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The Soyuz MS-04 rocket launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan April 20, 2017, carrying Fyodor Yurchikhin, the Expedition 51 Soyuz commander of Roscosmos, and Col. Jack Fischer, the Expedition 51 NASA flight engineer, into orbit to begin their four and a half month mission on the International Space Station. (NASA photo/Aubrey Gemignani) Astronaut Airman launched to International Space Station
On April 20, 2017, Col. Jack D. Fischer became the most recent American Airman to travel to space in support of the International Space Station mission. He was joined in flight by Fyodor Yurchikin, a Russian cosmonaut.
0 4/20
2017
Default Air Force Logo VLPAD adds 51 jobs, more active-duty openings for officer, enlisted
The Air Force has expanded the Voluntary Limited Period of Active Duty program, adding 51 additional Air Force specialty codes for select air reserve component officers.
0 4/18
2017
F-35A Lightning IIs from the 34th Fighter Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, land at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, April 15, 2017. The aircraft arrival marks the first F-35A fighter training deployment to the U.S. European Command area of responsibility or any overseas location as a flying training deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Matthew Plew) F-35A deployment brings advanced airpower capability to Europe
This weekend’s deployment of an initial six F-35A Lightning II fighters and several hundred Airmen to Europe demonstrates the aircraft’s readiness to conduct operations with America’s European partners, according to Air Force leaders.
0 4/17
2017
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: March 31
On this look around the Air Force, Dr. Heather Wilson, the secretary of the Air Force nominee, answers questions from the Senate Armed Services Committee and Lt. Gen. Gina Grosso, the Air Force deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services, answers questions from a House Armed Services Committee Military Personnel subcommittee in regard to the Air Force’s pilot shortage.
0 3/31
2017
Capt. Jamie LaRivee, a 21st Airlift Squadron C-17 Globemaster III pilot, simulates aircraft procedures at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., March 14, 2017. LaRivee's mother was in the first class of female cadets at the Air Force Academy. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Sam Salopek) Female pilot follows in mother’s boot steps
With childlike wonder she watched as her mother pulled on a pair of combat boots. She witnessed her mother forge forward, knocking down walls that once stood to stall female progression. In the wake of that advancement, there was a maneuverable route the young girl could use to reach her own future goals. Capt. Jamie LaRivee, a 21st Airlift Squadron C-17 Globemaster III pilot, saw her mother as a role model, and watched her excel in an Air Force career, making LaRivee certain she would follow in her mother’s boot steps.
0 3/15
2017
Capt. David, a 79th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron pilot, taxis an F-16 Fighting Falcon before a night mission Jan. 13, 2017, at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. To become a pilot, David went to school while working as a maintainer, through a deployment to Balad Airfield, Iraq, and temporary duties where he was often gone for three weeks out of every month. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa) Maintainer-turned-fighter pilot puts new skills to the test
(This feature is part of the "Through Airmen's Eyes" series. These stories focus on individual Airmen, highlighting their Air Force story.) When Capt. David was a child, his father would take him out to the flightline at Canon Air Force Base, New Mexico, and sit him in the cockpit of an F-111 Aardvark. Looking up at his dad, David would say, “One day, I’m going to be a pilot.”
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2017
Senior Airman Than, a 42nd Attack Squadron MQ-9 sensor operator, flies a simulated training mission Nov. 28, 2016, at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. The position of sensor operator is one of two jobs in the Air Force where enlisted Airmen can employ munitions from an aircraft, the other being an aerial gunner. This gives young enlistees an opportunity to affect the battlefield by providing reconnaissance and persistent attack by guiding weapons to their targets. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christian Clausen) MQ-1, MQ-9 Millennials make difference on battlefield
For the one percent of the U.S. population that chooses the path to serve in the armed forces, there are many opportunities. One prospective path in the Air Force lies in the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft enterprise.
0 12/08
2016
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: Dec. 6
On this look around the Air Force an A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot reaches 6,000 flight hours, the new AC-130J successfully drops bombs for the first time, and a new IRS law that may change when you receive your refund.
0 12/06
2016
Default Air Force Logo AF selects Holloman AFB as preferred location for interim F-16 training squadrons
The Air Force selected Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, as the preferred alternative for the interim home for two F-16 Fighting Falcon training squadrons created to increase fighter pilot production as the service faces a growing pilot shortage.
0 11/17
2016
Capt. John Lockheed, of the 302nd Airlift Wing at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., is a fourth-generation pilot in his family. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Jolene Bottor-Ortiona) Pilot carries on four generations of tradition
Some people say flying is in their DNA. That couldn’t be truer for Capt. John Lockheed, an Air Force Reserve pilot assigned to the 302nd Airlift Wing at Peterson Air Force Base. He’s a fourth-generation pilot -- continuing a family tradition that encompasses more than a century of flight.
0 10/15
2016
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