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Default Air Force Logo Yesterday's Air Force: 70 years of Breaking Barriers
American Airmen have been breaking barriers for 70 years in air, space and cyberspace, resulting in global vigilance, reach and power. They’ve shown tenacity in Korea’s MiG Alley, endurance in Vietnam’s Rolling Thunder campaign, decisiveness over the skies of Baghdad during Desert Storm and resilience in Iraq and Afghanistan. Airmen are now fully engaged as part of America’s Joint Force in every region of the world and every mission area across the full spectrum of military operations. Airmen span the globe and Airpower has become the “oxygen the joint team breathes.”
0 9/18
2017
Default Air Force Logo Celebrating Air Force heritage: The “Great Centennial” squadrons
This calendar year has marked many great anniversaries, including the 75th anniversary of Air Training Command and the 70th anniversary of the Air Force. August marks the 110th anniversary of the Aeronautical Division of the Sign Corps—an unbroken line of Airmen began with its creation on Aug. 1, 1907. This year also marks the 100th Anniversary of America’s entry into World War I, and with it, some 43 active duty and reserve flying squadrons also celebrate or have celebrated their 100th anniversary. Their century of service reinforces something we all know implicitly—the enduring value of the squadron as the core of our Air Force.
0 8/15
2017
Default Air Force Logo Newest PACE video highlights team concept, contributions of Civilian employees
The Profession of Arms Center of Excellence unveiled “Teamwork,” Aug. 11th, which is the newest Heritage Today video. “Teamwork” highlights the importance of military and civilians working together; and the impact and value Air Force civilians bring to the fight.
0 8/11
2017
Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets IV, 509th Bomb Wing commander, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., conducts pre-flight checks on Doc, a restored B-29 Superfortress, June 9, 2017, on McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Tibbets’ grandfather, retired Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets Jr., piloted the ‘Enola Gay,’ during WWII and dropped the world’s first atomic bomb used in warfare. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Tara Fadenrecht) Grandson of Enola Gay pilot flies refurbished B-29
Wichita’s beloved B-29 Superfortress, Doc, took to the skies yet again June 9, 2017, from McConnell Air Force Base, this time with an added aspect of historical significance and Air Force heritage. Sitting in the co-pilot seat was Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets IV, the 509th Bomb Wing commander. Taking control of the aircraft means he has now flown the only two currently operational B-29s, Doc and Fifi.
0 6/12
2017
Default Air Force Logo Yesterday's Air Force: Pilot training
This episode of Yesterday’s Air Force takes a look back at the history of the Air Force's Pilot Training Program, from its humble beginnings in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, to its modern day pursuit of air superiority.
0 5/22
2017
Air Force birthday celebration continues with the Air Force Band's summer series Heritage to Horizons at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va., May 17, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/Andy Morataya) Heritage to Horizons celebrates 70 years of AF dominance
As the sun set across the Arlington, Virginia, skyline May 18, 2017, the Air Force kicked off its Heritage to Horizons summer concert series at the Air Force Memorial in honor of the service’s 70th anniversary.
0 5/18
2017
On May 9, 2017, the 15th ATKS celebrated their 100-year anniversary and reflected on the unit’s extensive and honorable heritage, which coincidentally, includes their use of airpower in nearly every major conflict of the 20th Century. This heritage is carried on in today’s fight with remotely piloted aircraft MQ-1 Predators. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class James Thompson) MQ-1 squadron celebrates 100 years
The 15th Attack Squadron patch depicting a pigeon clutching a telescope harkens to the squadron’s long history of reconnaissance missions. On May 9, 2017, the 15th ATKS celebrated their 100-year anniversary and reflected on the unit’s extensive and honorable heritage, which coincidentally includes their use of airpower in nearly every major conflict of the 20th century. This heritage is continues today with the MQ-1 Predators.
