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U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika Salutes & Awards

Weapons School welcomes new commandant

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika Col. Michael Drowley (right), U.S. Air Force Weapons School commandant, accepts the USAFWS guidon from Brig. Gen. Christopher Short, 57th Wing commander, during the USAFWS’s change of command ceremony at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., May 26. The passing of the guidon signals the official…

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen Air Force

Frankenphone: Creech Airman improves RPA communications

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen Staff Sgt. Marion is a 42nd Attack Squadron sensor operator at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. Marion was recognized by Air Force leadership for constructing a device dubbed “Frankenphone 3.5 Ultra High Definition,” which simplifies life in the ground control station while flying remotely piloted…

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikaley Towle Air Force

Space-A: No cost for Airmen, dependents, retirees

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikaley Towle Airman 1st Class Jourdan Sutton, 99th Logistics Readiness Squadron air terminal operator, checks the flight schedule at the air terminal on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., May 26. Space-available flights are available to veterans, Guard, Reserve and active-duty service members. Dependents must be accompanied by…

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USAFWC vice commander throws first pitch

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann Brig. Gen. Stephen Whiting, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center vice commander, throws the first pitch during the Las Vegas 51s’ military appreciation night at Cashman Field in Las Vegas, May 22. This was the second game the Las Vegas 51s played against the Oklahoma City Dodgers…

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jake Carter Health & Safety

Airman dreams of becoming Mr. Olympia

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jake Carter Senior Airman Vincent Costante, 99th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels laboratory technician, performs a shoulder dumb bell press with the assistance of his trainer, Staff Sgt. Travis Mitchell, 99th LRS, NCO in charge of fuels preventive maintenance, at the Warrior Fitness Center on Nellis Air Force…


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Unit deployment manager now special duty position

Posted  May 31, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Unit deployment manager is now a two-year-controlled special duty assignment, identifier 8U000, a change Air Force officials say will help professionalize the position and improve deployment program continuity. In past the UDM retained his or her Air Force specialty code, and even though UDMs were working outside of their specialty,…

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Permanent Change of Station Child Care Program expands eligibility

Posted  May 31, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The Permanent Change of Station Child Care Program here has changed its eligibility requirements to include members who are retiring from the military as well as those who are receiving a medical discharge. The PCS Child Care Program provides a voucher for 20 hours of free child care per child to…

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Honorary commander program bridges gap between base, local community

Posted  May 31, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Community leaders in the Las Vegas valley have an opportunity to get involved with the Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases’ communities by becoming an honorary commander. The installation honorary commander program, which boasts approximately 100 participants, was established to promote public awareness of the Air Force’s missions, policies and programs….

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Commissaries plan for Monday furloughs

Posted  May 31, 2013

FORT LEE, Va. — When furloughs are implemented, most military commissaries will close one day a week, on Mondays, said the director and CEO of the Defense Commissary Agency. The Nellis commissary will close for up to 11 days between July 8 and Sept. 30. Closing commissaries on Mondays would be in addition to any day stores…

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Beware financial consequences: manage your money wisely

Posted  May 31, 2013

Starting in basic military training, through technical school, to their first duty station and beyond, Airmen are advised to stay in control of their finances.

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Make child safety a priority this summer

Posted  May 31, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The summer in Las Vegas is not quite here yet, but the days of consecutive triple digit temperatures are fast approaching. Soon, school will be done for the year and the long lazy days of summer will begin for the children here. With the start of the summer season come added…

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Ribbon cutting marks completion of F-35 simulator facility

Posted  May 31, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brett Clashman From left: Brig. Gen. Charles Moore, 57th Wing commander; Ray Haj, Swinerton Builders Government Division vice president; Michael Zettler, F-35 Sustainment at Lockheed Martin vice president; Randy Black, United States Air Force Warfare Center honorary commander; and Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Lofgren, USAFWC commander, cut the ribbon…

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U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Julianne Snowalter
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Predator passes 20,000-hour mark in Afghanistan

Posted  May 31, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Julianne Snowalter An MQ-1 Predator remotely piloted aircraft prepares for takeoff in support of operations in Southwest Asia. The Predator is a medium-altitude, long-endurance, remotely piloted aircraft that conducts armed reconnaissance against critical targets. KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — An MQ-1 Predator assigned at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, recently became…

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U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps
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Ordering monkey food

Posted  May 31, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps A monkey looks out of a cage at Ekotepe Organic Farm near Adana, Turkey. A variety of animals reside at the farm including peacocks, chickens, sheep and horses. INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey — Several years ago, I had the opportunity to attend an Office Personnel Management leadership…

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SecAF: Sequestration hits AF readiness, modernization

Posted  May 31, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Scott M. Ash Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III field questions from members of the Pentagon press corps at the Pentagon, May 24. During the press briefing, Donley and Welsh addressed the force structure, readiness and modernization challenges…

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