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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
0 8/22
2012
United States Air Force officials, local residents and tourists wait for the movie, Red Tails, to play at Pier 86 during 2012 Air Force Week in New York City, on August 20, 2012. The movie represented Tuskegee Airman missions in World War II. More than five Tuskegee Airman were present for the event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Lee) Airmen learn hospitality of New Yorkers during AF Week
Air Force Week in New York City cranked into high gear during its second day as about 50 Airmen from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. toured the 9-11 memorial and the Freedom Tower Aug. 20. "We here today at the tribute center," said Master Sgt. Charles Kramer, first sergeant of the 732nd Airlift Squadron at McGuire. "We're here to support
0 8/21
2012
(U.S. Air Force graphic, photo/Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock) Opening ceremonies kick off Air Force Week activities
The Air Force kicked off one of its biggest outreach programs in America's largest city Aug. 19 with a combination of opening day remarks, flyovers, interactive displays and performances by Air Force bands.The opening ceremony at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum on Pier 86 marked the start of Air Force Week here, three days of events aimed at
0 8/20
2012
Lt. Col. Jenns Robertson, Air and Space Power Strategist at the Air Force Research Institute, researches information for Theater History of Operations at Maxwell Air Force Base Aug. 17. THOR is database of bombs dropped from American military aircraft from World War One through current times. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Michael Voss) Through Airmen's Eyes: Maxwell officer builds historical database
(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.)What started as a solution to an information collection problem six years ago has grown into a substantial database that documents air power through almost 100 years of conflicts. The database, known as
0 8/20
2012
(Air Force graphic) Airmen's heroic acts featured in Portraits in Courage
Climbing a glacier for 24 straight hours, delivering medical care while taking enemy fire or chasing an armed murderer through a crowded airport; these are the actions of some of the 20 Airmen featured in the latest volume of Portraits in Courage.As the Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley announced today at the opening ceremony of Air Force
0 8/19
2012
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Sylvia Saab) 'Today's Air Force' highlights new CSAF, Air Force Week
Air Force Television News released a new edition of "Today's Air Force" on Aug. 17. On this episode's "Straight from the Top," Gen. Mark A. Welsh III talks about his priorities as the new Air Force chief of staff. Later, Staff Sgt. Shannon Ofiara shows viewers the Air Force chief of staff transition ceremony and what went into preparing it. And
0 8/17
2012
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Sylvia Saab) High year of tenure changes take effect in 2013
High year of tenure changes announced in December will go into effect in September 2013, Air Force Personnel Center officials reminded affected Airmen on Aug. 16. Changes will affect senior airmen, staff sergeants and technical sergeants, said Lt. Col. Tara White, AFPC retirements and separations chief, who explained that high year of tenure refers
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2012
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III talks with Chief Master Sgt. Denise Jelinski-Hall after speaking at a senior leaders' perspective during the Air Force Sergeants Association Professional Airmen's Conference in Jacksonville, Fla., Aug. 15, 2012. During his speech, Welsh emphasized the role leaders play in Airmen's lives, as well as the importance of leaders getting to know their Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Ciara Wymbs) Welsh talks 'leadership' with NCOs
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III shared his perspective on leadership during the 2012 Air Force Sergeants Association Convention and Professional Airmen's Conference here Aug. 15.Welsh spoke about what it takes to be a great leader and NCO, sharing insight and personal stories from his 36-year career."I'm a big believer that in this
0 8/17
2012
Senior Airman Andrew Higginbotham uses a concrete saw to cut out a piece of curb during the construction of a parking lot at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug.15, 2012. The parking lot will be a general parking lot for work centers around the area. Higginbotham is a 99th Civil Engineer Squadron heavy equipment and pavements journeyman. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Daniel Hughes) 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 8/17
2012
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Robin Meredith) Donley praises Airmen, emphasizes standards at AFSA conference
Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley addressed Airmen here Aug. 15 at the 2012 Air Force Sergeants Association Convention and Professional Airmen's Conference.During the honors banquet that concluded the conference, Donley said the Air Force would be able to meet the challenges of a dynamic strategic environment and current fiscal constraints
0 8/16
2012
NEW YORK -- Six F-16 Fighting Falcons with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team fly in delta formation in front of the Empire State Building during an air show May 26.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sean Mateo White)                      Showcasing America's Airmen in New York City
Air Force Week returns to New York City this Sunday, Aug. 19, providing flyovers, concerts and opportunities to meet Airmen serving in the U.S. Air Force.The purpose of Air Force Week is to build relationships outside the local base community, reach out to those who are unfamiliar with the Air Force and to say thank you to those who lend their
0 8/16
2012
(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.) Top enlisted Airman issues challenge
The Air Force's highest ranking enlisted leader has issued a challenge for all Airmen to confront difficult issues.Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy spoke to Airmen during a professional development forum here Aug. 14 at the 2012 Air Force Sergeants Association Convention and Professional Airman Conference.He charged leaders to boldly
0 8/15
2012
(U.S. Air Force graphic,photo/Airman 1st Class Daniel Hughes) Combat training supports 21st century strategy
As the nation winds down from a decade of combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Department of Defense is shifting its focus to the future and recently introduced new strategic guidance describing the projected security environment and key military missions for which the department will prepare. "Our strategy review concluded that the
0 8/14
2012
Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy gives opening remarks at the 2012 Professional Airmen's Conference welcome breakfast in Jacksonville, Fla., Aug. 12, 2012. The Professional Airmen's Conference is the flagship event for the Air Force Sergeants Association and is held annually at a location within the 48 contiguous United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ciara Wymbs) CMSAF kicks off AFSA convention
More than 1,300 U.S. Air Force enlisted Airmen gathered here to kick off the 2012 Air Force Sergeants Association Convention and Professional Airman Conference, Aug. 12. The convention is held annually, and is comprised of a number of smaller conferences and meetings, all sponsored by AFSA. This year's convention takes place from Aug. 11 to
0 8/14
2012
Air Force Instruction 1-1, Air Force Standards, was signed and certified recently. In a single document, the instruction conveniently summarizes the expected standards of conduct for uniformed Airmen. (U.S. Air Force graphic/Sylvia Saab) New instruction puts spotlight on standards, culture
When referencing fundamental standards, Airmen now have a single source: Air Force Instruction 1-1, Air Force Standards.As one of the capstone acts of his 39-year career, Gen. Norton Schwartz, Air Force chief of staff, put his signature on the brand new instruction, which communicates in one document the required standards of conduct, performance
0 8/13
2012
Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley passes the chief of staff flag to Gen. Mark A. Welsh III during a ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 10, 2012. Prior to his new position, Welsh was the commander of U. S. Air Forces in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Michael J. Pausic) Welsh 'humbled' to serve as Air Force chief of staff
The Air Force chief of staff flag passed to the service's 20th chief in a ceremony here Aug. 10.Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, a 36-year Airman, stepped into the position, taking over for Gen. Norton Schwartz, who also retired from the Air Force during the ceremony."Mark is respected throughout the Air Force for his exceptional leadership and ability to
0 8/10
2012
Air Force officials selected the service's top enlisted members, naming the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2012. (U.S. Air Force graphic/Sylvia Saab) Air Force names 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year
Air Force officials selected the service's top enlisted members, naming the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2012, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced.An Air Force selection board at the Air Force Personnel Center considered 35 nominees who represented major commands; direct reporting units, field operating agencies and Headquarters
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2012
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