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A U.S. Air Force Honor Guard ceremonial guardsman presents arms during a dignified transfer ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Sept. 14, 2012. Ceremonial guard members from all branches of the Department of Defense worked jointly to honor U.S. Foreign Service members killed during attacks to the U.S. consulate Sept. 11, 2012, in Benghazi, Libya. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Steele C. G. Britton) Top U.S. officials honor Americans who died in Libya
Joint Base Andrews was the chosen site for a ceremony Sept. 14 honoring the four Americans killed in an attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Sept. 11.President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, UN Ambassador Susan Rice, former Secretary of State Colin
0 9/15
2012
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Sylvia Saab) 'Today's Air Force' goes from New Mexico to near space
Air Force Television News released a new edition of "Today's Air Force" on Sept. 14.In the first block, Tech. Sgt. Anthony Gomez introduces viewers to college football players who got a taste of basic military training. Later, Airman 1st Class Mari Moxley gives an update on Holloman Air Force Base's "Big Give" program in New Mexico. And finally,
0 9/14
2012
(U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock) Air Force, NASA leaders review F-22 findings, fixes with congressional subcommittee
Air Force and NASA leaders testified Sept. 13 before the House Armed Services Committee's Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces about the F-22 Raptor. Specifically, the leaders testified about the comprehensive studies, findings and actions taken and also underway to address previously unexplained physiological incidents reported by F-22
0 9/14
2012
An F-15E Strike Eagle receives fuel from a 100th Air Refueling Wing KC-135 Stratotanker during an aerial refueling mission Sept. 10, 2012, over the Atlantic Ocean. The refueling was part of a training mission for the 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath and 100th ARW. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Ethan Morgan)
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 9/13
2012
Doris Hernandez models a Khaki Shade 1 Women in the Air Force transition uniform worn between 1947 and 1950. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III) Leaders issue Air Force birthday message
Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy issued the following message to the Airmen of the United States Air Force:As we celebrate the United States Air Force's 65th birthday, we salute all of the dedicated Airmen who serve or have served in our
0 9/13
2012
(U.S. Air Force graphic from a U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Austin M. May) Alaska Reserve F-22 unit becomes fully operational
The 477th Fighter Group here reached a readiness milestone Sept. 9 when Col. Bryan Radliff, 477th FG commander, announced that the group had achieved fully operational capable status."Fully operation capable means that we are ready and able to execute our wartime tasking," said Radliff. "With our combined unit inspection successfully completed, our
0 9/13
2012
Tactical Air Control Party specialists from the 10th Air Support Operations Squadron, Ft. Riley Kan., stand in formation during a Silver Star medal presentation for Senior Airman Bradley Smith Sept. 8, 2012 in his hometown of Troy, Ill. Smith was killed in action while serving as a TACP in Afghanistan Jan. 3, 2010. Members of the 10th ASOS spent a week ruck marching his medal 370 miles from Kansas to Troy for the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Ryan Crane) Silver Star presented for fallen Airman's 'gallantry in action'
Dressed in a silver and black dress, 3-year-old Chloe Smith stood beside her mother, Tiffany, as they accepted a Silver Star award today in honor of Senior Airman Bradley R. Smith who was killed in action at the age of 24 in Afghanistan Jan. 3, 2010.Maj. Gen. Lawrence Wells, 9th Air Force commander, presented the medal "on behalf of a grateful
0 9/09
2012
The F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter lifts off for its first-ever training sortie March 6 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. It’s the first flight of any 33rd Fighter Wing F-35 since their arrival to the base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Randy Gon) F-35A reaches 'huge milestone' in program development
Air Force officials begin their F-35A Lightning II Operational Utility Evaluation Sept. 10, an instrumental step in beginning Joint Strike Fighter pilot and maintenance training for the service. Two 33rd Fighter Wing pilots at Eglin AFB, Fla., along with two Air Force test pilots, will conduct the review expected to last approximately 65 days."The
0 9/09
2012
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Sylvia Saab) AF finishes strong at end of 'critical days of summer'
The Air Force 2012 Critical Days of Summer campaign ended Sept. 4 with zero fatalities for the Labor Day weekend for the first time in five years. "We at the Safety Center always have a Quest for Zero mission," said Bill Parsons, Air Force Chief of Ground Safety. "It is, and always should be, our pursuit. Even if we suffer an always-tragic
0 9/07
2012
Senior Airman Andrew Leal shuts off the valve of a fuel truck during a major accident response exercise at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, on Aug. 30, 2012. The exercise simulated a fuel spill due to a cracked flange connection during a fuel transfer. Leal is a 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron, fuels technician. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ethan Morgan) 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 9/06
2012
