AF adjusts enlisted retention results
Air Force officials announced an adjustment to the Junior Enlisted Retention Board which convened in June at the Air Force Personnel Center. Fifty Airmen who were not selected for retention during the FY14 force management ERB were offered the opportunity to remain on active duty following identification of an issue in the eligibility of Airmen meeting the board.

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:53:19 GMT
Air Force Week in Photos
This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.


Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:56:00 GMT
AF hospital adds ‘virus-zapping' robot to inventory
Standing at 5 feet 2 inches tall, U.S. Air Force Hospital Langley's newest staff member doesn't initially have a commanding presence; however, after five minutes, its impact has the potential to save countless lives around the world.


Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:44:00 GMT
Air Force officials announce banner year in ground safety
The Air Force mission is inherently risky and Airmen mitigate those risks every day, but last fiscal year their sound risk management and decision making skills contributed to a great year in ground safety.

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:37:00 GMT
First F-35A operational weapons load crew qualified
Three Airmen with the 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit became the first qualified operational weapons load crew for the F-35A Lightning II during a qualification load here, Oct. 10.


Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:30:08 GMT
Ramstein Airmen support Ebola fight, mitigate risks at home
As service members travel to Africa in support of Operation United Assistance, Ramstein Air Base here continues to establish itself as a power projection platform for Europe and Africa.


Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:03:30 GMT
ISR: A critical capability for 21st century warfare
The progressive adaptations and breakthroughs made in the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance arena have changed the way wars are fought, and the way commanders think about the battlespace.

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:22:00 GMT
'Hurricane Hunters' busy with missions on both coasts
It's been a busy two weeks for the Air Force Reserve's Hurricane Hunters. The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron flew their last of 15 missions into Hurricane Ana in the Pacific Monday while gathering weather data for the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. On the other side of the globe, the hunters wrapped up a week-long deployment to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, flying their last Hurricane Gonzalo mission Oct. 16 in the Atlantic.


Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:44:00 GMT
BLUE: Air Force TV premiers new show
Air Force Television here released its all-new premier broadcast show BLUE. The 30-minute show replaces the former Today's Air Force. Blue will be released quarterly in order to provide more exclusive and in-depth look into what is happening around the Air Force. This show's line-up includes:

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:31:55 GMT
Obama activates reserves for Operation United Assistance
President Barack Obama has authorized the Defense Department to call up a small number of National Guard or reserve troops that possess special skills needed to aid efforts in stopping the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa.

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:24:07 GMT
 
Combating sexual assault
By Gen. Larry O. Spencer Air Force vice chief of staff Just as Airmen broke the sound barrier and pioneered new paths to space, Airmen will pioneer new ways to prevent sexual assault in the Air Force. Preventing this crime is not easy; if it were, you, America’s Airmen, would already have eliminated it from […]

By Gen. Larry O. Spencer
Air Force vice chief of staff

Just as Airmen broke the sound barrier and pioneered new paths to space, Airmen will pioneer new ways to prevent sexual assault in the Air Force.

Preventing this crime is not easy; if it were, you, America’s Airmen, would already have eliminated it from our force. As we begin this new fiscal year, I ask for your help in pioneering new ways to prevent sexual assault in the force. To be clear, preventing sexual assault focuses on the individual who commits the crime and how to intervene before a crime takes place.

Whether the campaign is called ‘Inherent Resolve,’ ‘Airmen Powered by Innovation,’ or ‘Every Airman Counts,’ your ideas are at the forefront of solving every challenge the Air Force faces, and eliminating sexual assault is no different.

In the past several years, we have made great improvements in our sexual assault response programs. We added more sexual assault response coordinators and funded full-time victim advocates at each installation. We stood up a special victims’ capability that is comprised of specially trained investigators, prosecutors, and legal support personnel to appropriately prosecute these sex crimes. We also significantly increased our victim advocacy capability with special victim counselors that are available to all sexual assault victims and whose sole purpose is to represent the victim in any legal proceedings or assist in any other legal and policy matters a victim may need.

We have also spent a great deal of time training and educating every Airman about sexual assault prevention and response. This education starts from the day an Airman walks into a recruiting office, and continues throughout their career.

However, our job is far from done. While we’ve made progress in victim advocacy and appropriately holding offenders accountable, there is still significant work to do in preventing sexual assault before it happens.

