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Capt. Nicole Tripputi, a contract negotiator with the 645th Aeronautical Systems Group, Big Safari, gives the oath of enlistment to her sister, Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Stem, an 88th Aerospace medicine squadron ophthalmic technician, during a re-enlistment ceremony June 19, 2017, inside the auditorium of the Wright-Patterson Medical Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The two have been stationed together at Wright-Patterson AFB for the first time since August 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michelle Gigante) Airman looks to sister for re-enlistment ceremony
An ophthalmic technician in the 88th Medical Group didn’t choose to be sworn in by her unit commander when she was ready to re-enlist. Instead, she turned to a family member – her younger sister. The re-enlistment ceremony for Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Stem was held June 19, 2017, in the auditorium of the Wright-Patterson Medical Center, with Capt. Nicole Tripputi, a contract negotiator with the 645th Aeronautical Systems Group, Big Safari, doing the honors.
0 6/27
2017
A U.S. F-35A Lightning II from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, performs for a crowd of nearly 100,000 people at Le Bourget Airport, France, during the Paris Air Show, June 23, 2017. The Paris Air Show offers the U.S. a unique opportunity to showcase their leadership in aerospace technology to an international audience. By participating, the U.S. hopes to promote standardization and interoperability of equipment with their NATO allies and international partners. This year marks the 52nd Paris Air Show and the event features more than 100 aircraft from around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane) F-35 makes historic appearance at Paris Air Show
The U.S. made history when two F-35A Lightning IIs arrived at the Paris Air Show to fly the aircraft's first public aerial demonstrations June 19 – 25, 2017. Pulling off a historic event such as this takes months of careful planning and preparation. This team had only 36 days to make it happen.
0 6/26
2017
An MQ-9 Reaper sits on the flight line Nov. 16, 2016, at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. The MQ-9 provides persistent attack and reconnaissance capabilities for combatant commanders and coalition forces involved in 24/7 year-round combat operations abroad. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class James Thompson) Cleared hot: When predators and reapers engage
Following the mission brief and pre-flight checks, an aircrew consisting of an officer pilot in command and a career enlisted aviator sensor operator observe a target in an area of responsibility overseas from a cockpit in the U.S. and waits for the green light from a joint terminal attack controller on the ground.
0 6/21
2017
Airmen stationed at Detachment 460, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, conduct maintenance at one of their seismic arrays in support of the Air Force Technical Applications Center’s nuclear treaty monitoring mission. (U.S. Air Force photo) Airmen persevere worldwide, accomplish mission
In 1966, author Geoffrey Blainey coined the phrase “tyranny of distance,” metaphorically referring to how distance and isolation shaped the history of one of earth’s most intriguing continents, Australia. Today, members of the Air Force Technical Applications Center here are subjected to the tyranny of distance, but thanks to innovative Airmen, modern technology and state-of-the-art communications platforms, they are able to adapt and overcome the so-called tyranny to accomplish their nuclear treaty monitoring mission.
0 6/21
2017
Staff Sgt. August O’Niell, an Air Force pararescueman, briefs members of the Air Force Technical Applications Center about how he sustained significant warzone injury, which led to the amputation of his leg, and how he overcame adversity during AFTAC’s Combat Airman Fitness Day May 22, 2017. O’Niell is the first Air Force pararescue amputee on active duty today. (U.S. Air Force photo/Susan A. Romano) Through tragedy, loss, amputation, Airman learns ‘new norm’
“My leg looked like a boomerang.” Those were the words of Staff Sgt. August O’Niell, an Air Force pararescueman, to members of the Air Force Technical Applications Center when the combat warrior visited the base to discuss resiliency during the center’s Combat Airman Fitness Day.
0 6/20
2017
An F-35 Lightning II performs a maneuver Sept. 12, 2016, over Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. This sortie marks the 10,000th flying hour for the F-35 program at Luke. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Devante Williams) Luke AFB to resume local F-35A flying operations
The 56th Fighter Wing will resume local F-35A Lightning II flight operations June 21, 2017, following an 11-day pause after five physiological events occurred during flights from May 2-June 8, 2017.
0 6/20
2017
Capt. Abrham, a 42nd Attack Squadron MQ-9 Reaper pilot, communicates with a joint terminal attack controller June 14, 2017, at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. Members of the MQ-9 community have used the Frankenphone to improve communications with the ground forces. In 2016, another member of the 42nd ATKS, Capt. Gregory, improved the design of the Frankenphone creating the 2.0 version which offered increased durability and sound clarity. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christian Clausen) Frankenphone 2.0: MQ-9 communication innovation
In 2015, a former member of the 42nd Attack Squadron saw a need to improve communications from MQ-9 Reaper aircrew to ground forces, thus, Frankenphone was created.
0 6/15
2017
Master Sgt. Ryan Hanner, a 388th Maintenance Group Loading Standardization crew member, attaches the chute to an ammunition bulk loader used to load cannon rounds onto the F-35A Lightning II fighter aircraft, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, June 7, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/R. Nial Bradshaw) Fighter wings successfully field test F-35A ammunition loader
The 388th Fighter Wing, the Air Force’s first F-35 Lightning II operational wing, recently received five F-35A bulk ammunition loaders for field use. Airmen extensively tested one of the loaders June 6-9, 2017, during an engineering validation and verification evaluation here.
0 6/14
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 celebrates its centennial anniversary June 13, 2017. Its lineage can be traced back to World War I where it was a training unit before being redesignated in the mid-1930s 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 year-round. (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 Luke AFB temporarily cancels F-35A local flying ops
The 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, cancelled local flying operations today for F-35A Lightning II aircraft due to a series of five incidents in which pilots have experienced hypoxia-like symptoms.
