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U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott Zobrist, left, 9th Air Force commander, places a Distinguished Flying Cross medal on Capt. William “Archer” Dana, 74th Fighter Squadron A-10C Thunderbolt II pilot, during an award ceremony, May 23, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Dana, along with his wingman, was alerted Aug. 14, 2017, by a Joint Terminal Attack Controller the enemy had breached friend lines in eight locations. In a three-hour period, Dana employed 11,000 pounds of ordnance and destroyed 10 enemy defensive fighting positions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson) 74th FS pilots receive DFC
Two Airmen received the Distinguished Flying Cross May 23, 2018, in recognition of their actions in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Maj. Matthew “Chowder” Cichowski and Capt. William “Archer” Dana both, 74th Fighter Squadron A-10C Thunderbolt II pilots, risked life and limb while deployed to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, to protect Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF, from a common enemy.
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2018
Default Air Force Logo Retired Air Force rated officers welcomed back on active duty
Retired Air Force rated officers with Air Force Specialty Codes 11X-pilot, 12X-combat systems officer or 13B-air battle manager are encouraged to apply for the Voluntary Retired Return to Active Duty Program to help alleviate manning shortages within the Air Force rated community.
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2018
Default Air Force Logo 2018 U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School applications due May 27
Test pilots aren’t born; they're trained to be the best of the best by the USAF Test Pilot School. The TPS selection board is accepting applications until May 27, 2018 from eligible Total Force officers and current Air Force civilians
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2018
19th Air Force experts transform flying training syllabi 19th Air Force experts transform flying training syllabi
Maj. Gen. Patrick Doherty, 19th Air Force commander, asked his team to deliver a redesigned Undergraduate Pilot Training syllabi “that embraced common sense and held ideas from the leaders and instructor corps to produce more pilots, higher quality pilots with agility and speed.” The homework assignment was to “transform the current syllabi to match the more competitive world in the future,” according to Doherty.
0 3/20
2018
Default Air Force Logo Air Force general officer-led team to investigate physiologic events
A general officer-led team will integrate and coordinate efforts to address aircrew Unexplained Physiologic Events, the Air Force announced Jan. 22, 2018.
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2018
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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