Wingman now a part of BMT culture
Glamorized during the ‘80s movie ‘Top Gun,’ the concept of a wingman was to always keep the lead pilot safe, even at the cost of veering off to fight the enemy. For the past few years, “wingman” has become a pledge, promise and commitment between Airmen to take care of themselves and those around them. Today, at the Air Force’s only basic military training unit at Joint Base San Antonio – Lackland, Texas, the term is taking on an even different meaning. A Wingman leads by example and takes action when needed, and the term is also used here as a way to take a stand against sexual assault.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:36:00 GMT
Defense Department officials establish Ebola medical support team
When Capt. Stacey Morgan’s squadron commander sent her a text message saying that she needed to immediately call him, her first thought was, “Uh-oh. What did I do?” But after a minute or two of talking to her commander, her apprehension was quickly replaced by anxious excitement, as he asked her to become a member of a 30-person military Ebola medical support team.

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:37:07 GMT
Hagel: Monitoring returning troops provides 'safety valve'
A 21-day monitoring period for U.S. service members returning from areas affected by Ebola in West Africa provides a margin of safety that troops and their families wanted, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said here Oct. 29.

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:51:56 GMT
AF to implement DOD TDY policy changes
The Defense Department recently implemented two TDY policy changes impacting travel reimbursements for Airmen. The first change took effect Oct. 1, and made changes to the Joint Travel Regulations (JTR), Reimbursable and Incidental Expense Policy. The second will be a change in long-term TDY per diem expenses and takes effect Nov. 1.

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:04:20 GMT
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 17:53:00 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, 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
Enlisted promotions: How can I join the top 1%?
By Tech. Sgt. Steve Grever Air Force Public Affairs Agency Do you want to get promoted, expand your level of leadership and join the enlisted force’s top one percent? We researched how chief master sergeants worked their way through the enlisted ranks, and found these common tips on how they made the most of each […]

By Tech. Sgt. Steve Grever
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

Do you want to get promoted, expand your level of leadership and join the enlisted force’s top one percent? We researched how chief master sergeants worked their way through the enlisted ranks, and found these common tips on how they made the most of each promotion opportunity.

Set goals and create a study plan

Chief Master Sgt. Patrick Edem, 7th Air Force Directorate of Logistics chief enlisted manager, recommends Airmen dedicate deliberate time to studying for their Promotion Fitness Exam and Specialty Knowledge Test. Edem believes that setting goals and developing a comprehensive study plan will help Airmen retain the most information when the time comes to test for their next stripe.

“Being fully prepared and ready requires more time than just a glance over; you must digest and absorb the PDG, CDC material and any other career field requirements to do well.”
- Chief Master Sgt. Patrick Edem

Using flash cards, notes, audio aids and alternating study times and locations will help Airmen stay focused and on track to be successful on the day of testing. You may need to set aside time on nights and weekends, and find quiet, isolated locations that are conducive to learning to get the most out of your dedicated study sessions. Read more about Edem’s advice for studying for promotion tests.

Dedicate time to meet other promotion requirements

Chief Master Sgt. Vincent Miller, 2nd Maintenance Squadron superintendent, advises Airmen to dedicate themselves to completing their education requirements, and go the extra mile to pursue other self-improvement and community service activities. Miller states that Airmen need to demonstrate a willingness to separate themselves from their peers, which can give them a leg up to fulfilling their career aspirations and goals.

“To be competitive for awards and promotions, we must commit ourselves to goals such as education, passing the fitness exam and community service. It is through completion of these expectations and requirements that we become better leaders, managers and Airmen.”
- Chief Master Sgt. Vincent Miller

Participating and leading professional development sessions and being involved in professional organizations are also excellent ways to round out your promotion portfolio. Read more about Miller’s advice on preparing for promotion opportunities.

Find a mentor

Miller believes identifying a mentor early in his career helped propel him through the enlisted ranks. Chief Master Sgt. Von Burns, 190th Operations Group superintendent, also shared his insight about mentorship, acknowledging that mentors can be used to help Airmen grow and develop personally and professionally throughout their careers.

“Consistent mentorship and a few one-way ‘conversations’ from a chief master sergeant propelled me down the road of education.” – Chief Master Sgt. Vincent Miller

Mentors come in many forms, and Airmen shouldn’t be afraid to walk up to a successful civilian, enlisted member or officer and ask them to share their career advice and become a mentor. Mentors wear a lot of hats. They can serve as trusted counselors and suggest career paths and opportunities that match your individual goals. Their advice and guidance can lay the foundation for you to join the senior noncommissioned officer corps. Read more about Burns’ thoughts on mentoring and growing Airmen.

Commitment to the mission and your career field, and putting in the time to prepare and study for promotion opportunities will lead you on a path to joining the enlisted force’s top one percent. What tips have you learned over the years on preparing for promotion tests?

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:35:19 +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
100th SFS augmentee program back in full force

Personnel from across the base scramble to secure buildings and put up barriers, as a handful of Airmen rush to the 100th Security Forces Squadron Base Defense Operation Center and exchange their traditional duties for one that requires them to wear full battle rattle and carry an M16 assault rifle.

For a few Airmen, this scenario became a reality through the security forces augmentee program. The recently revamped program helps the security forces low manning by allowing Airmen from the 100th Mission Support Group to volunteer or be selected for this special duty.
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:35:36 EST
Lasting impressions of an Air Force honor guardsman

An overwhelming urge to serve and a determination to recognize the sacrifices made by Airmen in the past enabled one Aviano Airman to represent the Air Force on a national level.

