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  • Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, former OTS commander visits campus

    Matthew Donovan, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, addresses officer trainees at Officer Training School during his visit to Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, June 3, 2020. While here, Donovan toured the OTS facilities, observed officer trainees taking part in expeditionary skills training and was briefed on the
  • OTS conducts COVID-19 testing during in-processing

    Officer Training School conducts COVID-19 testing May 19, 2020, during in-processing of class 20-06. (U.S. Air Force photo by Trey Ward)
  • Officer Training School suspends public attendance for upcoming graduation

    Air University’s Officer Training School has suspended guest presence at the awards ceremony and graduation parade this week out of caution to minimize potential spread of COVID-19. The Department of Defense and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend implementing social distancing measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and minimizing large gatherings.
  • Airmen trade blue stripes for gold bars, silver wings

    Few things tell an Airman it’s time for a fresh uniform quite like swapping enlisted stripes for second lieutenant’s rank. For a pair of former airmen first class, now second lieutenants, their gold bars come with silver pilots’ wings.
  • Air University’s “Godzilla” class graduates OTS

    Air University’s Officer Training School class 19-07 has run its course, boosting the number of Air Force commissioned officers by 651 after the graduation parade Sept. 27, 2019, in Montgomery, Alabama.
  • Record Breaking OTS "Godzilla Class" complete Pennant evaluation

    An Officer Training School trainee affixes his flight’s newly earned pennant onto their guide-on, Aug. 9, 2019, on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. The OTS Pennant evaluation examines the ability of the officer trainees to perform both stationary and transitionary drill movements. The evaluation is administered 10 days after their arrival to OTS
  • OTS prepares for the arrival of “Godzilla” class

    This past March, Air University’s Officer Training School celebrated the graduation of its largest class in school history: 340 officer trainees. Just a few months later, though, the radar is reading a class more than twice that size.What is being dubbed the “Godzilla” class, OTS Class 19-07 will push the school to its maximum capacity by tipping
  • A New Home for One of the Brave

    In the early 2000s, escalating tensions in Iraq caused severe damage to the region. Many Iraqi citizens fled the country’s borders, fearing for their lives under Saddam Hussein’s rule. It’s doubtful too many had hopes of one day becoming an American, and even fewer, an American Airman.
  • 42nd MDG Airmen assist OTS inprocess new trainees

    Officer Training School begins in processing their newest trainees with a blood draw Jan. 9, 2019, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. 42nd Medical Group Airmen temporarily stepped away from their primary duties to assist OTS with getting their first classes of the year integrated into the program. In order to ensure all of the new trainees are in
  • OTS restructures program to increase quality, quantity of officers

    The Air Force’s Officer Training School is changing the paradigm for building officers, pivoting away from separate programs for line and non-line officers and conducting merged classes beginning in January 2019.
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Joint Chiefs of Staff

6/26/2020
Joint Staff Spokesperson Col. DeDe S. Halfhill provided the following readout: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley met with United Kingdom's National Security Advisor Sir Mark Sedwill today in the Pentagon.
6/26/2020
Joint Staff Spokesperson Col. DeDe S. Halfhill provided the following readout: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley spoke with Chief of the Australian Defence Force Gen. Angus Campbell yesterday by phone.
6/17/2020
Joint Staff Spokesperson Col. DeDe S. Halfhill provided the following readout: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley spoke with the Polish Chief of the General Staff Gen. Rajmund Andrzejczak today by telephone.
6/17/2020
Joint Staff Spokesperson Col. DeDe S. Halfhill provided the following readout: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley spoke with Iraqi Joint Headquarters Chief of Staff, Staff Lt. Gen. Abdul Amir Rasheed Yarallah today by phone.
6/8/2020
Joint Staff Spokesperson Col. DeDe S. Halfhill provided the following readout: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley spoke with Canadian Armed Forces Chief of Defence Gen. Jonathan Vance today by telephone.
6/4/2020
Joint Staff Spokesperson Col. DeDe S. Halfhill provided the following readout: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley spoke with Chief of the Russian General Staff Gen. Valery Gerasimov by telephone today.

Department of Defense

7/10/2020
The COVID-19 pandemic hasn't put a damper on the production of new soldiers or airmen at basic training facilities.
7/10/2020
President Donald J. Trump traveled to Florida this morning for a briefing on what he said has been a successful operation to cut the flow of illegal drugs into the United States.
7/9/2020
Army Gen. Mark A. Milley condemned systemic racism in the U.S. military saying, "There is no place our armed forces for manifestations or symbols of racism, bias or discrimination."
7/9/2020
When it comes to advancements in artificial intelligence technology, China has a lead in some places, but the U.S. leads where it counts, the director of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center said.
7/9/2020
Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper told the House Armed Services Committee that National Guardsmen protected Americans' right to peaceably assemble and petition the government during violent protests.
7/8/2020
One of the biggest lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic is that the supply chain is vulnerable to offshore suppliers, particularly adversaries such as China, a senior Pentagon official said.