Together, we all need to get better at recognizing the characteristics of the perpetrator and the subtle situations in which we can stop harassment, assault and violence before it happens.

This is where I need your help.

January 12 – 16, 2015, we are conducting a Sexual Assault Prevention Summit at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, and will bring in Airmen from across the force to participate. While only some of you will be given the opportunity to attend in person, I want all of your ideas on how we can better prevent sexual assault. Please visit the Air Force’s Every Airman Counts Blog at http://afsapr.dodlive.mil and submit your ideas and any other thoughts you have about creating an Air Force free from sexual assault.

It’s going to take all of us working together and exploring innovative ideas to come up with a practical toolkit that we can all use to effectively prevent this horrible crime from taking place in the Air Force.

I appreciate you taking the time to make the difference and to bring us to the next level in the fight against sexual assault.


Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:36:34 +0000
 
Air Force Week in Photos
This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.


Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:56:00 GMT
Air Force Week in Photos
This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.


Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:52:00 GMT
Air Force Week in Photos
This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.


Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:05:27 GMT
Air Force Week in Photos
More than 40 athletes represented the Air Force during the 2014 Warrior Games from Sept. 28 to Oct. 4, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This weekly feature showcases some of those wounded warriors.


Fri, 03 Oct 2014 16:56:00 GMT
Air Force Week in Photos
This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.


Fri, 26 Sep 2014 18:25:50 GMT
 
Then and now: Olympic cyclist to marathon runner

"Thousands of people stood in the stands, cameras flashed from every angle and people were screaming at the top of their lungs because it was the Olympics," he said. "I get goose bumps every time I think about standing in that line, anxious, but also nervous, waiting to compete.

"Then all I heard was: 'Representing Canada, Gianni Vignaduzzi,'" he said with a smile.

Gianni Vignaduzzi, 31st Security Forces Squadron operations liaison, was a cyclist in the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games, in which he represented his home country, Canada.
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Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:14:47 EST
RAF Mildenhall Airman makes a name for himself on X Factor UK

Young U.S. Air Force Airmen are stationed all over the world and when at their home station are usually given the freedom to be reclusive "dorm dwellers" or indulgent in the local community. One young Airman decided just eating local cuisine or making local friends wasn't enough - he wanted to be famous.

Airman 1st Class Charlie Martinez, 100th Force Support Squadron force management apprentice, tried out for and made it on the British television singing competition, X Factor United Kingdom.
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Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:29:37 EST
NATO displays cohesion through exercise Noble Justification


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Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:01:54 EST
Constructional 'A-Team'

When the construction needs of Aviano become greater than one shop can handle, teamwork is required to complete the job.

The 31st Civil Engineer Squadron Operations Flight consists of numerous shops; although these shops normally stand alone, during larger projects, all their expertise are needed.

"When we have an opportunity to pull all the shops together it gives us a chance to learn each other's trades, help each other out and to be more efficient during our jobs," said Tech. Sgt. Brandyn Walter, 31st CES structural craftsman.
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Thu, 23 Oct 2014 04:16:00 EST
Face of Defense: Airmen support Ebola operations

As service members travel to Africa in support of Operation United Assistance, Ramstein continues to establish itself as a power projection platform for Europe and Africa.

Medical professionals from the 86th Medical Group, along with leadership throughout Team Ramstein, recently implemented plans to ensure safety precautions are taken to protect the aircrews, passengers and the 54,000 members of the Kaiserslautern Military Community. 

Exposure assessments
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Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:19:00 EST
Team Mildenhall Airman shares story of loss to raise awareness of childhood cancer

Ty Nordstrom was just 4 years old when he caught a large catfish by himself.

"It weighed around 7 pounds! He was very proud of himself - it was a long, hard-fought battle between the two of them," reminisced his dad, Master Sgt. Lyle Nordstrom, 352nd Special Operations Group Inspector General superintendent from Iron River, Mich.

But that wasn't the only battle Ty faced at such a young age. He soon had to deal with something much scarier - cancer.

He hadn't yet reached his fifth birthday when he was diagnosed. Ty died Nov. 13, 2009 - a month before his seventh birthday. He'd been suffering from non-rhabdomyosarcoma.
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Wed, 22 Oct 2014 04:18:00 EST
U.S. Embassy deputy chief of mission visits Aviano


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Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:39:41 EST
 
RQ-4 Global Hawk leaves Misawa, flies south for winter

Editor's note: Names have been left out of the article due to security concerns. After temporarily nesting here for the summer, two remotely-piloted RQ-4 Global Hawks returned to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.

