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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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From throttle to brakes: ACMS maintainers make RPA missions possible

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen Airman 1st Class Stephen Parker, 432nd Aircraft Communications Maintenance Squadron ground control station maintainer, powers a ground data terminal used to transmit signals needed to fly both the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft at Creech Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 19. The…

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RPA Airmen save time, money with new NDI technology

Non-destructive inspection technicians assigned to the 432nd Maintenance Squadron are among the first Airmen to receive training on a new technology used to maintain and fix remotely piloted aircraft and parts.

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AMU ‘Strikes’ Nellis with mission-ready aircraft

The blazing rays of the hot summer sun beat down on them as they work. The heat is reflected off the pavement. Greasy hands grip onto tools, which could become scalding if left sitting in the sun for even a short period of time.

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CJCS, USA Basketball leaders enlighten Nellis Airmen

DOD News photo U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Jerry Colangelo, the USA Basketball chairman and managing director; and Mike Krzyzewski, USA and Duke University’s head men’s basketball coach, hold a leadership panel discussion with Airmen at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 13. NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE,…


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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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Combat Hammer 2014: Boosting RPA strike proficiency

Posted  May 30, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. N.B. Airmen 1st Class Steven and Taylor (right), both 432nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron MQ-9 Reaper crew chiefs, prepare an MQ-9 Reaper for flight during Combat Hammer May 15 at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. Fighter, bomber and remotely piloted aircraft units around the Air Force are evaluated four…

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Pulse on AF force management

Posted  May 30, 2014

WASHINGTON — This week’s force management update focuses on the chief master sergeant retention board, voluntary separation pay, officer reduction in force boards, quality force review board, civilian force management and total force opportunities in a continued effort to bring Airmen the latest, most accurate information concerning the complex and dynamic force management programs. Three…

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Play it safe this summer

Posted  May 30, 2014

Vincent Tracy, 99th Force Support Squadron recreational aide, poses with various sports equipment May 27 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Nellis members are reminded to take all necessary precautions to avoid injuries, including wearing required safety gear and staying properly hydrated. From June 2009 to September 2013, there were more than 4,000 sports-related injuries…

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Health fair targets path to healthier life

Posted  May 30, 2014

Courtesy graphic NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The fitness center and the health and wellness center are scheduled to host a health fair here May 30 at the Warrior Fitness Center. The health fair will take place from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and is open to anyone with base access. Opportunities provided during…

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Obama: U.S. to keep nearly 10,000 troops in Afghanistan in 2015

Posted  May 30, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama today announced the United States plans to keep nearly 10,000 American troops in Afghanistan next year – a level largely in line with what U.S. commanders had requested – and that nearly all U.S. forces will leave the country by the end of 2016, bringing to an end a U.S. military mission…

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Dempsey: Decision on troop levels in Afghanistan matches objectives with resources

Posted  May 30, 2014

WASHINGTON — Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, issued the following statement today following President Barack Obama’s announcement of the post-2014 U.S. troop commitment to Afghanistan: “Looking ahead to 2015, it’s clear that Afghanistan will be challenged with the multiple tasks of seating a new government, confronting persistent threats from those…

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Air Force mental health programs encourage seeking help

Posted  May 30, 2014

WASHINGTON — The number of Airmen seeking mental health care has increased over the last five years – and this is a trend Air Force leaders encourage, according to a lead psychiatrist with the office of the Air Force Surgeon General. A mental health encounters report issued by the Air Force Medical Operations Agency noted…

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