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Default Air Force Logo Air Force opens doors to universities, small businesses and entrepreneurs to boost innovation
Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson announced the launch of AFwerX July 21, 2017, during her visit to Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.
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2017
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: July 21
On this look around the Air Force, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright shares the major changes made to Enlisted Professional Military Education for the 21st century, Air Force medical practitioners work with their Fijian counterparts, and Edwards Air Force Base, California, engineers hosted a one-day innovation challenge.
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2017
Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson shares a laugh with members of the 432nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, July 19, 2017, at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. During her visit, Wilson toured the base and gained insight into the dominant persistent attack and reconnaissance mission the Airmen of the 432nd WG complete 24/7/365 for our nation and coalition partners. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christian Clausen) SecAF gets firsthand look at MQ-1, MQ-9 mission
Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson visited Creech Air Force Base July 19, 2017 to get a closer look at the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper mission. During her visit Wilson toured the base and gained insight into the dominant persistent attack and reconnaissance mission the Airmen of the 432nd Wing complete 24-7-365 for our nation and coalition partners.
0 7/21
2017
Chaplain (Maj.) Jim Bridgeham, the 363rd Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Wing chaplain, left, and Capt. Jerry Walker, the 363rd ISRW psychologist and acting surgeon general, record the 12th episode of their resilience podcast, “The Pillars,” at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., July 6, 2017. The 363rd ISR Wing is spread across several bases and mission locations, and the podcast has been a great format for those Airmen to be included in resilience training. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jennifer Spradlin) Podcast puts new spin on resilience
How do you talk to Airmen about resilience – especially when a unit is geographically dispersed? When two colleagues and friends at the 363rd Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Wing, set out to answer that question, their priorities were to make the information approachable, accessible and relevant to their diverse community. One way, they discovered, was a podcast.
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2017
A 1st Fighter Wing F-22 Raptor taxis before take off at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., July 11, 2017. The wing conducted night flying training missions to keep pilots current on skills needed to operate in the dark. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Master Sgt. Benjamin Wilson) AF Week in Photos
This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.
0 7/21
2017
Tech. Sgt. James Hodgman, of the 60th Air Mobility Wing, shares what being a military father means to him and encourages all military parents to cherish every moment with their children. (U.S. Air Force photo) Cherish every moment
It’s 4 a.m., and a car parks outside the family home. Inside, a proud father of two takes one last look at his daughter and son before hugging his wife and walking out the door. As the car drives off, he stares out the window, hoping his wife and children will be all right for the next six months. This scene was my reality in September 2015 when I left for my most recent deployment, a day before my son’s third birthday.
0 7/20
2017
New annual Mental Health Assessment requirement begins July 31
New annual Mental Health Assessment requirement begins July 31
Beginning July 31, 2017, Airmen undergoing their annual Periodic Health Assessment may notice something new. A Mental Health Assessment will now be part of every annual PHA, to help ensure Airmen suffering from undiagnosed mental health issues are referred to the necessary care.
0 7/20
2017
Airman 1st Class Austin, a fusion analyst with the 29th Intelligence Squadron, recently returned from the Bloodfest Tournament in Austin, Texas, where he played with the Air Force Rugby Team. (U.S. Air Force graphic/Senior Airman Michael Reeves) 29th IS Airman tackles Air Force Rugby team
Listed at 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighing approximately 220 pounds, this fusion analyst and player on the Air Force Rugby Team is not an Airman you want running at you full speed. Airman 1st Class Austin, of the 29th Intelligence Squadron, has been playing with the Air Force Rugby Team since March 2017, and recently returned from playing at the Bloodfest Tournament in Austin, Texas.
0 7/20
2017
Default Air Force Logo Technical sergeant 17E6 promotion cycle statistics released
The Air Force has selected 8,167 staff sergeants for promotion to technical sergeant out of 25,552 eligible, for a selection rate of 31.96 percent in the 17E6 promotion cycle.
0 7/20
2017
Staff Sgts. Adam Martin, a fire truck maintenance specialist, and Shawn Benton, an aerospace ground equipment craftsman, both deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve and assigned to the 370th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group, Detachment 1, use a refrigerant recovery station to perform a leak test and charge the air conditioning system of a Humvee inside the vehicle maintenance tent at Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq, July 2, 2017. The new vehicle maintenance facility improved efficiency for the maintainers as they can now not only get out of the sun to work on their vehicles, but also complete tasks during all hours of the day. CJTF-OIR is the global Coalition to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria . (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Hehnly) Air advisor teamwork enhances expeditionary Air Force compound
Over the past four months, a small team of air advisors, deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve to Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq, combined its efforts to enhance and improve the U.S. Air Force’s compound, changing the working conditions for the airmen assigned there.
0 7/19
2017
A KC-10 Extender from Travis Air Force Base, Calif., refuels a Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet over the Pacific Ocean July 14, 2017. KC-10s from Travis AFB supported Exercise Talisman Saber 2017 by conducting various air refueling missions over Australia. TS17 is a biennial exercise in Australia that focuses on bilateral military training between U.S. Pacific Command forces and the Australian Defence Force to improve U.S.-Australia combat readiness, increase interoperability, maximize combined training opportunities and conduct maritime prepositioning and logistics operations in the Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Sarah Johnson) KC-10s display global reach in the Pacific
Three KC-10 Extenders flew from Hawaii and Wake Island Airfield to refuel five C-17 Globemaster IIIs carrying over 300 coalition paratroopers across the Pacific Ocean, July 13, 2017.
