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  • Secretary establishes ALS as a compensable illness

    Veterans with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, may soon receive badly needed support for themselves and their families. The Department of Veterans Affairs secretary announced recently that ALS will become a presumptively compensable illness for all veterans with 90 days or more of continuously active military service. "Veterans are developing
  • Tricare retiree dental benefit available overseas

    Retired Tricare beneficiaries living overseas may enroll in the Tricare Retiree Dental Program. Beginning Oct. 1, the Enhanced-Overseas TRDP is available for eligible uniformed service retirees and their families. "For many years, military retirees and their families have requested a dental program overseas," said Navy Capt. Robert H. Mitton, chief
  • Exchange offers retirees optical service online

    Thanks to expanded online service, military retirees can now use exchange optical shops and vision centers for eyewear regardless of where they live. Two new partner Web sites for glasses and contact lenses have been added to the Exchange Online Mall at www.aafes.com. After logging in, authorized shoppers who click on the new "Glasses & Contacts"
  • More documentation necessary to replace, renew ID cards

    Homeland Security Directive 12 now requires retirees and family members seeking to renew or replace a military identification card to provide two types of ID. Retirees and family members needing identification cards must have two of the following types of current identification -- one of which must include a photo: --  Driver's license or ID issued
  • Enlisted village earns Florida honors

    The Air Force Enlisted Village, one of the four official charities of the Air Force, was lauded in the August issue of "Florida Trend" magazine as one of the state's best charities. According to author Barbara Miracle, "Just as increasing productivity is a key to success for businesses, the best charitable organizations find ways to do more with
  • AAFES celebrating military retirees who ‘still serve’

    The Army and Air Force Exchange Service is extending special retirement benefits to former Soldiers and Airmen who shop at their exchange during the annual "Still Serving" weekend Sept. 5 to 7. Invitations to this event, included a "Salute to Your Service" sales flier, are already hitting the mailboxes of more than 3 million Army and Air Force
  • Enlisted village resident receives volunteerism award

    When people make it to 81 years old, they may be tempted to take it easy, but for one resident of the Air Force Enlisted Village, kicking back is the last thing she wants. Instead, Dian Haynes has made volunteerism her call to duty. Mrs. Haynes was recently recognized by the Florida Association of Homes and Services for the Aging as the
  • Acting secretary addresses veterans

    Acting Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley spoke before an audience of Veterans of Foreign Wars members Aug. 18 at their national convention here. He gave a snapshot of today's Air Force and its contributions to the war on terrorism. "Our veterans have answered their country's call to duty, representing America's unswerving commitment to
  • Hurricane Dolly damages, closes Texas RAO

    The Harlingen Retiree Activities Office at the Naval Reserve Center in Texas has temporarily closed after suffering extensive wind and water damage from Hurricane Dolly. Operated by military retiree volunteers, the RAO serves nearly 4,000 retired servicemembers and their families living in the Rio Grande Valley, said retired U.S. Marine Corps Capt.
  • New Air Force leaders pledge to 'reinvigorate' service

    Newly sworn-in Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz pledged to "reinvigorate" his service's acquisition woes and mishandling of nuclear weapons. General Schwartz, who was sworn in as chief of staff Aug. 12, told reporters at a Pentagon news conference that the service is fundamentally sound. "It doesn't mean we're perfect," he said.


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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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RT @WJHG_TV: On-base personnel have been allowed on base the past four days to return to their homes, evaluate the damage, and get some of…
RT @TeamTyndall: Daily progress is being made by Airmen across #TyndallAFB including communications infrastructure coming back online, help…
Cancer is a life-changing experience. Two military spouses told their stories of surviving breast cancer.… https://t.co/tXcZGrCzxK
The CONUS Evacuation Order for #Airmen assigned to @TeamTyndall has been updated: https://t.co/n74gtQ9KTm https://t.co/w1RqiSznFm
The STS #Airmen mission @Hurlburt_Field enables the #USAF access across the globe. By surveying landing zones & com… https://t.co/AXsdhrVGuJ
Master Sgt. Craig Domko, 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group #firstsergeant, first look at #Airmen's dormitories followin… https://t.co/s5QZRNHjev
RT @HollomanAFB: The seamless partnership between the 49th LRS & 635th MMG allowed for over 360 tons of supplies to be sent nearly 2,000 mi…
RT @ACC_Commander: Glad to see these Tyndall Raptors getting cleaned off and ready to fly again as part of Tyndall recovery efforts. #Airme
RT @DepSecDef: Great visit to @388fw & @HAFB alongside @GenDaveGoldfein & @usairforce senior leaders to talk #F35 maintenance & performance…
RT @NPR: Hundreds of military families have been displaced from Tyndall Air Force base as a result of Hurricane Michael. https://t.co/zCGM…
RT @TeamTyndall: It's been more than a week since #HurricaneMichael hit the #Florida panhandle & @TeamTyndall, #Airmen are working around t…
RT @LukeAFB: Team Luke was proud to host @POTUS, as well as @DepSecDef & @SecAFOfficial today to showcase defense capabilities. #POTUSatLuk
#Airmen of @116ACW are feeding hope to those affected by #HurricaneMichael by serving food to the #localcommunity,… https://t.co/fNaR8ip52n
RT @USNationalGuard: The worst of #HurricaneMichael brought out the best of the @FLGuard as they conduct wellness checks on residents and r…
RT @SecAFOfficial: Meeting some of the Airmen here @LukeAFB where we train more than 70% of the world’s #F35 pilots. #AirPower https://t.co…
#HurricaneMichael hit the #FloridaPanhandle Oct. 10, w/ @TeamTyndall directly in its path. Active-duty and… https://t.co/yiMUSrnH4h
RT @USAF_ACC: #Airmen from the 49th Logistics Readiness Squadron and 635th Materiel Maintenance Group, @HollomanAFB, dedicated 7,000+ man h…
RT @DoDOutreach: .@USAirForce Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Steve Wilson is here, at @InvictusSydney, meeting with the amazing #TeamUS🇺🇸 athlete…