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Staff Sgt. Antoine raises his head as a flight surgeon inspects his neck and face during a 2018 shaving waiver course at Beale Air Force Base in California.
Colville McFee / U.S. Air Force

Some Air Force members say they're facing discrimination because it's hard for them to shave their faces daily. Many have a skin condition that's especially common among Black men.

Trainees march in formation at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. The Air Force has restructured basic military training so that there is less travel time and fewer opportunities to practice drill.
Carson Frame / American Homefront

Health and safety precautions during the pandemic have led the Air Force to eliminate parts of basic training. But some military observers question whether the changes are leaving airmen unprepared for duty.

Air Force personnel and civilian volunteers worked side-by-side on Christmas Eve 2019 to operate NORAD's Santa tracking hotline. In 2020, the operation will be scaled back because of the pandemic.
Jeff Fitzmorris / U.S. Air Force

Personnel from Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs will try to fill in for the volunteers who normally field children's phone calls on Christmas Eve.

New Air Force recruits in basic training practice social distancing in their dormitory at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.
Sarayuth Pinthong / U.S. Air Force

The coronavirus pandemic has brought big changes to one of the defining aspects of military life -- boot camp. But some people question if the changes are adequate to protect trainees.

From left, Gen. John DeGoes, Brig. Gen. Laura Lenderman, and Chief Master Sgt. Chris Lantagne listen to a speaker at a virtual townhall meeting at Joint Base San Antonio.
Carson Frame / American Homefront

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting every aspect of American life - including military life.

The Chapel at the United States Air Force Academy is closed for at least four years for extensive repairs.
Dan Boyce / American Homefront

The famous structure and popular tourist site will undergo a renovation project that's expected to last almost four years.

Members of the 52nd Fighter Wing gather at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany for a one day stand down to discuss mental health issues.
Kyle Cope / U.S. Air Force

In response to a string of suicides in the Air Force, every base is holding a one day stand down, where airmen can learn and talk about mental health issues.

A screenshot from a July 23 Facebook post shows mold on a mattress at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. Other photos posted by airmen showed moldy shoes, walls, and uniforms.
Air Force amn/nco/snco Facebook group

Mold has long been a problem at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas. But when airmen started posting photos on Facebook, the Air Force stepped up its response.

Staff Sgt. Eric Proctor of the 50th Security Forces Squadron is responsible for the security and protection of Air Force Space Command assets on Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado.
Krystal Ardrey / U.S. Air Force

While President Trump pushes Congress to create a new military branch called the Space Force, the Pentagon is about to choose a permanent home for its existing Space Command.

Wildlife biologist Kory McLellan shoots off pyrotechnics to scare birds away from the airfield at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.
Mariette Adams / U.S. Air Force

Fireworks, drones, and habitat relocation projects are among the ways that Air Force biologists are fighting the expensive and potentially deadly problem of bird strikes.

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