 1, 2014

An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 59th Test and Evaluation Squadron takes flight July 18 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighters at Nellis returned to flight July 18 after a runway fire took place June 23 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., resulting in the fleet being…

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