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  • Air Force improves lactation support for nursing mothers

    The Department of the Air Force recently announced new guidance that will improve support to nursing mothers when they return to work after having a baby. The updated policy, which is effective immediately, increases flexibility with lactation breaks and also mandates access to a refrigerator for the purpose of storing human milk.
  • From flip phone to smart phone: AWACS gets an upgrade

    The first fully qualified crew under the new crew design for the E-3 G Airborne Warning and Control System reached their deployment location in September 2020. The first fully qualified crew under the new crew design for the E-3 G Airborne Warning and Control System reached their deployment location in September 2020.
  • Diversity, inclusion board seeks input from all DOD personnel

    The Department of Defense Board on Diversity and Inclusion will focus on actions to enhance diversity and inclusion and drive a cultural shift to create lasting change in the Defense Department, from recruiting, career track selection and retention; to accessions, assignments, schools and promotions; to military justice and everything in between and beyond. All Defense Department personnel are encouraged to crowdsource feedback on ideas for improving diversity and inclusion via www.milSuite.mil. The closing date for input is Oct. 16.
  • 20th ATKS 'Hellhounds' earn RPA Squadron of the Year

    The 20th Attack Squadron, a geographically separated unit (GSU) of the 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing, and located at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, was appointed General Atomics’ 2019 Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Squadron of the Year, as of August 18, 2020.
  • AFCEC helps Air Force transition to the next generation KC-46A tanker

    The Air Force Civil Engineer Center is expanding global reach through a multi-phase construction effort to support the new KC-46A Pegasus refueling tanker. Four other bases have already received the KC-46A: McConnell AFB, Kansas, followed by Altus AFB, Oklahoma, Pease Air National Guard Base, New Hampshire, and Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina.
  • HH-60W Jolly Green II begins live-fire testing

    Deep within Eglin’s range, rapid, powerful gunfire reverberated across the expanse beginning Aug. 17. Live fire testing began for the HH-60W Jolly Green II’s three primary weapons, the GAU-2, GAU-18 and GAU-21.
  • Lt. Gen. Chris Weggeman virtual keynote at AFITC

    Lt. Gen. Chris Weggeman, deputy commander of Air Combat Command delivered a virtual keynote speech and this year’s Air Force Information Technology and Cyberpower (AFTIC) Conference. Gen. Weggeman had some fun with his speech, referencing a very popular SciFi movie and using it to compare to our current infrastructure in the Air Force.
  • ABMS Onramp 2 sees second MQ-9 AIM-9X shot and other CMD tactics development

    From employing an AIM-9X from an MQ-9 to improving AGR-20 cruise missile defense tactics from the F-16, units across the 53d Wing played a critical role in the Advanced Battle Management System Onramp #2 from August 31 to September 3, 2020.   A U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper assigned to the 556th Test and Evaluation Squadron successfully employed a live air-to-air AIM-9X Block 2 missile against a target BQM-167 drone simulating a cruise missile. The crew received off-board cueing information, found and tracked the target, then maneuvered to validly employ the AIM-9X against the surrogate cruise missile.
  • USAF, RSAF conduct Exercise Desert Eagle in CENTCOM AOR

    Members of the 378th Air Expeditionary Wing performed a hot pit refuel of F-15E Strike Eagles from the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, following a large formation flight in support of Exercise Desert Eagle at Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sept. 10, 2020.
  • Every crisis needs a hero

    Every crisis has individuals who put themselves in harm’s way to help others and although he wouldn’t consider himself one, the actions of Capt. (Dr.) Christopher Weisgarber, 3rd year chief resident assigned to the 99th Medical Group at Family Medicine Residency (FMR) during Nellis’ COVID-19 response were heroic.
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