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  • ‘Eye in the sky’ surveillance at Al Udeid

    According to Air Force doctrine, air superiority requires basic freedom of movement – the ability to operate anywhere without opposition. Twenty three Airmen from the 727th Expeditionary Air Control Squadron, Detachment 3, here, enable this level of control, ensuring no aircraft within 240 nautical miles range of Al Udeid Air Base goes unseen or unidentified.
  • From Haiti to the greatest Air Force in the world

    Every Airman has their own story, unique with diverse educational backgrounds, mixed upbringings and different heritages. For Master Sgt. Larwens Subtil, 8th Civil Engineer Squadron first sergeant at Kunsan Air Base, Korea, his Air Force story begins in Haiti
  • Gen. LeMay's lead operational bombing planner dies at 101, family makes unique donation

    The family of Col. John Watters Sr. donated his extensive collection of military books to Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.
  • 24th SOW paves way with innovated human performance programming method

    The 24th Special Operations Wing operators have a team of more than 40 human-performance-providers in their arsenal, working to prepare, mold and enhance the strength, conditioning and performance of these Airmen through various programs.
  • Remembering a legend: Air Force Medal of Honor recipient Col. Joe Jackson

    Nearly 50 years after receiving the Medal of Honor, Air Force legend Col. Joe M. Jackson passed away Jan. 12, 2019, at the age of 95.
  • PERSCO keeps the base accountable

    Before you arrive to a deployment at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, there is a team already tracking and processing your movement into the Area of Responsibility. This is the Personnel Support for Contingency Operations team whose mission is total force accountability, casualty reporting and being advisors to commanders.
  • Virtual, augmented reality may hold key to future Air Force training

    A demonstration of how virtual reality and augmented reality (VR/AR) can benefit Air Force training processes took place Jan. 8. The demonstration was geared toward Airmen within the aircraft armament systems and munition systems, and gave a glimpse of how VR/AR applications can aid in providing an enhanced experience to Airmen preparing aircraft for combat missions.

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  • Virtual, augmented reality may hold key to future Air Force training

    A demonstration of how virtual reality and augmented reality (VR/AR) can benefit Air Force training processes took place here Jan. 8, 2018. The demonstration was geared toward Airmen within the aircraft armament systems and munition systems, and gave a glimpse of how VR/AR applications can aid in providing an enhanced experience to Airmen preparing aircraft for combat missions.
  • Medical Airmen, volunteers keep blood supply flowing

    Al Udeid Air Base’s Blood Transshipment Center is a one of a kind place. While it is the only blood transshipment center in U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility, it also houses one of the few missions on base that regularly uses volunteers from other career fields.
  • Gen. LeMay's lead operational bombing planner dies at 101, family makes unique donation

    When the family of a man who lived to see 101 and served his country for 30 years in the Army, Army Air Corps and Air Force through World War II, asks to donate something, the answer is easy. Col. John Watters Sr., from Selma, Alabama, graduated from Auburn University in 1940 and immediately commissioned into the Army horse-drawn artillery. A few years later, he found himself in the Army Air Corps as a B-17 bombardier and navigator, completing more than 25 combat bombing missions when life expectancy was ten missions. It wasn’t long until the Air Force was established and he made another switch. His final assignment was as Gen. Curtis LeMay's, commander of Strategic Air Command, lead operational bombing planner.
  • 3D printed part installed

    The use of 3D printing is not new to the Air Force. The service has routinely used 3D printing for legacy aircraft requiring parts that may be out of production due to manufacturing obsolescence. 3D printing is becoming more common place in the Air Force’s supply chain when it comes to its fifth-generation aircraft. In December, a metallic 3D printed part was installed by 574th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron maintainers on an operational F-22 Raptor during depot maintenance.
  • FITNESS ASSESSMENT FATALITY ACCIDENT REPORT RELEASED

    An Air Combat Command ground accident investigation board report was released today on the June 3, 2018, death of an Alabama Air National Guard airman first class assigned to the 187th Civil Engineer Squadron, 187th Fighter Wing, Dannelly Field, Alabama.
  • ACC leaders talk Creech future with RPA Airmen

    Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, and Chief Master Sgt. Frank Batten, command chief of ACC, visited Creech to speak with Remotely Piloted Aircraft Airmen about the future of their enterprise, Jan. 10, 2019.
  • 709th SPTS revamps transportation process

    The 709th Support Squadron here streamlined its transportation and shipping operations to more efficiently manage its fleet of vehicles and cargo shipments.

