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  • Senate confirms new ACC deputy commander

    The U.S. Senate confirmed Aug. 21 that Maj. Gen. Chris Weggeman will be promoted to the rank of lieutenant general and assume duties as the deputy commander of Air Combat Command here.
  • Ninth Air Force adds joint flavor to STAFFEX 18-5

    Ninth Air Force advanced through its fifth Staff Exercise Aug. 13 through 17, focusing on operations in the U.S. Southern Command theater.
  • USDA net system designed to reduce aviation bird strikes in AOR

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture works with safety teams around the Air Force to limit the presence of birds on and around airfields to protect aircraft from bird strikes, an issue that costs the Air Force millions of dollars every year in damages. Here, at the busiest aerial port in the U.S. Air Forces Central Command, the USDA team has taken a system for catching birds used at a few stateside installations in the Air Force and created one fitted for use in the desert. This demonstrates the potential that our Airmen from all components of the Total Force—civilian, Guard or Reserve, or active duty—have to make a difference through their ingenuity and creativity.
  • Airman to be awarded Medal of Honor

    President Donald Trump will posthumously award the Medal of Honor to the family of a fallen U.S. Air Force Special Tactics Combat Controller at a ceremony Aug. 22 for his extraordinary heroism in March 2002 while deployed to Afghanistan.
  • Airmen of Lightning AMU; the forefront of readiness

    The F-35A Lightning II fighter jet is not only the newest addition to the Air Force’s arsenal of aircraft, but it is also one of its most advanced. With its improved stealth, avionics and logistical support, the aircraft can enter enemy radar, accomplish its mission and leave the hostile area without being seen.
  • Capitalizing on Total Force Integration

    Fourteen members of the 655th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group’s 49th Intelligence Squadron joined with 11 members of the Nebraska Air National Guard and two active-duty Air Force personnel at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, for a historic training mission aboard an RC-135V/W Rivet Joint aircraft Aug. 5, 2018.
  • Cop for a Day: AFTAC Airmen learn role of base Security Forces

    Members of the Air Force Technical Applications Center here spent a day with Airmen of the 45th Security Forces Squadron to learn more about the law enforcement officers who patrol and protect the installation and its most critical resource: the people. Eighteen military and civilian personnel of AFTAC’s 21st Surveillance Squadron teamed up with cops July 30 to get an up-close-and-personal look into how base law enforcement trains in shoot/no-shoot scenarios and to experience what it feels like to be stunned by a Taser.
  • New strategy charts Air Force Medicine course

    The Air Force Medical Service is in a time of transition, with new leadership, evolving readiness requirements and congressional mandates all affecting its future. To address these changes and provide guidance and direction to Airmen, AFMS leaders met in July to chart a way forward for the organization.

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  • Passing the guidon: Gen Ray takes command of AFGSC

    Gen. Timothy Ray took command of Air Force Global Strike Command from Gen. Robin Rand, outgoing AFGSC commander, during a ceremony here, Aug. 21. He is the newest leader of the U.S. Air Force’s portion of the nuclear enterprise, which maintains the nation's only force of Minuteman III ICBMs and strategic bombers.
  • AFGSC Commander reflects on nearly 40-year career

    As he looks toward retirement, Gen. Robin Rand, Commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, took
  • Tribal Visit 2018

    Leaders and historic preservation staff from various Native American tribes visited Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, Aug. 14, 2018. The tribal leaders met with Team Minot leaders to ensure new lines of communication were established and build a fruitful and effective relationship. During the visit, tribal leaders received a B-52H Stratofortress tour, military working dog demonstration and a launch facility tour.
  • 5th Bomb Wing commander Q&A

    Col. Bradley Cochran is the 55th commander of the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota. As the wing commander, Cochran ensures the wing’s combat readiness and is responsible for operations involving the wing’s fleet of B-52H Stratofortress bombers. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Senior Airman Jonathan McElderry)
  • Vehicle maintenance: The summer rebuild

    The 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron’s vehicle maintenance shop is conducting their yearly summer rebuild. The rebuild is put in place to ensure that all snow fleet vehicles are ready to keep the flight line and roads clear of snow during the winter months. This prior maintenance helps to ensure the Ellsworth Air Force Base mission can continue without delays when the weather turns.
  • 7th CMS avionics flight earns Chief of Staff Team Excellence Award

    Every year since 1992, the Chief of Staff Team Excellence Award recognizes teams that improve
  • SecAF visits F.E. Warren

    Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson visited with Airmen at the 90th Missile Wing and 20th Air

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  • Miller becomes first Citizen Airman 4-star

    ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, GEORGIA – Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, Chief of Air Force Reserve, Headquarters
  • Airman to be awarded Medal of Honor

    President Donald Trump will posthumously award the Medal of Honor to the family of a fallen U.S. Air Force Special Tactics Combat Controller at a ceremony Aug. 22 for his extraordinary heroism in March 2002 while deployed to Afghanistan.
  • Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex announces new hiring initiative

    Brig. Gen. John Kubinec, Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex commander, held a press conference on
  • Aug. 16 marks 50th anniversary of first Minuteman III launch

    Fifty years ago, 1968 was a tumultuous year, from North Vietnam’s surprise “Tet Offensive” to Dr. King’s assassination, from race riots in major U.S. cities, to the first humans orbiting the moon. And in August of that year, three major powers conducted nuclear-related tests.
  • Wing exercise focuses on full spectrum readiness

