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99th FSS in overdrive during Red Flag

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta Ika Senior Airman Darren Tomas, 99th Force Support Squadron food services journeyman, chops lettuce at the flight line kitchen Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., July 17. The 99th FSS kitchen staff normally prepares 500 meals weekly, during the Red Flag exercise they prepare more than 1,000 meals…

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I am second: USAFWC command chief bids farewell after 30 years

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika Chief Master Sgt. Robert A. Ellis, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center command chief, poses for a photo outside of the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center headquarters building at Nellis Air Force Base, N.V., July 16. Ellis, who will be retiring after serving 30 years in…

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Nellis to add another large solar plant

U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Robert Valenca The solar field, comprised of more than 72,000 panels, was completed after 26 weeks of construction and three years of planning. The array is expected to produce more than 25 percent of Nellis’ electricity. TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — The Air Force is set to…

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Combat challenge 2014

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen Master Sgt. Kiosha Mitchell, 432nd Wing Commander’s Executive Administrations superintendent, left, and Capt. Bishane, 432nd Wing commander’s action group chief, flip a tire during a combat challenge July 11 at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. The combat challenge was part of the inaugural Creech Combat…

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Sports bring esprit de corps to Nellis community

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rachael Loftis Intramural sports are a good way to take control of one’s fitness. Participating in intramural sports offers active duty, dependents and retirees the opportunity to compete with other members of the Nellis community. There are currently five coed intramural sports offered annually; flag football, basketball,…


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Air Force reservists, retirees eligible for TRICARE healthcare programs

Posted  April 5, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — TRICARE has affordable healthcare programs available for all Air Force Reserve retirees – including “gray-area retirees” and actively-participating Air Force reservists, no matter what orders they are on. Reservists who retire before age 60 are eligible for TRICARE Retired Reserve coverage while they are in the “gray area.” This is the waiting…

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DOD works to ensure access for special needs families

Posted  April 5, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — Defense Department officials are working to standardize a program designed to help service members get care for family members with chronic health issues or special needs who otherwise might face forgoing an assignment or having to cut short a deployment because of an inability to find such care. The Exceptional Family Member…

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Anonymous crime tips possible with mobile app

Posted  April 5, 2013

(AFNS) — Suspicious or illegal activity can now be anonymously reported directly to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations using a mobile phone application or by texting ‘AFOSI’ and the tip to 274637, CRIMES, in an SMS text message. AFOSI launched these methods to capitalize on cyberspace capabilities and engage the Air Force community…

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Parent of autistic child asks ‘why not?’

Posted  April 5, 2013

April is National Autism Awareness month NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — I was truly speechless the moment after his delivery. It was within those first 60 seconds when he was placed on my chest that my world completely changed. Children define the phrase “life altering.” They bring love, panic, laughter, tears, distraction, frustration and…

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Space mission continues despite restructure

Posted  April 5, 2013

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFPS) — Critical Air Force missions continue from their current locations after today’s restructure of Air Force Space Command’s Space Innovation and Development Center at Schriever AFB, Colo. The SIDC restructure and realignment of subordinate organizations is part of the Air Force response to meet future challenges by balancing and…

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99th LRS wins prestigious Daedalian Award

Posted  April 5, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Michael Charles Airman 1st Class Lester Villarin, 99th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance specialist, charges the air-conditioner on a 16-passenger vehicle April 4 at the 99th LRS Maintenance Hangar. Maintaining the air-conditioners in the vehicles is important during the hot summers in Las Vegas. NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE,…

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Community Happenings – April 12, 2012

Posted  April 12, 2013

Settlement of Estate: Any person or persons having claims for or against the estate of Staff Sgt. Melissa Marie Boyes, 99th Medical Support Squadron, should contact Summary Court Officer, 1st Lt. Joseph 0. Bothwell, 99th MDS, at (702) 653-2450. Deployed Spouses supporting Deployed Spouses: Stay strong during deployments and meet with other deployed spouses. Share…

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Military children express sacrifices through art, writing

Posted  April 12, 2013

Life through the eyes of military children through their paintings, drawings and writings was on public display at the Education Department in Washington, D.C., April 4 to celebrate the Month of the Military Child.

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Stressed parents get help with new program

Posted  April 12, 2013

With April designated as Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Defense Department is highlighting its commitment to preventing child abuse and neglect among military families, especially through the Family Advocacy Program, and providing those who need it with counseling.

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Health & Safety

Reductions won’t affect most TRICARE Prime beneficiaries

Posted  April 12, 2013

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Despite upcoming service area reductions, TRICARE Prime will remain a health care option for 97 percent of the more than 5 million beneficiaries eligible for the health care plan, Military Health System officials said. The 3 percent difference, which comprises about 171,000 beneficiaries who mostly reside more than 40 miles from…

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