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  • Band of brothers: Tyndall musicians bring 'brass' to base ceremonies

    Confucius once said, “Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” The 325th Air Control Squadron realized this also applies to squadron ceremonies, and thus the ACS Brass Band was formed. The band, which began in 2003 with four trombonists, now also includes two trumpeters and a drummer. They play at 325th ACS air
  • Colonel takes fitness to the extreme

    Run a marathon? No problem. Swim around Manhattan Island? Been there, done that. Run a 135-mile race from Death Valley to Mount Whitney -- on lava-hot roads -- without stopping to eat a proper meal or get a decent night’s sleep? Now that’s a challenge. Or at least that’s what Col. Norman Albert thought. He finished the run in a little under 43
  • Cyclists helping themselves -- and others

    Gloria Padilla joined because she had breast cancer surgery. As a survivor, she wants to help others afflicted with the deadly disease. Master Sgt. B.L. Lawrence joined because he had trouble passing the Air Force’s bike test. Both joined the Blue Suite Pacers bicycle riding team. They joined for their own reasons -- and also because of their
  • Iceman hoopster to tour with pros

    A vehicle operator here never thought she’d be touring with professional basketball players -- especially after choosing the Air Force over a pro career in 2003. However, that will be the case in two weeks when Airman 1st Class Naomi Mobley, from the 354th Logistics Readiness Squadron, will be will be touring with a Women’s National Basketball
  • Female officers train Iraqi soldiers

    In a culture where women traditionally stay home and men take care of business, two female officers from here found that some customs are changing. The two women, from Robins’ 78th Security Forces Squadron, are part of an Air Force military training team helping train Iraqi noncommissioned officers. Maj. Michelle Stringer and 1st Lt. Sarah Parris
  • Airman perfects bird calling skills in competitions

    Every hunter knows the importance of having good equipment -- a trusted rifle, the right piece of accessory equipment and that perfect ammunition load. But the key is being able to lure your prey to the perfect spot. To one Airman here, it is not enough to lure his prey, but to be the best at it. Airman 1st Class Dustin Easton, of the 5th Civil
  • Command during a Category 4 hurricane

    Command. There is no better job in the world. After seven years in jobs with “command authority” -- and two squadron commands -- I figured I had a good idea what command was all about. I was wrong. What changed my mind? Four words: “shelter commander” and ‘Hurricane Katrina.” From Aug. 28 to Sept. 5, I lived with 730 of my “closest friends” in
  • Iraqi Air Force 101: First they must read English

    Nothing would seem out of place if the room were inside an American schoolhouse. The classroom has posters with picture clues describing nouns. The tables have books, pens, paper and lesson books on them, and students take notes while talking amongst themselves and laughing occasionally. There is nothing uncommon about English as a second language
  • Mental health counseling not career ending

    Retired Senior Master Sgt. Patrick McCathern was literally seconds away from death. He hung by a noose tied to his bathroom door, ready to die.As he felt his last few gasping breaths fill his lungs, he noticed the wagging tail and puppy-dog eyes of his pet, Dunkin, looking up at him. That was enough to make him untie the rope from around his
  • Rose Hill Cookie Lady sends more than 30,000 cookies overseas

    Three Airmen received some “sweet” support from the “Rose Hill Cookie Lady” while they were deployed.Since Feb. 5, Merry Debbrecht, nicknamed the Rose Hill Cookie Lady, has baked more than 30,000 cookies for deployed troops all over the world.Mrs. Debbrecht’s baking project began after her grandson, Army Private 1st Class Andrew Webb, deployed


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DYK: Aircraft have lifespans! Like humans, they require check-ups in the form of maintenance inspections to prolong their ability to fly. These "checks" prevent in-flight system failures which ultimately protects aircrew and passengers. Learn more from the 86th Maintenance Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, Germany on what it takes to correct issues so aircraft can stay airborne.
WATCH: United States Air Force pilots talk about the importance of Exercise Saber Strike 18 as they refuel over the Baltic Sea on June 18, 2018. Saber Strike 18 is a long-standing training exercise designed to enhance interoperability between the U.S. and our allies. The training focused on improving land and air operational capabilities between the U.S. and our NATO allies. (U.S. Air National Guard video by: Master Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)
Check out some shots from yesterday's All-Star Armed Services Classic Championship softball game in Washington, D.C. This event, part of MLB’s All-Star Week, pays tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces. Washington Nationals U.S. Army
Air Force and U.S. Army coed softball teams render military honors during the playing of the National Anthem during the All-Star Armed Services Classic Championship softball game, Washington, D.C., July 13, 2018. This event, part of MLB’s All-Star Week, pays tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces. Washington Nationals
Great way to lead by example!
The United States Air Force is facing a pilot shortage. To help solve the challenge, the Aircrew Crisis Task Force was recently created to provide strategic direction and actionable recommendations to senior leaders on how to solve the aircrew manning crisis. FULL STORY: https://go.usa.gov/xUb3z
Your United States Air Force news: ✓ A B-52 crew assists in a search and rescue operation off the coast of Guam ✓ An Afghan pilot class graduates in the Czech Republic ✓ The Air Force is using innovative approaches to training pilots to make the process faster and more efficient
Now that’s how weathermen work! Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters fly weather reconnaissance missions into Tropical Storm Chris and Tropical Storm Beryl. http://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1569944/hurricane-hunters-fly-tropical-storms-beryl-chris/
The F-22 Raptor's combination of stealth, supercruise, maneuverability, and integrated avionics, coupled with improved supportability, represents an exponential leap in warfighting capabilities. The F-22 cannot be matched by any known or projected fighter aircraft. Maintaining these aircraft can involve a bit of a learning curve. Airmen at KadenaAirBase use past technology to help learn how to work with the undefeated Raptor. FULL STORY: http://www.kadena.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1567295/hard-to-raptor-head-around/
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The B-52 Stratofortress has sniper pods that provide improved long-range target detection/identification and continuous stabilize surveillance for all missions, including close air support of ground forces. Air Force Global Strike Command crew members on a B-52 were able to spot a historic Pacific Island style canoe so that the U.S. Coast Guard could rescue the six passengers!
For the past 60 years, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has continually helped us maintain a technological edge against our advarsaries. Together with the Air Force Research Laboratory - AFRL, a fusion of ideas is leading to newly highlighted innovations.
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