The Global Hawks arrived in May, marking the first time the aircraft landed in Japan.

During its stay, the remotely piloted aircraft was able to complete numerous intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions and showcase its capabilities uninhibited.
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Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:36:00 EST
Misawa Airmen bring smiles to local orphans

Fifteen Airmen from Misawa Air Base, Japan, visited more than 25 orphaned children at the Biko-en Children's Care House in Shichinohe, Japan, Oct. 18.

The Airmen made the 14-mile trip to the orphanage to donate school supplies to elementary-aged children at the care house and interacting with the children, playing indoor and outdoor games such as American classics "Duck, Duck, Goose" and "Heads Up Seven Up."

"The children were very receptive," said Airman 1st Class Iman Massey, 35th Civil Engineer Squadron operations manager and supply drive coordinator. "Even though there was a language barrier between us, it didn't stop us from having a good time."
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Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:41:00 EST
Airmen complete CSAR training during Pacific Thunder


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Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:36:05 EST
Breast cancer can affect anyone; be proactive with exams

"My primary care provider sent me for a mammogram to 'get it out of the way,'" said Meredith Rothstein, 39, spouse of Master Sgt. Howard Rothstein from the 3rd Maintenance Group. "Immediately, when the mammogram of my right breast appeared on the screen, I saw a white spidery-looking creature. Then, the technician asked me to have a seat in the hallway."

When the radiologist came in, he shared his suspicions with Rothstein and offered to do a biopsy that same day to quickly get the results.
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Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:54:00 EST
Radar site techs: First line of defense 24/7, 365

At the narrowest part of the Bering Strait, where the North American and Asian land masses meet in a virtually uninhabited area, sits a vital, yet relatively unknown, asset that is the first line of homeland defense for the United States and Canada -- the Tin City Long Range Radar Site, Alaska.

The Tin City LRRS, which houses a handful of permanent workers and 14 additional radar sites across the rugged terrain of Alaska, scans the airspace above 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days per year, searching for potential threats. Together with the men and women of the Pacific Air Forces Regional Support Center at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, the team at the Tin City LRRS protects the nation's northern and western borders.
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Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:32:00 EST
PACAF hosts Air Force Civic Leader Program

Members of the Air Force Civic Leader Program traveled to Hawaii to participate in a military tour highlighting the Pacific Rebalance Oct. 14 through 16.

"The goal of the Air Force Civic Leader Program is to educate and inspire influential civic leaders who act as third party advocates for the Air Force," said Wendy Varhegyi, Headquarters Air Force Engagement Division chief. "Bringing them here to the Pacific provided an incredible opportunity to show first-hand the Pacific Rebalance."
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Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:09:00 EST
Kadena's 33rd RQS trains for combat rescue


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Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:51:00 EST
67th FS trains with Japanese air wings


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Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:13:00 EST
Wolf Pack soars at RED FLAG-Alaska 15-1

Airmen from the 8th Fighter Wing recently participated in Exercise RED FLAG-Alaska 15-1 at Eielson AFB, Alaska, Oct. 6 to 17, demonstrating the Pack's reach while off the Korean Peninsula.

Wolf Pack Airmen actively took part in the Pacific Air Forces-wide field training exercise, focusing on improving combat readiness of U.S. and international forces flown under simulated air combat conditions.

"Our goal is to employ as close to a real-world 'first-push' situation as possible when it comes to this exercise," said Lt. Col. Lynn Savage, 35th Fighter Squadron commander. "Our key to success is our discipline; making sure all of our calculations are precise in every way."
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Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:18:00 EST
554th RHS opens PACAF Silver Flag exercise site

The 554th RED HORSE Squadron Detachment One opened the Pacific Air Force's Silver Flag exercise site Oct. 15 at Northwest Field, Guam, after two years of preparation.

Silver Flag, previously known as "Commando Prime," was originally established in 1985 and located at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea. The program moved to Kadena Air Base, Japan, in 1989 and concluded their final Silver Flag in May 2013.

The first course in over a year and a half consists of 111 Airmen from bases around the Pacific. The eight-day course is specifically designed for civil engineer and force support Airmen.
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Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:23:00 EST
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