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Maj. Benjamin Lindsay, 41st Flying Training Squadron instructor pilot and Assistant Director of Operations, prepares to fly Oct. 11, 2017, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. After instructing student pilots as a first-assignment instructor pilot here, Lindsay flew fighter aircraft during multiple tours, and now instructs again at Columbus while passing his knowledge onto the next generation of aviators. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb) Aspiring baseball professional chooses to become world class aviator
Being an Air Force pilot is a dream job for some people, so much so, that they would choose this avenue instead of becoming a professional baseball player. For Maj. Benjamin Lindsay, 41st Flying Training Squadron instructor pilot and Assistant Director of Operations, piloting was not initially his life-long goal.
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Retired Lt. Col. Richard “Gene” Smith, former 50th Flying Training Squadron Commander, holds a prisoner of war bracelet Oct. 17, 2017. The date Smith was shot down, Oct. 25, 1967, is inscribed on the bracelet, along with his rank and name. The bracelets help keep the memory of POWs and those missing in action. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Beaux Hebert) POW recalls mission that led to capture 50 years ago
On Oct. 25, 1967, now retired Lt. Col. Richard “Gene” Smith and his wingmen had orders to bomb the Paul Doumer Bridge in North Vietnam; the bridge was a mile long and one of the most heavily defended positions in Southeast Asia.
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Default Air Force Logo Active-duty positions added for Guard, Reserve pilots
Air National Guard and Reserve pilots now have 20 more opportunities to fly in order to augment active-duty chronic vacancies across the force.
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Edie Hyatt speaks with David Ross, 14th Medical Operations Squadron optometry technician, about the benefits retirees are able to utilize Oct. 20, 2017, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. There are many benefits retirees and beneficiaries may use on military installations, including access to the 14th MDG. (U.S. Air Force photo by Keith Holcomb) Retirees are shown base-wide appreciation
Members of Columbus Air Force Base community showed retired veterans and their families how much they’re appreciated by dedicating their time and resources Oct. 20 at the Columbus Club.
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Jason Michaels, illusionist and magician, performs at the Kaye Auditorium Oct. 13, 2017, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Michaels was diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome at 6 years old; overcoming it, he is now an international award-winning sleight-of-hand artist and professional speaker. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb) Jason Michaels performs at the Kaye Auditorium
Jason Michaels, illusionist and magician, performs at the Kaye Auditorium Oct. 13, 2017, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Michaels was diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome at 6 years old; overcoming it, he is now an international award-winning sleight-of-hand artist and professional speaker. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith
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Dale Hopkins, T-1A Jayhawk simulation instructor pilot, stands in front of a T-1A Oct. 17, 2017, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Since he retired as a colonel in 1989, he has continued his service to the Air Force as a sim instructor, his passion for aviation helping him teach the newest Air Force pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb) T-1 sim instructor serves over 50 years, has no end in sight
The simple passion of aviation and love of the job has led Dale Hopkins down a 50-plus-year-long career, and it continues to keep him motivated to this day.
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Second Lt. William Groff, 37th Flying Training Wing student pilot, prepares for a solo flight Oct. 11, 2017, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Students complete solo flights in order to progress through the Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training course; however students will fly with an instructor pilot a majority of their flights. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb) 37th FTS teaches aviation basics to new pilots
The 37th Flying Training Squadron on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, is where roughly 50 percent of Columbus AFB student pilots will learn to fly the T-6 Texan II trainer aircraft.
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Air Force officials have released the 2017 Air Force Handbook 1, Airman and the Enlisted Promotions Study Guides. (Courtesy photo) AF officials release 2017 Air Force Handbook 1, Airman and enlisted promotion study guides
Air Force officials have released the 2017 Air Force Handbook 1, Airman and the Enlisted Promotions Study Guides. AFH-1 is available at http://static.epublishing.af.mil/production/1/af_a1/publication/afhandbook1/afhandbook1.pdf and also on every Airman’s government computer desktop. To find AFH-1 on Air Force e-publishing, search for AFHandbook1.
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Take command with TRICARE changes Take command with TRICARE changes: Enrollments shifting from fiscal to calendar year starting in January 2018
Starting Jan. 1, 2018, cost changes for TRICARE benefits transition from a fiscal year period to a calendar year period. Changing from fiscal year (Oct. 1 – Sept. 30) to calendar year (Jan. 1 – Dec. 31) makes the TRICARE benefit consistent with civilian health plans. The change will largely affect those plans which have an enrollment fee and are currently billed by the fiscal year.
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Col. Douglas Gosney, 14th Flying Training Wing Commander, talks to students as they wait in line for the Rapid Strike simulator Oct. 3, 2017, during the Imagine the Possibilities Career Expo at the BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo, Mississippi. Airmen from Columbus AFB represented seven pathways at the expo, including aerospace, communications, engineering, government and public administration, health sciences, logistics and law and public safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross) Airmen showcase AF opportunities to 7,000 students during career expo
TUPELO, Miss. – More than 110 Airmen from Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, spent several days showing more than 7,000 eighth-grade students, from 17 northeast Mississippi counties, some of the vast career opportunities the Air Force offers during the Imagine the Possibilities Career Expo Oct. 3-5 at the BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo.
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