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  • ACC Science and Technology advisors visits 41st RQS

    Dr. John Matyjas and Dr. Donna Joyce, science and technology advisors to Air Combat Command, visited the 41st RQS to tour and assess their Virtual Reality flight simulator along with taking a familiarization flight on an HH-60G Pave Hawk. The visit is a part of an Air Force assessment of the possible implementation of VR in training. The 41st RQS VR flight simulator is an initiative that was selected at the Moody Air Force Base 2018 Spark Tank competition.
  • Qatari Mirages fly with U.S. B-52 and F-35As

    Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) Mirage 2000s, a U.S. B-52H Stratofortress, and U.S. F-35A Lightning IIs flew in formation over Southwest Asia, May 21, 2019. This flight was conducted to continue building military-to-military relationships and interoperability with the QEAF. The B-52H is part of the Bomber Task Force deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility to defend U.S. forces and interests in the region.
  • Ophthalmology teams give Guyanese the gift of sight

    The ophthalmology center at the Port Mourant Hospital was established to provide aid to the Guyanese population by screening and selecting patients to receive cataract and pterygium surgery in support of New Horizons 2019. This exercise provides U.S. military members an opportunity to train for an overseas deployment. It promotes bilateral cooperation by providing opportunities for U.S. and partner nation military engineers, medical personnel and support staff to work and train side by side. Many of the Guyanese patients have been waiting years to receive either cataract or pterygium surgery to regain their vision.
  • 9th MUNS hosts second annual Air Force Combat Operations Competition

    The 9th Munitions Squadron held the second annual Air Force Combat Operations Competition (AFCOCOMP), May 14-16, 2019, here. AFCOCOMP is a one-of-a-kind munitions building competition, which tests participants on the skills required of ammo troops during warfighting operations.
  • Airman’s dreams come true: His story

    Dreams come true everyday. For Airmen, some want to travel the world, some want to become a general and others want to have a family. Dreams, however, do not happen on their own. It requires sacrifice, dedication and working smarter and harder than you have before. This truth stares each of us in the face everyday. If you choose to acknowledge it and apply it, your dreams can come true. Just ask Senior Airman Jalen Thompson.
  • May 18 is Armed Forces Day

    Nations around the world honor their military forces with an Armed Forces Day. In the United States, the celebration is held the third Saturday in May.
  • 87th Electronic Warfare Squadron activated

    The 53rd Wing hosted an activation ceremony for the 87th Electronic Warfare Squadron here May 17,

Air Combat Command News Archive

  • Finding the best linguist for the job

    The Defense Language Institute is helping recruiters find higher quality linguists by providing recruiters the tools and information they need to help spot potential linguists and streamline their training process.
  • From cockpit to saddle, Columbus AFB Airman excels in both

    She grew up a horse loving and riding kid in Northern California and put her dream of riding professionally on hold when she enlisted and later commissioned into the Air Force. It wasn’t until 2013 that Maj. Andrea Matesick would discover she could still be an F-15E Strike Eagle pilot in the world’s greatest Air Force and travel the United States competing in professional equestrian events.
  • SWTW dedicates fitness facility to fallen special tactics airman

    Special Tactics Airmen, both current and those still in training, gathered to remember and honor a fallen Special Tactics Airman, Senior Airman Bradley Smith, during a dedication ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland April 19.
  • Former U.S. forces translator graduates OTS

    A former translator in Iraq for U.S. and Iraqi forces, Riyadh Aljammaly was direct commissioned as a captain in the Air Force in July 2014, and graduated from the U.S. Air Force Officer Training School in May of this year, now serving as the medical director and sole psychiatrist of the mental health clinic at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, where he provides care to more than 6,000 special operations Airmen.
  • Luke hosts Armed Forces Golf Tournament

    The 2019 Armed Force Golf Tournament and Championship was held May 8 – 19, at Falcon Dunes Golf Course near Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.
  • Defending Air Bases in an Age of Insurgency, vol. 2

    The Air Force’s top defender notes the relevance of air base defense to the entire service community and it’s criticality to airpower itself.
  • The rewards and challenges of being a first sergeant

    Three years may feel like a long time, depending on what is happening, but for Chief Master Sgt. James Curtis, 311th Training Squadron first sergeant, time has sped by thanks to the members of the 311th TRS who made his time at Presidio of Monterey an enjoyably bittersweet and enlightening opportunity.

