DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFNS) — Acting Secretary of the Air Force John Roth saw first-hand how Air Force Global Strike Command airmen are supporting world-wide bomber operations during visits to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, Dyess AFB, and Whiteman AFB, Missouri, April 6 and 7.

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SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. (AFNS) — Airmen from eight units across Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, recently participated in exercise Razor Talon, led by the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson AFB. These Air Mobility Command Airmen practiced skills outside of their normal career fields while participating in Dover AFB’s first Multi-Capable Airmen team exercise.

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A new Diversity and Inclusion Council took shape at Vance Air Force Base on April 5, 2021, to help the 71st Flying Training Wing celebrate diverse cultures, experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.

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JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii (AFNS) — A contingent of Air National Guard and active-duty Airmen based out of Hawaii were deployed to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan to conduct Dynamic Force Employment operations, March 12 – April 5.

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) — Kathy La Sauce didn’t blaze trails during her 20-year Air Force career. She scorched them.

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Student pilots here hit yet another milestone April 2 as the first 17 Undergraduate Pilot Training 2.5 graduates crossed the stage and received their wings.

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Deputy chief of staff for operations Lt. Gen. Joseph T. Guastella visited Vance Air Force Base on March 26 to speak to graduating Specialized Undergraduate Training Class 21-07.

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Col. Jay Johnson assumed command of the 71st Flying Training Wing in an assumption-of-command ceremony March 25 at Hanger 199.

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LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. — Air Education and Training Command deputy commander Maj. Gen. William Spangenthal visited the 314th Airlift Wing and the Air National Guard’s 189th AW during his multi-day trip to Little Rock Air Force Base from March 23-25.

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TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) — A Record of Decision was issued by the U.S. Air Force making Tyndall Air Force Base the official location to host three new squadrons of the F-35A Lightning II.

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NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFNS) — “Nested within the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center and 57th Wing priorities, Red Flag is aligned with our National Defense Strategy,” said Col. William Reese, 414th Combat Training Squadron commander. “Using complex mission scenarios against a powerful and unrestricted aggressor team, participants get the best high-end training available.”

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Capt. Tina Bowen, a student pilot in the 71st Flying Training Wing, has another ball to juggle. In addition to her day-to-day duties in the classroom and in the air, she’s mother to a 2-year-old daughter, Scarlett Grace.

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Aviano Air Base’s Fire Department extinguished the competition in this year’s Air Force Fire Department of the Year, saving lives and getting the mission done during 2020’s COVID-19 pandemic.

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It was a day of historical significance as 10 new Air Force pilots received their wings after graduating from the first Undergraduate Pilot Training 2.5 program March 19, at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph.

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SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) — Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne Bass paid a virtual visit to deployed airmen at the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing March 15 during a virtual call in honor of Women’s History Month.

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ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE (AFNS) — airmen from the 97th Air Mobility Wing welcomed Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne Bass during a visit to Altus Air Force Base earlier this month.

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JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. (AFNS) — Recent updates to Air Force dress and appearance standards were a win for Airmen who advocated for a broader set of professional hairstyles for women in uniform.

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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) — The U.S. Air Force officially accepted the first F-15EX from the Boeing Co. March 10 at the company’s St. Louis facility.

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ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) — Department of the Air Force senior leaders discussed the importance of diversity and inclusion during the inaugural 2021 Women’s Air and Space Symposium March 8-11.

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JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Just last year, the Air Force began an anthropometric study to determine accurate entry height standards for its aircrew, which is scheduled to conclude in 2022.

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More than 50% of Vance Air Force Base’s fleet of T-1A Jayhawks, T-6A Texan IIs and T-38 Talons were relocated Thursday to airfields in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas in anticipation of severe weather forecast to hit Oklahoma on Friday.

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JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Air Education and Training Command, in partnership with the 19th Air Force, recently hosted the Flying Training Virtual Industry Days at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph.

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DAYTON, Ohio (AFNS) — A new series of displays at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force highlighting women’s achievements in their civilian and military careers, with an emphasis on the U.S. Air Force and its predecessors, was opened during a live-streamed virtual event March 5.

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NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFNS) — Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., and his wife, Sharene Brown, visited Nellis Air Force Base, March 2-4.

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JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Diversity and winning the next great power competition go hand-in-hand. Recognizing the value of having and developing agile thinkers at all levels of the Air Force who have diverse backgrounds and experiences, Air Education and Training Command leaders have taken deliberate actions focused on diversity and inclusion for both recruits and current airmen and guardians, members of Space Force.

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) — “In the Air Force we all have a family, but (for) an all-Black crew to come together and achieve such a remarkable thing is nothing short of amazing,” said Capt. David Brown, 22nd Airlift Squadron pilot and aircraft commander.

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ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) — The Air Force announced new Total Force officer stratification guidance March 1 for officers in the grades of O-2 through O-6 effective on any officer performance report that closes out April 1 or later.

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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) — After numerous tests and feedback from airmen around the world, the Air Force Uniform Office has finalized the design of the new Physical Training Gear uniform, or PTG, and is preparing to begin the production process.

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Concerns about the former commander of the 71st Flying Training Wing at Vance Air Force Base were raised “within the last 30 days” before he was relieved of command last week.

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. (AFNS) — A team of Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a test reentry vehicle at 11:47 p.m. Pacific Time Feb. 24 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

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ØRLAND AIR FORCE STATION, Norway (AFNS) — Approximately 200 airmen and four B-1B Lancers assigned to the 7th Bomb Wing at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, deployed to Ørland Air Force Station in support of a Bomber Task Force deployment.

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JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) — The Department of the Air Force’s effort to improve housing programs for airmen and their families scored some major victories in 2020, but housing officials say there is still much work to be done.

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — As I sit in my freshly furnished apartment in Hampton, Virginia, I think back on my first year of being in the U.S. Air Force asking myself, why am I here?

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) — An idea for a smart locker mail system in base dorms won the 2021 Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Innovation Rodeo Feb. 5 at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska (AFNS) — Wind gusts as high as 50 mph, wind chills dropping to minus 60 degrees Fahrenheit, and a place where the sun does not rise above the horizon for 65 consecutive days. Arctic survival training is not for the faint of heart however for the survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialists, it is a rite of passage.

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. (AFNS) — “So many times, when I face adversity in my career, I would simply stop and think to myself ‘What would you do?’ That would be my compass and sound judgement on how to proceed. I love you Chief Master Sgt. Player.”

Keston Cook studied a lot of different aspects of airport management during his time at Oklahoma State University, but few young airport managers could anticipate taking the helm of a busy regional airport, with an active role in supporting military flight operations, at the height of a global pandemic.

Despite the challenges of COVID-19, Vance Air Force Base continued its record of being the most productive pilot training base in the Air Force in 2020, and it is moving forward by implementing new training processes and major upgrades to base infrastructure.

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Due to record low temperatures, poor driving conditions and more snow on the way, Vance Air Force Base will be closed Tuesday.

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