Walking tall throughout the base, it's apparent that Master Sgt. Andre Moore stands out from the rest of the Airmen. His uniform is sharp and he carries himself with pride. He has the mark of an Air Force honor guardsman.

Not unlike a tattoo, the Air Force Honor Guard is impressed upon Moore for the rest of his life, but instead of the ink staining the skin, his demeanor is saturated with professionalism.
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:20:16 EST
Humbly recognized with combat valor

A hangar filled with Airmen focused their attention toward a stage where the 48th Fighter Wing commander stood alongside a single Airman.

Ruiz, 56th Rescue Squadron Pararescueman, was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Heroism for his courageous acts while engaged in action against an enemy of the U.S. in Sept. 2013.

Ruiz was assigned to the 22nd Expeditionary Special Tactics Squadron, Combined Joint Special Operations Air Component Afghanistan and attached to Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha 7422.
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:38:19 EST
Ramstein Airman Dies

An Airman assigned to the 86th Airlift Wing died in Schwedelbach, Kaiserslautern County, at approximately 2:15 p.m. October 26, has been identified as Staff Sgt. Nathan L. Tinsley. The 27-year-old Airman from Eureka, Calif, was assigned to the 86th Maintenance Squadron.

"The 86th Airlift Wing lost a valuable member of its Air Force family. Staff Sgt. Tinsley was a respected member of Team Ramstein and will be missed by his unit and all who had the opportunity to serve with him," said Brig. Gen. Patrick X. Mordente, 86th Airlift Wing commander. "Our thoughts and prayers during this time of loss continue to be with his family, friends and coworkers."
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:34:18 EST
New programs encourage strength training

The Eifel Powerhaus fitness center recently inaugurated a new fitness campaign aimed at promoting weight training among base Airmen.

The campaign consists of two separate programs which began Oct. 1 and will continue for one year, ending at the end of September 2015.

The first program, known as the Wall of Fitness, features a weight-lifting competition broken down into different classes. For each weight class, competitors must complete three lifts: bench press, deadlift and squat. The participant with the highest total weight after all three lifts will claim the spot for their weight class on the Wall of Fitness. According to U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Crystal Morris, 52nd Force Support Squadron fitness center director and native of Frederick, Oklahoma, the wall will display the champion's name, photograph and amount lifted until a new challenger comes along and beats the champion's score.
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:02:29 EST
2014 holiday-season mailing dates set

The 2014 holiday season mailing dates for postal customers assigned to the European theater have been set.

The dates are:
Space Available Mail (SAM) - 26 Nov 14
Parcel Airlift (PAL) - 3 Dec 14
First Class/Priority Mail - 10 Dec 14
Priority Mail Express - 17 Dec 14

These dates are for mail originating in Europe and destined to locations in the United States.  Mail originating in the U.S. and sent to European APO/FPO/DPO addresses use similar mailing dates.
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 06:22:25 EST
Be Aware -- Connect with Care

The Internet is part of our everyday life. We use the Internet at work, home, for enjoyment and to connect with those close to us. From smart phones to car navigation systems, to sending daily messages via the World Wide Web and texting, the use of technology in our daily routines is difficult to avoid. Our civilization has become technology dependent. To imagine our lives without this current technology would simply bring our daily routines to a grinding halt.

Since its inception a decade ago under leadership from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance, National Cyber Security Awareness Month has grown exponentially, reaching small and medium-size businesses, corporations, educational institutions and young people across the nation.
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 08:16:32 EST
PACAF prepares for Ebola detection and control

Ebola.  It's all over the news, litters our Facebook feeds and has become a common topic of conversation.  Healthcare workers from a variety of organizations have mobilized to Africa to help fight the disease, and now, some military members have begun to deploy to Liberia to support those efforts.

But, is there cause to be worried about it in the Pacific?

"There's no need for Pacific Air Forces Airmen and their families to be worried about Ebola at this time," said Col Jeffrey Freeland, Chief, Aerospace Medicine Division at PACAF. "No cases of the disease have been reported in the PACAF area of responsibility, and all outbreaks are being closely monitored by public health teams.  However, people should be educated about it as they are about other infectious diseases."
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:06:00 EST
Wolf Pack defends base during Exercise Beverly Midnight 15-1

The Wolf Pack conducted quarterly effectiveness Exercise Beverly Midnight 15-1 here to demonstrate mission capabilities and ensure Airmen are ready to defend the base at a moment's notice Oct. 20 through 23.

Airmen from the 8th Fighter Wing had the opportunity to experience realistic scenarios as they operated in a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive environment, all while responding to ground attacks and theater ballistic missile threats.

"This exercise is unique compared to ones Kunsan [Air Base] has done in the past," said Col. Dennis Curran, 8th Mission Support Group commander. "Because flying missions are not the focus this time, we're really trying to challenge the MSG in this exercise. We own a lot of the support functions that ensure the base runs smoothly on a day-to-day basis, so this is our opportunity to evaluate how well we would transition to defending the base during contingency operations."more...
Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:56:00 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.
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."
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:41:00 EST
Airmen complete CSAR training during Pacific Thunder

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.
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.
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."
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:09:00 EST
Kadena's 33rd RQS trains for combat rescue

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

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:13:00 EST
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