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The new Block 5 MQ-9 Reaper is loaded with AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, a GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided bomb and a GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munition April 13, 2017, at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. On June 23, 2017, the Block 5 variant, flew its first successful combat mission June 23, 2017, in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. The Block 5 is equipped with improved electrical and communications systems which provides better software and hardware upgrades for future operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christian Clausen) Block 5 MQ-9 debuts in combat
The latest version of the MQ-9 Reaper, the Block 5 variant, flew its first successful combat mission June 23, 2017, in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
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Default Air Force Logo Air Force Clubs award $36,000 in scholarships
The Air Force Services Activity has awarded $36,000 in scholarships to 10 Air Force Club members or their family members.
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Airman 1st Class Matthew Clark, a 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Airman, marshals the newest F-35A Lightning II aircraft June 21, 2017, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. This aircraft signifies the completion of the first full F-35A squadron at an operational unit. (U.S. Air Force photo/Donovan K Potter) First operational F-35A squadron receives final aircraft
The 34th Fighter Squadron and 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit at Hill Air Force Base accepted its final two combat-coded F-35A Lightning lls June 21, 2017.
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Default Air Force Logo Career skills programs help Airmen prepare for post-military employment
The Air Force has begun participating in career skills programs which afford eligible Airmen the opportunity to prepare for a post-Air Force career up to six months before separation or retirement.
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Vice President Mike Pence greets Gen. Jay Raymond, the commander of Air Force Space Command, June 23, 2017. Pence visited Airmen at Peterson Air Force Base, Schriever AFB and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colo. to learn how they play an integral role in military operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt) Pence visits front range, receives AFSPC familiarization
Vice President Michael Pence made history by being the first vice president to send a payload command to a Global Positioning System satellite, June 23, 2017, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado.
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Col. Douglas Thies, the 20th Operations Group commander, fist bumps Col. David Vaclavik, the 20th Mission Support Group commander, prior to a familiarization flight at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., May 30, 2017. Thies flew Vaclavik, who has been his friend since college, on a familiarization flight training mission in an F-16D Fighting Falcon. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney) From cadets to colonels: Wingmen for life
Filing into a barber shop in 1989, a group of college freshmen prepare for the Cadet Corps program at Texas A&M University, College Station by receiving the traditional rites during their transition from civilian to military: a buzz cut. Physical training, formations and university classrooms were all part of the daily lives of cadets assigned to A&M Squadron 7. As they marched toward graduation, the cadets gained more than knowledge and bearing from the program which attempted to shape them into the next generation of military leaders.
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Tech. Sgt. Christopher D’Angelo, right, a 490th Missile Squadron missile alert facility manager at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., poses for a photo with his wife, Chanda, son, Jace and daughter, Brittyn at their home in Great Falls, Mont., June 7, 2017. D’Angelo was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after he was injured by an improvised explosive device Jan. 15, 2008. He said his wife has been very supportive with helping him cope with his PTSD. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Chad Thompson) Healing from invisible wounds: The other side of the story
Chanda D’Angelo was in a frenzy; she quickly washed all the clothes in her home, zoomed the vacuum across every floor, wiped down every surface, cleaned out the refrigerator and stove and scrubbed the windows and mirrors until they were spotless. Exhausted, she had just enough time to get her hair and nails done – everything had to be perfect for her husband’s return.
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A B-52 Stratofortress receives fuel from a 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker during a flight in support of Operation Resolute Support June 6, 2017. The 340th EARS, part of U.S. Air Forces Central Command, is responsible for delivering fuel for U.S. and coalition forces, enabling a persistent 24/7 presence in the area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Trevor T. McBride) Bomber Squadron marks 100 years of history
Carrying out vital missions for over 100 years, the 23rd Bomb Squadron and the associated aircraft maintenance units continue to play a critical role in delivering combat airpower.
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Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: June 26
On this look around the Air Force, the historic 6thWeapons Squadron is reactivated, Saber Strike 2017 wraps up and tuition assistance is available for civil service PHD candidates.
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A GR7000 parachute along with dummy descends over a drop zone near Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. A team from the 418th Flight Test Squadron conducted several drops using the parachute, which has been proposed as a replacement for the current C-9 canopy used in the ACES II ejection seat. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brad White) Test team looks at new parachute for ACES II ejection seat
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) -- Members of the 418th Flight Test Squadron are testing a new parachute canopy for the Advanced Concept Ejection Seat II. Testers are collecting data on the GR7000 parachute, which has been proposed to replace the current C-9 canopy used in the ACES II ejection seat. The testing is part of the Air Force’s ACES II Safety and Sustainability Improvement Program.
