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A C-17 Globemaster III of the 305th Air Mobility Wing is presented as a static display for Become a Pilot Day, in Chantilly, Va., June 16, 2012. Become a Pilot Day is an annual event held at the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Alexander W. Riedel) Smithsonian celebrates annual 'Become A Pilot Day'
Officials at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum held the annual "Become a Pilot" family day June 16, in Chantilly, Va.More than 45 aircraft were on display as the museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, including two A-10 Thunderbolt IIs and a C-17 Globemaster III, which had its cargo bay and flight deck opened to the public.In the C-17
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2012
The Air Force's unmanned, reusable space plane landed in the early morning of June 16 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., a successful conclusion to a record-setting test-flight mission that began March 5 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. (U.S. Air Force file photo) Air Force space vehicle comes in for a landing
The Air Force's unmanned, reusable space plane landed in the early morning of June 16 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., a successful conclusion to a record-setting test-flight mission that began March 5, 2011, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, one of two such vehicles, spent 469 days in orbit to conduct
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(U.S. Air Force graphic/Robin Meredith, Courtesy photo/www.coldwar.org) Cold War U-2 pilot gets posthumous Silver Star
More than 50 years after his U-2 aircraft was shot down over the former Soviet Union, Capt. Francis Gary Powers posthumously received one of the military's highest decorations during a ceremony here at the Pentagon June 15.Powers, who died in a helicopter crash in 1977, was awarded the Silver Star for heroism displayed while being held as a captive
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(U.S. Air Force graphic/Robin Meredith, U.S. Air Force courtesy photo) Combat controller posthumously awarded Silver Star
Senior Airman Mark Forester had an American flag wrapped around his chest plate inside his body armor when he was fatally wounded by an enemy sniper's fire Sept. 29, 2010.This simple act is a testament to how Forester lived his life, a life respected by all who knew him.Forester, a combat controller assigned to the 21st Special Tactics Squadron
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Senior Airman Christopher Gate checks a communications cable on a radio pallet used inside Humvees during inspection at Pope Air Force Base, N.C., June 12, 2012. Gate is an electrical power production journeyman assigned to the 14th Air Support Operations Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Val Gempis) Air Force Week in Photos
This week's photos feature Airmen around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.View the slideshow.
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2012
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Luke Borland) Air Force leaders send birthday messages to Army
Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Roy salute the Army on its 237th birthday June 14. Secretary Donley wrote a letter to the secretary of the Army stating:"Congratulations to you and all of your Soldiers as you celebrate 237 years serving our
0 6/13
2012
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Corey Parrish, photo/Airman 1st Class Christopher Williams) Air Force launches first special tactics wing
U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command stood up the 24th Special Operations Wing in a ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 12 to meet the growing demand for the unique capabilities special tactics Air Commandos provide.AFSOC commander Lt. Gen. Eric Fiel said creation of this new brand of wing better prepares the special tactics community to
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2012
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Corey Parrish, courtesy photo) MIA bracelet connects Airmen across decades
Twenty-two years ago, Air Force Academy cadet Amy Santmyer, now Lt. Col. Amy Young, decided she would wear an MIA bracelet honoring Lt. Col. Charles Walling, an F-4C Phantom pilot who was shot down Aug. 8, 1966, during a close air support mission in the Dong Nai province northeast of Saigon, Vietnam."MIA bracelets were developed in the 1960s as a
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2012
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Corey Parrish, photo/Staff Sgt. Tiffany Trojca) CSAF: Balance required to avoid a 'hollow force'
The Air Force chief of staff reinforced the importance of avoiding a "hollow force" to a group of civic and industry leaders attending the Air Force Association's monthly breakfast here June 11.Gen. Norton Schwartz said the Air Force must secure the proper balance between three separate but closely related dimensions: readiness, modernization and
0 6/12
2012
During an eight-ship sortie, C-130 Hercules from the 36th Airlift Squadron, Alaska Air National Guard and Tennessee Air National Guard taxi out at Yokota Air Base, Japan, June 5, 2012. The sortie was part of the Samurai Surge exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo/Osakabe Yasuo) Air Force Week in Photos
This week's photos feature Airmen around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.View the slideshow.
0 6/07
2012
(U.S. Air Force graphic, photo/Tech. Sgt. Neil X. Joiner) Partnership helps military spouses find employment
As the wife of the Air Force Chief of Staff, Suzie Schwartz has the opportunity to meet with Air Force families stationed all across the country and around the world. And when she does, one issue that comes up time and again is spouse employment. During a recent interview, Schwartz said a relatively new program called the Military Spouse Employment
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2012
(U.S. Air Force graphic, photo/Michelle Gigante) Wolfenbarger receives fourth star, assumes leadership of AFMC
Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger became the first female four-star general in the Air Force and assumed the top position of Air Force Materiel Command during ceremonies here June 5, 2012.Wolfenbarger took the reins of the major command responsible for the technology, acquisition, test and sustainment of the service's current and future weapon systems from
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2012
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Robin Meredith) Global Strike Command leader previews B-52 upgrades
During a recent visit to Edwards Air force base, Calif., the commander of Air Force Global Strike Command spent time with B-52 Stratofortress combined test force officials to preview the combat capability enhancements made to the B-52H.Modernizing and sustaining the nation's long-range strike aviation capability is a top priority for the command,
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2012
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Robin Meredith) Collaborative effort in making force structure changes
Air Force total force officials discussed the strategic planning efforts that resulted in making the 'hard choices' affecting future Air Force viability and force structure here Feb. 22. Driven by the 2011 Budget Control Act and new defense strategy, the Air Force needed to align the current force structure to get the best mix of active duty, Guard
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2012
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Sylvia Saab) MacDill helps reunite Spanish government, lost gold
Two Spanish Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft left here Feb. 24 after being loaded with approximately 17 metric tons, or approximately $500 million, of Spanish gold.The two aircraft were dispatched by the Spanish Government to retrieve Spanish coins that were lost at sea in the 19th century.The gold was discovered by the Odyssey Marine Exploration
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(U.S. Air Force graphic/Sylvia Saab) CSAF stresses importance of ready future force
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz emphasized the service's need for a strong total force ready for the future during remarks to Airmen and defense industry officials here Feb. 23.Schwartz was the first speaker at the Air Force Association's 2012 Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition, during which the general emphasized that
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2012
Airmen take cover behind a wall during a “Shoot, Move, Communicate” training course Feb. 16, 2012, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. The training teaches Airmen to react to a hostile shooter by using cover and effective communication to maneuver and engage the target. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class George Goslin) Air Force Week in Photos
This week's photos feature Airmen around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.View the slideshow.
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