Air Combat Command News Archive

  • Outstanding AETC Photos Recognized in AF Year in Photos

    This annual AF feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America.
  • Virtual, augmented reality may hold key to future Air Force training

    A demonstration of how virtual reality and augmented reality (VR/AR) can benefit Air Force training processes took place Jan. 8. The demonstration was geared toward Airmen within the aircraft armament systems and munition systems, and gave a glimpse of how VR/AR applications can aid in providing an enhanced experience to Airmen preparing aircraft for combat missions.
  • Helping others builds Holloman Airman's social fitness

    (Editor's Note: This feature is part two of a four part series on Comprehensive Airman Fitness)
  • Sheppard a stop during F-35A Lightning II road tour

    Combat pilots from Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, made a stop here Jan. 11 to give students of the 80th Flying Training Wing’s Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program and up-close look at the sleek one-seater jet as well as talk about some of its unique features and how the Air Force is deploying it now and into the future.
  • Keesler unveils innovative classroom environment for ‘Mach 21 Airmen’

    The 81st Training Support Squadron held a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by an open house celebrating the completion of the SCALE-UP renovation project in Alee Hall Jan. 10The 81st Training Support Squadron held a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by an open house celebrating the completion of the SCALE-UP renovation project in Alee Hall Jan. 10 here.
  • Air University hosts education summit

    Air University hosted its first K-12 Education Summit Jan. 9, 2019, in order to start a dialogue about enhancing and improving the educational opportunities available to students throughout the River Region.
  • Uniform code of military justice changes

    Effective Jan. 1, 2019, the Military Justice Act of 2016 will instate the most reform to the Uniform Code of Military Justice and Manual for Courts-Martial in decades, modernizing dated aspects of the military justice system while also providing transparency.

Air Education and Training Command News Archive

  • Ellsworth holds load crew competition

    Weapon loaders from the 28th Munitions Squadron, the 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit and the 37th Aircraft Maintenance Unit compete in an annual weapons loading competition at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Jan. 7, 2019. Each team was given 40 minutes to load two inert GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munitions and one inert AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile onto a simulated B-1 bomber.
  • Having the confidence to save a life outside the emergency room

    “I heard a breath--a gasp--leave his body,” said Master Sgt. Charles Phillips, 705th Combat Training Squadron superintendent. “There was no confidence in my body at that moment. I had to do CPR on this guy or he was not going to live.”
  • The B-1B Lancer: 20 years of global power

    December 18, 2018 marks the 20-year anniversary of the first operational combat debut of the B-1B
  • AFGSC commander visits F.E. Warren

    General Timothy Ray, Air Force Global Strike Command commander, interacted with Airmen here Dec. 10
  • Installation excellence

    Ellsworth Air Force Base was the recipient of the 2019 Commander in Chief's Annual Award for Installation Excellence for Air Force Global Strike Command. Ellsworth AFB will move on to compete for the award at the Air Force level.
  • AFIMSC Innovation Office seeks game-changing ideas

    The Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Innovation Office launches a program in the new year to help Airmen implement their innovative ideas. The campaign, open Jan. 1-31, 2019, gives military and civilian members of mission support groups worldwide a chance to fund their ideas and partner with innovation experts.
  • AFNWC contributing to legacy opertions

    On Nov. 6, an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was launched from Vandenberg AFB, Calif., down the Western Test Range over the Pacific Ocean. The launch was supported by members of the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, especially the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Systems Directorate, who provided technological and logistical assistance to the launch and maintenance crews for the test.