Air Education and Training Command News Archive

Air Force Global Strike Command News Archive

Air Force Material Command News Archive

  • Reserve Fighting Falcons train with Lakenheath Strike Eagles

    93rd Fighter Squadron F-16C Fighting Falcons and 482nd Fighter Wing support personnel from Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida, participated in Dissimilar Air Combat Training, here, with U.S. Air Forces in Europe units and partners and allies in the region, this month.
  • Okies support joint exercise Northern Edge

    Reserve Citizen Airmen from the 507th Air Refueling Wing joined approximately 10,000 U.S. military personnel participating in exercise Northern Edge 2019, a joint training exercise hosted by U.S. Pacific Air Forces on and above the central Alaska ranges and the Gulf of Alaska May 13-24, 2019.
  • Total Force Recruiting scores knockout with Professional Fighters League

     In a combined recruiting effort, Air Force Reserve Command and Air Force Special Operations
  • Reservists Aid Army Exercise

    The 315th Airlift Wing from Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, provided C-17 Globemaster III support to Wright Army Airfield for an Army Expeditionary Deployment Readiness Exercise May 14 at Fort Stewart, Georgia. The 300th Airlift Squadron from JB Charleston, provided aerial support to the 414th Signal Company’s Tactical Communication Squadron from Fort Stewart. The EDRE helps to prepare military members to tactfully and efficiently deploy within hours.
  • Wise Guy back in the sky

    A team of Reserve Citizen Airmen and active duty maintainers spent four months prepping Wise Guy, a B-52 Stratofortress for flight. The bomber had been at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group since 2008.
  • 2018 Air Force Reserve Command Aeromedical Evacuation Award Selections

    Congratulations to the Air Force Reserve Command 2018 Aeromedical Evacuation Award winners. AFRC AE

Air Force Reserve Command News Archive

  • AFSPC member polishes off competition in Toastmasters contest

    Greg Williams, legislative liaison at Headquarters, Air Force Space Command, won first place in the District 26 Toastmasters International competition in Denver, May 4, 2019.
  • 14th Air Force’s Priorities for Space Warfighters

    14th Air Force hosted a commander’s conference to deliver guidance associated with the 14th Air Force strategic plan, key initiatives, and organizational changes designed to support the future standup of U.S. Space Command (USSPACECOM) May 7 - 8, 2019.
  • Joint DOD/NASA/NOAA mission targeted for June 22 launch on SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch vehicle

    USAF Space & Missile Systems Center (Los Angeles AFB - El Segundo, Calif.) announces June 22 launch date for joint DOD/NASA/NOAA mission on SpaceX Falcon Heavy
  • MINUTEMAN III LAUNCHES FROM VANDENBERG

    An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was launched during an operational test Thursday, May 9, at 12:40 a.m. Pacific Time from north Vandenberg.
  • 4th Space Operations Squadron takes control of AEHF-4

    The 4th Space Operations Squadron accepted control of a new satellite in their constellation, Advanced Extremely High Frequency-4 from the Space and Missile Systems Center and 14th Air Force in a satellite control authority ceremony at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, May 3. Second Lt. Scott Podlogar, 4th SOPS satellite engineer, said the ceremony designates who has the authority to operate the platform. “The agency accepting control is responsible for maintaining the health and safety of the satellite as well as making sure it accomplishes the mission it is designed for,” he said
  • Air Force successfully launches satellites from New Zealand on Electron Rocket

    The U.S. Air Force and its mission partners has successfully launched three Department of Defense research and development satellites on Huntington Beach-based Rocket Lab USA’s Electron rocket from Mahia, New Zealand at 11:00 p.m. PST, May 4, 2019 and  6:00 p.m. NZST May 5, 2019. 
  • 460 Space Wing welcomes new commander

    BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The 460th Space Wing welcomed new leadership during a change of command ceremony May 3, 2019, here.

