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  • ACC plans Sword Athena 2020

    Air Combat Command will host Sword Athena 2020 (SA20) Leadership Symposium August 12-14, 2020, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. SA20 is the first event of its kind in ACC and is a forum for rising leaders, across ranks, to focus on female- and family-centric issues which impact readiness.
  • Offutt runway repair contract awarded

    The Air Force Civil Engineer Center has awarded a $143.9 million contract to replace the runway. The project is a collaborative effort between AFCEC, Offutt Air Force Base and the Air Force Installation Contracting Center.
  • Fightin’ Fifty-Fifth member earns Bronze Star

    A member of the 55th Maintenance Group was presented a Bronze Star Medal during a ceremony here June 19, 2020. Master Sgt. David Schoenagel, 55th MXG first sergeant, earned the medal by distinguishing himself against an opposing armed force during a deployment to Camp Taji, Iraq, from April 10, 2019 to October 20, 2019.
  • AFCEC leads hurricane season preparedness

    With a projected record-setting hurricane season in the making, the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Readiness Directorate is once again urging the Air Force community to “be ready” for natural disasters. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season that runs from June 1 to November 30 could include 19 named storms and 10 hurricanes – six of which are likely to be classified as major hurricanes.
  • USAF Sisters Deployed Together at Al Udeid

    Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar – In the military, it’s not uncommon to hear the phrases “it’s a small world,” or “our paths will cross again;” however, for a staff sergeant deployed to the Middle East, those phrases would hit very close to home when she wasn’t greeted by a friend or a co-worker, but rather, her sister.
  • 378th EMXS conducts phase inspection

    U.S. Air Force aircraft maintenance Airmen from the 378th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron execute
  • Why I serve: Col. Alan Dayton

    Our service in times like these is clear. People need support, help, guidance, resources, a lending hand, a listening ear and someone who will not give up. But let me back up, because the reason why I serve goes back a bit.

Air Combat Command News Archive

  • Commentary: This moment in time will define us

    A message from the commander of Air Education and Training Command, Lt. Gen. Brad Webb.
  • Kingsley Field pilot accomplishes 3000th flight hour in F-15 Eagle

    U.S. Air Force Col. Geoffrey Jensen, the 173rd Operations Group commander, lists a significant number of accomplishments over his decades-long career, but getting him to talk about them isn’t easy. In a sit down interview Jensen repeatedly responded to questions about his career by citing a great maintenance team, his supportive family, and the many people who have helped him along the way. He never got around to mentioning any of his own accomplishments.
  • Air Force Recruiting Service solidifies Total Force partnership with Air National Guard

    In an historic milestone for the Total Force recruiting enterprise, Air Force Recruiting Service and Air National Guard Recruiting and Retention signed a mutual support agreement that will combine resources and integrate staff to enhance marketing and advertising.
  • USAF Band of the West set to celebrate the Fourth of July with city of San Antonio during TV event

    The United States Air Force Band of the West is scheduled to celebrate America’s birthday with the city of San Antonio by performing musical sets during a one-hour television broadcast event.
  • Commentary: Recharge for resiliency with outdoor recreation

    Outdoor recreation is a resource available to all Airmen at Luke Air Force Base that allows Airmen to participate in organized activities and rent canoes, bikes, motorized boats, trailers, fishing equipment, camping equipment and more.
  • Laughlin Heritage Corner: July

    Happy birthday, Laughlin! This month we celebrate our 78th year as a base: The installation that would become Laughlin Air Force Base was officially established as an Army Air Forces Advanced Flying School under the Army Air Corps, Central Flying Training Command July 2, 1942.
  • Band of Brothers: Introducing A1C Hughes, A1C Hughes, and ... A1C Hughes

    Three brothers graduated from Basic Military Training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland together May 28. Airman 1st Class Jesus Hughes, age 28, Airman 1st Class Nicolas Hughes, age 26, and Airman 1st Class Daniel Hughes, age 25, went through BMT in the same flight from April 7 to May 28 and thereafter went off to technical school in avionics together at Sheppard Air Force Base in northern Texas.