    The Air Force wants Airmen to be war-ready. That’s why from Aug. 7-9, approximately 80 Airmen
  • 388th Fighter Wing standing up final F-35A aircraft maintenance unit

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- The 388th Fighter Wing recently began standing up the last of its
  • FLASHBACK: “Battle of Kansas” and the Birth of the Superfortress

    Flashbacks are short, informative reading that “flashback” to a period of time within the history of Air Force Materiel Command utilizing primary source document(s) held within the HQ AFMC/HO’s archives. This introductory issue of AFMC Flashbacks, "Battle of Kansas” and Birth of the Superfortress,” takes the reader back to bringing the Boeing B-29 Superfortress from the factory to the warfighter and the issues suffered during that period. These issues came to a crucial junction in March 1944 when General Hap Arnold visited the plant in Kansas to witness first-hand the production at the Boeing plant due to missed deadlines. Following this trip, he then sent a memo back here to Dayton to Major General Walter Frank, Commander Air Service Command, expressing the importance of the B-29 as the “number one priority” and the “importance of meeting the schedule.” Once on schedule and delivered to the warfighter, the Superfortress became a deciding factor in the Pacific Theater.
  • Air Force awards hypersonic weapon contract

    Today the Air Force has awarded a contract not to exceed $480,000,000 to Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control to begin designing a second hypersonic weapon prototype.

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  • Airman will posthumously receive Medal of Honor

    The White House announced July 27, 2018, that Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Chapman will be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor Aug. 22, for his extraordinary heroism during the Battle of Takur Ghar, Afghanistan, in March 2002.
  • Airman to be awarded Medal of Honor

    President Donald Trump will posthumously award the Medal of Honor to the family of a fallen U.S. Air Force Special Tactics Combat Controller at a ceremony Aug. 22 for his extraordinary heroism in March 2002 while deployed to Afghanistan.
  • VCJCS visits Air Commandos during AFSOC immersion

    U.S. Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited Hurlburt for an Air Force Special Operations Command immersion July 16-17.
  • 1st SOW welcomes new commander

    Hundreds of Air Commandos welcomed a new commander to the 1st Special Operations Wing during a change of command ceremony, June 22. Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, the commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, presided over the ceremony which introduced Col. Mike Conley as the new wing commander, the title formerly held by Col. Tom Palenske.
  • Officials announce 2018 Outstanding Airmen of the Year winners

    Air Force officials have named the service’s top enlisted members with the announcement of the 12
  • POTFF hosts AFSOC CARE summit

    Air Commandos and their caregivers attended a Caregiver and Resilience Education summit in Panama City from June 4-8.
  • AFSOC civilian wins PACE Leadership Impact Award

    An Air Force Special Operations Command civilian was awarded the Profession of Arms Center of Excellence Leadership Impact Award, which recognizes exceptional programs and those who create them.
  • REUNITED: AFSOC commander visits museum, boards former helicopter

    Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, Air Force Special Operations Command commander, was all smiles as he was

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  • Sequenced bomber missions to Australia showcase alliance

    U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress bombers, assigned to the 96th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron (EBS), Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, conducted two sequential bilateral training missions to Australia as part of exercise Pitch Black 18.
  • PACAF and partner nations work towards safer skies

    U.S. Air force representatives and partner nations around the Indo-Pacific met in Honolulu, Hawaii, for this year’s Asia-Pacific Aviation Safety Subject Matter Expert Exchange (APASS), hosted by Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), Aug. 14-17.
  • 100 years of ‘mateship’ on display during COMPACAF visit to Australia

    Air Force Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, met with U.S. and Australian senior leaders here Aug. 9-13 as part of his first trip to the Indo-Pacific region as the commander.
  • B-2s begin Indo-Pacific deployment

    U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirits, deployed from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, land at Joint Base
  • Antarctic airlift overcomes polar hurdles

    For the first time in the 63-year history of Operation Deep Freeze (ODF), members of the 304th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron flew six daily missions in a row, making up for a troublesome weather situation.
  • PAC ANGEL 18-4 kicked off health services outreach in Sri Lanka

    U.S. service members from the Indo-Pacific region joined forces with the Sri Lankan military, multinational partners, and non-governmental organizations for the health services outreach portion of Pacific Angel (PAC ANGEL) 18-4 in Vavuniya, Sri Lanka, Aug. 13, 2018.
  • Dirt Boys restore taxiway in 23 hrs despite record heat

    Despite record-breaking heat on the Korean peninsula, more than 20 Airmen spent 23 hours making an unusual repair to a flightline taxiway - and set a record of their own. From Aug. 4 to 6, the 51st Civil Engineer Squadron structures flight, the Dirt Boys, replaced 18 feet of taxiway after personnel from the 51st Operations Support Squadron discovered a rupture in the cement.
  • COMPACAF visits Exercise Pitch Black 2018

    U.S. Air Force Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., Pacific Air Forces commander, received an orientation of Exercise Pitch Black 18 and visited with participating U.S. Airmen here Aug. 13, 2018. Exercise Pitch Black 2018 is a Royal Australian Air Force-hosted (RAAF) biennial multinational large force employment exercise. This year’s event, the largest since its inception, involves 16 nations, 140 aircraft and more than 4,000 personnel – approximately 150 of which call the 8th Fighter Wing “Wolf Pack” from Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, their home.

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