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Master Sgt. Dennis Hutchison, 57th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Tomahawks Aircraft Maintenance Unit production superintendent, fills out a pledge form for the 2015 Air Force Assistance Fund drive at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., March 17, 2015. Hutchison’s father passed away in 2005 and he did not have enough money to travel to his hometown in Missouri from his assigned duty station in Georgia, but received an interest-free loan from the Air Force Aid Society to cover his travel costs. Now an avid supporter of the AFAF, which supports and funds four different charities including the AFAS, Hutchison encourages Airmen of all ranks and ages to donate to the AFAF drive. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika) AFAF gives all Airmen a chance to pay it forward
It's Sept. 12, 2005. Senior Airman Dennis Hutchison is recovering from a hard day's work on the flightline of Robbins Air Force Base, Georgia, when he receives a call that tragedy had struck."I got a notification from my family that my father had passed away," Hutchison said. "I immediately contacted my supervisor, he got me in touch with the
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Nikki Harris (left) Warrior Fitness Center fitness instructor, leads her group fitness class into various sets of stretches at the fitness center on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Feb. 25, 2015. Harris held a Warrior Challenge Soar into Shape class where participants performed various body weight exercises as fast as they could in two separate circuits. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rachel Loftis) Fitness trainer inspires with infectious personality
When working out with Nikki Harris Warrior Fitness Center fitness trainer, one can't help but be drawn into the infectious atmosphere that surrounds her.  Determined to do her absolute best, Harris has adopted a boisterous teaching style of which inspires those she teaches to do their very best."I have been told by others when I do classes that
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Airman 1st Class Austin Woosley, left, 57th Maintenance Squadron, and Senior Airman Forrest Patten, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., 55th Maintenance Squadron stockpile surveillance member, prepares a munition before it can be attached to an aircraft at the munitions storage area on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., March 5, 2015. AMMO has 11 different shops that work together to ensure that the day-to-day mission gets done. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikaley Towle) AMMO brings 'boom' to Red Flag
The lone sounds of various aircraft roar through the skies of southern Nevada and off in the distance, munitions are released toward their target over the 2.9 million acre Nevada Test and Training Range.However, before the munitions can be discharged over the NTTR, the 57th Maintenance Squadron's Munitions Flight, or "AMMO," has to receive
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Tech. Sgt. Patrick McGillivray, 99th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technician, poses for a photo while deployed in the Wardak Province, Afghanistan. McGillivray was recognized in the ninth volume of the “Portraits in Courage” series for numerous heroic actions during a 2013 deployment. (Courtesy photo) Nellis hero recognized in Portraits in Courage
Tech. Sgt. Patrick McGillivray humbly shrugs off being called a hero for his heroic actions more than a year ago.He stated that he was just doing his job, however, those who know him will disagree and those that disagree use words such as mentor, leader, and yes, hero to describe McGillivray as someone they aspire to be."He is always striving to be
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Staff Sgt. Jose Ibarra, U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron flight equipment specialist, conducts a 30-day breakdown inspection of helmets and oxygen masks at the Thunderbirds Hangar on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Feb. 9, 2015. The Thunderbirds squadron is an Air Combat Command unit composed of eight pilots, including six demonstration pilots, four support officers, three civilians and more than 130 enlisted personnel performing in 25 career fields. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kristina Overton) Birds of a feather may flock together – but not all of them fly
Editors Note: This is part one of a two-part series highlighting the multiple Air Force occupations necessary to ensure the Thunderbirds can perform demonstrations at home and while traveling. Of the 120 Airmen who wear the uniform of a United States Air Force Thunderbird, only 12 of them are officers. Of those officers, eight are certified fighter
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Staff Sgt. Rashodrick Johnson, 99th Communications Squadron radio frequency transmissions supervisor, plugs a receiver into the radio from the circuit board at the land mobile radio shop on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 16, 2015. Maintaining 3,700 radios gives Nellis AFB one of the largest LMR accounts in Air Combat Command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikaley Towle) Can you hear me now?
Imagine being on a routine flight, cruising in the spacious sky at 40,000 feet. Everything seems to be proceeding as normal, but in a brief moment, you quickly realize something is wrong.The smell of smoke slowly creeps its way through the cabin. Panic is palpable in the air. The pilot's voice is laced with tension as he notifies the control tower
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A Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR4 assigned to 1 (Fighter) Squadron, RAF Lossiemouth, Scotland, taxis to the runway during Red Flag 15-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Feb. 2, 2015. Red Flag provides combat training in a degraded and operationally limited environment intended to make the training missions as realistic as possible. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Spangler) Oldest flying squadron in existence flies high in Red Flag 15-1
Ever since air superiority became vital in any armed conflict, the Royal Air Force's 1 (Fighter) Squadron has been on the leading edge of that superiority.The squadron has been involved in every major conflict the United Kingdom has been involved in from the First World War to present day operations in Afghanistan.Perhaps one of the most famous
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A flight of Aggressor F-15 Eagles and F-16 Fighting Falcons fly in formation over the Nevada Test and Training Ranges on June 5, 2008. The jets are assigned to the 64th and 65th Aggressor Squadrons at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The Aggressor mission is to prepare the combat air forces, joint and allied aircrews for tomorrowÕs victories with challenging and realistic threat replication, training, academics and feedback.
(U.S. Air Force photo/ Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald) 40 years of Red Flag at Nellis
Some called them the "Iron Majors" though this group in particular went on to be known as the "Fighter Mafia." Never mind the title, that was the last thing on their minds as the group of the Air Force's best and brightest young officers congregated in the little known depths of the Pentagon's basement offices.Assigned to the Air Force Directorate
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Staff Sgt. Samuel Scott (left), 99th Medical Operations Squadron orthopedic technician, demonstrates how a cast would be placed on a patient with Staff Sgt. Tiffany Hannon, 99th MSGS orthopedic technician, playing the role of the patient at the Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 16, 2015. The orthopedic clinic is responsible for treating musculoskeletal injuries, such as broken bones and torn ligaments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Spangler) Ortho clinic keeps warfighters fighting
When an Airman, dependent or retiree in the Nellis AFB community breaks a bone, tears a ligament or suffers any other musculoskeletal injury, the Airmen of the orthopedic clinic at the Mike O'Callaghan Federal Medical Center go into action to treat the injured person.Approximately 14,000 patients walk through the clinic's doors every year for
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Senior Airman Megan Rasor, 99th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle operator, checks under the hood of a semi-truck during a maintenance check at the vehicle operations center on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 6, 2015. During the maintenance checks, vehicle operators are looking for signs of damage, wear and tear, or safety issues with the vehicles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika) 99th LRS Vehicle Ops drives Nellis ground support
The 99th Logistics Readiness Squadron's Vehicle Operations Element keeps Nellis AFB rolling by providing vehicles to units they need to accomplish their missions.Vehicle Operations plays a significant role in the daily operations of the base, by providing services ranging from issuing and renewing government driver's licenses and ensuring vehicles
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