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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz presents the Koren Kolligian Jr. Trophy to 2011 recipient Capt. Frank Baumann during a Pentagon ceremony June 27, 2012.  Baumann is an instructor pilot stationed at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas.  The trophy, established in 1958, is the only Air Force individual safety award personally presented by the Air Force Chief of Staff.   (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael J. Pausic) CSAF honors flight training instructor with Kolligian Trophy
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz presented Capt. Frank Baumann, an instructor pilot from the 80th Flying Training Wing at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, one of the Air Force's most prestigious flight safety awards during a Pentagon ceremony here June 27. Baumann was named the 2011 recipient of the Koren Kolligian Jr. Trophy for his
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2012
A rapidly spreading smoke cloud surrounds the U.S. Air Force Academy's airfield in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 26, 2012. The Waldo Canyon fire is burning in the area of the Air Force Academy. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Mike Kaplan) 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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A helicopter drops water on the fire as firefighters continued to battle the blaze that burned into the evening hours in Waldo Canyon on the U.S. Air Force Academy June 27, 2012. The fires, which have burned more than 15,000 acres, began spreading to the southwestern corner of the Academy in the early morning, causing base officials to evacuate residents. Officials estimated that the fire had spread to about 10 acres of land belonging to the Academy. U.S. Air Force Photo by: Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock) Firefighters continue to battle Colorado Springs blaze
Firefighters continued to battle several fires that burned into the evening hours in Waldo Canyon near here June 27.The fires, which have burned more than 15,000 acres, began spreading to the southwestern corner of the Academy in the early morning, causing base officials to evacuate residents, with only mission essential personnel allowed onto the
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A Vandenberg Air Force Base Hot Shots vehicle backs into the belly of a C-17 Globemaster III at Vanderberg Air Force Base, Calif., on June 27, 2012. Eighteen members of the Vandenberg Hot Shot crew, along with two crew carrier vehicles, one superintendent support vehicle and one all-terrain vehicle deployed to Colorado to support the wildland fire-fighting efforts. The Globemaster III is assigned to March Air Reserve Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Satran) Vandenberg sends 'hot shots' to Colorado wildfire front lines
Vandenberg Air Force Base officials deployed the only Defense Department wildland firefighting asset at 2 p.m. June 27 in support of the wildland firefighting efforts in Colorado Springs, Colo.The 18-member Vandenberg Air Force Base Hot Shot crew, along with two hot shots crew carrier vehicles, one superintendent support vehicle and one all-terrain
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Jeremy Hilton testifies before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel in Washington, D.C., June 21, 2012. Hilton, who is married to U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Renae Hilton, is an advocate for military families with special needs and is the Military Spouse of the Year for 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash)
Air Force spouse testifies on military families with special needs
An Air Force spouse testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Personnel here June 21 about programs and policies that support military families with special needs. Jeremy Hilton, a Navy veteran who was recently named the 2012 Military Spouse of the Year by Military Spouse magazine, testified along with Dr. Karen Guice,
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(U.S. Air Force graphic, photo by Staff Sgt. Stephany D. Richards) Air Force teams work to tame Colorado wildfires
An Air Force team from the active duty, Air National Guard, the Air Reserve and the Air Force Academy have mobilized to help fight the quickly spreading Waldo Canyon fire near Colorado Springs, Colo., that has burned more than 3,500 acres.The request for assistance from the National Interagency Fire Center to the Department of Defense requested
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2012
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Corey Parrish) AF top engineers give tips on saving energy, money
Summer is officially under way. While it means fun in the sun for Airmen and their families, it can be an expensive, wasteful time of year for the Air Force. Utility bills on installations often rise drastically as air conditioning units and sprinkler systems work to keep up. The Air Force spends more than $1 billion a year to power its facilities.
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Maj. Christopher Wright navigates through a water obstacle during a combat mission readiness evaluation the Pre-Ranger Course at Fort Bragg, N.C., June 14, 2012. Wright is the director of operations of the 14th Air Support Operations Squadron at Pope Field, N.C. (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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(U.S. Air Force graphic/Corey Parrish) AF selects 8,515 for promotion to technical sergeant
Air Force officials released the technical sergeant promotion list June 21. In total, 8,515 staff sergeants earned their next stripe.To see the full list, go to http://www.afpc.af.mil/promotions/tech.asp. Selections are tentative until the data verification process is complete, which is no later than 10 days after the promotion release date. Air
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A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., June 20, 2012, with a national security payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. (United Launch Alliance photo/Pat Corkery) (U.S. Air Force graphic/Sylvia Saab) Air Force officials announce milestone Atlas V launch
As part of the Defense Department's ongoing efforts to maintain assured, affordable access to space through 2030, the Atlas V rocket successfully lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 at Florida's Cape Canaveral on June 20, Air Force officials said."This is an exciting time for the U.S. space launch community," said Scott Correll, the program's
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2012
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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2012
(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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(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
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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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(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
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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.
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