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  • Visiting Colombia, CSAF stresses importance of maintaining close ties to key Latin America ally

    Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein concluded a two-day visit to Colombia on Thursday, reinforcing bonds with one of the United States’ closest allies in Latin America and pledging to accelerate joint training activities with an air force he called the “gold standard” in the region.
  • Air Force announces bases to support B-21 Raider mission

    The Air Force has selected Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, to coordinate maintenance and sustainment of the B-21 Raider and Edwards AFB, California, to lead testing and evaluation of the next generation long-range strike bomber.
  • AF Week in Photos

    This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.
  • Air Force vice chief of staff presents honor to Cadet of the Year

    Cadet 2nd Class Kyle Haak was honored as the British Air Squadron’s 2018 Cadet of the Year during a ceremony Nov. 6, 2018, at the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia.
  • F-35s begin Auto GCAS test flights

    The 461st Flight Test Squadron recently began test flight missions with the F-35 Lightning II and the Auto GCAS at Edwards Air Force Base, California.
  • Around the Air Force: Moon Landing Writing Competition / T-38 crash

    On this look Around the Air Force, the National Museum of the Air Force offers scholarships for teens submitting entries based on the Apollo 11 lunar landing, a Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Airman who died in a T-38 Talon crash is identified and coalition partners graduate from the first-ever senior noncommissioned officer leadership course in a deployed environment. Hosted by Airman 1st Class Angelo Rosario.
  • 388th FW drops GBU-49 in combat training

    The 388th Fighter Wing’s 34th Fighter Squadron recently returned from a weapons evaluation exercise at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, where they employed the GBU-49 for the first time in F-35A Lightning II combat training.
  • Environmental team aids Tyndall AFB hurricane recovery

    An Air Force environmental recovery assistance team’s assessment of the environmental impact of Hurricane Michael on Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, is helping recovery and rebuilding efforts at the base.

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  • Flight Inspection: The mission and my time with the Air Force Communications Service

    As the Air Force Network Integration Center (AFNIC) celebrates 75 years of history, it is easy to trace many of the organization’s current missions back to those early days.
  • 388th FW drops GBU-49 in combat training

    The 388th Fighter Wing’s 34th Fighter Squadron recently returned from a weapons evaluation exercise at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, where they employed the GBU-49 for the first time in F-35A combat training. The GBU-49 is a laser and GPS guided bomb that can be used in a variety of conditions against many types of moving or stationary targets. During the weapon’s exercise, known as Combat Hammer, teams assessed the readiness of Hill’s weapons crews, maintainers, and pilots as they built, loaded, and employed the F-35As weapons
  • F-35s Begin Auto GCAS Test Flights

    The 461st Flight Test Squadron recently began test flight missions with the F-35 aircraft and the Auto GCAS at Edwards Air Force Base, California.
  • AF Safety goes mobile

    Air Force Safety Center released a mobile version of the Airman Safety App enabling Airmen at installations Air Force wide to voluntarily report safety issues with their devices as they encounter them.
  • Commentary: Gunfighter innovation empowers Airmen to 'take flight'

    Being a Gunfighter means being an innovator. We got our name because someone, in the thick of it and on the front lines, figured out that sticking guns on an airplane was the best way to get the job done. We have always been about getting the job done efficiently and effectively, our motto reflects that: “Ride Hard. Shoot Straight. And Always Speak the Truth.” Innovation isn’t just about finding ways to better our wing, base, MAJCOM, Air Force, or Department of Defense, we are breathing life into our heritage, providing today’s Gunfighters with the tools to get our long-standing culture of innovation off the ground, ensuring it remains aloft for the Airmen of tomorrow.
  • Tyndall F-22 family proves resilient after Hurricane Michael, father’s plane crash

    Ten days after Hurricane Michael ravaged Maj. Jeremy Boudreaux’s home and Tyndall AFB, he got a call that his father was killed in a plane crash approximately 30 miles northwest of Eglin AFB. Boudreaux and his wife, Jessie, had evacuated to Auburn, Ala. but when they got the call that his father passed away they drove to the crash site.
  • QF-16 delivered to Hurricane ravaged Tyndall AFB

    The recent delivery of a QF-16 from Boeing to the 82nd Aerial Target Squadron marks an important milestone on the road to Tyndall AFB’s recovery. The QF-16 enables live fire weapons testing in the Joint Gulf Range Complex, which is made up of 180,000 square miles that stretches from Key West to northwest Florida, and allows for joint test and training exercises
  • Thawing the frozen middle: Creech sparks innovation fire

    Airmen with the 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing and the 799th Air Base Group visited AFWERX-Las Vegas Nov. 5, 2018, to establish a Spark Cell that encourages innovation and the exploration of creative solutions to tactical-level problems. The off-site program serves as an opportunity to get ideas flowing, accelerate results of innovative thinking and learn more about the resources available to problem solvers of Creech Air Force Base. In total, 45 Airmen were able to participate.