Air Education and Training Command News Archive

Air Force Global Strike Command News Archive

  • AFCEC leads hurricane season preparedness

    With a projected record-setting hurricane season in the making, the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Readiness Directorate is once again urging the Air Force community to “be ready” for natural disasters. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season that runs from June 1 to November 30 could include 19 named storms and 10 hurricanes – six of which are likely to be classified as major hurricanes.
  • AFIMSC single data call frees up civil engineers

    JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – The Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center's
  • Goldfein describes the future of the Air Force

    During the hour-long virtual appearance, the Air Force’s highest-ranking officer explained that the service has made progress toward high-priority goals that include all-domain, joint operations and adapting to meeting threats from near-peer powers.
  • Plant 42 changes leadership

    Air Force Operating Location Air Force Plant 42 changed leadership hands during a Change of Leadership Ceremony at Plant 42 in Palmdale, California, July 1.
  • NPC completes first operational patient movement

    Less than 100 days from an idea on a napkin to its first real-world, aeromedical evacuation, the Negatively Pressurized Conex completed its first operational mission July 1, moving 12 patients from the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, to receive higher level of care at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.
  • Bunch visits Tinker, prioritizes COVID operations, inclusion

    Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr., commander, Air Force Materiel Command, visited Tinker Air Force Base June
  • AFMC launches Spark Tank competition

    Air Force Materiel Command Airmen are invited to submit innovative, game-changing ideas to compete

Air Force Material Command News Archive

  • AFCEC leads hurricane season preparedness

    With a projected record-setting hurricane season in the making, the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Readiness Directorate is once again urging the Air Force community to “be ready” for natural disasters. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season that runs from June 1 to November 30 could include 19 named storms and 10 hurricanes – six of which are likely to be classified as major hurricanes.
  • Medical IMAs mobilized for historic COVID-19 response

    April 4th felt like a typical Saturday for Col. Ari Fisher, an Individual Mobilized Augmentee with
  • Marines bring in Air Force reservist for space expertise

    After spending more than a year learning about the space domain from the 16th Expeditionary Space Control Flight out of Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit reached out to the 380th Space Control Squadron, the Reserve associate unit to the 16th SPCS, seeking an experienced officer to serve as a liaison during a deployment in the Indo-Pacific Region.
  • A Winding Path: Total Force Recruiter follows unusual road to success

    In fiscal year 2020 – Tech. Sgt. Kyle Hauser’s first full year of being an Air Force Reserve
  • A career worth a thousand words: Colonel Campbell reflects on career in aviation

    Col. Pat Campbell, who recently served as the 94th Operations Group commander, reflects on the highs and lows of his career, which he credits as being equally responsible for molding him into the commander he is today. This includes his time as an Air Force Academy cadet, an EWO on the F-4G Wild Weasel, and 94th Operations Group commander.
  • 433rd CES firefighters deploy; unit, families say farewell

    Early-morning June 28, twelve firefighters from the 433rd Civil Engineer Squadron and their families gathered in the darkness here to say their goodbyes before the Reserve Citizen Airmen begin their deployment journey. The firefighters are headed to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia for a 6-month assignment. They will be performing fire protection duties for personnel, aircraft, cargo, and other installation assets.
  • Fallen Air Force pilot welcomed home

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Last week, Air Force reservists in the 419th Fighter Wing helped welcome

Air Force Reserve Command News Archive

Air Force Space Command News Archive

  • CSAF Gen. David L. Goldfein visits 137th Special Operations Wing

    Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein visited Will Rogers Air National Guard Base (WRANGB) in Oklahoma City on June 8, 2020. The brief tour highlighted keystone features of the base and its mission with the MC-12W, which are bolstered by the daily operations of the 137th Special Operations Wing (137th SOW) — one of only two special operations wings in the Air National Guard.
  • Special Tactics Wing, AFRL develop smartphone app to mitigate COVID-19 risk

