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Jr. Raptors flying high

This post was originally published by Tyndall Air Force Base - Tyndall News

April 15, 2014 in Florida, Tyndall Air Force Base by clevine

More than 100 Team Tyndall children took part in the annual Jr. Raptor program April 12 traveling from the Youth Center to Hangar 5 and back.


The program allows military children to experience a simulated deployment similar to what mom and dad undergo.



"The children get a sample of the type of activities their parents experience," said Rebecca Mroczkowski, 325th Force Support Squadron community readiness specialist and Jr. Raptor coordinator. "We understand that it doesn't come close to an actual deployment, but we want the children to feel involved when their parents get deployed."
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Air Evac mission critical for patients in Afghanistan

This post was originally published by Eglin Air Force Base - Eglin Headlines

April 14, 2014 in Eglin Air Force Base, Florida by clevine

When Service members and Coalition forces around Afghanistan get injured or fall ill, they sometimes require air transport to a higher level of medical care than is available at their location.

That's when they rely on the men and women of the 455th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron out of Bagram Airfield to transport them.

"We're here when they get hurt, we offer a smiling face, we provide them comfort, we get them safely to a higher level of care and ultimately get them home," said  1st Lt. Erica Hanshew, an Intensive Care nurse deployed from the West Virginia Air National Guard's 167th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron at the 130th Airlift Wing. Hanshew began her military career as an Army medic before becoming a nurse and transferring to the Air Force.
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Kids experience deployment at Operation Hero

This post was originally published by Eglin Air Force Base - Eglin Headlines

April 14, 2014 in Eglin Air Force Base, Florida by clevine


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Congratulations to recent quarterly award winners

This post was originally published by Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla. - Homestead ARB Top Stories

April 14, 2014 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Congratulations to the following 482nd Fighter Wing quarterly award winners for the months of January through March 2014:

- Company Grade Officer: 1Lt Scott Morris, 93rd Fighter Squadron 

- Senior Noncommissioned Officer: MSgt Framis Ramos, 482nd Operations Support Squadron

- Noncommissioned Officer: TSgt Randi Ferebee, 482nd Force Support Squadron

- Airman: SrA Zina Bouayad, 93rd Fighter Squadron
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Eglin academy gives students dream job preview

This post was originally published by Eglin Air Force Base - Eglin Headlines

April 14, 2014 in Eglin Air Force Base, Florida by clevine

Team Eglin took a new spin on mentoring local high school students this year and look forward to following their bright futures.

At the beginning of the school year, Eglin's Equal Opportunity office created a curriculum to teach leadership skills to their program's six teens and paired them with a mentor for monthly lessons.

"The 96th Test Wing Academy is an Affirmative Employment Program initiative that recruits high-achieving students for the Air Force, while simultaneously allowing them to experience various science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine work areas," said Cecil Williams, director of Eglin's EO. "The students in this program already have the proper traits for success as shown in their individual grade point averages and they are allowed to come here and venture through specific areas."
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Renovations aid in crisis management

This post was originally published by Tyndall Air Force Base - Tyndall News

April 11, 2014 in Florida, Tyndall Air Force Base by clevine

The Tyndall Command Center is currently undergoing renovations to house both the Crisis Action Team and the Emergency Operations Center under one roof and should be complete this June.

"This move allows us to have an EOC and CAT that is at least minimal manning 100 percent of the time," said Lt. Col. Brian Stumpe, 325th Civil Engineer Squadron commander and EOC director. "Previously, we shared space with a classroom, and the equipment could not remain in an operational status."

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95th load crew back in the game

This post was originally published by Tyndall Air Force Base - Tyndall News

April 11, 2014 in Florida, Tyndall Air Force Base by clevine

For the first time since April 15, 2010, and almost four years to the day, members of the 95th Aircraft Maintenance Unit participated in the Load Crew Competitions against members from the 43rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit April 11 on Tyndall's flight line.

This time however, instead of performing their respectful duties on an F-15 Eagle, the 95th AMU members performed their duties on an F-22 Raptor. Respective units from the 95th and 43rd AMU select load crew competitors who are considered the best for the quarter.
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Air Commandos participate in CLEAR Challenge

This post was originally published by Hurlburt Field - Current News

April 11, 2014 in Florida, Hurlburt Field by clevine


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Air Commandos return from deployment

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April 11, 2014 in Florida, Hurlburt Field by clevine


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Alcohol Awareness Month

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April 11, 2014 in Florida, Hurlburt Field by clevine


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Pacific Air Chiefs visit Eglin

This post was originally published by Eglin Air Force Base - Eglin Headlines

April 11, 2014 in Eglin Air Force Base, Florida by clevine


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ABM Graduation

This post was originally published by Tyndall Air Force Base - Tyndall News

April 10, 2014 in Florida, Tyndall Air Force Base by clevine

Nine Team Tyndall Airmen graduated from the Undergraduate Air Battle Manager training program in a ceremony April 9.

The students completed a rigorous nine-month course of instruction preparing them for duty aboard the E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) and the E-8 Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System (J-STARS) aircraft. Upon graduation, students also received their wings.

Air battle managers' primary responsibilities include providing command and control in the battlespace and ensuring combat aircraft find, identify and destroy their targets. They do this by providing the pilots with a tactical picture, which increases combat capability and situational awareness. Air battle managers also provide early warning for inbound enemy aircraft and direct friendly assets to intercept them.
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AFAF extended to April 25

This post was originally published by Patrick Air Force Base - Headlines

April 9, 2014 in Florida, Patrick Air Force Base by clevine

The 2014 Air Force Assistance Fund campaign, 'Commitment to Caring' has been extended until April 25. This year's campaign goal is to raise $40,329, which benefits four charity affiliates: the Air Force Aid Society, Air Force Enlisted Village, Air Force Village and the General and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation. To donate, contact your unit representative, or Master Sgt. Scott Johnson, 5th Space Launch Squadron, project officer for Patrick-Cape's 2014 campaign. A donation form can also be found online by clicking here. Simply print, sign, fill in information, and give it to your unit representative. (Courtesy graphic)
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April 8 – Pulse on AF force management

This post was originally published by Hurlburt Field - Current News

April 9, 2014 in Florida, Hurlburt Field by clevine

A limited number of Airmen who received notice that their previously approved applications for early retirement had been declined will be given the option to retire if they still desire to do so, officials announced April 8.

"We are aware that some Airmen received erroneous (temporary early retirement authority) approvals and were subsequently notified of the inaccuracy," said Lt. Gen. Sam Cox, the Air Force deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services. "We regret any potential hardship this created, but we have looked into the specifics of each individual case and are following up with the Airmen impacted by the error. When dealing with decisions that affect Airmen, our goal is zero errors. But, given the complex and dynamic nature of our force management programs it would be unrealistic to say we'll never make a mistake. Where there are mistakes, as an institution, we will make it right."
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Taxes: Frequently Asked Questions

This post was originally published by Patrick Air Force Base - Headlines

April 9, 2014 in Florida, Patrick Air Force Base by clevine

Tax season will soon be behind us, and while some taxpayers are waiting a refund, or have paid taxes, others individuals have yet to file.

Whatever the reason for the delay, volunteers at the Tax Assistance Program offer free income tax return preparation in effort to meet the April 15 deadline.

The following are answers to frequently asked questions, provided by Patrick Air Force Base Tax Assistance Program volunteers:

1. How much does it cost to get taxes done at the Patrick AFB Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program? It's free, there is no charge.
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