0 6/09
2017
Lt. Col. Craig Andrle, the 79th Fighter Squadron commander, taxis a F-16 Fighting Falcon on the flightline at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. after returning from a deployment May 4, 2017. Andrle’s unit recently returned from Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, where they provided close air support to U.S. Special Operations and Afghan National Army commandos in Afghanistan’s Nangahar province. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kathryn R.C. Reaves) Finding a way to win
It was a temperate day at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan when Lt. Col. Craig Andrle and his wingman, Capt. Adam Fuhrmann, began walking across the flightline to their soon-to-be airborne F-16CM Fighting Falcons.
0 5/31
2017
First Lt. Nicholas Lundin, the 480th Intelligence, Reconnaissance and Surveillance Wing chief of current operations, stands between his dad, Michael Lundin and grandfather, Ray Lundin while saying the oath of enlistment administered by Lt. Col. Brian Webster, presiding officer, May 24, 2017, at the National World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. Underneath the Pacific portion of the WWII monument, 1st Lt. Lundin’s new rank was pinned on by his father and grandfather. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Darnell T. Cannady) Celebrating generations of military service
Three generations of Lundins gathered at the National World War II Memorial May 24, 2017, to celebrate the military service of family members, past and present.
0 5/30
2017
An MQ-9 Reaper, loaded with four GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided bombs, is ready for a training mission March 31, 2017, at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. The MQ-9, matched with a skilled aircrew, provides persistent attack and reconnaissance capabilities 24/7/365. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christian Clausen) All in a night’s work: MQ-9s maximize airpower downrange
As many Americans sleep soundly in their beds, Airmen in attack squadrons across the 432nd Wing flying the MQ-1B Predator and MQ-9 Reaper from cockpits in the continental U.S. are having decisive effects in the fight against violent extremism. In combat operations last week, one MQ-9 squadron stood above the rest when aircrews employed 13 Hellfire missiles and 500-pound bombs during one eight-hour overnight shift.
0 5/25
2017
Retired Gen. John Jumper, a former Air Force chief of staff, and Col. Houston Cantwell, the 49th Wing commander, participate in a virtual drone racing demo on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., May 19, 2017. During his visit he was updated on current remotely piloted aircraft training, given a look into the possibilities of future unmanned aircraft technology, and a virtual drone racing obstacle course demonstration. Jumper is most known within the RPA community for his work arming the MQ-1 Predator. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chase Cannon) RPA culture continues innovation
The RQ-1 Predator, later designated as the MQ-1, was the right aircraft at the right time following the events of Sept. 11, 2001. While the nation was recovering from the largest attack in its history since the bombings of Pearl Harbor, members of the Pentagon prepared for a war they already knew would present new challenges the Defense Department had not faced before.
0 5/25
2017
Capt. Justin Phelps, 1st Lt. Camden Rogers, both of the 960th Airborne Air Control Squadron, and Tech. Sgt. Corey Irwin, of the 552nd Operations Support Squadron, intervened when a woman was contemplating jumping off a bridge near Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., May 10, 2017. (Courtesy photo) 
Airmen stop woman from jumping off bridge
What started as an ordinary day for three Airmen from Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, soon turned into anything but ordinary.Their quick reaction and application of the Air Force’s wingman concept saved a life May 10, 2017.
0 5/24
2017
Tech. Sgt. Brendan Proctor, a 3rd Airlift Squadron loadmaster, and Staff Sgt. Sean O’Neill, a 41st Helicopter Maintenance Unit crew chief assigned to Moody Air Force Base, Ga., ensure proper block placement prior to loading an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter onto a C-17 Globemaster III May 15, 2017, at Moody AFB. Special care was taken to not damage either aircraft when loading. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Aaron J. Jenne) Airmen hone search, rescue skills during exercise
The 3rd Airlift Squadron supported exercise Rapid Rescue May 15–18, 2017, providing transportation and simulated aeromedical evacuation along the East Coast.
0 5/23
2017
A U-2S Dragon Lady takes off during exercise Northern Edge 17, May 8, 2017. The U-2S participated for the first time in Northern Edge, a joint training exercise focused on interoperability and hosted about 6,000 service members, 200 fixed-wing aircraft and provided the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard with critical training. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Schultze) Dragon Lady makes historic appearance at Northern Edge
Looking across the flightline at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson during previous Northern Edge exercises you would have seen a mass of gray and white aircraft, but this year the distinctly black U-2S Dragon Lady from Beale Air Force Base, California, made its presence known for the first time at Northern Edge, and showcased the unique capabilities it can bring to the joint fight.
0 5/19
2017
Jeffery Schone, a 56th Civil Engineer Squadron environmental engineer, poses for a portrait May 15, 2017, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. For his continual dedication to the Defense Department mission and integrated support of sustainability initiatives, Schone recently received the 2017 Secretary of Defense Environmental Award. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook) Luke AFB environmental engineer receives SECDEF Environmental Award
One of these distinguished leaders is Jeffery Schone, an environmental engineer assigned to the 56th Civil Engineering Squadron, who received the 2017 Secretary of Defense Environmental Award for his outstanding achievements throughout his career.
0 5/18
2017
Staff Sgt. Nicholas Worley, a 23rd Civil Engineer Squadron electrical systems craftsman, crosses the flightline after remarking wires, April 13, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. In January 2012, Worley was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia, an uncommon form of blood-cell cancer that starts in the blood-forming bone marrow cells. He’s currently in remission and goes to the cancer center every three months to ensure his treatment is still working. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson) Airman beats leukemia into remission
(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.) In January 2012, Staff Sgt. Nicholas Worley, a 23rd Civil Engineer Squadron electrical systems craftsman, was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia, an uncommon form of blood-cell cancer that starts in the blood-forming bone marrow cells.
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2017
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