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    Streaking across the sky, 1,000 feet above ground, a four-ship formation of F-16 Fighting Falcons stationed at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., roared over a crowd of more than a million people in an empowering display of training, force and might to mark the opening of the 11th annual McDonald’s Air & Sea Show. Senior Master Sgt. Kim Draper
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    Members of the 482nd Civil Engineer Squadron, Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., led a four-month exercise in El Salvador that involved the construction of two schools and three health-care clinics in and around the town of San Vicente. The exercise, dubbed Operation Para los Ninos (For the Children), was part of U.S. Southern Command’s New
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    Defense Department officials have made “tremendous efforts and strides” to meet the needs of reservists and guardsmen who now qualify for health-care coverage under the Tricare program, the program manager said June 8. The recent introduction of new patients into the Tricare system presents “a challenge,” but DOD is being “very attentive” to the
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    For one week in April, 11 Air Force Reserve Command C-130 crews put their Hercules aircraft to the test in the skies over the southern Arizona desert, practicing some new and better ways of performing the tactical portion of the airlift mission. “The face of war is ever changing, so the way we fly tactical airlift is changing,” said Maj. Chuck
  • Honoring sacrifices of nation's fallen heroes a full-time job

    Click, click, click. The crisp, unmistakable sound of heels tapping together in unison breaks the silence as members of the honor guard at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., slowly and methodically take their position in the funeral procession. Adorned in pristine Air Force dress uniforms and spit-shined shoes, they are the epitome of
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    Blue and green tiger stripes are out, and a digitized pattern with subdued green, tan, blue and gray is in. After reviewing more than 150,000 bits of feedback throughout the initial seven-month wear test of the proposed new utility uniform, Air Force leaders recently decided to eliminate the original color scheme and conduct a limited field test of
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