    Medical and Preservation of the Force and Family team members of the 24th Special Operations Wing, headquartered at Hurlburt Field, Florida, teamed up with the Air Force Research Lab to develop a way to monitor ST operators’ health status during the pandemic straight from their smartphones.
  • 1st SOW welcomes first female commander

    The world, today, is full of new challenges amid conforming to a “new normal” necessary to co-exist with COVID-19. Air Commandos have risen above and beyond these uncertainties and proven their adaptability and initiative to continue executing the mission – anytime, anyplace. Today, in a new take on a historic tradition, Lt. Gen. Jim Slife, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, presided over the change of command ceremony that was broadcasted via Facebook Live due to social distancing protocol, marking Col. Jocelyn Schermerhorn’s command of the 1st Special Operations Wing.
  • ‘It’s the dream job’, SOST member awarded Bronze Star Medal

    Staff Sgt. Johnathan Randall, a Special Operations Surgical Team member assigned to the 720th Operational Support Squadron, was awarded the Bronze Star Medal during a ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Florida May 20, 2020.
  • AFRL, AFSOC launch palletized weapons from cargo plane

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Through a partnership with the Air Force Research
  • Yokota showcases adaptability and mission capability with Samurai Surge

    Members of the 36th Airlift Squadron, 459th Airlift Squadron and the 21st Special Operations Squadron out of Yokota Air Base, Japan, came together to complete a 17 aircraft Samurai Surge training exercise, May 21, 2020. The Samurai Surge exercise involved 17 aircraft for an elephant walk and a C-130 formation flight. Of those 17, two were CV-22 Osprey aircraft from the 353rd Special Operations Group. This event showcased the 374th Airlift Wing’s mission capability, adaptability and readiness to respond to disaster relief scenarios and contingency operations across Yokota’s area of responsibility to maintain regional stability in the Indo-Pacific, even in the face of an ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Special Tactics Airman leads outreach programs for COVID-19 relief

    Capt. Jack Gouge, an Air Force Special Tactics Officer assigned to the 17th Special Tactics Squadron at Fort Benning, Georgia, is leading outreach efforts to collect over a thousand pounds of food and supplies for COVID-19 relief in Puyallup, Washington May, 2020.

Air Force Special Operations Command News Archive

  • NPC completes first operational patient movement

    Less than 100 days from an idea on a napkin to its first real-world, aeromedical evacuation, the Negatively Pressurized Conex completed its first operational mission July 1, moving 12 patients from the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, to receive higher level of care at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.
  • Independence Day 2020

    Independence Day message from General Maryanne Miller, Air Mobility Command Commander.
  • Wing names chief innovation officer to keep up with modernization demand

    In an effort to keep up with the demand for innovation, leadership at the 621st Contingency Response Wing recently created a new position to assist the development of innovative ideas and continued process improvement. “Innovation is not a nicety. It’s a necessity,” said Lt. Col. Lindsey Bauer, the newly appointed 621st CRW chief innovation officer.
  • Keeping safe in, around the water during a pandemic

    With many local pools closed due to the pandemic we find ourselves itching for the chance to get out and enjoy the water this summer.
  • Pope, Charleston conquer training despite COVID

    Pope Field, N.C. -- The coronavirus (COVID-19) has altered life for everyone, and the aircrew and
  • EOD sharpens skills, maintains proficiency during COVID

    The 315th Civil Engineer Flight’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal team here held a live-explosives
  • Little Rock Airman forms LeaveWeb update for retirement, separation

    Retirement or separation can be an exciting time for military members, but as expected with any major life transition, it can be fraught with challenges. A 19th Comptroller Squadron Airman’s innovation has made one part of the process smoother. Senior Airman Murad Babatov, 19th CPTS financial management technician, discovered a problem Airmen were having when retiring, separating, or taking advantage of the DoD SkillBridge Program.

