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If you love the smell of human waste in the morning, time is running out. NATO will begin the process of decommissioning the infamous cesspool at Kandahar Airfield affectionately known as the “poo pond” starting Oct. 1, a military spokesman in Afghanistan says. The process of draining and filling in the lake of semitreated sewage is expected to take 90 days, Col. Ernest Erlandson said in an email. A new wastewater treatment plant at Kandahar Airfield is currently operational, but not all of the sewer lines have been connected yet. In October, a NATO official said the wastewater treatment plant…

Raffle tickets for an electric guitar emblazoned with the names of the eight airmen and a civilian contractor killed in a mass shooting in Afghanistan in April 2011 are now on sale at www.airforceguitar.com. The proceeds will go to the families of the fallen, known as the “NATC-A Nine,” said Maj. Henry Cecil, who helped spearhead the fundraising effort. Tickets are $25 each or five for $100. The drawing is planned for Veterans Day, Cecil said. An Afghan colonel turned his gun on NATO Air Training Command advisers inside Kabul International Airport on April 27, 2011, killing Lt. Col. Frank…

A reddit user uploaded this photo of a hangar at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., that had a rather unfortunate mishap. Reportedly, a spark set off the hangar’s fire suppression system, covering the A-10, F-15 and F-16 in foam.  You can only imagine the fun the maintenance crew had cleaning up the mess.

Facebook is an important social media tool that allows supervisors to see what their subordinates are really doing when they call in sick, but should officers and enlisted airmen be “friends”? Officers and enlisted cannot get too familiar because that could lead to fraternization, and that never ends well. The Air Force allows officers and enlisted airmen to be Facebook friends, as long as they remain professional at all times, said Air Force spokeswoman Maj. Jennifer Spires. Any unprofessional social activity between officers and enlisted airmen, including online relationships, would be considered fraternization. “The definition of fraternization is … ‘A…

Facebook is an important social media tool that allows supervisors to see what their subordinates are really doing when they call in sick, but should officers and enlisted airmen be “friends”? Officers and enlisted cannot get too familiar because that could lead to fraternization, and that never ends well. The Air Force allows officers and enlisted airmen to be Facebook friends, as long as they remain professional at all times, said Air Force spokeswoman Maj. Jennifer Spires. Any unprofessional social activity between officers and enlisted airmen, including online relationships, would be considered fraternization. “The definition of fraternization is … ‘A…

An airman from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., is the newest service member to go viral asking a celebrity out. Senior Airman Jamie Walden already has more than 14,000 views on a Youtube video asking Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow to be her date for the 2012 Military Ball in Shreveport, La. Who knows, following the success of Marine Sgt. Scott Moore asking out Mila Kunis and Cpl. Kelsey De Santis asking out Justin Timberlake, maybe the QB sensation will do it.

So the question has to be asked: What is in a holiday stocking from the chief of staff? I assume it’s full of challenge coins and PowerPoint presentations about Air Force core values on Pentagon-use approved flash drives, but I could be wrong. Any ideas? Leave your guesses, intelligent or otherwise, in the comment section. Also, ever wonder what the chief looks like dressed down? Now you don’t have to wonder.

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