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Master Sgt. Eric, the 432nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Reaper Aircraft Maintenance Unit production superintendent, stands with the engine trainer he created June 19, 2017, at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. He saw a need for a power capable training engine to practice engine rigging, which involves tuning the actuators that translate electrical signals to mechanical commands. If done improperly, the engine could shut off when not intended. The trainer allowed maintainers to train on this vital task without taking an operational aircraft out of the rotation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christian Clausen) MQ-9 maintainer’s innovation expedites engine training
In order to enable airpower, the Air Force calls upon skilled and competent maintainers to perform all required functions to keep aircraft ready.
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2017
Elizabeth Hartman, a U.S. Air Force Academy cadet, gets taken to the ground by a military working dog during MWD aggression training at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, June 28, 2017. The cadets are deployed to the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing as part of the Academy’s Operation Air Force program, which exposes cadets to a variety of career fields to aid them in their future career selections. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Hehnly) USAFA cadets train for future at 386th AEW
Each summer, rising juniors at the U.S. Air Force Academy travel to military bases across the globe to get a first-hand look at how support and operational functions work together to accomplish a wing’s mission. This year, the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing hosted approximately twenty cadets as part of the Air Force Academy’s Operation Air Force program.
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2017
A special ribbon-cutting ceremony, signaling the early completion of work on the first RQ-4 Global Hawk at Robins Air Force Base was held June 29, 2017. Robins AFB is the first and only installation to have a building-based Launch and Recovery Element, allowing the aircraft to take off and land from this location. This is also the first time a Global Hawk has flown into an Air Force air logistics complex. Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex maintenance professionals meticulously painted the aircraft to prevent corrosion. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan) Robins AFB finishes Global Hawk work
A special ribbon-cutting ceremony, signaling the early completion of work on the first RQ-4 Global Hawk at Robins Air Force Base, was held on the base flight line here June 29, 2017.
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2017
Default Air Force Logo AF announces 2017 BIG Meritorious Service Award recipients
Air Force officials recently named the winners for the 2017 Blacks in Government Meritorious Service Award. The award honors military members and Defense Department civilian employees who have supported military missions or overseas contingency operations, or whose attributes best epitomize the qualities and core values of their service branch or other DOD component.
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2017
Default Air Force Logo Yesterday's Air Force: RPAs
This episode of Yesterday's Air Force looks at the history of Remotely Piloted Aircraft. RPAs are not a new war-fighting technology, in fact their development goes back to the early 20th century. Roger Connor with the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum takes us through their evolution.
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2017
Gen. Mike Holmes, the Air Combat Command commander, presents retired Lt. Col. Gregory Thornton with the Silver Star medal certificate during a ceremony at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, June 30, 2017. Thornton received the Silver Star for his actions on April 6, 2003, while supporting ‘Advance 33,’ the call sign for a ground forward air controller attached to Task Force 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor, during combat operations in Iraq. The Silver Star is the third-highest combat decoration for gallantry in action that can be awarded to a member of the U.S. Armed Forces. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Wesley Farnsworth) Silver Star mission a lesson in teamwork
Retired Lt. Col. Gregory Thornton was presented the Silver Star Medal - the third highest medal for valor in the military - in a private ceremony held at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force June 30, 2017.
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2017
Default Air Force Logo 2016 Nuclear Deterrence Operations, Nuclear & Missile Operations awards winners announced
Air Force officials recently named the winners of the 2016 Nuclear Deterrence Operations Award and the Nuclear & Missile Operations Award.
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2017
Airman Kiley Foulke, a 386th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron combat metals team member, inspects the edge of a recently repaired C-130 Hercules landing gear door during an installation operation at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, June 23, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Eric M. Sharman) Combat metals team innovates repair, saves AF thousands
You don’t always have everything you want on a deployment. No sixty inch plasma with video game console in your room, so you bring a laptop to play your games. Your cell phone doesn’t have coverage unless you pay exorbitant roaming fees, so you video chat with your family over Wi-Fi when you can instead. You make it work, however you can.
0 7/04
2017
The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, performs precision aerial maneuvers demonstrating the capabilities of Air Force high performance aircraft to people throughout the world. The squadron exhibits the professional qualities the Air Force develops in the people who fly, maintain and support these aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo) Thunderbirds announce 2018 officer selections
Gen. Mike Holmes, the commander of Air Combat Command, has officially selected the officers who will be joining the United States Air Force Thunderbirds for the 2018 demonstration season.
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2017
Staff Sgt. Michael Weixlmann, a power production specialist assigned to the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron, (left) conducts an inspection on a mobile aircraft arresting system at an undisclosed location in southwest Asia, June 24, 2017. A visual inspection is performed on these units daily. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Eric M. Sharman) Arresting cable mission stands ready to save lives
The Airmen in the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron power production shop are unsung heroes. Nobody thinks about the constant, never-ending generator mission until the grid power goes down. The fleet of light carts is overlooked until night operations occur. The arresting cable mission requires routine maintenance and daily inspection. If this particular asset has to be used, it can save a life.
