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  • Tinker’s Sentry directs pieces of Red Flag puzzle with C2

    When putting a puzzle together it helps to have an image of the picture the puzzle is trying to resemble. The E-3 Sentry, an airborne early-warning and control aircraft, helps other pieces of the ATO puzzle fit into place enhancing the air picture throughout entire missions at Red Flag 16-4.
  • ANG F-15C Eagle inserts air-to-air fight into Red Flag puzzle

    When assembling a puzzle, a strategy sometimes used would be to build the edge pieces first to frame the overall image. The air-to-air combat role provided by the 122nd Fighter Squadron’s F-15C Eagles, assigned to the 159th Fighter Wing, Louisiana Air National Guard, would be an edge piece to the Air Tasking Order puzzle. The role they perform shapes the air picture for the entire mission.
  • Airman shares suicide story, raises awareness

    “February seventh, I attempted to commit suicide," said Senior Airman Kirk Nelson, 23d Force Support Squadron honor guard head trainer. “That day I took eight [painkillers],” said U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Kirk Nelson, 23d Force Support Squadron honor guard head trainer. “My body was shaking and I started throwing-up. I was lightheaded, standing outside in 32-degree weather and pouring sweat. People walking by asked if I was alright, but I wasn’t letting anybody know.” After roughly eight months, Nelson is ready to share how loss and stressors of daily military life inevitably brought the 27-year-old Airman to his breaking point with hopes his story will help others understand and prevent suicides.
  • Worth the weight

    With her brow furrowed and teeth gritting as every muscle in her body tenses up, the dissonant sounds of metallic ringing, determined grunting, and echoed overhead music, constructs this 25-year-old bodybuilder’s place of serenity. Staff Sgt. Macy Benjamin finds her escape from everyday life within her workouts. Starting with a scarce amount of fitness knowledge, she began transforming herself from an average Airman to a fitness guru.
  • USAF Master Sergeant uses illness to shape her leadership

    In September 2003, Angel McKenzie was a healthy senior airman, who had a line number for staff sergeant. She was working on the flight line as an aircraft maintenance Airman at Fairchild Air Force Base, when all of sudden she was plagued with a weakness on one side of her body that could not be explained. A month later, she lost vision in one eye and was struggling to pick up a tool box. After seeing a few doctors, she received a diagnosis that would change her life forever. She was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
  • More than a ‘tool’

    Military working dog: a type of dog that learns and performs various tasks such as scouting, guarding and contraband detection. These dogs have been used for thousands of years and have proven invaluable in current operations in Southwest Asia.Logisticians and planners may see them as numbers on a deployment document. For others, who have been on
  • Airman cleared to land AF-level award

    Air traffic controllers have one of the most demanding and stressful jobs in the Air Force. With no room for error, they must be calm, decisive and quick thinking in order to be effective. Senior Airman Kimo Lagapa-Talbott, 355th Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, recently received the 2015 AF Air Traffic Controller of the Year award.
  • Feature: Green Flag measures readiness, interoperability

    During combat, an Airman’s job is to create effects on the battlefield to support the commander’s intent and his nation’s strategic objectives - simultaneously balancing aggressiveness with restraint. To ensure mission success, the Air Force must provide the best training possible. That’s where exercises such as Green Flag or Red Flag come in.
  • Nellis makes a childhood wish a reality

    NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – Growing up building model airplanes with his dad, Reymond Rivas always dreamed of joining the Air Force to become a fighter pilot. Unfortunately on Dec. 28, 2013 his dream was put on hold as he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Recently, Reymond was given the opportunity for a wish. A wish he could have
  • Aerial refueling: Tankers serve as gas stations in Nevada skies

    Over the Nevada Test and Training Range, aircraft from all over the globe blast through the Nevada sky in a simulated war scenario. In the exercise, called Red Flag, units test their abilities against some of the military's premier aircraft while also receiving some of the best training offered in the world.
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