Air Combat Command News Archive

  • SERE Combatives enhancing self-defense

    The combatives class trains in advanced projectile, striking, clenching and grappling self-defense techniques for SERE specialist Airmen.
  • US, Aussie partnership thriving at Luke

    Since the arrival of Australia’s first F-35A at Luke Air Force Base in December 2014, Australian pilots and maintainers have trained side by side with members from the U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin in preparation for the day when Australian F-35s would travel home to Australia.
  • AETC command chief visits Team Mildenhall

    Chief Master Sgt. Juliet Gudgel, command chief master sergeant of Air Education and Training Command, visited RAF Mildenhall, England, Nov. 14, 2018, to gain insight on what training currently looks like for Airmen. Air Education and Training Command is reimagining how Airmen are developed, through a shift in education, training and capitalization of experiences in a new concept: The Continuum of Learning.
  • Command and control in any climate

    The 337th Air Control Squadron has resumed taking part in command and control exercises. The 337th ACS is normally a schoolhouse that trains the Air Force’s air battle managers, but its personnel also take part in air-to-air combat exercises that span the east and west coast.
  • One Air Force: AF Youth Engagement Synchronization Workshop

    Louisville, KY. — For the first time, members from the Aircrew Crisis Task Force and Air Force
  • One killed, one injured in T-38 crash

    One pilot is dead, and one was transferred to Val Verde Regional Medical Center when an Air Force T-38C Talon assigned here at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, crashed at approximately 7:40 p.m. today on base. Laughlin emergency responders are on scene. The names of the pilots are being withheld for next of kin notification. A board of officers will convene to investigate the incident. Additional details will be provided as information becomes available. Questions should be directed to the public affairs office at 830-298-5262.
  • Air University commemorates 100th Remembrance Day

    British, French and other Air University personnel from across the Commonwealth hosted a Remembrance Day Service on Nov. 11, 2018, at the Oakwood Cemetery Annex in Montgomery, Alabama.
  • Unit removes time obstacle, student finishes course in 1 week

    The 365th Training Squadron took to heart the call of Air Education and Training Command Commander Lt. Gen. Steve Kwast that “time is no longer the constant" and helped one student complete its 39-academic-day avionics fundamentals course in one week.

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  • Air Force family: Taking care of Tyndall, displaced Airmen

    On Oct. 10, 2018 , Hurricane Michael ripped through the Florida Panhandle with racing winds and powerful rain causing damage to homes, businesses and other structures. During its duration, this category four storm directly impacted Tyndall Air Force Base, destroying parts of the base, displacing Airmen and their families. Through the recovery process, Barksdale was able to play a few different roles in the relief and rebuilding efforts.
  • U.S. presents Bells of Balangiga to the Philippines

    Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Romualdez
  • Former POW visits Dyess, provides leadership insight

    Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Lee Ellis, a former Vietnam War pilot and prisoner of war, visited Dyess
  • Alpha Warrior final battle returns to San Antonio

    JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – The 2018 Alpha Warrior Final Battle will feature the first
  • You’re not alone: Part two

    He was charming and funny. She was an outgoing new Airman who had just arrived at her first duty station. Their friendship grew into something more romantic. Her friends warned her of him right off the bat, but she saw a side to him no one else did. He made her feel loved. It all seemed bearable to her until one day, it wasn’t.
  • B-1s take off for Trident Juncture

    B-1B Lancers from the 34th Bomb Squadron, 28th Bomb Wing, launched from Ellsworth Air Force Base on Oct. 29 for a transatlantic flight to Norway to participate in Trident Juncture 2018.
  • You’re not alone: Part one

    Domestic abuse is a serious issue many men, women and children face. Because it impacts so many different people, it’s important to know that no one needs to fight this battle alone. Reaching out to available resources can be the difference between overcoming violence and it overcoming an individual.
  • Combat Raider 19-1 keeps forces ready, lethal

    Aircrew from all 8th Air Force bases flew over the Powder River Training Complex together for the first time during Combat Raider 19-1 on Oct. 16-18. They coordinated with joint tactical air controllers from the Royal Canadian Armed Forces and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, who helped coordinate simulated air strikes from the ground.

