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An MQ-9 Reaper, armed with GBU-12 Paveway II laser guided munitions and AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, piloted by Col. Lex Turner flies a combat mission over southern Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force Photo / Lt. Col. Leslie Pratt) Air Force Marathon to feature MQ-9 Reaper
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB – The MQ-9 Reaper has been selected as the featured aircraft for the 2018 Air Force Marathon.  Built by General Atomics Aviation Systems Inc., the Reaper is an armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely-piloted aircraft that is employed primarily against dynamic execution targets and secondarily as an
0 12/06
2017
Official photograph of Brig. Gen. Donald B. Absher, United States Army Reserve.  (U.S. Army photo) AFTAC civilian, Army Reservist selected for promotion to brigadier general
A member of the Air Force Technical Applications Center here was recently promoted Nov. 1 to brigadier general in the U.S. Army.Brig. Gen. Donald B. Absher, a civilian physical scientist for AFTAC’s Materials Technology Directorate, was selected for promotion in the Army Reserve, where he has served for almost 30 years. Absher graduated from
0 12/05
2017
Tech. Sgt. Abraham, an Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst with the 70th Operations Support Squadron, recently earned a Listening 4, Reading 4 and Speaking 3 on the Chinese Defense Language Proficiency Test in August 2017. The DLPT system evaluates Airmen’s ability to understand written and/or spoken material presented in a foreign language and their ability to speak a foreign language. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes) Airman enjoys being student, mastering Chinese culture, language
Learning a new language can provide direct access to new literatures, new perspectives and new cultures. It can foster an understanding of the interrelation of language and human nature. It can also improve the knowledge of one’s own language; increasing native vocabulary skills. The benefits of learning a new language really are endless, as U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Abraham, an Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst with the 70th Operations Support Squadron, has discovered. He joined the Air Force seven years ago with the goal of testing his abilities, and he has passed that test with flying colors.
0 12/05
2017
Spirit of the 25th Air Force Safety Campaign Spirit of 25th Air Force Safety Campaign Kicks Off
For most, the holidays are a time of excitement, travel, parties and reflection. For a few, it might be a time of loneliness, despair or excess. Paul Weseloh, director, Safety, 25th Air Force, recommends all Airmen take time to enjoy the holiday season while also taking the time to plan ahead, get plenty of rest and recognize when someone might need encouragement.
0 12/04
2017
Default Air Force Logo Operation Family Feast: A tradition of giving
At the Air Force Basic Training site in Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, trainees are given the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving with local families. But what about the Airmen who’ve graduated and are sitting in the technical school dorms with nowhere to go for the holidays?
0 12/01
2017
Claudette Wells, an acquisition program manager for the Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick AFB, Fla., stands near the dock at Frederiksted, St. Croix as she prepares to head out to work as a Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster relief volunteer.  Wells was part of FEMA's Surge Capacity Force that helped those affected by Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm that barreled through the Caribbean in September 2017.  (Courtesy photo) AFTAC civilian returns to duty after Hurricane Maria relief efforts
“They have no power, no running water, limited transportation, little food, and the damage is unimaginable.”Those are the words of Claudette Wells, an acquisition program manager for the Air Force Technical Applications Center here, speaking about the citizens of St. Croix, a U.S. territory. Wells recently returned from the island nation after
0 11/30
2017
On Jan. 1, 2018, TRICARE Select will replace TRICARE Standard and TRICARE Extra. As a result, beneficiaries will notice improved coverage for preventive services with TRICARE Select. Take command: Improvements in preventive care coverage with TRICARE Select
On Jan. 1, 2018, TRICARE Select will replace TRICARE Standard and TRICARE Extra. As a result, beneficiaries will notice improved coverage for preventive services with TRICARE Select. Preventive care helps you take command of your health and manage potential issues before you experience symptoms. This type of health care allows you to address health problems before they become life threatening. Examples of TRICARE-covered preventive services include cancer screenings and vaccines, in addition to well-woman and well-child exams.
0 11/29
2017
Among the exceptional Airmen of the 25th Air Force are many inspirational leaders, motivators and innovators. Staff Sgt. Nick, noncommissioned officer in charge of Distributed Mission Site Flight Operations, 526th Intelligence Squadron, is one of those unique Airmen. Airman brings Reaper, ISR capabilities closer together
Among the exceptional Airmen of the 25th Air Force are many inspirational leaders, motivators and innovators. Staff Sgt. Nick, noncommissioned officer in charge of Distributed Mission Site Flight Operations, 526th Intelligence Squadron, is one of those unique Airmen.
0 11/28
2017
Default Air Force Logo Take Command with TRICARE Changes: Enrollments Shifting from Fiscal to Calendar Year Starting in January 2018
Starting Jan. 1, 2018, cost changes for TRICARE benefits transition from a fiscal year period to a calendar year period. “Changing from a fiscal year (Oct. 1 – Sept. 30) to a calendar year (Jan. 1 – Dec. 31) makes the TRICARE benefit consistent with civilian health plans,” said Capt Nicholas Edvarchuk 86th Medical Group Tricare Operation and Patient Administration Flight Commander. The change will largely affect those plans which have an enrollment fee and are currently billed by the fiscal year. This includes retirees and their family members in TRICARE Prime, TRICARE Retired Reserve, TRICARE Reserve Select and those in TRICARE Young Adult plans. This change is one of several changes that TRICARE is adopting in 2018.
0 11/22
2017
25th Air Force Shield Fact Sheet Art Future of ISR is Airmen
Brig. Gen. James Cluff, vice commander, 25th Air Force, along with Brig. Gen. Peter Lambert, director of intelligence, Air Combat Command, discussed the future of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance during a panel discussion Nov. 15 at the annual Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association’s Alamo Ace conference in San Antonio.
0 11/17
2017
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