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A B-1B Lancer, assigned to the 7th Bomb Wing, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, takes off from Nellis AFB, Nev., during Red Flag 16-1 Jan. 29, 2016. The 7th BW is one of many U.S. and allied air forces the 606th Air Control Squadron from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, provides tactical command and control for during the three-week realistic air combat training over the 2.9 million acre Nevada Test and Training Range. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jake Carter) 606th ACS takes control of the skies over Red Flag
When pilots fly over the massive Nevada Test and Training Range north of Las Vegas during  Red Flag exercises, they always have to be in contact with one another to make key decisions which will determine who will be the day's victors and losers.Teamwork is the key to success when air combat flying squadrons train in harmony with space and
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2016
Capt. Marisa Hester, 99th Medical Group intensive care unit student mentoring and retention team nurse cadre administers training to students Jan. 11 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. As a cadre, Hester trains students in how to efficiently provide care to their respective patients. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jake Carter) Airman wins southern Nevada nurse of the year award
In the year 2006, the United States of America was fighting terrorism in the Middle East. With gruesome images showing up daily on news reports, it reminded the American people and the world how one conflict could devastate the lives of military service members and their families.Marisa Hester, a nurse who was one of millions who would see how bad
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2016
Default Air Force Logo 2015 UEI Capstone recap for 99th ABW
In August 2013, the Air Force initiated the Air Force Inspection System (AFIS) which brought fundamental changes to the way Air Force installations conduct inspections. AFIS was designed to improve performance, military discipline, and management excellence up and down the chain of command. AFIS is structured around the commander's inspection
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2016
Master Sgt. Vickie Tippitt, a member of the 926th Force Support Squadron and the Nellis Air Force Base Yellow Ribbon representative, sheds a tear during an interview to discuss her rough childhood and how the Air Force saved her at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Oct. 20, 2015. Tippitt, who plans on sharing her story with the base populous Jan 21. as part of a new Storytellers program for the base, hopes to connect with other Airmen who might have went through the same struggles through their childhood. (Courtesy photo) Childhood adversity tests Airman’s resilience
The alarm rings. Yelling is heard from the nearby hallway. As footsteps get closer, Vickie Tippitt knows she is in a world of trouble.Her grandmother bursts through the door. With a rope in hand, Tippitt feels the wrath of child abuse come down on her by her own flesh and blood.That was the childhood that one Air Force Master Sergeant had to go
0 12/17
2015
Default Air Force Logo Staying resilient in dark times
The holiday season can be hectic for Airmen here. Some have the opportunity to go to their hometowns or have family come see them. But, some Airmen don't have the opportunity to spend time with their loved ones during the holiday season or they don't have anyone to turn to.These situations could lead to depression or worse.But when an Airman may is
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2015
A UH-60 Black Hawk crew from 1-135th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion drops SMOKEX participants at Smoky Hill Air National Guard Range before heading into the action which is located about 10 miles south of Salina, Kan. SMOKEX, a large-force exercise, brings together joint forces and more than 10 aircraft platforms from neighboring areas, all supporting B-2 objectives for dynamic targeting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Susan Garcia) 325th WPS garners neighborly support to perform SMOKEX
Handwritten notes and charts filled the whiteboards on every wall. Printed documents covered every horizontal surface. As the neighbors squeezed into the standing-room-only planning room, those who knew each other exchanged greetings and introduced newcomers.Each had a specific purpose for attending, but all were dedicated to a common goal. They
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2015
Then Master Sgt. Phillip Sisneros, 99th Communications Squadron comm focal point chief, lays in a coma following a motorcycle accident in Las Vegas on Aug. 13, 2011. Sisneros awoke from his coma 30 days after the accident, but suffered a traumatic brain injury that would eventually lead to his medical retirement in 2014. (Photo courtesy of retired Master Sgt. Phillip Sisneros) Darkest before dawn
The worst day of his life was Aug. 13, 2011. He can't recall the details of that fateful afternoon, but Phillip Sisneros was riding his motorcycle in Las Vegas.Known by most as just 'Phil', the 33-year-old master sergeant was on his way home from celebrating a coworker's promotion the night before when his life was turned upside down."You know how
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2015
Former U.S. Marine Corps Navajo Code Talker George Willie looks on as his daughter tells his military story during the Native American Heritage Month Meeting at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Nov. 19, 2015. Willie enlisted in the Marine Corps shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 and went on to serve in a number of key battles, including the invasion of Okinawa in 1945. Navajo code talkers were recruited in order to ensure communications security against the Japanese, who had become adept at cracking U.S. codes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Kleinholz) Tribal heritage meeting celebrates Navajo Code Talkers
Members of the traditional Native American community joined senior leadership in gathering here November 19 to reflect on their past, address concerns for their future, and recognize the efforts of one of their most outstanding surviving members -- a veteran of World War II and a national treasure.After the day's pressing topics had all been
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2015
(Maj.) Dr. Shannon Gaffney, 99th Medical Group staff radiologist, poses for a photo before riding her bike through the Calico Basin in Las Vegas, Nov. 18, 2015. On Oct. 6 and 8, 2015 Gaffney raced as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces Cycling Team for the Military World Games. Gaffney was the top U.S. finisher in the women’s cycling road race. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rachel Loftis) NAFB cyclist participates in Military World Games
Several thousand miles away from her usual terrain, Shannon Gaffney found herself racing against some of the world's top athletes in a 45-mile road race and timed trial though Mungyeong, South Korea as part of the U.S. Armed Forces Cycling Team during the Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM) Military World Games.The CISM Military World
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2015
Retired Chief Master Sgt. Paul Koester, 58th Rescue Squadron chief enlisted manager, gives guidance on how to take down a target to Airmen stationed at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Oct. 22. Koester retired Oct. 31 after serving 41 years in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jake Carter) Guardian Angel retires after 41 years of service
The year is 1974. The Vietnam War is on its way to an end after almost 15 years of fighting. The U.S. Air Force was trying to give America the upper hand.Also in 1974, a young man named Paul Koester decided that he wanted to join the world's greatest Air Force.Originally from Colorado Springs, Colorado, Koester planned on serving four years as a
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2015
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