Air Force Global Strike Command News Archive

  • Virtual, augmented reality may hold key to future Air Force training

    A demonstration of how virtual reality and augmented reality (VR/AR) can benefit Air Force training processes took place Jan. 8. The demonstration was geared toward Airmen within the aircraft armament systems and munition systems, and gave a glimpse of how VR/AR applications can aid in providing an enhanced experience to Airmen preparing aircraft for combat missions.
  • Museum's STEM event focuses on science, education

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Despite several inches of snow falling and hampering road
  • Here’s what you need to know about the new tax laws

    In December 2017, the president signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the most sweeping tax-reform legislation in more than 30 years. Most changes will apply to the general public, but some have special implications for the military community. Even within the military community, the changes will not have the same impact on everyone. It is important to know your circumstances and adapt to the reforms in a way that reflects your finances and lifestyle.
  • Joint Simulation Environment inches closer to reality

    The 412th Electronic Warfare Group is one step closer to bringing the Joint Simulation Environment to life at Edwards Air Force Base, California. The 412th EWG recently began work to pave the way for ultimately building a new facility to house the JSE.
  • First metallic 3D printed part installed on F-22

    The use of 3D printing is not new to the Air Force. The service has routinely used 3D printing for legacy aircraft requiring parts that may be out of production due to manufacturing obsolescence.
  • Multi-domain career opportunity available for AF officers

    The first opportunity for officers to enter a new Air Force career field is commencing summer of
  • AFLCMC team working to acquire next generation fixed-wing helmet

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Human Systems

Air Force Material Command News Archive

  • Automated system combats Guard and Reserve evaluation backlog

    Headquarters Air Reserve Personnel Center, Buckley Air Force Base, CO, has implemented an innovative new system to reduce the processing time for officer and enlisted performance reports. Since coming on-line in the fall of 2018, this automated system, created by developers from the Future Operations and Integration Directorate (DPX) at HQ ARPC, has processed nearly 20,000 officer and enlisted performance reports.
  • Reservists enhance ADAB’s capabilities

    In order to execute its mission effectively, the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing recently leveraged the expertise of Reserve Citizen Airmen from the 624th Regional Support Group, who bring their civilian skills to support various missions at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates.
  • $40M available for start-ups, small businesses through Air Force Pitch Day

    The Air Force is calling for submissions from start-ups and small businesses as it seeks to rapidly invest up to $40 million at Air Force Pitch Day as part of a larger rapid contracting effort.
  • Resilient leader takes command during uncertain times

    Leadership of the 44th Fighter Group changed hands in a ceremony here Jan. 12, 2019 with a landscape
  • Finding Resilient Leaders

    In the beginning of December, the Air Force Reserve Command set out to recognize the NYPD for their support to the Air Force Reserve. Through coordination with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Gibbs was able to nominate James P. O’Neill, NYC police commissioner, for the Patriot Award in time for Scobee's visit. The signing of the ESGR’s Statement of Support also further solidified our cooperation with the NYPD.
  • Reservists deliver humanitarian aid to Guatemala

    Reservists from the 315th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Charleston delivered nearly 8,000 pounds of humanitarian aid to Guatemala City yesterday. The mission, part of a standard C-17 Globemaster III aircraft training mission, delivered the donated supplies consisting of firefighting and rescue equipment to the people of Guatemala. The relief missions are part of ongoing efforts by the 315th Airlift Wing to utilize flight training hours to provide humanitarian relief to countries in need, while also providing mandated training for C-17 aircrew members.
  • OPSEC in the Social Media Age

    One of the areas Reserve Citizen Airmen must be vigilant in when it comes to operational security is social media. Erick Holloway, Air Force Reserve Command OPSEC program manager, explained Reservists have a special responsibility to maintain OPSEC even when off-duty in their civilian roles.

Air Force Reserve Command News Archive

  • Growing Air Force’s space medicine culture

    As space continues to play an increasingly critical role in our nation’s defense, the need for the space medicine specialty grows. Medical Airmen within U.S. Air Force Space Command are making sure space operators are ready for future readiness requirements. “Space is no longer a neutral, docile domain,” said Col. Walter “Sparky” Matthews, AFSPC Command Surgeon. “It has become a contested environment where many state and non-state actors actively seek to disrupt U.S. space capability.”
  • Inaugural Vice Chief’s Challenge seeks game-changing innovations

    The Air Force is continuing to look to its Airmen to create innovative solutions to the service’s trickiest challenges, this time specifically seeking their help to improve multi-domain operations.
  • Space Flag prepares Airmen for a real fight