Air Force Space Command News Archive

  • AFSOC holds Run to Honor 5k run/ruck for fallen Airmen

    Air Force Special Operations Command hosted the annual Run to Honor 5k run/ruck at Hurlburt Field,
  • Air Force transitions enlisted specialty, grows Special Tactics capabilities

    Enlisted Airmen have been analyzing weather since the very beginning of American military flight in 1917. Decades of hard-earned experience led to Special Operations Weather Team Airmen being designated with their own Air Force Specialty Code in 2008. By combining the core skills of Special Operation Forces with their meteorology skills, SOWTs have been a critical asset to the War on Terror. Alongside Special Tactics teammates from forward deployed locations, SOWTs would gather, assess, and interpret environmental data in order to forecast weather impacts to operations. In a location like Afghanistan, this was vital to successful air-ground operations.
  • U.S. Forces train with Moroccan Royal Armed Forces through contingency scenarios

    Members of the Royal Armed Forces of Morocco and the U.S. Air Force joined together for over 10 days of thorough, bilateral cooperation and training during exercise Judicious Response Epic Guardian 19, during the last weeks of April, 2019, based out of Inzegane Airbase, Agadir, Morocco.
  • Col. Andrew Jett assumes command of 492nd Special Operations Wing

    Hundreds of Carpetbaggers from the 492nd Special Operations Wing welcomed their new wing commander during a change of command ceremony May 6. Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of the Air Force Special Operations Command, presided over the ceremony as Col. Andrew Jett took command of the wing from Col. Todd A. Fogle.
  • AFSOC welcomes new USSOCOM leader

    Air Force Special Operations Command welcomed the commander of United States Special Operations Command, U.S. Army Gen. Richard D. Clarke, to Hurlburt Field, Florida, May 7. During the visit, Clarke received an AFSOC orientation to gain an increased understanding of how the command contributes to the National Defense Strategy.
  • CARE for Air Commandos; AFSOC POTFF hosts fourth annual resilience summit

    Air Force Special Operations Command’s Preservation of the Force and Family hosted a caregiver and resilience education (CARE) summit at a resort in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, from April 22-27. The summit promoted a whole-family approach to resilience and readiness for AFSOC’s wounded, ill or injured service members and their caregivers.
  • Finding a way together; AFSOC twins receive senior airman BTZ

    A journey which began before birth continues into a career in Air Force Special Operations Command for two fraternal twins who were both selected for promotion to senior airman below-the-zone (BTZ). Airman 1st Class Jonathan Rodgers, 1st Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron CV-22 Osprey parts store supply journeyman and Airman 1st Class Alexander Rodgers, 27th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion mechanic, were notified of this accomplishment in March.

Air Force Special Operations Command News Archive

  • AMC expands junior officer force development program

    Air Mobility Command officials announced today an expansion of Phoenix Horizon, the command’s company grade officer leadership and force development program.
  • AMC civic leaders go to basic training

    Air Mobility Command civic leaders toured the 37th Training Wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, May 1-3 as guests of Gen. Maryanne Miller, AMC commander.
  • Air Force to pay up to $500 for spouse occupational license transfer during PCS

    The Air Force announced the spouse re-licensure reimbursement program, May 15, which would provide financial relief up to $500 to Airmen whose spouses must obtain state occupational relicensures or recertifications during a permanent change of station or assignment across state lines.
  • New website allows Airmen to schedule their own fitness tests

    SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- The 375th Force Support Squadron launches a new web-based program that
  • Little Rock AFB Community Council wins Abilene Trophy

    The Abilene Chamber of Commerce officially presented the Little Rock Air Force Base Community Council with the 2018 annual Air Mobility Command Community Support Award, known as the Abilene Trophy, at a ceremony on Little Rock AFB, May 14, 2019. The Abilene Trophy was established in 1999 to recognize the community that best supports an Air Mobility Command base each calendar year. The Abilene Trophy was given to the Little Rock AFB Community Council as a way to feature the outstanding support they provide Airmen, their families and the combat airlift mission.
  • Year of Defender sharpens spear of defender

    Security Forces is the largest enlisted career field in the Air Force with 38,000 defenders spanning
  • Squadrons ‘Unite’ from ground up

    The Unite program is a new U.S. Air Force resiliency program implemented this fiscal year to support unit cohesion, team-building and morale. Throughout this initiative, nearly 40 AF bases created a new position, the community cohesion coordinator, to help allocate a total of $4 million in funding for 2019 intended to revitalize the squadron.