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2017
Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright speaks with Staff Sgt. Melinda Smith, a finance and comptroller troop from Keyser, W.Va., at the 2017 Warrior Games July 1, 2017 at McCormick Place-Lakeside Center in Chicago. Smith will participate in archery, field, shooting and track in this year’s games. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Chip Pons) AF leaders cheer on Airmen at Warrior Games
Air Force senior leaders attended the 2017 Warrior Games opening ceremonies July 1, 2017, in Chicago to show support for the athletes participating in the weeklong competition.
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2017
Staff Sgt. Nana Dankwa, the 451st Expeditionary Support Squadron’s NCO in charge of civil engineering, is a foreign-born Airman who spent most of his early life in Accra, Ghana. He lived with his grandparents and moved to the U.S. as an adult. After a couple of years, Dankwa joined the Air Force, eventually becoming a U.S. citizen. Dankwa is deployed out of Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Benjamin Gonsier) Foreign-born Airmen deploy, live their American dream
The Air Force is proud of its diversity, providing Airmen the opportunity to live and visit places they never would imagine going and working with people from all walks of life. Two Airmen, who are deployed to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, as part of the 451st Expeditionary Support Squadron, are emblematic of the diverse force.
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2017
Default Air Force Logo 4 FW's greatest heroes: McKennon, Green – The rescue
The history of the 4th Fighter Wing includes many stories of great wingmen, including the incomparable team of Don Gentile and John Godfrey in World War II. By adjusting their tactics and working closely together in the air combat duels over Europe, they became two of the highest scoring American aces of the war. But an event occurred in March 1945 in which a wingman risked court-martial, imprisonment and even death to rescue the pilot he was assigned to cover. Remarkably, that wingman had almost been thrown out of the 4th Fighter Group multiple times by the very same pilot he would ultimately save.
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2017
Master Sgt. Alex, a 12th Reconnaissance Squadron RQ-4 Global Hawk student pilot, stands in front of an RQ-4, June 21, 2017, at Beale Air Force Base, California. Alex recently became one of the service’s first Airmen to graduate from the Enlisted Pilot Initial Class. In July, Alex will complete the Basic Qualification Training course alongside two other EPIC graduates at Beale AFB. Alex was previously stationed at Beale as a sensor operator before graduating from the EPIC program to become a RQ-4 pilot. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Tristan D. Viglianco) Enlisted RPA pilots soar to new heights
The Air Force’s first three Enlisted Pilot Initial Class graduates are slated to complete their final phase of training requirements in July at Beale Air Force Base, California.
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2017
Maj. John R. Widmer, a 314th Fighter Squadron flight commander and an F-16 instructor pilot, poses for a photo prior to flying in an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. June 23, 2017. Widmer was recently recognized as the Air Force’s Fighter Instructor Pilot of the Year for his exemplary performance in and out of the jet. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ilyana Escalona) Holloman AFB Airman named Fighter Instructor Pilot of the Year
One of Holloman’s Airmen, Maj. John R. Widmer, 314th Fighter Squadron flight commander and an F-16 instructor pilot, was named the Air Force’s Fighter Instructor Pilot of the Year. The award is designed to recognize fighter pilots and weapon systems officers’ commitment, performance, leadership and aviation skills that were instrumental to mission success of their units, the U.S. Air Force and the Defense Department.
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2017
Default Air Force Logo Officials urge retirees to transition club membership to virtual portal
For many Air Force retirees, a club membership is one way to stay connected to the service they love. Air Force Services Activity officials are encouraging retirees to activate their new Air Force Club Member Portal accounts before losing that connection.
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2017
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: June 29
On this look around the Air Force, a new parachute canopy is tested for the ACES II ejection seat, squadron revitalization teams visit Scott AFB, and special duty changes are coming.
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2017
Air Force officials have posted a new set of topics (in the form of challenges) on the Revitalizing Air Force Squadrons crowdsourcing/idea website after closing out the first set of challenges June 19, 2017. Air Force posts new challenges on crowdsourcing idea website
Air Force officials have posted a new set of topics (in the form of challenges) on the Revitalizing Air Force Squadrons crowdsourcing/idea website after closing out the first set of challenges June 19, 2017.
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2017
A member of the 332nd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron looks over his shoulder while guarding an entrance point during an active-shooter exercise June 8, 2017, in Southwest Asia. The purpose of the exercise was to evaluate the squadron’s ability to respond to an emergency and improve tactics in a simulated environment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Damon Kasberg) 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.
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2017
Pilots from the foreign exchange program and aircrew from the 14th Airlift Squadron, grab their flight equipment and prepare to load onto a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft here, June 26, 2017. The program strives to promote mutual understanding and trust, enhance interoperability, strengthen air force to air force ties and develop long-term professional and personal relationships. Foreign pilots fly high in exchange program at JB Charleston
Foreign exchange programs across the globe allow students from a secondary school or university to study abroad and are fairly well known. However, some might not be aware of the foreign pilot exchange program the Air Force implemented in 1998.
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