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Defense Secretary Ash Carter visits Nellis

  NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Defense Secretary (Dr.) Ash Carter visited the base Aug. 26 to observe Red Flag 15-4 operations and speak to Airmen and coalition partners about the future of the force and innovation. While at Nellis Air Force Base, the secretary visited the 414th Combat Training Squadron, toured the Combined…

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Bogdan shines light on F-35 program

  NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The American Flag hangs from the drapes over two F-35 Lightning II’s as fluorescent light fills the hangar. Two grandstands sit coinciding to each other full of eager Airmen and civilian contractors as they wait for Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, the program executive officer for the F-35 Lightning…

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NCO finds calling through various careers

  CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Is this the job for me? Did I pick the right career field? One might find themselves asking these questions throughout their Air Force career. If these questions arise, don’t fret, there are several viable options an Airman has to expand their careers without having to leave the…

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Combat Hammer tested RPA teams

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen Airman 1st Class Quantavious Wall, 432nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew member safety wires a GBU-12 Paveway II laser guided bomb onto an MQ-9 Reaper Aug. 5 at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. The aircraft was loaded in preparation for the 2015 Air-Ground Weapons…

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40 years of Red Flag ends on high note

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Spangler A C-17 Globemaster III assigned to the 437th Airlift Wing, Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., flies to the Nevada Test and Training Range during Red Flag 15-4, Aug. 25. With a range of over 2,500 miles, the C-17 is capable of carrying 102 troops or paratroopers…


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AF conducts airstrikes against ISIL, airdrops humanitarian aid near Amirli

Posted  September 5, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. (AFNS) — At the request of the government of Iraq, the U.S. military conducted airstrikes in support of an operation to deliver humanitarian assistance to address the humanitarian crisis and protect the civilians trapped in Amirli, Iraq, at approximately 8:30 p.m. EDT Aug. 31. Two months ago, hundreds of ISIL terrorists advanced on…

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Eliminating stigma: Leadership responsibility

Posted  September 5, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — As a child, a close relative of mine committed suicide. In those days, mental health was only discussed in hushed tones and little support was available. I was shaped by this experience and in my military career, I have tried to create an environment where people feel comfortable discussing their problems and…

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Be aware: Disasters can happen anytime, anywhere

Posted  September 5, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jack Sanders Stacy Cooper (Right), wife of Capt. Jenner Cooper, 99th Medical Group critical care resident nurse, discusses emergency awareness plans with her son Jonathan and daughter Aubrey at their home in Las Vegas Sept. 2. Emergency awareness plans cover a large range of topics like determining meeting…

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Celebrating women of character

Posted  September 5, 2014

Col. Kirsten Benford (right), 99th Inpatient Operations Squadron commander, talks with Tech. Sgt. Ann Stanford, NCO in charge of the 99th Medical Operations Squadron Family Medicine Residency, about the importance of Women’s Equality Day. Women’s Equality Day is observed Aug. 26 annually to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.

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Always vigilant: Command post provides oversight, assistance

Posted  September 5, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika Senior Airman Sarah Myers, 99th Air Base Wing Command Post junior controller, prepares to open a report while fielding a phone call at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 21. Myers and other controllers in the command post are responsible for receiving and disseminating hazardous…

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Dietary supplements may affect career

Posted  September 5, 2014

  U.S service members are held to a high standard of physical fitness. In order to meet, or thoroughly surpass, these standards of fitness, many enlist the help of dietary supplements. Service members cite reasons for supplement use as looking for an extra boost of energy, weight management or increased amounts of protein for quicker…

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Biomedical sciences education, commissioning program application windows open

Posted  September 5, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Airmen interested in biomedical sciences education, or BSC, or commissioning opportunities may be eligible for one or all of the four Biomedical Sciences Corps programs now accepting applications. Available BSC programs include the Army Baylor Doctor of Physical Therapy Training, the Uniform Services University of the Health Sciences…

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Suicide prevention more than a month-long campaign

Posted  September 5, 2014

  WASHINGTON (AFNS) — All Airmen have a responsibility that lasts much longer than a one-month campaign. This responsibility extends beyond ourselves and includes our work environment, our families, friends, fellow Airmen and our communities. While Suicide Prevention Month is observed across the United States in September, the month-long event is a reminder of everyone’s…

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Always vigilant: Command post provides oversight, assistance

Posted  September 5, 2014

Tech. Sgt. Laura Langley (left) and Senior Airman Sarah Myers, 99th Air Base Wing Command Post senior and junior controllers, field phone calls at their workstations at Nellis Air Force Base, Aug. 21. Command post controllers are the ‘eyes and ears’ of Nellis and Creech AFBs, and constantly monitor interactions occurring on both installations.  …

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Ask the Doc

Posted  September 5, 2014

  Q: How do I get emergency care through TRICARE?   A: TRICARE beneficiaries seeking emergency care to safeguard life, limb, eyesight, relieve suffering, or self-risk or harm, should seek treatment at the nearest hospital’s emergency department. If you’re a TRICARE Prime enrollee and use a civilian emergency room you must notify your primary care…

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