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  • Defense Satellite Communications System

    Mission/VisionDefense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) constellation provides nuclear-hardened, anti-jam, high data rate, long haul communications to users worldwide.DSCS supports: the defense communications system, the Army's ground mobile forces, the Air Force's airborne terminals, Navy ships at sea, the White House Communications Agency,
  • Defense Support Program Satellites

    MissionAir Force Space Command-operated Defense Support Program (DSP) satellites are a key part of North America's early warning systems. In their 22,300-mile, geosynchronous orbits, DSP satellites help protect the United States and its allies by detecting missile launches, space launches and nuclear detonations.FeaturesDSP satellites use an
  • E-3 Sentry (AWACS)

    MissionThe E-3 Sentry is an airborne warning and control system, or AWACS, aircraft with an integrated command and control battle management, or C2BM, surveillance, target detection, and tracking platform.  The aircraft provides an accurate, real-time picture of the battlespace to the Joint Air Operations Center. AWACS provides situational
  • E-4B

    MissionThe E-4B serves as the National Airborne Operations Center and is a key component of the National Military Command System for the President, the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In case of national emergency or destruction of ground command and control centers, the aircraft provides a highly survivable command, control and
  • E-8C Joint Stars

    MissionThe E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, or Joint STARS, is an airborne battle management, command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platform. Its primary mission is to provide theater ground and air commanders with ground surveillance to  support attack operations and targeting that contributes to the
  • E-9A

    Mission The E-9A is a twin turboprop used as a surveillance platform to ensure the Gulf of Mexico waters are clear of civilian boaters and aircraft during live missile launches and other hazardous military activities. The E-9A provides support for air-to-air weapons system evaluation, development and operational testing at Tyndall Air Force Base,
  • EC-130H Compass Call

    The EC-130H Compass Call is an airborne tactical weapon system using a heavily modified version of the C-130 Hercules airframe.
  • EC-130J Commando Solo

    The EC-130J Commando Solo, a specially-modified four-engine Hercules transport, conducts airborne Information Operations via digital and analog radio and television broadcasts. These missions are often flown at night to reduce probability of detection in politically sensitive or hostile territories.
  • Enlisted AFSC Classifications

    1A0XX In-Flight Refueling 1A1XX Flight Engineer 1A2XX Aircraft Loadmaster 1A3XX Airborne Mission System 1A4XX Airborne Operations 1A6XX Flight Attendant 1A7XX Aerial Gunner 1A8XX Airborne Cryptologic Linguist 1B4XX Cyberspace Defense Operations 1C0XX Aviation Resource Management 1C1XX Air Traffic Control 1C2XX Combat Control 1C3XX Command Post
  • Explosive Ordnance Disposal - 3E8X1

    Mission Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) work begins in dangerous situations and ends in safe solutions. EOD members apply classified techniques and special procedures to lessen or totally remove the hazards created by the presence of unexploded ordnance. This includes conventional military ordnance, criminal and terrorist homemade items, and
  • F-15 Eagle

    Mission The F-15 Eagle is an all-weather, extremely maneuverable, tactical fighter designed to permit the Air Force to gain and maintain air supremacy over the battlefield.FeaturesThe Eagle's air superiority is achieved through a mixture of unprecedented maneuverability and acceleration, range, weapons and avionics. It can penetrate enemy defense
  • F-15E Strike Eagle

    MissionThe F-15E Strike Eagle is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. An array of avionics and electronics systems gives the F-15E the capability to fight at low altitude, day or night and in all weather.FeaturesThe aircraft uses two crew members, a pilot and a weapon systems officer. Previous models of the
  • F-16 Fighting Falcon

    MissionThe F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact, multi-role fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. It provides a relatively low-cost, high-performance weapon system for the United States and allied nations.FeaturesIn an air combat role, the F-16's maneuverability and combat
  • F-22 Raptor

    MissionThe F-22 Raptor is the Air Force's newest fighter aircraft. Its combination of stealth, supercruise, maneuverability, and integrated avionics, coupled with improved supportability, represents an exponential leap in warfighting capabilities. The Raptor performs both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions allowing full realization of
  • F-35A Lightning II

    MissionThe F-35A is the U.S. Air Force’s latest fifth-generation fighter. It will replace the U.S. Air Force’s aging fleet of F-16 Fighting Falcons and A-10 Thunderbolt II’s, which have been the primary fighter aircraft for more than 20 years, and bring with it an enhanced capability to survive in the advanced threat environment in which it was
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