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U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott Zobrist, left, 9th Air Force commander, places a Distinguished Flying Cross medal on Capt. William “Archer” Dana, 74th Fighter Squadron A-10C Thunderbolt II pilot, during an award ceremony, May 23, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Dana, along with his wingman, was alerted Aug. 14, 2017, by a Joint Terminal Attack Controller the enemy had breached friend lines in eight locations. In a three-hour period, Dana employed 11,000 pounds of ordnance and destroyed 10 enemy defensive fighting positions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson) 74th FS pilots receive DFC
Two Airmen received the Distinguished Flying Cross May 23, 2018, in recognition of their actions in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Maj. Matthew “Chowder” Cichowski and Capt. William “Archer” Dana both, 74th Fighter Squadron A-10C Thunderbolt II pilots, risked life and limb while deployed to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, to protect Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF, from a common enemy.
0 5/30
2018
Default Air Force Logo 2018 U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School applications due May 27
Test pilots aren’t born; they're trained to be the best of the best by the USAF Test Pilot School. The TPS selection board is accepting applications until May 27, 2018 from eligible Total Force officers and current Air Force civilians
0 3/27
2018
The Predator started as an RQ-1 in the late 1990s, providing only reconnaissance capabilities until the early 2000s, when it was equipped with two AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and designated as a multirole asset. Sunsetting the MQ-1 Predator: A history of innovation
The MQ-1 Predator is a remotely piloted aircraft flown by aircrew assigned to the 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing at Creech Air Force Base and units around the world. It has contributed to the U.S. warfighting efforts in unprecedented ways and is scheduled to sunset on March 9, 2018, as the Air Force transitions to an all MQ-9 Reaper force.
0 2/20
2018
Default Air Force Logo Second annual enlisted RPA pilot selection board convenes at AFPC
The second annual enlisted remotely piloted aircraft pilot selection board meets at the Air Force Personnel Center this week to identify the next enlisted group to attend RPA pilot training as part of the deliberate approach to enhance the Air Force’s Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance mission.
0 1/18
2018
Default Air Force Logo Enlisted RPA pilot opportunity window open for NCOs, SNCO's: Apply before Nov.15 deadline
Noncommissioned and senior noncommissioned officers interested in transferring to the Air Force’s newest enlisted aviation Air Force sSpecialty cCode have until Nov. 15, 2017, to submit their applications to meet the next selection board. More than 800 applicants submitted for the program last year; those who were not selected by the inaugural
0 11/02
2017
Default Air Force Logo Yesterday's Air Force: RPAs
This episode of Yesterday's Air Force looks at the history of Remotely Piloted Aircraft. RPAs are not a new war-fighting technology, in fact their development goes back to the early 20th century. Roger Connor with the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum takes us through their evolution.
0 7/05
2017
Default Air Force Logo Air Force realigns Grand Forks AFB under ACC
The Air Mobility Command and Air Combat Command commanders have agreed to the realignment of the 319th Air Base Wing, Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota to ACC effective June 13, 2017.
0 6/13
2017
The 42nd Attack Squadron reach it's centennial anniversary June 13, 2017. It's lineage can be traced back to World War I where it was a training unit before being re-designated in the mid-1930's as a bombardment squadron. During World War II, the 42nd flew bomber aircraft such as the B-18 Bolo, B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator in six aerial campaigns during World War II over the Pacific theater including the Battle of Midway. In 1963, the unit inactivated and briefly returned in 1989 as an air refueling squadron, but soon inactivated again in 1990. In 2006, the 42nd became the first MQ-9 Reaper squadron and continues today providing dominant persistent attack and reconnaissance to the combatant commanders 24/7/365. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christian Clausen) First MQ-9 squadron looks good for 100
From training to operational--bombers to remotely piloted aircraft, the Panthers of the 42nd Attack Squadron have been a key part of United States airpower for the past 100 years. On June 13, 2017, the squadron celebrates its centennial anniversary with a lineage as the 42nd Aero Squadron, part of the U.S. Signal Corps. Back then, the unit trained aviators during World War I and continued until the mid-1930’s when it was redesignated as the 42nd Bombardment Squadron and placed under the operational control of Reserve personnel.
0 6/13
2017
Default Air Force Logo Air Force announces significant changes to Aviation Bonus Program
As part of its retention efforts, the Air Force released details on the fiscal year 2017 Aviation Bonus Program (AvB) June 5, 2017. This year’s program implements an increase in maximum bonus amounts authorized in the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act in addition to more flexibility in contract lengths.