Former Air Force Staff Sgt. Mario Rodriguez, right, a member of the 2012 U.S. Paralympic fencing team, squares off with France's Ludov LeMoine during the Paralympic Games in London, on Sept. 4, 2012. Rodriguez elected to have his leg removed in 1992 after an untreatable tumor was discovered. (Department of Defense photo/Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.) AF veteran shares wisdom with young paralympians
The camaraderie of being part of a team is a draw to many athletes and can be traced to the origins of why many embarked on lengthy careers, staying the course even when things are not always going their way.Mario Rodriguez, a member of the U.S. Paralympic fencing team and former Air Force staff sergeant, is one such athlete competing at the 2012
0 9/04
2012
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Sylvia Saab) 'Today's Air Force' reviews Air Force Week 2012
Air Force Television News released a new edition of "Today's Air Force" on Aug. 29; taking a look back at Air Force Week 2012 - New York City.On this episode's "Straight from the Top,"  Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Roy talks about the importance of showcasing Air Force capabilities to the public. Later, Staff Sgt. Shannon Ofiara
0 8/29
2012
Air Force Capt. Nick Plante prepares to visit the Uruzgan provincial governors compound to visit with Afghan partners Aug. 14, 2012. Through Airmen's Eyes: Captain makes mark in Afghan culture
(This feature is part of the "Through Airmen's Eyes" series on AF.mil. These stories focus on a single Airman, highlighting their Air Force story.)With his rugged beard and long hair, Air Force Capt. Nick Plante is not your typical service member serving overseas in Afghanistan. Dressed like a local national to help facilitate positive interactions
0 8/28
2012
(U.S. Air Force graphic, photo/Michael Means) AF senior leaders stress safety over Labor Day weekend
Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy issued the following message to all Air Force personnel:As our Nation pays tribute to American workers during Labor Day weekend, we thank all Airmen for your dedicated service and hard work every day of the
0 8/27
2012
Retired Master Sgt. James Hughes holds the POW Medal at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, Colo., Aug. 22, 2012. Hughes spent 16 days as hostage to Iranian militants in Tehran, Iran, after they stormed the U.S. Embassy on Nov. 4, 1979. (Courtesy photo/Elaine Buehler) Days in the dark: Retired AF NCO receives POW Medal
Returning to work after celebrating his 30th birthday the day before, then-Staff Sgt. James 'O'Neil' Hughes could see a growing group of disorderly demonstrators gather outside the U.S. Embassy. Chanting and singing, the bellicose crowd grew agitated. They held up signs displaying anti-American slogans and began to burn American flags.
0 8/27
2012
irmen of 11th Intelligence Squadron board a C-130 during evacuations on the flightline at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Aug. 26, 2012. Hurlburt Field assets were being evacuated as Tropical Storm Isaac approaches the Gulf Coast region. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nigel Sandridge) Military Units in Southeast Prepare for Isaac's Impact
Military units in the southeastern United States are preparing for Tropical Storm Isaac, which is barreling past the Florida Keys and may grow to a hurricane by the time it makes landfall on the northern Gulf coast sometime Tuesday.National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials say Isaac will probably strengthen to hurricane force once
0 8/26
2012
Staff Sgt. Ashley Davin low crawls through the mud in Amesbury, Mass., Aug. 11, 2012. Davin  is with the 102nd Security Forces Squadron and was participating in the Spartan Race, testing her strength, endurance, and resilience against a course of challenging obstacles. (Air National Guard photo/Senior Airman Jeremy Bowcock)

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 8/24
2012
101 Faces of Air Force Week in New York City. (Graphic by Michael Jovel and photos by Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock) 101 faces of Air Force Week New York
New York City was this year's stage for one of the Air Force's grandest outreach programs, Air Force Week. The three-day showcase took place in locations throughout the city's five boroughs and included flyovers, interactive displays, Air Force band performances, meet and greets, a movie screening with Tuskegee Airmen, and tributes at professional
0 8/23
2012
During his visit to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, on Aug. 22, 2012, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley talks about the important role the Air Force plays in support of the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa mission.  “Thank you for what you’re doing for the Air Force and our nation,” Donley said. “[To build] partner nation capacity, it takes every Airman doing his or her job.”  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano) SecAF discusses East Africa mission during Djibouti visit
Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley made his first trip here as secretary Aug. 22 to visit service members and civilians, and discuss operations in East Africa with Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa leaders.Donley conducted an all call during his visit here, in which he discussed the Air Force's role in Africa and around the world,
0 8/22
2012
Al Roker, a host of the Today show, interviews Airmen that participated at Air Force Week in New York City, on Aug. 21, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Lee) CMSAF Roy helps wrap up successful Air Force Week in New York
Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Roy spoke to New York City civic leaders during a Heroes Luncheon sponsored by Operation Homefront on Tuesday, Aug. 21 to wrap up Air Force Week in New York City.During an interview before the luncheon, Roy stressed the importance of Air Force Week as a way to showcase our Airmen and the equipment that
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2012
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