    Air Force Space Command concluded its fourth iteration of the Department of Defense’s premier space exercise last month in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
  • Uniform code of military justice changes

    Effective Jan. 1, 2019, the Military Justice Act of 2016 will instate the most reform to the Uniform Code of Military Justice and Manual for Courts-Martial in decades, modernizing dated aspects of the military justice system while also providing transparency.
  • First GPS III satellite successfully launched

    The U.S. Air Force and its mission partners successfully launched the first Global Positioning
  • Air Force Space Command increasing combat readiness as enlisted space operators head to advanced instructor course

    Two dynamic units, each with a legacy of advancement, recently came together to make space and education history. Air Force Space Command and the Air Force Weapons School joined forces to make history by holding the first-ever selection board for the emerging 1C6 Space Warfighter Advanced Instructor Course (AIC) on Nov. 29, 2018 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.
  • GPS III Space Vehicle 01 is encapsulated in the Falcon 9 payload fairing

    The Air Force’s first Lockheed Martin-built GPS III satellite was encapsulated within a SpaceX

Air Force Space Command News Archive

  • AFSOC leaders visit the Pacific

    Maj. Gen. Vince Becklund, deputy commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, visited the 353rd Special Operations Group Jan. 9-11 for a closer look at the special operations mission in the Pacific.
  • Special Warfare TISC opens doors to solve tomorrow’s problems, dedicated to ST founder

    The Special Warfare Technical Integration Support Center opened its doors during a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony in Fort Walton Beach, Jan. 11, as the newly named Col. John T. Carney Center of Excellence. With the name of “Coach” Carney embodied within the 25,000 square foot facility, the roots of Special Tactics aim to inspire employees of the SW-TISC every day.
  • US SOF continue to enhance their ability alongside POL allies through culmination exercise

    Clouds make way for the first pass of combat controllers from the U.S. and Polish forces as they
  • AFSOC holds cyber all-call

    William Marion, Secretary of the Air Force deputy chief information officer, conducted a cyber personnel all-call Dec. 17 at Hurlburt Field, Florida. The all-call addressed changes coming to the Air Force’s cyber community and the importance of maintaining cyber readiness.
  • AFSOC leaders speak at women’s panel

    The Air Commando Association hosted an Air Force Special Operations Command women’s panel during a heritage symposium Dec. 7 at Hurlburt Field, Florida. The panel, comprised of top female leaders within AFSOC, focused on women in the fight.
  • AFSOC Airmen receive MHS and AMSUS awards

    Air Force Special Operations Command medical Airmen were recognized during the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States annual awards dinner on Nov. 29 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, Maryland. Two Airmen and one unit within AFSOC were awarded for outstanding contributions to the readiness of the medical mission.
  • AFSOC Airmen inducted into Air Commando Hall of Fame

    Five AFSOC Airmen were inducted into the Air Commando Hall of Fame at the Air Commando Association awards banquet on Dec. 7.

Air Force Special Operations Command News Archive

Air Mobility Command News Archive

  • US, Philippine AF conduct bilateral air contingency operations

    U.S. Air Force F-16s, aircrew, maintenance and support personnel deployed from Kunsan Air Base, Korea to Basa Air Base, Philippines Jan. 17 in order to fly and train with Philippine counterparts as part of a regularly reoccurring bilateral air contingent (BACE-P).
  • B-2, F-22s conduct interoperability training

    A B-2 Spirit bomber deployed from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, and F-22 Raptors from the Hawaii Air National Guard’s 154th Wing fly near Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, during an interoperability training mission Jan. 15, 2019. The aircraft are deployed here in support of U.S. Strategic Command’s Bomber Task Force mission. Bomber aircraft regularly rotate through the Indo-Pacific region to integrate capabilities with key regional partners and maintain a high state of aircrew proficiency.
  • B-52s rotate in the Indo-Pacific

    A B-52 Stratofortress bomber from the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base (AFB), North Dakota, sits on the flightline at Andersen AFB, Guam, Jan. 15, 2019. The bombers from Minot will assume responsibility for the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s Continuous Bomber Presence mission from the 96th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron from Barksdale AFB, Louisiana. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Quail)
  • Do Something Amazing