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2017
The Air Force selected 2,311 officers for promotion as a result of the 2017B central selection board for colonel, lieutenant colonel and major in the Biomedical Sciences Corps and Line of the Air Force competitive categories. (U.S. Air Force graphic/Kat Bailey) Air Force selects 2,311 BSC, LAF officers for promotion
The Air Force selected 2,311 active-duty officers for promotion to colonel, lieutenant colonel and major during the 2017B Colonel and Lieutenant Colonel Biomedical Sciences Corps and Major Line of the Air Force and Biomedical Sciences Corps central selection boards.
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2017
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: July 19
On this look around the Air Force a Wounded Warrior receives the Pat Tillman award at the ESPYs, a medical exercise in Minnesota provides free healthcare for local residents, and Red Flag 17-3 features F-35s from both the Air Force and the Marine Corps. Hosted by Tech. Sgt. Robbie Arp.
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2017
Tech. Sgt. Megan Harper, a 326th Training Squadron military training instructor facilitator, stands at attention with Airmen at the 326th Training Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas,  June 23, 2017. Harper has been selected as the Military Times 2017 Airman of the Year for her exceptional service over the course of a 15-year Air Force career. Air Force MTI named Military Times Airman of the Year
A 326th Training Squadron military training instructor facilitator has been selected as the Military Times 2017 Airman of the Year for her exceptional service over the course of a 15-year Air Force career.
0 7/18
2017
Default Air Force Logo AF announces Enlisted Professional Military Education redesign
Air Force officials announced major changes to the enlisted professional military education program today via an initiative called Enlisted Professional Military Education for the 21st Century, or “EPME 21.”
0 7/18
2017
Col. Kristine B. Smith, the 710th Combat Operations Squadron deputy director, from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., stands surrounded by her family as they pin on her colonel rank, July 14, 2017, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. Smith was promoted by Col. Dustin P. Smith, the Headquarters U.S. Air Forces Central Command chief of staff, and her husband, as his last official duty in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado) Colonel promotes wife, then retires
When military members hold their promotion ceremonies, many times their families enjoy the occasion alongside them. Spouses, children, parents, siblings and other relatives witness the time-honored ceremony and take part in the tradition of pinning or tacking on the next rank.
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2017
Lt. Col. Ben Rudolphi, the 407th Expeditionary Operation Support Squadron commander, conducts a preflight check on an A-10 Thunderbolt II July 11, 2017, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Rudolphi has provided a dual role in Operation Inherent Resolve as the commander of the 407th EOSS in Southwest Asia and being directly in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria  conducting A-10 flying missions with the 447th Air Expeditionary Group. The A-10 supports ground forces with rapid employment close air and contact support. It utilizes a variety of bombs, missiles and a 30mm GAU-8 seven-barrel Gatling gun. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Ramon A. Adelan) A-10 pilot spits fire in fight against ISIS
Originally tasked to deploy as an A-10 pilot in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, Lt. Col. Ben Rudolphi saw his mission change before even leaving the U.S. Instead of manning his aircraft, he was given the opportunity to lead others as the commander of the 407th Expeditionary Operation Support Squadron and accepted the position.
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2017
A panel of leaders from various Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., organizations decide which one of three design proposals to pursue following presentations during a July 10, 2017, innovation challenge. Pictured from left are Dan Osburn, 412th Test Engineering Group; Peter Burke, 412th Electronic Warfare Group; Lt. Col. Jeffrey Kwok, 412th Operations Group; Kyle Schaller, 771st Test Squadron; and Tony Rubino, 412th Range Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Kenji Thuloweit) Innovation challenge brings possible advancement in F-22 test capabilities
The 412th Test Wing’s Experimentation Center for Ideas/Technology Exploration team, known as XCITE, hosted a one-day innovation challenge July 10, 2017. Several engineers from around Edwards Air Force Base partnered with members of the Desert High School Robotics team to come up with a solution to a real-world test problem.
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2017
An Army airborne jumpmaster from the 4th Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, signals "one minute" to drop while he looks out of the open troop door on a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III from Joint Base Charleston, S.C., July 12, 2017 waiting to airdrop in support of Exercise Talisman Saber 2017. The purpose of TS17 is to improve U.S.-Australian combat readiness, increase interoperability, maximize combined training opportunities and conduct maritime prepositioning and logistics operations in the Pacific. TS17 also demonstrates U.S. commitment to its key ally and the overarching security framework in the Indo Asian Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Gregory Brook) US, coalition partners demonstrate global defense capabilities
Four U.S. Air Force and one Royal Australian Air Force C-17 Globemaster IIIs loaded with more than 300 American and Canadian paratroopers took off from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska, to Shoalwater Bay, Australia, for biennial training exercise, Talisman Saber July 13, 2017.
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2017
Default Air Force Logo Air Force rolls out phased retirement program for eligible civilians
Eligible Air Force civilian employees now have the option of working part time in a “semi-retired” status, according to new Air Force Instruction 36-817, Civilian Phased Retirement Program.
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