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The most recent edition of the Afterburner is the one at the top of the left-hand column below. The Afterburner is produced twice a year when funding permits, and is mailed via U.S. Postal Service to those without Internet access.  An announcement and link to the online version of the Afterburner is emailed to those people with a myPay email address on file with the Defense Finance and Accounting Service.  (Click here to self-subscribe to the electronic version if you do not have a myPay account.)

The Air Force has partnered with the Defense Finance and Accounting Service in this effort to save postage costs.  People with a myPay account have been removed from the hard-copy mailing list. Instead, using the email address they have listed in myPay, they will receive an email notification with a link to the latest Afterburner.

Retirees and annuitants can keep their email address updated by logging into myPay at https://mypay.dfas.mil/mypay.aspx. Once logged in, click on "Email Address" and review/edit the "Personal Email address" block. When finished, click "Accept/Submit" button.

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Whereas the printed version is sent (when funding is available) only to selected retired Air Force members and surviving spouses eligible to receive pay and compensation, anyone with computer and Internet access may read or subscribe to the Afterburnerelectronic version online. 

(Note:  There were no funds for publishing/mailing hard-copy editions of the Afterburner in 2007 and 2008. Before then, the last hard-copy edition was published in August 2006.)

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Travis Air Force Base 60th Maintenance Squadron has the reputation for going big, but with their new industrial-grade 3-D printer, they're looking to change up the entire U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) You've gotta check this out: https://bit.ly/2ZhLVRf
This iteration of U.S. Air Forces Africa's African Partnership Flight is taking place at Laikipia Air Base, Kenya. The four-day program is designed to enhance participants understanding on personnel recovery tactics, techniques and procedures.
Just what does a Digital Engineer do? Find out by visiting the link below and listening to Rick Graves' #LabLife podcast on @afresearchlab "DIGITAL HANGAR." Air Force Research Laboratory - AFRL LINK- bit.ly/DIGITALHANGAR
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Good Morning! Tune into WJR 760 AM now to hear from Lt. Gen. Gene Kirkland as he talks to #Detroit’s own Paul W. Smith @PaulWJR760 about #AmericasAirForce! Nolan Finley
"In the predawn hours of March 4, 2002, just below the 10,000-foot peak of a mountain in eastern Afghanistan, a fierce battle raged. Outnumbered by Al Qaeda fighters, Air Force Combat Controller John Chapman and a handful of SEAL Team Six men struggled to take the summit in a desperate bid to find a lost teammate. Chapman, leading the charge, was gravely wounded in the initial assault. His SEAL leader believing he was dead ordered a retreat." - from Alone at Dawn. Last year the Air Force awarded Master Sgt. John Chapman the Medal of Honor. Listen in as Mr. Dan Schilling, former air combat controller and author of Alone at Dawn, talks about what Air Combat Controllers bring to the fight. AFBlueTube: https://apple.co/2L3OL7o DVIDS: https://bit.ly/33WA52g" target="_blank">https://bit.ly/2HB0MAn iTunes: https://apple.co/2L3OL7o DVIDS: https://bit.ly/33WA52g
Staff Sgt. Brittany Johnson spent years fighting memories of her sexual assault. By seeking care, she learned what triggered her and how to cope when memories resurfaced. @usairforce SSgt. Johnson is now sharing her story as a Victim Advocate. - @realwarriors
Any rated Air Force veterans out there missing active duty? Learn more about the Voluntary Retired Return to Active Duty (VRRAD) Program to see if you're eligible to put the uniform back on!
When our #Defenders aren't defending the base, they're preparing for it. #AlwaysReady #YearOfTheDefender #ProudToBeAMC
“Mission requirements and infrastructure readiness are intrinsically linked.” - John W. Henderson, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Energy Click link for more: https://airman.dodlive.mil/2019/08/05/building-a-power-base/
Congratulations to the 2019 Armed Forces Men’s and Women’s Softball Champions!!! MEN - U.S. AIR FORCE WOMEN - U.S. AIR FORCE Click below for all the results:
Tune in now to hear Vice President Mike Pence , NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and Acting Secretary of the Air Force Matt Donovan speak at The National Space Council Meeting.
Imagine taking a general aviation aircraft and giving it the ability of unmanned autonomous flight. That is the power of ROBOpilot. Read more here: http://bit.ly/AFRLROBOpilot
Did you know that Northern Lighting is an Air National Guard joint training environment replicating today’s battle space with current and future weapons platforms? Read on for more on this joint exercise.
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Watch the video of Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett being sworn in. Click the link to learn more about… https://t.co/agE0mT2cFj
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RT @GenDaveGoldfein: It’s a great day to be an Airman. Today Barbara Barrett officially became our 25th @SecAFOfficial. The men and women…
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Gen. Stephen Wilson visited Houston to help #SpaceCity celebrate #AstronautWeek. He visited @spacecenterhouston and… https://t.co/Nymvd98qvQ
Our Airmen continuously work to strengthen our alliances. Learn more about how EOD partnered with Niger Armed Force… https://t.co/VwRIOnBokn
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RT @GenDaveGoldfein: This is an exciting day for our Air Force. Secretary Barrett brings an incredible background and a level of strategic…
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