Air Mobility Command News Archive

  • A B-52 exercises Dynamic Force Employment with Joint partners in Indo-Pacific

    One B-52 Stratofortress bomber from the 96th Bomb Squadron, 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, took off from home station and participated in a maritime integration exercise with the USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan carrier strike groups in the South China Sea before landing at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.
  • 613th Air Operations Center welcomes new commander

    Col. Nicholas Evans assumed command of the 613th Air Operations Center during a change of command ceremony held at the Officer Club on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, June 29, 2020.
  • Kadena E-5 becomes first Pacific Air Forces enlisted air surveillance officer

    Recently, the Air Force made the decision to send highly qualified enlisted members to the air surveillance officer training course.
  • 18th Dental Squadron creates COVID-19 test swabs

    While we’ve seen no new cases of COVID-19 on Okinawa, the threat of the pandemic is still very real. The Regional Dental Laboratory, which falls under the 18th Dental Squadron, has played an instrumental role in the 18th Wing’s innovation efforts to help flatten the curve. The RDL wasted no time in using their 3D printing capabilities to create face shields, door handle openers, and other personal protective equipment when protective measures were first implemented on base.
  • Exercise Gryphon Jet

    The 353rd Special Operations Group organized exercise Gryphon Jet from June 17-26, 2020 at Yokota Air Base, Japan.
  • Men’s Health Month: A year-round priority

    June gives focus to Men’s Health Month, but for men of the 15th Wing, focusing on their health is needed year-round.
  • Misawa Airmen enhance ACE capabilities, learn new skills and repair runway

    Twenty-four Airmen from nine different squadrons participated in a Multi-Capable Airmen event in support of the Agile Combat Employment concept at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 12, 2020. The MCAs completed airfield inspections and four expedient spall repairs on the flightline.

Pacific Air Forces News Archive

  • Qatar Emiri Air Force partners with U.S. to gain newest F-15 to their fleet

    Many military leaders can attest that the ability to conduct operations and win in modern warfare is rooted in a nation’s ability to work by, with, and through allies and partners. For the United States and U.S. Air Forces Central Command, the ability to conduct and deliver combat airpower alongside partner air forces has increased as its close partner, Qatar, has solidified details and logistics with U.S. government organizations and contractors to procure its own fleet of more than 35 F-15QA fighter jets. The Qatar Emiri Air Force is scheduled to start receiving these fighter jets in June 2021. The F-15QA is the most advanced version of the F-15 Eagle, the twin-engine fighter jet flown by the U.S. Air Force since 1972.
  • Stronger Together: French Air Force combines with CAOC to enhance airpower

    To conduct the synchronization of air assets across more than 4 million miles of U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility, a dynamic force comprised of men and women scattered throughout multiple divisions and cells is needed. It is within the Combined Air Operations Center walls, here, where these sections transform into a harmonic and well-oiled machine that sees the output of kinetic and non-kinetic air warfare come together every day, every hour. To make this happen, it is not just the joint service members of the U.S. military. It takes a coalition team, currently comprised of 18 nations, that has come together with the common goal of promoting peace in the region, and when all else fails, coordinating and delivering war-winning airpower. Part of this coalition team is a detachment of the French Air Force that consists of approximately 25 members who are integrated throughout the CAOC’s different sections, assisting in the coordination and deliverance of coalition airpower in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve.
  • Wash rack innovation wins AFCENT Spark Tank competition

    For the first time, U.S. Air Forces Central Command opened its innovation doors to field ideas from Airmen through a competition that spanned across U.S. Central Command’s 20-nation theater with the theme of improving operations and navigating the new normal.  With the deadline for submissions closed out, U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael Koscheski, the deputy commander of AFCENT and deputy Combined Forces Air Component Commander, and his judging panel joined together to evaluate 11 submissions based on practicality and effectiveness to ultimately choose a winner.
  • U.S., coalition continue to work together to defeat ISIS

