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Staff Sgt. Jonathon Lee, pulmonary technician with the Aeromedical Consultation Service Internal Medicine Branch, conducts a demonstration of a pulmonary function test for forced vital capacity as Staff Sgt. Sean O’Neill sits in a pressurized cabin awaiting the command to exhale. The branch reviews around 700 requests for waiver recommendation cases annually concerning pilots, navigators and other aircrew, with 90 percent of them receiving waiver recommendations. (U.S. Air Force photo/John Harrington) ACS Internal Medicine keeping pilots flying, improves research
The Aeromedical Consultation Service here at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base reviews more than 2,000 waiver recommendation requests for Air Force pilots, navigators and other air crew annually. A staff of approximately 80 Airmen at the ACS ensures aviators get back in the sky as soon as possible.
0 10/11
2017
Default Air Force Logo Retired AF pilots welcomed back on active duty
Retired Air Force pilots holding Air Force Specialty Code 11X are encouraged to apply for the Voluntary Retired Return to Active Duty Program in order to fill rated staff positions to help alleviate the existing manning shortages within the Air Force rated pilot community.
0 10/02
2017
U.S. Air Force Senior Airmen John Hartin, 94th Fighter Squadron all source intelligence analyst, maps out ground-to-air target scenarios for Red Flag 17-4 mission planning at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 23, 2017. Utilizing intelligence from multiple sources, Hartin plots out each target point for the pilots’ awareness allowing them to execute a mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie) Ops Airmen, key to mission success
Before an F-22 Raptor takes off for training or a combat mission, maintainers and weapons Airmen are seen on the flight line preparing, servicing and readying the jet to contest any airspace. However, it takes more than fifth generation machinery and flight line crews to accomplish the mission. A small team of behind-the-scenes Airmen ensure those piloting the stealth aircraft are flight and combat capable.
0 9/11
2017
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: Aug 29
On this look Around the Air Force, Air National Guard Airmen support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and the Air Force has three new initiatives to retain pilots.
0 8/30
2017
Lt. Col. Langdon Root, Aircrew Crisis Task Force Summit lead, conducts a briefing Aug. 15 during a two-week aircrew retention summit here as part of a holistic approach to improve readiness and capacity by increasing retention of experienced aviators. Two-week summit takes aim at aircrew retention
The Aircrew Crisis Task Force hosted a two-week aircrew retention summit here as part of a holistic approach to improve readiness and capacity by increasing retention of experienced aviators Aug. 14-25, 2017.
0 8/26
2017
Default Air Force Logo Air Force announces initiatives to lessen pilot shortage
Air Force officials announced three additional initiatives designed to enhance mission readiness by keeping pilots in the service and bringing retired pilots back to fill critical-rated positions.
0 8/25
2017
Reduced Oxygen Breathing Device New equipment gives Airmen time to breathe
After a pilot completes their Initial Aerospace Physiology Training they occasionally go through a refresher course to maintain their flying status. In order to complete the course aircrew work with the 9th Physiological Support Squadron for a variety of reasons, including a hypoxia demonstration.
0 8/17
2017
F-35A Lightning II initial qualification course graduation Luke graduates first F-35A initial qualification course
The 61st Fighter Squadron made history graduating the first F-35A Lightning II initial qualification course Aug. 5, 2017. After eight months of tremendous teamwork from across the 56th Fighter Wing, Luke Air Force Base produced six F-35A fighter pilots ready for the combat Air Force.
0 8/07
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
Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson speaks about the fiscal year 2018 budget, the Aviation Bonus Program, and an upcoming Air Force fighter jet deployment to Europe during an Air Force Association breakfast event, June 5, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/Wayne A. Clark) Wilson sets sights on readiness, modernization at Air Force Association breakfast
Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson addressed the Air Force Association’s Air Force Breakfast Series June 5, 2017, at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, D.C. During her remarks Wilson spoke about the proposed Air Force budget for the fiscal year that starts October 1.