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Default Air Force Logo AETC announces changes to developmental special duty assignments
Air Force officials are making three substantial changes to the developmental special duty process that will significantly improve the Air Force’s ability to fill these important positions by adding more flexibility to the process and increasing opportunities for NCOs.
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Capt. Nicole Tripputi, a contract negotiator with the 645th Aeronautical Systems Group, Big Safari, gives the oath of enlistment to her sister, Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Stem, an 88th Aerospace medicine squadron ophthalmic technician, during a re-enlistment ceremony June 19, 2017, inside the auditorium of the Wright-Patterson Medical Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The two have been stationed together at Wright-Patterson AFB for the first time since August 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michelle Gigante) Airman looks to sister for re-enlistment ceremony
An ophthalmic technician in the 88th Medical Group didn’t choose to be sworn in by her unit commander when she was ready to re-enlist. Instead, she turned to a family member – her younger sister. The re-enlistment ceremony for Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Stem was held June 19, 2017, in the auditorium of the Wright-Patterson Medical Center, with Capt. Nicole Tripputi, a contract negotiator with the 645th Aeronautical Systems Group, Big Safari, doing the honors.
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Default Air Force Logo ICBM Country: Hill AFB workers play key role in future of strategic defense
The Air Force is responsible for two legs of the U.S. strategic nuclear triad, intercontinental ballistic missiles and bombers. Airmen, civilian employees and contractors at Hill AFB are working hard to provide that strategic ICBM need by overseeing the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program, the ICBM for the future.
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Greg Gangnuss, a civil engineer who worked as a senior environmental adviser to the Afghan Ministry of Defense, is shown in the field during his March 2015 to April 2016 deployment to Afghanistan. (Courtesy Photo) Real Airmen, real stories of courage, heroism inspire at Magazine Day
Col. Laurel Burkel has no recollection of her first meeting with Air Force civil engineer Greg Gangnuss. But some 20 months after a British Puma Mk 2 helicopter crash at the NATO base in Kabul, Afghanistan claimed the lives of five coalition members, injured five others and nearly decapitated her, Burkel finally met, in person, the man who helped save her life.
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Default Air Force Logo AF Sports seeks softball players for training camps, championships
The Air Force is looking for men and women softball players to attend trial camps Aug. 31-Sept. 17, 2017, with the potential to compete in the Armed Forces Championships Sept. 18-24 and USA Nationals Softball Championships Sept. 29-Oct. 1.
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Default Air Force Logo ICBM Country: Ogden Air Logistics Complex restoring Air Force’s nuclear launch facilities
For more than 50 years, rural American pastures in the Great Plains have housed a key leg in the air, land and sea based strategic deterrent triad – mission-ready Airmen controlling highly-survivable, nuclear-armed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles.
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Default Air Force Logo Squadrons, MAJCOMs join forces in revitalization initiative
As part of an Air Force-wide initiative, squadron revitalization teams visited Scott Air Force Base and Air Mobility Command June 22 - 23, 2017.
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A U.S. F-35A Lightning II from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, performs for a crowd of nearly 100,000 people at Le Bourget Airport, France, during the Paris Air Show, June 23, 2017. The Paris Air Show offers the U.S. a unique opportunity to showcase their leadership in aerospace technology to an international audience. By participating, the U.S. hopes to promote standardization and interoperability of equipment with their NATO allies and international partners. This year marks the 52nd Paris Air Show and the event features more than 100 aircraft from around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane) F-35 makes historic appearance at Paris Air Show
The U.S. made history when two F-35A Lightning IIs arrived at the Paris Air Show to fly the aircraft's first public aerial demonstrations June 19 – 25, 2017. Pulling off a historic event such as this takes months of careful planning and preparation. This team had only 36 days to make it happen.
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Default Air Force Logo Air Force offers tuition assistance for civil service Ph.D. candidates
Air Force officials recently approved tuition assistance funding for eligible Ph.D. candidates through the Civilian Tuition Assistance Program. Applications are due July 2, 2017 for academic programs this fall and need to include a strong justification statement explaining how the course work will benefit the Air Force mission.
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Tech. Sgt. Renne Montilla, the 387th Expeditionary Support Squadron Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance NCO in charge, unclogs the main sewer pipe to a restroom facility at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, June 22, 2017. Montilla is solely responsible for maintaining all the 387th Air Expeditionary Group’s water and fuel systems ensuring everything functions properly at the geographically separated location. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Hehnly) 387th ESPTS sustains busiest aerial port in AFCENT
As one of the busiest aerial ports of debarkation in the U.S. Air Forces Central Command area of responsibility, the 387th Air Expeditionary Group is no stranger to service members and cargo transiting downrange, but it is the 387th Expeditionary Support Squadron that is charged with sustaining that aerial port.
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