    The Coalition Intelligence Fusion Cell provided intelligence support that enabled a coalition airstrike against the Islamic State on May 10, 2020. The airstrike was executed by a French Dassault Rafale fighter jet partnered with U.S. Air Forces Central Command. The strike targeted an Islamic State bed down location in Kirkuk Province, Iraq.
  • AFCENT recognizes Spark Tank winners

    U.S. Air Force Senior Airmen Ryan Disher, Fernando Jimenez, center, and U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Justin Grahn, pose for a portrait at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, June 9, 2020. Disher, Jimenez and Grahn were presented the first place award of the first ever U.S. Air Forces Central Command Spark Tank competition. Their innovative idea of a better solution to the base's wash rack drainage pans, combined with the second and third place winners, secured more than $100,000 in funding to further develop their products. (Courtesy photo/U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ashley Rios)
  • Agile Combat Employment exercise tests AFCENT’s power projection capability

    For approximately three weeks, more than 230 Airmen assigned to U.S. Air Forces Central Command conducted an Agile Combat Employment exercise to test the command’s ability to project airpower from an austere location within U.S. Central Command’s 20-nation area of responsibility. The AFCENT Air Warfare Center led the ACE, along with personnel from AFCENT staff directorates, and conducted exercises to build military-to-military relationships, tactical capabilities, and interoperability through air operations to promote readiness and stability in the region.
  • Joint medical team combines for critical transport, care for COVID-19 patients

    In the midst of challenges that COVID-19 has brought to the United States and countries around the world, the Department of Defense has taken multiple measures to combat the spread of the new virus and ultimately protect their most valuable asset, American service members. When U.S. service members recently tested positive for COVID-19 in the U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility, it prompted quick and professional patient care. With robust healthcare measures already in place by both U.S. military and host nation medical providers, the service members received the highest levels of care, ensuring their safety while protecting the health of other service members.

U.S. Air Forces Central Command News Archive

  • USAFE-AFAFRICA commander visits Spangdahlem AB for ACE

    U.S. Air Force Gen. Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, visited the 52nd Fighter Wing during an Agile Combat Employment exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 25, 2020.
  • Emergency Management: The ‘in case something happens’ flight

    Every Airman encounters a Civil Engineer Squadron’s Emergency Management flight many times throughout their career. This is the flight that provides the class commonly referred to as CBRN. However, providing chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense classes are just one of many vital roles EM plays for the Air Force.
  • FRST trains at Ramstein

    The 86th Medical Group provides a unique capability when it comes to training within the medical realm. The Medical Simulation Training Center is the home to nine human simulators.
  • Juneteenth: Celebrating freedom, holding on to hope

    The 86th Airlift Wing Chaplain Corp teamed up with a local committee to create a space for healing for Black service members to share their experiences surrounding race.
  • 351st ARS female flyers conduct B-2 aerial refueling

    A 351st Air Refueling Squadron training mission, which refueled B-2 Spirits included two all-female crews at RAF Mildenhall, England, June 18, 2020. The two aircrews were part of a four-ship formation and provided aerial refueling support for the stealth bombers from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, which were flying a long-range strategic bomber mission.
  • SECDEF visits Team Mildenhall

    U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper met with Team Mildenhall Airmen and families and toured the installation June 25, 2020. The 27th SECDEF visited the air traffic control tower, static displays of a CV-22 Osprey and RC-135 Rivet Joint, and spent time speaking with both officer and enlisted Airmen during his tour.
  • USAFE-AFAFRICA Commander gets hand-on look at ACE

    The U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, Gen. Jeff Harrigian, participated in an Agile Combat Employment exercise involving NATO partners in the European theatre, June 25, 2020.

U.S. Air Forces in Europe News Archive