0 5/12
2017
Col. Nathan Green, commander of the 492nd Special Operations Wing, activates the 492nd Special Operations Advanced Capability Squadron during an activation ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Fla., May 10, 2017. Green appointed Lt. Col. Matthew Laurentz to command the 492nd SOACS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Krystal M. Garrett) 492nd Special Operations Wing activation completes circle of history, heritage
The Air Force Special Operations Air Warfare Center was inactivated, and the 492nd Special Operations Wing was activated during a ceremony here, May 10, 2017. Simultaneously, the 492nd Special Operations Group and the 492nd Special Operations Training Group were activated under the 492nd SOW.
0 5/11
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
Default Air Force Logo Yesterday's Air Force: F-104 Starfighter
This episode of Yesterday's Air Force looks at the F-104 Starfighter. It was a technological marvel when it first took to the sky in the 1950s. It broke a number of records and was used by many air forces around the world. The F-104 had a long service life; it wasn't retired from active service with the Italian Air Force until 2004.
0 4/04
2017
Default Air Force Logo Yesterday's Air Force: Hickam 75 years after Pearl Harbor
75 years ago, the world changed as U.S. military installations across Hawaii were devastated in an attack by the Japanese military. Look back at how the events of the Pearl Harbor attack changed Hickam Air Force Base.
0 12/12
2016
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
Retired U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Leroi Smith became a Tuskegee Airman at the age of 16 in 1943. Smith said getting to know the Tuskegee aircrew was one of his best memories. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Staff. Sgt. Regina Edwards) Tuskegee Airman reflects on time in service
Retired Master Sgt. Leroy Mazell Smith, a maintainer with the 332nd Fighter Group also known as Tuskegee Airmen, shares his story.
0 12/03
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 Col. Charles E. McGee, an original Tuskegee Airman, speaks with Airmen during a visit to Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., Oct. 27. Senior Airman Alfredo Maldonado, right, and Airman 1st Class Quinton Coke, both personnelist with the 66th Force Support Squadron, and other Airmen from Hanscom, met with McGee who spoke about lessons learned, Air Force history and challenged each Airmen to believe in themselves. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mark Herlihy)   Tuskegee Airman engages with today's generation of Airmen
Before heading into Boston Oct. 27 to speak at an event co-hosted by the New England Tuskegee Airmen Chapter, retired Col. Charles E. McGee, a Tuskegee Airman, met with several Airmen here.
0 10/31
2016
Default Air Force Logo Yesterday's Air Force: Tankers
The KC-46A Pegasus is the newest member of the aerial refueling team. This episode of Yesterday's Air Force takes a look back at where it all started -- from wing walkers to the most recent KC-135 Stratotanker.
0 10/27
2016
A four-ship formation performs a flyover during the Air Force Memorial's 10th anniversary ceremony in Arlington, Va., Oct. 14, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash) Past, present, future: AF Memorial 10th anniversary
For the last decade, the Air Force Memorial stood boldly in the skyline of the nation’s capital, inciting pride and honor, and recognizing the dedication and sacrifices of Airmen who have served. Members of industry, Airmen and media attended a ceremony in celebration of the monument’s 10th anniversary under its spires in Arlington, Virginia, Oct. 14.
0 10/14
2016
Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James receives her honorary Tuskegee Airman red jacket during the Air Force Memorial's 10th anniversary ceremony in Arlington, Va., Oct. 14, 2016.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash) James named honorary Tuskegee Airman
Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James was named an honorary Tuskegee Airman and was presented the Tuskegee Airman red jacket during the Air Force Memorial’s 10th anniversary ceremony in Arlington, Va., Oct. 14.
0 10/14
2016
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: Sept. 20
On this look around the Air Force, Staff Sgt. Traci Keller takes us to the Air Force Association’s Air, Cyber and Space Conference where the name of the Air Force’s latest stealth bomber, the B-21, was announced.
0 9/20
2016
Default Air Force Logo Legacy of valor, tradition of excellence: Delivering airpower to the joint warfighter since 1947
At the core of the Air Force, on its 69th birthday, is the diversity of more than 600,000 Airmen. Our success, past, present and future, is tied to the professionalism, dedication, skill and heroism of the total force.
0 9/16
2016
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