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USS Theodore Roosevelt Conducts Combined Manned, Unmanned Operations

US Navy News - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 2:32pm
The Navy's unmanned X—47B returned to carrier operations aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Aug. 17 and completed a series of tests, operating safely and seamlessly with manned aircraft.

Navy Announces FY—15 Senior Enlisted Continuation Board

US Navy News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 11:56am
The fiscal year 2015 (FY—15) performance—based Senior Enlisted Continuation board will convene Oct. 27 according to a Navy message released Aug. 14.

CNO and MCPON talk Leadership

US Navy News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 6:50am
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens discuss leadership in the latest chapter of "Conversation with a Shipmate."

Chief of Naval Personnel Addresses Bahrain Sailors

US Navy News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 9:23pm
Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP), Vice Adm. Bill Moran, and Fleet Master Chief April Beldo, held two all—hands calls with Sailors aboard Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain, Aug. 10—11.

CNP talks Service, Stability, Leadership on Bush

US Navy News - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 2:07pm
The chief of naval personnel (CNP) and fleet master chief responsible for manpower in the Navy visited forward deployed units in the Arabian Gulf to meet with Sailors, Aug. 9 and 10.

Makin Island ARG Evacuates NOAA Researchers

US Navy News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 8:26am
Sailors and Marines from the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conducted an emergent recovery of 11 researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from the Papahnaumokukea Marine National Monument Aug. 8.

Navy F/A—18s Strike ISIL Targets

US Navy News - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 11:33am
Two U.S. Navy F/A—18 Super Hornets assigned to Carrier Air Wing 8 embarked on USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) struck Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant targets near Erbil, Iraq, Aug. 8.

CNO Discusses Information Dominance at SPAWAR Change of Command

US Navy News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 1:47pm
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert was the presiding officer as Rear Adm. David Lewis relieved Rear Adm. Patrick Brady as commander, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) in a change of command ceremony, Aug. 7.

CNO Visits Naval Base Ventura County

US Navy News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 7:04pm
Fourteen Sailors stationed at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) in Southern California rededicated themselves to military service with Adm. Jon Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), opening an all—hands call question and answer session at Needham Theater Aug. 4.

USS Vella Gulf Enters Black Sea

US Navy News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 10:09am
The Ticonderoga—class guided—missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) enters the Black Sea, Aug. 6, to promote peace and stability in the region.

CNO and MCPON visit Whidbey Island

US Navy News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 7:31am
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert visited Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island along with Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens for an all—hands call and visits with Whidbey tenant commands Aug. 5.

SECNAV Completes Partnership—Building Visit to Macedonia

US Navy News - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 11:24am
Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus completed a partnership—building visit to Macedonia Aug. 4.

AF upgrades official website

US Air Force News - Thu, 08/01/2013 - 4:00pm
The official website of the U.S. Air Force is taking a step forward in the information age Aug. 2 with a new look and greater functionality for today's Internet user.

The latest version of Air Force Link boasts features that make it more accessible including mobile device and computer software compatibility, more interaction opportunities through social media and easier navigation.

"The redesigned sites will not only look better to the general public, they'll also be more powerful for website managers across the Air Force thanks to increased functionality on the back end of the new system," said Brig. Gen. Les A. Kodlick, Secretary of the Air Force Office of Public Affairs director, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. "This is a huge undertaking for the Air Force Public Web team at the Air Force Public Affairs Agency that has been in the works for more than a year."
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A tribute to a warrior, patriot and hero to all Airmen

US Air Force News - Thu, 08/01/2013 - 9:44am
I am the very proud son of an American fighter pilot, one of that treasured group who served in three wars, built an Air Force, and gave it an enduring example of courage and mission success.

My dad was a hero. As a young man, I asked him who his combat heroes were; he gave me only two names. One was Major General Frederick "Boots" Blesse and the other was Colonel George E. "Bud" Day. My dad was not easily impressed, so I knew that if they were his heroes, they were very, very special men. I was right.
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Help is a good thing: colonel, sexual assault survivor recounts experience

US Air Force News - Mon, 07/29/2013 - 8:55am
The first in a video series of survivor stories, an Air Force colonel shared her graphic, first-hand experience with sexual assault in 1988.

After years of silence about the incident, Col. Pamela Lincoln voluntarily shared her experience with the hope that it might empower other survivors to come forward for the emotional, medical and legal support they need.

Interestingly, the path to her participation in this video was not sexual assault, but post-traumatic stress disorder. Lincoln was assigned to Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., when she learned a senior NCO in her unit had survived the July 2012 Aurora theater shooting that left 12 people dead and 70 others injured.
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Air Force Week in Photos

US Air Force News - Fri, 07/26/2013 - 11:26am
This week's photos feature Airmen around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.

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Officers, enlisted members offered early retirement

US Air Force News - Thu, 07/25/2013 - 12:43pm
Technical and master sergeants, captains, majors and lieutenant colonels in certain Air Force specialties may apply to retire with fewer than 20 years of active service under the Temporary Early Retirement Authority, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced.

Commonly referred to as the 15-year retirement, TERA is one of several force management programs the Air Force will implement during fiscal 2014 to meet end-strength goals, said Lt. Col. John Barlett, the AFPC operations division chief.
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Air Force takes swift action against sexual assault

US Air Force News - Wed, 07/24/2013 - 2:26pm
It's not an overstatement to say that the past many years have been challenging for those in the military working to prevent sexual assault and sexual trauma. However, for those who've been victimized it has been much worse, and we should never forget that.

The harm in this crime is not just physical; it is emotional, scarring the mental health of our Airmen, often in enduring ways. As an institution, we must foster a culture that nourishes dignity and respect for fellow Airmen. The health of our Airmen and the readiness of our force demands it.
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Sexual assault prevention focus group visits begin at Wright-Patterson

US Air Force News - Wed, 07/24/2013 - 12:02pm
To better understand and deter sexual assault within the service, Maj. Gen. Margaret Woodward, the Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office director, kicked off the first in a series of visits to installations with a stop at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, July 22-23.

Woodward hosted focus groups with senior leaders, junior military members and survivors to get a pulse on Airmen's thoughts regarding sexual assault.

During the visit, Woodward challenged senior leaders to inspire and set the tone for change.
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Two special operations Airmen earn Silver Stars

US Air Force News - Tue, 07/23/2013 - 3:39pm
Two Air Force Special Operations Command combat controllers stationed in San Antonio were each presented a Silver Star for gallantry in combat during a ceremony here July 22.

The two combat controllers, Tech. Sgt. Ismael Villegas and Staff Sgt. Dale Young, were decorated by Lt. Gen. Eric E. Fiel, the commander of the Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla.

The Silver Star is the third highest award exclusively for combat valor.

"Gentlemen, your bravery and tenacity epitomize what being a warrior is all about," Fiel said during the ceremony. "Your brave actions under hostile fire at great risk to your lives not only decimated the enemy, but also saved lives of your teammates. Your unwavering gallantry and devotion to duty are an example for all of us to follow."
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