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Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, presents the 24th Air Force guidon to Maj. Gen. Robert Skinner upon assuming command of the 24th AF during a ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, July 17, 2018. Twenty Fourth Air Force was reassigned to a new major command and welcomed Skinner during the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrew C. Patterson) 24th Air Force joins Air Combat Command, welcomes new commander
Twenty Fourth Air Force was reassigned to a new major command and welcomed a new commander during a ceremony, July 17, 2018.
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2018
Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson hosts the annual Presidential Rank Awards ceremony and stands with this year's recipients in the Pentagon Auditorium, Arlington, Va., July 6, 2018. The honorees include D. Mark Peterson, Steven D. Wert, David Drake, Patricia Young, Randell Walden, C. Douglas Ebersole, Dr. Kenneth Barker and Andrew Cox. (US Air Force Photo by Andy Morataya) Senior Air Force civilians presented Presidential Rank Awards
Nine senior civilians were recognized during the annual Presidential Rank Awards Ceremony at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, July 6, 2018.
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2018
Default Air Force Logo AFIT awards 235 masters and 6 doctorate degrees at graduation ceremony
The Air Force Institute of Technology’s Graduate School of Engineering and Management awarded 241 masters and doctorate degrees March 22, 2018, at the National Museum of the Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.
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2018
Chief Master Sgt. Michael West was awarded the Silver Star Medal Dec. 15, 2017, at Hurlburt Field, Fla. Finding the way: Special tactics chief awarded Silver Star
Chief Master Sgt. Michael West, 24th Special Operations Wing special tactics operator, utilized 58 coalition aircraft delivering 24,000 pounds of munitions, turning the tide of battle, and now he’s receiving the Silver Star Medal.
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2017
U.S. Air Force Lt.  Gen. Steven Kwast, commander of Air Education and Training Command, officially addresses the men and women of the First Command for the first time as their commander during a change of command ceremony Nov. 16, 2017, at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. Kwast, a U.S. Air Force Academy graduate, assumed command after spending the last three years as president and commander of Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sean Worrell) AETC welcomes new commander
Members of Air Education and Training Command gathered as the guidon was passed from Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson to Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast, signifying the formal transfer of authority and responsibility from one commander to another in a ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Nov. 16, 2017.
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2017
Members of an Air Force honor guard team stand in formation during a Veterans Day ceremony at Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial, Belgium, Nov. 11, 2017. The team conducted a hereditary nine gun salute which historically signifies an end to hostilities for a period of time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Magbanua) Ramstein AB Airmen honor U.S. veterans in Belgium
Bad weather did not deter Airmen from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, from celebrating Veteran’s Day Nov. 11, 2017, at Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial in Belgium. The ethereal curtain of fog and delicate rainfall only added to the poignancy of the ceremony.
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2017
Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson (center) stands with the 2016 Presidential Rank Award recipients after a ceremony held at the Pentagon, Washington D.C., July 14, 2017. The award is limited each year to only 1 percent of the Air Force’s senior executives and only 5 percent of Senior Executive Service employees may receive the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award. (U.S. Air Force photo/Wayne A. Clark) Senior Air Force civilians presented Presidential Rank Awards
Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson recognized the career achievements of 12 senior civilians during the 2016 Presidential Rank Awards Ceremony at the Pentagon July 14, 2017.
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2017
Gen. James M. Holmes, commander, Air Combat Command, speaks during ACC’s Change of Command ceremony at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., March 10, 2017. Holmes assumed command from Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle, who retired after 39 years of service to the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nick Wilson) Gen. James Holmes takes command of ACC
Service members of Air Combat Command welcomed its new commander during a change of command ceremony, Mar. 10.
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2017
Air Force Undersecretary Lisa S. Disbrow gives remarks as Gen. Stephen W. Wilson is welcomed as the service's new vice chief of staff at a reception Aug. 26, 2016, at the Fort Myer Officer's Club, Va. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Joshua L. DeMotts) Air Force officials welcome new vice chief of staff, honor Vietnam War vets
Air Force Undersecretary Lisa S. Disbrow and Chief of Staff Gen. Dave Goldfein welcomed Gen. Stephen W. Wilson as the service’s new vice chief of staff at a reception Aug. 26 at the Fort Myer Officers’ Club in Virginia.
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2016
Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James reads the oath of office to Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein as his wife, Dawn, holds the chief of staff Bible during a swearing-in ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., June 1, 2016. Goldfein became the 21st chief of staff of the Air Force.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Andy Morataya) Goldfein swears in as 21st CSAF
Gen. David L. Goldfein was sworn in as the Air Force’s 21st chief of staff by Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James during a ceremony at the Pentagon on July 1.
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2016
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III thanks his family during his retirement ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Md., June 24, 2016.  Welsh has served as the 20th chief of staff since 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Joshua L. DeMotts) Air Force bids farewell to Welsh
Stealing a moment of silence, looking into the eyes of his wife, he takes a deep breath and prepares for what’s to come. Standing tall and proud, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III walks into a hangar in front of hundreds of onlookers, all there to bid him farewell.
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2016
Fireworks light the sky above Trophy Point overlooking the Hudson River during the closing ceremony for the 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. June 21, 2016. DoD photo by EJ Hersom Warrior Games conclude with medal ceremony, concert
After a week of intense international competition, the 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games drew to a close June 21 with a medal ceremony and concert, followed by fireworks.
