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Weapons School honors newest graduates

The U.S. Air Force Weapons School is pleased to announce the graduates from USAFWS Class 15-A

U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Tech. Sgt. Nadine Y. Barclay Health & Safety

Hunters save lives through RPA Human Performance Team

As the persistent demand for remotely piloted aircraft support increases, the burden on the Airmen who fly, maintain, and support these operations also increases, often times leaving some questioning their ability to continue in this rewarding but highly stressful job.

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Employment Assistance Program aids military members’ transition

When a military member separates or retires from service, a reality check might kick in when they begin looking for new employment. Many don’t have a plan when they leave the military, but the Nellis AFB Airman and Family Readiness Center’s Employment Assistance Program can help ease the transition.

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34th WPS celebrates 20th anniversary

A small room slowly fills with people trickling in and big, boisterous laughs permeate the air. Officers and Airmen in flight suits and civilians who used to don the uniform are standing in groups and eating food as old friends greet each other and new acquaintances are made.

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31st TES F-35s take on Green Flag 15-08

F-35A Lightning IIs from the 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron played the U.S. Army’s primary close air support platform during the latest iteration of the Green Flag exercise, GF 15-08, as the Air Force’s program works toward its goal of declaring initial operational capability by the end of this year.


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Commission seeks service members’ compensation preferences

Posted  June 6, 2014

WASHINGTON — The commission tasked by President Barack Obama and Congress to modernize military compensation and benefits programs is seeking input from service members on their preferences. Alphonso Maldon Jr., chairman of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, said understanding service members’ compensation preferences is central to the commission’s effort to craft modernization recommendations. “Our primary…

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Permissive TDY allowed for voluntary force management separation

Posted  June 6, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Airmen who separate under voluntary and involuntary force management programs may be eligible for permissive TDY. Airmen should check their separation orders to ensure the statement is included in the remarks block. The statement should read “Member separating voluntarily under force management program and may be eligible for (permissive) TDY according…

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Health & Safety

Ask the Doc

Posted  June 6, 2014

Q.“My child just turned 18 and has recently graduated from high school. Will my child still be eligible for TRICARE benefits?” A.Yes. Your child is eligible for TRICARE benefits until they turn 21, or 23 if they are enrolled full-time at an institution of higher learning that is approved by the Secretary of Defense, Department of…

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Community Happenings – June 6, 2014

Posted  June 6, 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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Airmen participate in USAFWS integration exercise

Posted  June 5, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jason Couillard Staff Sgt. Jeremy Hogan, 99th Security Forces Squadron patrolman and Master Sgt. Michael Wobser, 99th Civil Engineer Squadron fire department assistant chief of operations, discuss an exercise scenario May 30 at Nellis Air Force Base. The exercise provided Airman the opportunity to get critical training for…

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Airmen empowered to be innovative

Posted  May 30, 2014

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — A letter sent to Airmen across the Air Force last week from Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry Spencer, Airmen were empowered to not only think outside of the box, but to share their innovative ideas with their leadership. “Last year, in…

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Know it when it counts

Posted  May 30, 2014

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — For the three years I’ve been in the Air Force, I’ve experienced more training then anyone would like. I’ve always questioned why the Air Force insists we be branded with the same information during training over and over. Personally, I thought Self-Aid Buddy Care was one of the least useful to…

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What I learned from amputees: it wasn’t what I expected

Posted  May 30, 2014

LAJES FIELD, Azores — A number of years ago, I had the privilege to serve as a chaplain in a training program at the San Antonio Military Medical Center, formerly known as Brooke General Hospital. The program included rotations through a number of different sections on the medical campus. I served two rotations at the Center for…

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Guns N’ Roses socialize with Nellis Airmen

Posted  May 30, 2014

Tech. Sgt. Ronald Pleiman, 99th Logistics Readiness Squadron asset management section chief, meets Frank Ferrer, Guns N’ Roses drummer, during a band meet and greet May 27 at the Exchange on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. During the meet and great members from Guns N’ Roses signed autographs and took photos with fans.

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‘Only you can prevent forest fires:’ Southern Nevada under fire restrictions

Posted  May 30, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler The summer season is the time to unwind, but not a time to get complacent with fire safety. Fire restrictions were implemented in Southern Nevada on May 16. For more info on fire restrictions go to, http://www.nps.gov/lake/parknews/fire-2014.htm or http://forestry.nv.gov/fire-program/current-fire-restrictions/. NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev….

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