Air Force Global Strike Command News Archive

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  • Major changes to medical policies good news for Reservists

    When Col. John Buterbaugh took the helm as the command surgeon at Air Force Reserve Command in late summer 2018, he wanted to make some bold changes to improve processes for the 70,000 Reserve Citizen Airmen serving across the nation and around the world.
  • STEAM Challenge encourages innovation

    Local high school students participated in a STEAM challenge held at the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, Georgia, Nov. 7.
  • Flight Engineer passes rare milestone

    Working at 20,000 feet in a C-130 Hercules has been one Airman’s passion for more than three decades of his 38-year career. U.S. Air Force Reserve Chief Master Sgt. Kenneth Kunkel, 746th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron C-130 flight engineer, reached 10,000 flying hours Oct. 6, 2018 – a mark considered very rare amongst military aviators.
  • Scobee, Kelly outline vision, mission priorities

    Lt. Gen. Richard Scobee, Chief of the Air Force Reserve, and Air Force Reserve Command Chief Ericka Kelly unveiled the new mission, vision and priorities for the Air Force Reserve and Reserve Citizen Airmen in a letter dated Nov. 5:
  • Air Force, coalition partners hold first-ever deployed SNCOLC

    Airmen from the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing and coalition partners from three different countries recently completed the first ever deployed senior non-commissioned officer leadership course.
  • 302nd MXG holds first speed mentoring session

    Reserve Citizen Airmen from the 302nd Maintenance Group picked the brains of various senior leaders during a speed mentoring session here Nov. 4.
  • ARPC hosts ARC Field Training

    About 50 Guard and Reserve members gathered at Headquarters Air Reserve Personnel Center for an Air Reserve Component field orientation course Nov. 7.
  • Surprise reunion

    Lt. Gen. Richard Scobee took command of Air Force Reserve Command Sept. 7, but prior to his assumption of command ceremony, a smaller group gathered to witness his promotion ceremony. Little did the other attendees know, but there was an unbelievable reunion happening in the back of the auditorium.

Air Force Reserve Command News Archive

Air Force Space Command News Archive

  • AFSOC civilian receives DOD Distinguished Civilian Service Award

    An Air Force Special Operations Command civilian received the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award at the Pentagon Nov. 15. Tom Jones, AFSOC A4 logistics, engineering and force protection directorate, received the award for exceptional performance as the chief of rotary wing and special mission aircraft section. He ensured over 150 of AFSOC’s CV-22 Osprey, MQ-9 Reaper and non-standard aviation fleets were ready, relevant, sustainable and modernized.
  • AFSOC selects Spark Tank Competition semifinalists

    Air Force Special Operations Command selected two semifinalists for the Air Force Spark Tank Competition Nov. 13. Within AFSOC, 19 Airmen submitted ideas geared toward restoring readiness and driving innovation for the Air Force. Five Airmen were selected to present their ideas in front of Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of AFSOC. Out of these five, the two semifinalists were selected for competition at the Air Force level.
  • AFSOC leadership visits Invisible Wounds Center

    On Oct. 29, Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, visited and showed his support for the Invisible Wounds Center, which enables service members to remain ready and resilient to carry out operations.
  • MSgt. John Chapman honored with aircraft dedication

    The name John Chapman is already well known in the Air Force community, and it will now fly across the globe on the side of an iconic aircraft.
  • 24th SOW dedicates building to MOH recipient Master Sgt. Chapman

    The story of Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. John Chapman has circulated across
  • AFSOC honors Master Sgt. John Chapman

    Air Force Special Operations Command kicked off a series of events Oct. 25 to pay tribute to Medal of Honor recipient Master Sgt. John Chapman.
  • 23rd STS hands off Hurricane Michael airfield operations to 821st CRG at Tyndall AFB

    When Hurricane Michael began devastating much of the Florida panhandle with upwards of 150 mph gusts and rain on Oct. 10, it left many with uncertainty of what their community would look like when they returned home. For a portion of that area, a ghosted and devastated Tyndall Air Force Base, it didn’t take long for support to start flowing in to aid. One day after Hurricane Michael hit the area, a Special Tactics troop with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron was flown in on two CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft assigned to the 8th Special Operations Squadron to assess, and if possible, open the airfield.
  • AFSOC celebrates Air Force's 71st birthday

    Air Force Special Operations Command celebrated the 71st birthday of the Air Force by hosting a cake cutting ceremony, honoring tradition established since 1947.