Air Mobility Command News Archive

  • B-52s fly to support Northern Edge 2019

    23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron Airmen and a U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress depart Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, May 15, 2019, to participate in exercise Northern Edge 2019 (NE19). NE19 is a joint training exercise that prepares U.S. military personnel to respond to crises in the Indo-Pacific region.
  • Yokota Airmen recognized in Good Deed Ceremony

    Since 1951, the Good Conduct Association of Japan has made neighborhoods throughout Japan better and brighter by recognizing those who perform -- as well as promote -- good deeds in their communities.
  • 23rd EBS trains during Exercise Diamond Storm

    A contingent from the 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS) deployed from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, with a U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress in support of the Australian Air Warfare Center-led exercise Diamond Storm May 6-26, 2019.
  • COMPACAF visit to Mongolia affirms growing partnership

    Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, met with senior leaders from Mongolia and the United States here May 14, to seek opportunities to enhance cooperation and partnership with the Mongolian Air Force Command (MAFC).
  • Misawa Air Base recognized by DoD for Suicide Prevention

    Misawa Air Base, Japan was recognized for a second year in a row as the top Air Force installation during Suicide Prevention Month, at a ceremony in the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, May 15.
  • Airmen exercise readiness in Beverly Morning 19-01

    Yokota Air Base members participated in the week-long readiness exercise Beverly Morning 19-01, May 13-17. The full-scale exercise, which happens multiple times a year, is designed to enhance base readiness through training and practicing skillsets, ensuring the base is ready to respond to potential real-world contingencies.
  • Northern Edge aerial refueling

    A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle participates in an aerial refueling over Alaska during exercise Northern Edge 2019. Northern Edge provides effective, capabilities-centered joint forces, ready for deployment world-wide and enables real-world proficiency in detection, identification and tracking of units at sea, in the air and on land and respond to multiple crises in the Indo-Pacific region.

Pacific Air Forces News Archive

U.S. Air Forces Central Command News Archive

  • A decade in waiting: Incirlik Airmen visit Adana school

    Surrounded by textured colorful walls, classical piano riffs signaling the class bell and the chatter of middle schoolers, eight Incirlik Airmen made their way across campus. Understanding that having a presence in the community is an essential aspect to nurturing alliances, Airmen spent a day with more than 1,000 students and faculty during a local school visit May 9, 2019, in Adana, Turkey. During the visit, they discussed their jobs and role in the Air Force, STEM opportunities and American culture.
  • U.S. Air Force Reservists participate in multi-national mass casualty exercise

    U.S. Air Force Reserve medical personnel assigned to the 301st Fighter Wing, 301st Medical Squadron, out of Carswell Field, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas; and the 433rd Medical Support Squadron out of San Antonio, Texas, were bombarded by simulated patients in a mass casualty scenario during Immediate Response 2019 (IR19), in Maribor, Slovenia, May 17, 2019.
  • 425th ABS, NATO members reach out to local children’s hospital

    Service members from the 425th Air Base Squadron and NATO, along with local national volunteers from the Izmir civilian community, reached out to a children’s hospital April 18 in Izmir, Turkey. The volunteers handed out toys varying from cars and trucks to dolls to more than 60 children who were being treated for a variety of different medical reasons in wards that included leukemia, pediatric surgery and the infectious diseases units.
  • 39th SFS hosts shooting competition

    The 39th SFS hosted a competition as part of the 39th Air Base Wing’s Police Week observance. The purpose of Police Week is to honor the service of law enforcement officers and commemorate those who have fallen in the line of duty. The event was also designed to give non-security forces Airmen a taste of the stress law enforcement officers feel when faced with using deadly force.
  • Airmen, aircraft arrive in Sweden for Arctic Challenge 19

    U.S. Airmen, equipment, and F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 157th Fighter Squadron, 169th Fighter Wing, McEntire Joint National Guard Base, Columbia, South Carolina, arrived here today for the first day of Arctic Challenge Exercise 19 taking place throughout Norway, Sweden and Finland.
  • Team Mildenhall, 48th Fighter Wing don’t cry over spilled gas

    Airmen from RAF Mildenhall and RAF Lakenheath participated in a fuel spill exercise at RAF Mildenhall, England, May 15, 2019. The exercise, conducted annually in accordance with Defense Logistics Agency regulations, replicated a fuel spill and tested Airmen’s reaction to an event that could halt the base’s aerial refueling mission.
  • Replacing power components keeps early warning radar online

    HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Program Executive Office Digital will save more than $2 million in

U.S. Air Forces in Europe News Archive