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MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AFNS) — In a classified briefing in mid-July, the 23rd Wing commander waited until the intel Airman finished her briefing before telling the room, “The hair on the back of your necks should be standing up; this is not the Afghanistan we all knew.”

Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. — Two F-35A Lightning II aircraft recently released B61-12 Joint Test Assemblies (JTAs) during the F-35A’s first Full Weapon System Demonstration, completing the final flight test exercise of the nuclear design certification process.

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. — When the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, take to the skies in 2022, three of the officers leading the team will be from the Air Force’s top air dominance squadron in 2020, the 79th Fighter Squadron.

STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.Y. (AFNS) — The New York Air National Guard’s 109th Airlift Wing has wrapped up its annual support to the National Science Foundation in Greenland as Airmen and LC-130 “Skibirds” returned to Stratton Air National Guard Base on Sept. 22.

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AFNS) — When I was a bright-eyed, young airman eight or nine years ago, one of the first stories I was tasked with writing was about the base mental health clinic. One of the technicians I interviewed kind of hesitantly asked me why I was bothering writing a story about…

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — On July 14, 2019, Tech. Sgt. Justin SoileauGobert’s, 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron aircraft crew chief, concerns about his daughter’s continuing lack of energy and bruising on her body set off an alarm that sent his wife, Kaleena, and daughter, Jayda, to th…

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. (AFNS) — Air Force Global Strike Command concluded its divestiture of 17 B-1B Lancers on Sept. 23, as the last bomber departed Edwards Air Force Base, California, to fly to the boneyard at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona.

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — An Air Education and Training Command training technician, who also is a Citizen Potawatomi Nation member, won the 2021 Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE) Military Meritorious Service Award.

FRESNO AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Calif. — The 144th Fighter Wing welcomed the arrival of two F-117 Nighthawk aircraft to the Fresno Air National Guard Base, California, to conduct dissimilar air combat training missions.

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (AFNS) — Invoking the ingenuity and courage of the Doolittle Raiders and other World War II Airmen, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown Jr., beseeched the current Total Force in a Sept. 20 speech to embrace a similar “culture of innovation, collaboration and accountab…

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Several Air Education and Training Command initiatives to remove barriers for qualified candidates in the pilot candidate selection process were highlighted in the Air Force’s six-month assessment of its initial Racial Disparity Report, Sept. 9.

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. — Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Education Training Command, presented the Little Rock Air Force Base Community Council with the 2019 Air Education and Training Command Community Support Award, known as the Altus Trophy, Sept. 14.

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (AFNS) — Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall offered a blunt and unsparing blueprint Sept. 20 for the Air and Space Forces, Congress and others to follow if they are to meet — and overcome — challenges to the nation’s security posed by China and others.

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The city of Enid says the area of Park Avenue being developed between Grand and Independence can support a wide range of non-commercial activities for many years, contrary to claims the city was violating the Constitution by using taxpayer funds specifically for The One religious Christmas event series.

AL DHAFRA AIR BASE, United Arab Emirates — When it comes to providing direct support to the aircraft of Al Dhafra Air Base, including the E-3 Sentry, KC-10 Extender, and RQ-4 Global Hawk, the various types of fuel required play a key part in the mission. Fortunately, ADAB has some of the mos…

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) — Defenders from across the Total Force are beta testing a new Air Force security forces weapons qualification course designed to enhance proficiency across the career field.

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (AFNS) — Remembered as a man who faithfully served his country and was a devoted father and a man of faith, Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” Cole, the last of the Doolittle Raiders, was honored and posthumously promoted to the rank of colonel during a Se…

When Chief Master Sgt. Charles Jackson Jr., 332nd Expeditionary Operations Group superintendent, in-processed with the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing on Aug. 6, 2021, he officially became a part of the Red Tails family. However, his ties to the legendary 332nd preceded his arrival by decades w…

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFNS) — A meeting of Headquarters Air Force and major command functional managers of the cyberspace support career field wrapped up weeklong discussions Aug. 27, with one goal in mind — develop an adaptable and agile communications and cyber career field to me…

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Col. Eileen Collins graduated Undergraduate Pilot Training at Vance in 1978. She was one of the first four women to go through the program and was the first female T-38 instructor pilot, according to a March 2021 interview between Collins and Taylor Watson with the Daedalians, a fellowship of military aviators.

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. — Lt. Col. John “Karl” Marks, an Air Force Reserve pilot assigned to the 442d Fighter Wing made history Sept. 1, 2021, as he became the only pilot to reach 7,000 hours in the A-10C Thunderbolt II, in addition to becoming one of the highest-time fighter pilots in …

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A special tribute in honor of the 20th anniversary of the four coordinated attacks, "9:11 Never Forget: 20th Year Memorial" the museum’s exhibit is making a stop in Enid during its travel around the state through Sept. 11. One of the features will be lighting depicting the Twin Towers that will remain lit until midnight.

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — When a car doesn’t run properly, it gets taken to a mechanic. When a U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor needs a check, there isn’t time to send it to a shop. That’s where aircraft maintainers from the 1st Fighter Wing, 192nd Wing, and 1st Maintenance Squadro…

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. — The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, selected Capt. Lauren Schlichting, 333rd Fighter Squadron evaluating pilot and executive officer, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., to join their team. Schlichting is set to fly Thu…

From the first class of aviation cadets that arrived at Enid Army Air Field on Dec. 16, 1941, to the classes today, Undergraduate Pilot Training has seen changes to aircraft, simulators, syllabus and more.

Twenty-four students received their wings Aug. 27 when Class 21-14 AU graduated from Undergraduate Pilot Training at Vance Air Force Base.

UNDISCLOSED LOCATION (AFNS) — A 315th Airlift Wing aircrew from Joint Base Charleston, S.C., helped to deliver a baby aboard a C-17 Globemaster III carrying Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan on Aug. 23, moments before landing at a Middle East staging area with a jet filled with evacuees.

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. (AFNS) — Gen. Anthony Cotton took command of Air Force Global Strike Command from Gen. Tim Ray during a ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, Aug. 27. Cotton is the newest leader of the U.S. Air Force’s portion of the nuclear enterprise, which maintains the nati…

Lifelong Learning Institute of Enid begins fall classes Sept. 7 at its new location on the campus of Enid’s Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

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A collaborative event scheduled Tuesday with Garfield County Conservation District, Grant County Conservation District, Oklahoma Conservation Commission and General Mills has been postponed.

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — This year, the Air Force implemented a revised process for the 2022 wing, vice and group command screening boards to streamline notification, align more closely with joint partners and enhance senior leader talent management.

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Three women at Vance Air Force Base have embraced that equality, overcome adversity and achieved the highest enlisted rank — chief master sergeant.

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — When an Air Force Recruiting Service first sergeant’s brother needed a kidney transplant, he put family ahead of his career.

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) — Just over an acre of land in the middle of Alaska and 263 acres outside a small town in Illinois, while the numbers may not seem impressive, represent an Air Force milestone.

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) — Airmen at four Air Force Materiel Command installations are helping to beta test the new alternative fitness components announced by the Air Force in July 2021.

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TINKER AIR FORCE BASE (AFNS) — Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown Jr., and his spouse, Sharene, visited Tinker Air Force Base, learning the installation’s diverse mission and meeting with airmen.

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) — The Department of Air Force Gaming League is back for another season with more games and prizes while expanding the community to include Air Force veterans and wounded warriors.

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) — Pennsylvania Air National Guard members are serving as imagery experts, providing live aerial video streaming to fire bosses working on the front lines of the devastating California wildfires.

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