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Default Air Force Logo Yesterday’s Air Force: Strategic Bombers
Since the World War II era, the Air Force has relied on strategic bombers to gather intelligence and defend the United States against adversaries.
0 4/20
2018
Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. John H. Canty was one of eight crewmembers aboard a B-26 Maurader on a nighttime bombing mission from Easton Lodge-Essex, England, against targets near Caen, France. His B-26 was shot down between the villages of Baron-sur-Odon and Gavrus, France on June 22, 1944. World War II Airman remains recovered
An Airman who served with 555th Bombardment Squadron, 386th Bombardment Group, 9th Bomber Command, during World War II was accounted for Jan. 22, 2018.
0 2/01
2018
Lloyd Ponder, World War II POW World War II POW survivor shares tale of hope, determination, resilience
The four pillars of resiliency -- physical, mental, spiritual and social -- are drilled into the minds of Airmen today to emphasize how important it is that no matter what life situation they are going through, there is always a healthy way to handle the situation.
0 12/11
2017
During its 21 months of combat operations, the group launched 396 combat missions.  It delivered 16,280 tons of bombs onto enemy targets. Nearly 100 of the group's aircraft were either shot down or damaged beyond repair, over 300 airmen were killed or reported missing in action and another 217 were wounded. (Courtesy photo) 386th AEW celebrates 75 years of history
On Dec. 1, 2017, the 386th BG, now the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing, celebrates its 75th birthday; a journey that started at MacDill Air Field, Tampa, Florida, in 1942 and continues to this day at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia.
0 12/01
2017
Col. Brian May, commander of the 403rd Operation Group, gives a speech during a ceremony in Picauville, France. This ceremony commemorates the 73rd anniversary of D-Day, the largest multi-national amphibious landing and operational military airdrop in history, and highlights the U.S.' steadfast commitment to European allies and partners. Overall, approximately 400 U.S. service members from units in Europe and the U.S. are participating in ceremonial D-Day events from May 31 to June 7, 2017(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Monteleone) 815th Airlift Squadron drops paratroopers to commemorate D-Day 73
Two 815th Airlift Squadron crews from Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi participated in a six-ship multinational airborne mission near here in the Normandy region June 4, 2017 to commemorate D-Day 73.
0 6/06
2017
Default Air Force Logo Coalition assignment calls for helping Hands in Afghanistan, Pakistan
The Air Force has positions available for up to 34 officers to join the Afghanistan Pakistan Hands program to exert strategic influence ensuring progress towards achieving U.S. government objectives in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region.
0 5/12
2017
Tech. Sgt. Mike, Master Sgt. Alex and Master Sgt. Mike stand next to a T-6A Texan II parked on the flightline at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, May 4, 2017. They completed undergraduate remotely piloted aircraft training May 5 and are the first Air Force enlisted Airmen to train as pilots since World War II. Master Sgt. Mike was a distinguished graduate in the URT class of 20 including 17 commissioned officers. (U.S. Air Force illustration/Tech. Sgt. Ave I. Young) First group of enlisted Airmen complete RPA training program
The first three NCOs have completed the Air Force’s undergraduate remotely piloted aircraft training program here May 5, 2017, and one was a distinguished graduate.
0 5/05
2017
Jeff Thatcher, son of Doolittle Raider, Staff Sgt. David Thatcher, gives remarks at the National Museum of the United States Air Force April 18, 2017. The memorial service, including a wreath laying, honored the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid in which 80 volunteers used 16 B-25 bombers to strike the Japanese mainland from the USS Hornet aircraft carrier, turning the tide of World War II. The ceremony included two flyovers of B-25 bombers, one in the missing man formation, and a B-1B bomber flyover, one of which had been rechristened the "Ruptured Duck" in a ceremony the day before. Staff Sgt. Thatcher was a crew member on the original Ruptured Duck, during the Doolittle Raid. (U.S. Air Force photo/Wesley Farnsworth) Wright-Patterson, NMUSAF pay tribute to Doolittle Raid 75th anniversary
Friends, family and fans from around the country came together to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid April 17-18, 2017, at the National Museum of the United States Air Force located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The April 18, 1942, Doolittle Raid on Tokyo was an important event in the development of American air power as it was the first combat use of strategic bombardment by the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II.
0 4/19
2017
Becky Thatcher, daughter of the late Doolittle Raider Staff Sgt. David Thatcher, and U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. William Hatten from 28th Maintenance Squadron from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Ruptured Duck dedicated crew chief, unveil the newest rendition of the Ruptured Duck artwork during a ceremony for the new Ruptured Duck artwork, Apr. 17, 2017 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The original artwork featured a cross-eyed duck, wearing a leather helmet, staring out over crossed crutches. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wesley Farnsworth) Rechristening honors Doolittle Raiders’ 75th anniversary
The 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders was commemorated April 17, 2017, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as a B-1 Lancer bomber from Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota, was rechristened the “Ruptured Duck”. New nose art was also unveiled on the B-1 in tribute to a B-25 Mitchell bomber flown during the Doolittle Raid in 1942.
0 4/19
2017
US. Army soldier Ricardo Plana, and his wife, Emerenciana Plana, pose for a photo in the Philippines, in between 1946 and 1949. Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Ricardo Plana and thousands more prisoners of war were forced to march 70 miles before entering concentration camps during WWII. To honor his and other POW’s sacrifices, Plana’s grandson, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Max Biser, 23d Security Forces Squadron NCO in charge of confinement, marched 26.2 miles, March 19, 2017, at White Sands Missile Range, N. M. (courtesy photo) Bataan Death March: Airman honors POW grandfather
Starvation, torture and a 70-mile march to concentration camps or dying in the process were the only options Philippine soldier, the late Ricardo Plana, faced after the U.S. surrendered the Bataan Peninsula to the Japanese during World War II. Now, 75 years later, his grandson, Staff Sgt. Max Biser, of the 23rd Security Forces Squadron, traveled to the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, to complete the 26.2-mile Bataan Memorial Death March, March 19, 2017.