Air Force Special Operations Command News Archive

  • Fighting the stigma: male survivors speak up

    Scott AFB’s Sexual Assault and Prevention and Response team invited Steve LePore to speak to Airmen on Oct. 29, 2018. LePore founded the 1in6 organization in 2007 after recognizing that there were few services dedicated solely to male survivors of sexual assault and abuse. These survivors face unique societal barriers in reporting their traumas. 1in6’s name draws attention to the fact that one in six men have suffered sexual assault in their lives, and it’s the only professionally-staffed national organization that focuses on male survivors.
  • Foreign Naval officers dive into Air Mobility

    Approximately 56 foreign and joint military officers from 52 foreign naval services from around the world visited Joint Base Charleston Nov. 13, 2018, to learn about the mission and capabilities of Air Mobility Command as well as JB Charleston’s role as the gateway to the Atlantic. This is the first time international students from the Naval Command College’s Arleigh Burke Fellowship have visited JB Charleston. The program is one of several at the NCC, which is part of the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. It is the Navy’s flagship senior developmental education program, focusing on educating and developing future leaders by building strategic and cultural perspective—as well as trust, confidence and cooperation—between American and international officers.
  • JB Charleston makes AMC history with new leadership course

    Company Grade Officers and senior NCOs at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., took part in military leadership training history, Nov. 6-8, 2018. JB Charleston was the first base in Air Mobility Command and third overall in the Air Force to host a flight leadership training program, Flight Commander’s Edge.
  • Scott showcases mission, Air Force lifestyle for JROTC cadets

    The 375th Air Mobility Wing hosted 197 High school students Nov. 2 from Illinois, Missouri and Indiana for the Junior ROTC Day as a chance to learn more about the Air Force mission and lifestyle. “What we want to do is bring them into our fold and introduce them to the Air Force,” said 375th AMW Command Chief Leon Calloway. “We have many members from different [career fields] and they get the opportunity to see how they can impact the Air Force with their missions.”
  • Puerto Rico Air National Guard WC-130 crash investigation results released

    Air Mobility Command released the results of its investigation into the WC-130H Hercules crash near Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, Savannah, Georgia, May 2, that killed all nine Airmen on board.
  • Fairchild fuels Global Thunder 2019

    Fairchild Airmen focused on sustaining mission readiness, rapid response and enhancing total force operations during Exercise Global Thunder 2019. Global Thunder is a U.S. Strategic Command exercise designed to ensure an efficient mission response by testing the ability for Airmen to execute command, control and operational procedures during simulated conflict scenarios. The exercise provided training opportunities and exercise scenarios for all U.S. Strategic Command mission areas, with a specific focus on nuclear readiness.
  • AMC commander talks care for Airmen, readiness with Team Little Rock

    Team Little Rock Airmen had the opportunity to interact with and tell their stories to Gen. Maryanne
  • AMC commander priorities highlight Airlift Tanker Association Symposium

    SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Illinois -- The commander of Air Mobility Command announced six priorities designed to steer the mobility enterprise toward advancing Rapid Global Mobility and power projection in support of the Air Force and combatant commanders worldwide. In delivering the 2018 Airlift/Tanker Association Symposium closing address Oct. 27 in Grapevine, Texas, Gen. Maryanne Miller, touched on ways the command is guided by and supports the National Defense Strategy.

Air Mobility Command News Archive

Pacific Air Forces News Archive

  • Flight Engineer passes rare milestone

    Working at 20,000 feet in a C-130 Hercules has been one Airman’s passion for more than three decades of his 38-year career. U.S. Air Force Reserve Chief Master Sgt. Kenneth Kunkel, 746th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron C-130 flight engineer, reached 10,000 flying hours Oct. 6, 2018 – a mark considered very rare amongst military aviators.
  • VAQ-135 arrives at Al Udeid

    The U.S. Navy’s Electronic Attack Squadron 135 (VAQ-135) “Black Ravens” replaced the U.S. Marine Corps’ Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 2 (VMAQ-2) at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Oct. 30, 2018, providing electronic attack, jamming, satellite communication and communication countermeasures to aerial operations in the area.
  • RAF hosts 100-year WWI remembrance service