0 6/05
2017
The U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School selection board is accepting applications from interested Total Force officers and civilians. Rated officers and acquisition engineers are highly encouraged to apply. Applications are due by June 16. (U.S. Air Force photo) U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School applications due June 16
Application packages for the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School selection board are due by June 2, 2017.
0 5/10
2017
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Matthew Lopez, center, 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron munitions systems technician, builds a GPS-guided GBU-49 weapon at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 15, 2015.  The 62nd ERS Munitions Flight ensures that every munition loaded onto an MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper will perform as expected when used. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joseph Swafford/Released) Arming the RPAs
Airmen from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron provide every munition that is loaded onto an MQ-1B Predator or MQ-9 Reaper at Kandahar Airfield; without them, the RPAs wouldn’t be able to provide combat airpower in Afghanistan.
0 8/27
2015
An MQ-9 Reaper performs touch-and-go flight patterns June 13, 2014, at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. The Reaper is an armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft that is employed primarily as an intelligence-collection asset and secondarily against dynamic execution targets. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo) RPAs prove vital in fight against ISIL
From August 2014 to August 2015, the 432nd Wing has directly supported Operation Inherent Resolve, a U.S. Central Command and partner nation's campaign to conduct targeted airstrikes in Iraq and Syria as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
0 8/15
2015
Staff Sgt. Lloyd, an 18th Reconnaissance Squadron MQ-1B Predator sensor operator, flies a remotely piloted aircraft training sortie in support of Red Flag 15-3 at Creech Air Force Base, Nev., July 23, 2015. The goal of participating in Red Flag exercises was to fully integrate RPAs into large force exercises and to educate major weapon systems communities on the RPA capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nadine Barclay) Eye in the sky, RPA Airmen in the Red Flag fight
The sun beats down on the dry Nevada desert, bringing a smell of fuel that fills the air. Engines begin roaring to life as the Airmen of the 432nd Wing prepare to support Red Flag 15-3 from July 13-31.
0 8/04
2015
Default Air Force Logo AF rolls out details to improve RPA mission
In response to a critical shortage of remotely piloted aircraft pilots, the Air Force rolled out more details of its plan to fix the problem in both the short and long term. The most recent initiatives include creating bonuses for RPA pilots of $15,000 per year beginning in fiscal year 2016; placing some newly minted pilots in RPA squadrons beginning in August; and investing more than $100 million to buy more ground control stations, simulators and contract instructors.
14 7/15
2015
Default Air Force Logo Air Force moves to bring about RPA mission relief
The Air Force is pursuing a range of options that will, in combination with a reset in the number of sustainable combat air patrols, help alleviate long-term stress on Remotely Piloted Aircraft crews.
1 5/19
2015
Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III conducts an all-call with the men and women of the 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing March 24, 2015, at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. During the all-call, Welsh thanked and highlighted the successes of the men and women of Creech AFB and the importance of the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen) Dispelling remotely piloted aircraft myths
Public interest in remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) continues to grow thanks to increasing non-military uses and portrayal in popular culture. For the Air Force, remotely piloted aircraft are and will continue to be a vital mission set delivering vital airpower to combatant commanders throughout the world.
9 5/15
2015
An Airman assigned to the 451st Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron marshals an MQ-9 Reaper to the runway prior to launch March 20, 2015, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. Airmen assigned to the 451st EAMXS provide 24/7 maintenance support to the Air Force’s largest Reaper unit, ensuring ground troops are supported around the clock. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Whitney Amstutz) Reaper maintainers ensure ISR mission accomplishment
Supporting the largest Reaper unit in the Air Force, Airmen assigned to the 451st Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron work 24 hours a day to ensure the Reaper fleet is fully operational and ready to launch at a moment’s notice.
0 3/30
2015
Default Air Force Logo Air Force funds research for remotely piloted aircraft
Although the development of remotely piloted aircraft began in the 1950s, they are increasingly used by both military and commercial customers and provide a promising new chapter in the history of aviation.
0 3/19
2015
Staff Sgt. Nelson Cherry inspects an MQ-9 Reaper with the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron Aug. 18, 2014, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. The Reaper is launched, recovered and maintained here. It is also remotely operated by pilots in bases located in the U.S. Cherry is an aircraft armament systems specialist with the 451st Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez) Recon squadron keeps remotely piloted aircraft flying
"To provide world-class, full spectrum remotely piloted aircraft operations for the joint forces in Afghanistan," is the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron's motto. The unit's Airmen work 24 hours a day to provide 84 percent of Central Commands' RPA combat air patrols.
0 9/10
2014
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