0 3/24
2017
Chief Master Sgt. Jake Higginbotham, 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing command chief, holds the arm band that Master Sgt. retired Francis M. Bania wore while imprisoned after the Bataan Death March.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes) Bataan Death March veteran legacy marches on through ISR Airmen
The year is 1942, and Pfc. Francis Michael Bania of the 10th Signal Service Detachment, and 75,000 other U.S. and Filipino servicemen, marched for several days, about 65 miles, to prison camps in the Philippines. During his grueling journey, Bania had no idea that many years later an Airman would create a bond with his legacy, honoring him in the 75th Annual Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.
0 3/17
2017
An F-16 from the Alabama Air National Guard flies a mission with the 134th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron in support of Operation Inherent Resolve at the 407th Air Expeditionary Group Dec. 13, 2016. The red tail flash of the jet brings the Tuskegee Airmen’s legacy back the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, to which the 134th EFS is currently assigned.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Benjamin Wilson)(Released) Red Tail legacy comes full circle
Airmen assigned to the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing take great pride in the heritage created for them by the Tuskegee Airmen. Today a key piece of the wing’s history has once again returned to its flightline.
0 2/18
2017
Capt. Daniel Hickox (right), chief of readiness assigned to the 91st Air Refueling Squadron, explains the mission of a KC-135 Stratotanker to Keith Cole, a World War II veteran, at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Jan. 18, 2017. Cole was given a tour of the flightline and shown the inside of a KC-135. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Adam R. Shanks) Pioneer of tactical airlift visits MacDill AFB
He began his visit with a speech at U.S. Special Operations Command. “I was a part of the 492nd Bombardment Group, also known as the ‘Carpetbaggers,’ during World War II,” Cole said. “We started as an anti-submarine squadron, but instead began working with the Office of Special Services to drop supplies to French guerrilla fighters.”
0 1/26
2017
World War II veteran and retired Air Force Chief Warrant Officer Jay C. Groff Jr. is greeted and surrounded by attendees of the 2016 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 75th Anniversary Commemoration at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., Dec. 7, 2016. (U.S. Army photo/Sgt. Jose A. Torres Jr.) 75 years later, memories of Pearl Harbor attacks still vivid
The Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 75th Anniversary Commemoration took place at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., Dec. 7, as several survivors were in attendance.
0 12/08
2016
Default Air Force Logo Yesterday's Air Force: Gen. Henry ‘Hap’ Arnold
This episode of Yesterday's Air Force looks at the career of Gen.Henry H. "Hap" Arnold, the only man to ever hold both grades of general of the Army and general of the Air Force.
0 12/02
2016
Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Gail Halvorsen, a C-52 Skymaster pilot also known as the Candy Bomber, smiles before the reopening ceremony of the Berlin Airlift Memorial outside Frankfurt International Airport, Germany, Nov. 22, 2016. Halvorsen and his fellow pilots dropped 23 tons of candy with makeshift parachutes from his C-54 as part of the Berlin Airlift, which delivered more than two million tons of food to the blockaded citizens of West Berlin between June 1948 and September 1949. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden) Candy Bomber rededicates Frankfurt’s Berlin Airlift Memorial
Dozens of German and American citizens indulged their collective sweet tooth for freedom with thanksgiving and reflection during the reopening ceremony of the Berlin Airlift Memorial at Frankfurt International Airport, Germany, Nov. 21.
0 11/28
2016
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: Nov. 25
On this look around the Air Force, NASA launches a new weather satellite, Airmen train with Marines during Vigilant Ace 17-1, and Serbian support during World War II is commemorated.
0 11/25
2016
Brig. Gen. Randy Huston, 3rd Air Force mobilization assistant, speaks to his Serbian Armed Forces counterpart at the Operation Halyard memorial in Pranjani, Serbia, Nov. 17, 2016.  The U.S. State Department, U.S. Air Force, Royal Air Force and Serbian Armed Forces were in attendance to commemorate the event and the heroic actions of the Serbian people. Operation Halyard was the rescue mission to save more than 500 Allied Airmen who were shot down over Serbia during WWII. The local Serbians housed and fed the downed Airmen, while also keeping their presence a secret from the German forces searching for them. The operation was, and still is, the largest rescue of downed Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane) US commemorates Serbian support during WWII
The U.S. State Department, U.S. Air Force, Royal Air Force, Serbian Armed Forces and local government officials attended a commemoration event in Pranjani, Serbia, Nov. 18, which honored the villagers who welcomed the downed Airmen with open arms.
0 11/21
2016
The seventh volume of Veterans in Blue is now available online. The exhibit captures 28 stories of heroism and service by Air Force veterans. Each veteran’s portrait is also displayed in the Pentagon. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alyssa Gibson) AF unveils latest ‘Veterans in Blue’ exhibit
The seventh volume of “Veterans in Blue” is now available online. The exhibit captures 28 stories of heroism and service by Air Force veterans. Each veteran’s portrait is also displayed at the Pentagon.
0 11/10
2016
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: Nov. 8
On this look around the Air Force enlisted pilots take their first solo flight and a World War II bomber pilot is awarded the Silver Star.
0 11/08
2016
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