    When I was on deployment to Baghdad, Iraq a few years ago, I recall how the Ugandan guards at the dining facility entrance would often stop me and they would say, “Chaplain, Do Something Amazing!”
  • 7AF/CC tours Osan

  • The 736th SFS Live, Eat and Breath “Defensor Fortis" (Defenders of the Force)

    The dictionary defines the word Defender as a person who defends someone or something. No coincidence security force members throughout the Air Force use this moniker. Defender is well-suited; however, one word does not speak to their flexibility, warrior ethos or enormous responsibility.
  • Engineers, airfield managers fight snowy weather, keep Misawa runway open

    Misawa averaged more than 147 inches of snow over the past six years and experiences freezing and drifting precipitation from the Pacific Ocean. It takes a lot of coordination to keep the flight line clear and remains a top priority for the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron and 35th Operations Support Squadron.

Pacific Air Forces News Archive

  • 380th ESFS and ECES conduct joint training

    The 380th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron military working dogs team conducted a small-scale training event with 380th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal and fire department Jan. 15, 2019 at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates.
  • PERSCO keeps the base accountable

    Before you arrive to a deployment at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, there is a team already tracking and processing your movement into the Area of Responsibility. This is the Personnel Support for Contingency Operations team whose mission is total force accountability, casualty reporting and being advisors to commanders.
  • Danish Officer shares international security expertise

    The Combined Air Operations Center is home to a multitude of coalition members, and all have their specific roles in the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. One member, Royal Danish Air Force Lt. Col. Lars Cramer-Larsen, RDAF chief coalition strategist, provides his expertise and research about the Middle East to key leaders and decision makers as his role.
  • ‘Eye in the sky’ surveillance at Al Udeid

    According to Air Force doctrine, air superiority requires basic freedom of movement – the ability to operate anywhere without opposition. Twenty three Airmen from the 727th Expeditionary Air Control Squadron, Detachment 3, here, enable this level of control, ensuring no aircraft within 240 nautical miles range of Al Udeid Air Base goes unseen or unidentified.
  • Hawaii, Guam reservists enhance ADAB’s capabilities

    In order to execute its mission effectively, the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing recently leveraged the expertise of Reserve Citizen Airmen from the 624th Regional Support Group, who bring their civilian skills to support various missions at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates.
  • 60K loader receives new upgrade at the 386th

    Aerial porters have a vital role in the Area of Responsibility to assure supplies move downrange at a rapid rate. With the day in and day out transportation of everything from vehicles to missiles, these airmen use the Tunner 60K Loaders to ensure these mission essential necessities make it to their final destinations. Currently, aerial porters from the 386th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron are implementing a new collision avoidance system to safeguard the loaders and their operators as they move cargo to and from the flightline.

U.S. Air Forces Central Command News Archive

  • 31 FW Safety Office protects Airmen, resources, combat capabilities

    A fire hydrant, damaged by an unsafely driven forklift, leaked water onto an office building’s parking lot. The water froze over and the next day an Airman slipped and broke their arm. This real world scenario, recalled by Master Sgt. Victorio Gutierrez, 31st Fighter Wing Safety superintendent, cost the wing time, money, and resources.
  • RAF Mildenhall spouses master resiliency, mindfulness, yoga

    A Mindfulness and Resiliency Event, hosted by the Community Support Coordinator for RAF Mildenhall and Key Spouses was held here on Jan. 10. The day began with a presentation on mindfulness and resiliency strategies by MRT-certified spouses, then a restorative yoga session at a yoga studio in Newmarket and finished with English tea and pastries at a tea shop.
  • DUI Free is the way to be

    The 721st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron started the New Year off with celebrating the entire year of 2018 with no DUIs. December 18, 2018 marked 365 days the squadron has been free of any alcohol related incidents.
  • 52nd MXS AGE performs inspection

    U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Darien Andrews, 52nd Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment
  • A Phase to success

    48th Maintenance Group maintainers work on an F-15E Strike Eagle during a phase inspection at Royal
  • AFIMSC continues to innovate in 2019

    The Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center continues its commitment to be the I&MS innovation leader.
  • 492nd AMU: Bleed Blue

    492nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chiefs prepare to conduct aircraft launch procedures at Royal

U.S. Air Forces in Europe News Archive