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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
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein salutes after placing a wreath during a Veterans Day ceremony at Quantico National Cemetery in Quantico, Va., Nov. 11, 2017. The Veterans Day ceremony is an annual event hosted by the Potomac Region Veterans Council. The event featured a performance by the Quantico Marine Corps Band. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan DeCook) Goldfein honors veterans during event at Quantico National Cemetery
Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein honored veterans during a keynote speech at Quantico National Cemetery Veterans Day Ceremony in Quantico, Virginia, Nov. 11, 2017.
0 11/11
2017
For the past 75 years, the 17th Attack Squadron Bulls have played an integral part in the defense of the nation by providing combatant commanders with reconnaissance capabilities, and more recently, with precision attack capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christian Clausen) 17th ATKS celebrates 75 years of aviation excellence
For the past 75 years, the 17th Attack Squadron have played an integral part in the defense of the nation by providing combatant commanders with reconnaissance capabilities, and more recently, with precision attack capabilities.
0 7/25
2017
Default Air Force Logo 4 FW's greatest heroes: McKennon, Green – The rescue
The history of the 4th Fighter Wing includes many stories of great wingmen, including the incomparable team of Don Gentile and John Godfrey in World War II. By adjusting their tactics and working closely together in the air combat duels over Europe, they became two of the highest scoring American aces of the war. But an event occurred in March 1945 in which a wingman risked court-martial, imprisonment and even death to rescue the pilot he was assigned to cover. Remarkably, that wingman had almost been thrown out of the 4th Fighter Group multiple times by the very same pilot he would ultimately save.
0 7/01
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
First Lt. Nicholas Lundin, 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 World War II memorial in Washington D.C. Underneath the Pacific portion of the World War II monument, 1st Lt. Nicholas Lundin’s new rank was pinned on by his father and grandfather. (U.S. Air Force photo by 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
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
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.
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2017
A U.S. Air Force Reserve 815th Airlift Squadron C-130J aircrew completes fly-overs of historical sites in France for the D-Day commemoration, June 3, 2016.  More than 380 service members from Europe and affiliated D-Day historical units are participating in the 72nd anniversary as a part of Joint Task Force D-Day 72.  The Task Force,  based in Sainte-Mère-Église, France, is supporting local events across Normandy, from May 30 - 6 June, 2016 to commemorate the selfless actions by all of the allies on D-Day that continue to resonate 72 years later.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jessica L. Kendziorek) Flying Jennies take part in D-Day 72nd anniversary events
C-130J Super Hercules aircraft flew over many towns, villages and historical sites near Normandy, France, on June 3 in honor of the 72nd anniversary of the D-Day invasion.
0 6/06
2016
Bob Behr, 94, experienced the entire Holocaust from 1933 until he was liberated in 1945. Behr would eventually immigrate to the U.S., where he enlisted in the Army, and later worked for the Air Force as a civilian in the intelligence field for more than 35 years. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross) Surviving the Holocaust: Former Soldier, AF civilian tells his story
Fear. In one word, Bob Behr used fear to describe how he and most of the Jewish community in Germany lived their lives from 1933 until the mid-1940s. In that time, Behr would suffer persecution, work in forced labor, be arrested and sent to the Theresienstadt “camp-ghetto” with his family, and ultimately, survive the Holocaust. Following his liberation in 1945, Behr would eventually find his way to the U.S., where he enlisted in the Army, and nearly five years later was discharged and worked for the Air Force as a civil servant in the intelligence field for 35-plus years.
0 5/04
2016
Betty Wall Strohfus, right, a former pilot with the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), sings the national anthem during the Congressional Gold Medal ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., March 10, 2010. The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian award bestowed by Congress. The WASP program, established during World War II, trained women to fly noncombat military missions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. J.G. Buzanowski) WASPs were pioneers for female pilots of today, tomorrow
Before there could be a first female Thunderbird pilot or women flying combat missions into Iraq and Afghanistan, there were the pioneers: the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots of World War II.