0 6/05
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
Maj. John Hourigan, a 123rd Operations Support Squadron C-130 Hercules pilot, receives the Koren Kolligian Trophy from Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson in the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., May 17, 2017. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Andy Morataya) C-130 pilot receives 60th Koren Kolligian Jr. Trophy
Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson presented the 2016 Koren Kolligian Jr. Trophy to Maj. John Hourigan, a 123rd Operations Support Squadron C-130 Hercules pilot, at the Pentagon, May 17, 2017, for not only saving the lives of five crewmembers, but also identifying a worldwide C-130 propeller issue.
0 5/17
2017
A Lebanese A-29 Super Tucano student pilot from the 81st Fighter Squadron, conducts the first ‘in-seat’ training sortie, March 22, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The program began in March 2017 and is designed to ensure the Lebanon air force receives the support and training needed to safely and effectively employ the A-29 Aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ceaira Young) Lebanese student conducts first ‘in seat’ A-29 flight
A Lebanese A-29 Super Tucano pilot trainee, from the 81st Fighter Squadron, conducted the first ‘in seat’ training sortie March 22, 2017, here. The program, which began earlier this month, is designed to ensure the Lebanon air force receives the support and training needed to safely and effectively employ the A-29 aircraft.
0 3/24
2017
Default Air Force Logo Enlisted RPA pilot board selects 30 Airmen for pilot training
The inaugural Enlisted Remotely Piloted Aircraft Pilot Selection Board has chosen 30 enlisted Airmen to fill fiscal year 2017/2018 training slots as a part of the deliberate approach to enhance the Air Force’s Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance mission.
0 3/08
2017
Lt. Col. Jason Thompson, 558th Flying Training Squadron Commander, presents a certificate to the thousandth Undergraduate Remotely Piloted Aircraft Training graduate, 2nd Lt. Kevin, during a graduation ceremony Jan 20th at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. Chris Schweinberg and James Taylor, were both cadre members when the URT program grew to become a squadron in 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Randy Martin) 1,000th RPA student graduates
Lt. Col. Jason Thompson, the 558th Flying Training Squadron commander, presented 2nd Lt. Kevin a certificate commemorating the 1,000th graduate of the Undergraduate Remotely Piloted Aircraft training program at Joint Base San Antonio–Randolph, Jan. 20, 2017.
0 1/23
2017
Default Air Force Logo Luke creates first F-35 undergraduate pilot curriculum
The first class of undergraduate pilots began training through the newly written F-35 Lightning II curriculum Dec. 5 in the F-35 Academic Training Center at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.
0 12/08
2016
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – An Afghanistan air force pilot, right, joins his trainer for a morning sortie of high-density altitude training in an A-29 Super Tucano aircraft at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Aug. 24, 2016. The Afghanis are participating in a program training 30 pilots and 90 maintainers for the aircraft, which will be used mainly for close air support functions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis Hoffman) Colorado stands in for Afghanistan during pilot training
The 81st Fighter Squadron from Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, spent two weeks at Peterson AFB training six Afghan Air Force pilots to fly A-29 Super Tucano. The pilots are participating in a program that began in 2015 and will ultimately train 30 pilots and 90 maintainers through 2018. Most training takes place at Moody AFB, but the area’s geography doesn’t replicate Afghanistan.
0 8/31
2016
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: March 29
This look around the Air Force features Air Fest in Florida, female missileers and a JASDF NCO exchange at Yokota Air Base. Hosted by Senior Airman Nicholas Koetz.
0 3/29
2016
Marine Corps Capt. Jarrod Allen, a Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 225 F/A-18 Hornet pilot, and Air Force Capt. Jacob Allen, a 35th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot, pose for a photo together during exercise Max Thunder 15-1 at Gwangju Air Base, South Korea, April 17, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Taylor Curry) Brothers in arms fly together
Members of the U.S. military oftentimes have relatives that serve alongside them, and this is the case for the Allen brothers, they were recently reunited at exercise Max Thunder 15-1 in South Korea.
1 5/04
2015
Default Air Force Logo Pilots, combat systems officers may be eligible for retention incentives
Eligible active-duty pilots and combat systems officers have until Sept. 30 to apply for the fiscal year 2015 Aviator Retention Pay Program, Air Force officials said April 1.
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2015
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