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  • Symposium offers training on 'Looking Competitive'

    The Air Force is implementing changes to the enlisted evaluation and promotion systems. As seen through various discussions, Airmen are eager to learn how they can remain competitive and stay on top of their careers.To help educate Airmen on these changes, the Fort Meade 5/6 Professional Development Committee recently held a "Look Competitive, Be
  • Perseverance pays off for 25 AF singer

    Staff Sgt. Brooke Hairston of the 743rd Intelligence Support Squadron began her military career standing outside the doors of the Tops in Blue headquarters here wishing she was inside.Now, she's performing center stage for the Air Force's premiere entertainment troupe. Hairston says her climb to the top of military 'show business' began at 2
  • First Person View gives Airman bird's-eye view

    Senior Airman James Barrigar, a self-proclaimed introvert, needed something to get him out of the house. Before joining the Air Force in July 2012, he toyed around with small quad helicopters."Nothing fancy or expensive, but fun to zip up and down the street...and easy to break," the 23-year-old Jacksonville, N.C., native said.He enjoyed fixing and
  • White House Fellows alum champions program

    When it comes to providing its people opportunity, the Air Force is second to none - just ask one of its officers who earned herself a spot among some exclusive company as a member of the prestigious White House Fellows Program. In 2012 then Maj. Ariel Batungbacal, Joint Staff J2/Director of Intelligence's Deputy Executive Assistant at the
  • Squadron Honors Members from the 6994th Security Squadron

    On May 20, the men and women of the 94th Intelligence Squadron (IS) held two events at Arlington National Cemetery to honor members of the 6994th Security Squadron and its EC-47 Airborne Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) mission during the Vietnam War.The 6994th Security Squadron, one of the most decorated units of the United States Air Force Security
  • 70th ISR Wing bids farewell to plans and programs director

    The 70th ISR Wing was activated Aug. 16, 2000, and after nearly 15 years, very few of the people who can recall the moment from personal experience still punch the clock under the same banner.Robert Watkins was one of those few assigned to the wing during its fledgling year as a lieutenant colonel and shortly after retiring his uniform, he
  • AFTAC hockey team plays FIT in charity game

    It may have been 84 degrees outside, but inside, the ice was frozen solid and the enthusiasm sky high.Thirteen members of the Air Force Technical Applications Center here faced off against players from Florida Institute of Technology's hockey team March 21 to raise money for the wounded warriors.The charity game was the brain child of Master Sgt.
  • West Point cadet traces family legacy at 25 AF

    For many college students this year's edition of Spring break signaled their annual migration to fun-in-the-sun destinations, their schoolwork in rear view mirrors.One United States Military Academy sophomore had a different plan.Cadet Third Class Andrew Parker used his respite from the rigors of West Point life to connect with a grandfather he
  • From single to single parent times four

    Master Sgt. Jeremy Tometczak's chance assignment to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, four years ago proved to be the chance of a lifetime for four Guamanian youngsters.In 2011, then Tech. Sgt. Tometczak, an electronic warfare maintenance troop, arrived on Guam."The way I received that assignment had to be fate," he said. "There is only one billet for
  • 20 Feb 1942, 70th observation group suffers its first operational causalities

    On Dec. 7, 1941, The Japanese Empire attacked American forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In the months following the attack, Japanese submarines patrolled off the United States Pacific Coast conducting sporadic attacks on American shipping and shore installations. Although the Japanese submarine offensive in the Pacific was not as large or
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