0 3/03
2016
Tuskegee Airmen former Cadets Walter Robinson Sr. and William Fauntroy Jr. and retired Col. Charles McGee join Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James for lunch at the Pentagon Feb. 16, 2016. The Tuskegee Airmen shared their stories and experiences with the secretary. (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash)  Tuskegee Airmen share life lessons
Three members of the famed Tuskegee Airmen visited with Airmen at the Pentagon during a meet and greet hosted by Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James Feb. 16. Retired Col. Charles McGee and former Cadets William Fauntroy Jr. and Walter Robinson Sr. shared stories and insights about their lives as Tuskegee Airmen and as civilians after they left the military.
1 2/18
2016
Roy Mullinax, a former Airman, returns a salute to Tech. Sgt. Terrance Williams, the 22nd Air Refueling Wing Honor Guard NCO in charge, after being presented with a veteran’s pin during a recognition ceremony Dec. 8, 2015, in Newton, Kan. Members of the 22nd ARW Honor Guard recognized Mullinax for his years of service during a special ceremony at the request of his family. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo) Airmen honor WWII veteran's last wish
Roy Mullinax enlisted in the Air Force shortly after the end of World War II, and his years of military service led to his recognition with a veteran’s pin through his hospice center in Newton, Kansas, by the 22nd Air Refueling Wing Honor Guard.
3 12/15
2015
Maj. Gen. Robert D. McMurry Jr., the Space and Missile Systems Center vice commander, addresses the audience as Christophe Lemoine, the French consul general in Los Angeles, prepares to present identical twin brothers and retired Air Force Reserve Majs. Russell “Lynn” Clanin and Raymond “Glenn” Clanin with the French government's highest distinction for their military service as World War II veterans, the Legion of Honor medal. (U.S. Air Force photo/Van De Ha) AF twins receive French Legion of Honor for WWII service
Seventy-one years after their World War II service in the Army Air Forces, identical twin brothers -- retired Air Force Reserve Majs. Raymond "Glenn" Clanin and Russell "Lynn" Clanin -- received the French government's highest distinction, the Legion of Honor medal.
1 12/09
2015
Edward Davis, right, a 94-year-old Army veteran who witnessed the Japanese sneak attack on Hawaii, and Frank Levingston, a 110-year-old Army veteran believed to be the nation’s oldest living World War II veteran, attend a Pearl Harbor remembrance ceremony at the National World War II Memorial on Dec. 7, 2015, in Washington, D.C. (U.S. Air Force photo/Sean Kimmons) Remembering Pearl Harbor: A ‘body blow’ to America
When the first bombs exploded on a nearby airfield, marking the start of the Japanese sneak attack on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, Edward Davis and others scrambled from a chow hall. The 94-year-old Army veteran said he and other Soldiers were having breakfast at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, when Japanese aircraft dive-bombed the adjacent Wheeler Army Airfield.
0 12/08
2015
Capts. Christopher Fukui and Joshua McNelley are assigned to the 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Both Airmen are descendants of sailors who fought in the Battle of Midway during World War II. Fukui’s great-grandfather, Chisato Morita, commanded the Imperial Japanese Navy Midway Flying Corps aboard the aircraft carrier Akagi and McNelley’s grandfather, Ray Sorton, a U.S. Navy Sailor, manned an anti-aircraft gun during the battle. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman John Linzmeier) Allies in a new era
Two captains stationed at Kadena Air Base, Japan, discovered that their military roots go deeper than they had anticipated. Both Airmen are descendants of sailors who fought in the Battle of Midway in World War II, although fighting on opposite sides.
0 12/07
2015
Default Air Force Logo Yesterday's Air Force: Reverse Lend-Lease
The logistics of war are complicated and having the right aircraft at the right place and time is a key to victory. At the beginning of U.S. involvement in World War II the Reverse Lend-Lease program set the U.S. up for success.
0 12/02
2015
Default Air Force Logo Yesterday’s Air Force: The U-2, Gary Powers incident
During an intelligence-gathering mission, flown by Capt. Francis Gary Powers, over the Soviet Union on May 1, 1960, the Soviets fired surface-to-air missiles at his U-2.
1 10/15
2015
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