    Royal Air Force airmen and women teamed with Coalition forces for a 100th anniversary Service of Remembrance at the Memorial Plaza here, Nov. 11, 2018. The event provided an opportunity for service members and civilians to remember those who lost their lives during World War I and honor the heroic efforts, achievements and sacrifices made by veterans and fallen military members during past wars and conflicts.
  • Airmen train as elite personnel recovery teams

    “It is my duty as a pararescueman to save lives and to aid the injured. I will be prepared at all times to perform my assigned duties quickly and efficiently, placing these duties before personal desires and comforts. These things I do, that others may live.”
  • Bagram Airfield quarters named after Airman’s valiant actions

    A majority of Airmen assigned to Bagram Airfield live on a compound called Camp Cunningham, but few know the story of the hero whose name it bears.
  • ECES Airmen perform rapid repair after storm

    Airmen assigned to the 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron pavements and equipment shop repaired the airfield here in response to damages inflicted by two lightning strikes Oct. 24, 2018.
  • AFCENT Airmen Support Afghan Airdrop Training and MERV Clearance Ops

    U.S. Air Forces Central Command published its September Airpower Summary today highlighting airpower
  • TACP Airmen support multi-nation exercise

    Recently, Airmen from the 82nd Expeditionary Air Support Operations Squadron participated in a

U.S. Air Forces Central Command News Archive

  • Inter-European Air Forces Academy graduates class 19-A

    The Inter-European Air Forces Academy graduated its 10th in-residence Inter-European Squadron Officer School and Noncommissioned Officer Academy courses Nov. 16, 2018, Kapaun Air Station, Germany. Class 19A included 19 officers and 13 enlisted personnel from 14 different countries, including the Academy’s first-ever student from the Serbian air force. To date, the academy has trained and educated 667 students from 36 different countries.
  • CE Airmen BEEF up

    Airmen assigned to the 786th Civil Engineer Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, bolstered their readiness to conduct Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force operations on Nov. 15, 2018.
  • AF Safety goes mobile

    Air Force Safety Center released a mobile version of the Airman Safety App enabling Airmen at installations Air Force wide to voluntarily report safety issues with their devices as they encounter them.
  • AETC command chief visits Team Mildenhall

    Chief Master Sgt. Juliet Gudgel, command chief master sergeant of Air Education and Training Command, visited RAF Mildenhall, England, Nov. 14, 2018, to gain insight on what training currently looks like for Airmen. Air Education and Training Command is reimagining how Airmen are developed, through a shift in education, training and capitalization of experiences in a new concept: The Continuum of Learning.
  • Use of Force: RAF Mildenhall Defenders ensure effective security response

    Imagine standing at the front gate, checking ID cards, when you notice out of the corner of your eye an individual climbing over the fence or trying to make a dash onto base. What is an appropriate response for stop the intruder? The 100th Security Force Squadron Defenders and augmentees are required to make split-second decisions when approached aggressively, and determine the level of self-defense in order to make a “bad guy” compliant.
  • Greatest sacrifice: B-24 Liberator pilot identified, repatriated after 73 years

    As his B-24 Liberator started a spiraling descent after encountering hostile anti-aircraft fire over Bulgaria, 1st Lt. John Crouchley knew what he had to do. Holding tightly onto the controls and desperately fighting with two badly damaged engines, he made sure his nine-strong crew escaped with their lives before the aircraft hit the ground. It was June 28, 1944, and the crew of “The Miss Yankee Rebel” were on their way home from a bombing mission in Romania. Those nine Airmen lived to see another day; their pilot perished along with his aircraft.
  • The Bloody Hundredth support Exercise Trident Juncture 18

    Airmen and KC-135 Stratotankers from the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England, deployed to Rovaniemi, Finland, in support of NATO-led exercise Trident Juncture 18, Oct. 25 - Nov. 7, 2018. Trident Juncture was the largest NATO exercise since 2002, and included 31 countries and more than 50,000 military members.
  • Vietnam veteran speaks about integrated resiliency, suicide prevention with Team Mildenhall Airmen

    Looking into the mirror, a man doesn’t recognize the person who stands before him. The reflection is covered in a countless number of scars; scars of a tragic past and an event that forever changed his life. However, these wounds enable him to share his message of fighting back and not allowing the darkest times to overshadow the brightest moments. The world can be a frightening and daunting place, but the man scarred for life ensures he lives a life of resiliency and encourages those who need his help.

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