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2016
Col. Thomas K. Smith Jr., 433rd Airlift Wing commander, addresses the crowd during the C-5M Super Galaxy transfer ceremony June 17, 2016 along the flight line of Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Colonel Smith boarded the aircraft bound for the ceremony from Stewart Air National Guard Base, New York, that morning. It is the only C-5M to be bestowed as "The City of San Antonio." (U.S. Air Force photo by Benjamin Faske) 433rd AW becomes first Reserve wing to get new C-5M
The saying “history repeats itself” has become all too familiar to the 433rd Airlift Wing, as hundreds of Airmen and distinguished guests gathered along the flightline at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, on June 17 to welcome the wing’s first C-5M Super Galaxy, named “The City of San Antonio.”
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2016
The family of Capt. Matthew D. Roland, a Special Tactics officer killed in action, was presented his posthumous Silver Star medal by Lt. Gen. Brad Heithold, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 1, 2016. Roland gave his last full measure to protect teammates during an ambush on his convoy at an Afghan-led security checkpoint near Camp Antonik, Afghanistan, Aug. 26, 2015. The Silver Star medal is the nation's third-highest valorous combat decoration.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy/Released) That others may live: Silver Star medal for fallen Airman, son
Capt. Matthew Roland, of the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, posthumously received the Silver Star on June 1 for actions taken during an ambush Aug. 26, 2015, in Afghanistan. Roland's family accepted the decoration on behalf of the fallen special tactics officer.
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2016
Fireworks erupt as the flags of 15 nations are displayed during the opening ceremony for Invictus Games 2016 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla., May 8, 2016. The 2016 Invictus Games officially kicked off with the ceremony and wounded warriors will compete over the next five days in multiple adaptive sports events. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt. Kevin Wallace) Let the healing begin: Invictus Games kick off
The thudding noise of helicopter blades cut through the air, bright-colored lights sliced through smoke and fans cheered to honor the more than 500 military competitors from 15 nations who gathered at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida, on May 8 to compete in Invictus Games 2016.
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2016
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III thanks Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody and members of the mess during the Order of the Sword dining-in, April 22, 2016, in Montgomery, Ala. The Order of the Sword is bestowed to those who have made significant contributions to the Air Force enlisted corps, and during his speech Welsh shared experiences in his career that shaped his opinion of the enlisted corps. (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash) Enlisted corps bestows highest honor upon Welsh
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III was inducted into the Air Force Order of the Sword during a ceremony April 22 in Montgomery, Alabama. An ancient tradition adopted by the Air Force in 1967, the Order of the Sword is the highest level of honor and tribute the enlisted corps can give its leaders.
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2016
A B-29 Superfortress aircraft, named Doc after its nose art, sit on the flightline March 23, 2015, in Wichita, Kan. Doc will be one of two Superfortresses in the world capable of flight. Volunteers have spent more than 300,000 hours restoring the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo) McConnell community marks B-29 rollout
One of more than the 1,600 B-29 Superfortresses assembled in Wichita, was delivered to the Army Air Forces on March 23, 1944, and that very same aircraft was "delivered" again on March 23, 2015, in commemoration of its restoration during a ceremony at McConnell Air Force Base.
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2015
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Brandon DeLoach) Celebration of life planned for ninth CMSAF James C. Binnicker
A celebration of life ceremony will be held at 2 p.m., March 28, 2015, at the Emerald Coast Convention Center in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, to honor the ninth Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James C. Binnicker.
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2015
A multiservice formation of special operators marches with a U.S. flag bearing the names of seven special operators who were killed March 4, 2002 during Operation Anaconda: U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jason Cunningham, U.S. Army Cpl. Matthew Commons, U.S. Army Spc. Marc Anderson, U.S. Army Sgt. Phillip Svitak, U.S. Army Sgt. Bradley Crose, U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Neil Roberts and U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Chapman, March 4, 2015 at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Servicemembers from all branches conducted a 24-hour vigil run and a retreat ceremony to honor the 13th anniversary of their deaths and pay homage to a legacy of heroism. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Amstutz/released) Bagram remembers Operation Anaconda’s fallen
Senior Airman Jason Cunningham and six of his special forces comrades including Tech. Sgt. John Chapman, Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Neil Roberts, Army Sgt. Bradley Crose, Army Sgt. Phillip Svitak, Army Spc. Marc Anderson and Army Cpl. Matthew Commons, traded their blood for freedom in the mountains of Afghanistan March 4, 2002. Exactly 13 years later, service members of all branches stood at attention as the familiar names reverberated through a loudspeaker, enveloping the assembly as they have for more than a decade, and signifying the commencement of a retreat ceremony in their honor.
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2015
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III delivers his remarks during a wreath laying ceremony March 2, 2015, honoring Air Force Vietnam prisoners of war and missing in action at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash) Vietnam War veterans honored during ceremony at AF Memorial
More than 100 service members, civilians and veterans braved the cold and icy weather to honor prisoners of war and those missing in action during the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War commemoration ceremony and wreath-laying March 2, at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Virginia.
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2015
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