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U.S. Air Force News

  • Selfish to selfless: an Airman's 32-year journey

    When retired Chief Master Sgt. Kendall Briscoe enlisted in 1989 at 18 years old, he had no idea his path would take him on a journey of self-evolution from a young, selfish Airman to a selfless leader holding a record for the Air Force's longest enlistment to date.

  • USAFA Cadet Summer Program returns to Tyndall AFB

    After a year-long hiatus due to COVID-19, the U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Summer Program recently returned to the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Readiness Laboratory at Tyndall Air Force Base.

  • Travis AFB nurse competes in US Strongman Nationals

    Capt. Jamie Navarro, 60th Surgical Group Command Squadron charge nurse, shares her story, at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. Navarro recently competed in the U.S. Strongman Nationals and placed second.

  • Luke AFB Airman saves 28 lives in Westgate shooting

    For one Airman, his childhood dream of becoming a superhero became his reality. Tech. Sgt. Michael Walker, 309th Fighter Squadron aviation resource manager, received the 2021 Air Force Sergeants Association William H. Pitsenbarger Heroism Award March 17. The AFSA presents the award annually to an

  • Reserve chief does big things at Air Force Recruiting Service

    When Chief Master Sgt. Michael Johnson got the call to report to Headquarters Air Force Recruiting Service as part of the early push toward Total Force recruiting, he faced many of the typical questions a Reserve Airman faces when working with the active duty.

  • Special tactics training complex dedicated to fallen STO

    To honor a fallen special tactics officer’s actions and courageous leadership, the 24th Special Operations Wing along with friends and family hosted a dedication ceremony in Capt. Matthew Roland’s honor, May 6 at Hurlburt Field, Florida.

  • A harrowing night in Afghanistan

    While deployed in Afghanistan in the winter of 2019, Staff Sgt. Michael Rogers, 57th Rescue Squadron pararescueman, was tasked to recover personnel when required.

  • Developing Self: Airman’s Foundational Competencies Category

    The Air Force has identified 24 Airman’s foundational competencies for all Airmen, these competencies are universally applicable to all Airmen and are categorized into four groups: Developing Self, Developing Others, Developing Ideas and Developing Organizations.

  • OSI duo takes action on interstate

    Special Agent Robert Davis and Lieve Cuypers were traveling eastbound on I-64 near Quinton when they approached a single-vehicle accident. A red sedan had flipped over into a ditch and was smoking. Davis ran to the vehicle.

  • An introduction – Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett

    Barbara M. Barrett is a lawyer, a rancher and instrument-rated pilot with a long history of corporate and federal service, including serving as ambassador to Finland and in senior positions with the Federal Aviation Administration and Civil Aeronautics Board. Before she was 30, she was an executive

  • Royal Air Force Museum American Foundation honors Berlin Airlift veterans

    The Royal Air Force Museum American Foundation celebrated the 70th anniversary of the end of Berlin Airlift at their annual “Spirit of the Battle of Britain” banquet last month to honor these veterans for their contributions to the alliance between the United States and the United Kingdom.

  • From enlisted marine to 100th ARW commander

    The son of immigrant parents from Thailand, Col. Troy Pananon, 100th Air Refueling Wing commander, didn’t have a long family military tradition to lean on, so he made his own instead.

  • Airman owns mistake, recovers from Article 15, becomes shining example

    Airman 1st Class Mary Kapuscinski, 7th Operations Support Squadron meteorologist, was recently recognized for an act that could have saved thousands of lives. She has won awards for her weather forecasting expertise. But it hasn’t always been positive times for her at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.

  • Air Force Marathon prices to increase June 17

    Prices for the full, half and 10K marathons are currently $100, $90 and $45 respectively. All three races will increase by $10 on June 17 while the 5K and Tailwind Trot 1K Kids’ Run, hosted by Wright State University, will increase by $5 and $3 respectively. The Fly! Fight! Win! Challenge will

  • 40th HS, local forces rescue man

    The 40th Helicopter Squadron received the request June 3 around 10 p.m. to assist the Cascade County Sheriff’s Department in rescuing the man after he fell from a steep cliff and was holding on to a tree root approximately 250 feet from the ground.

  • Japanese, US teachers boost bilateral future

    Kadena Air Base middle school staff shared activity-driven English lessons to Okinawa elementary teachers in support of the foreign language initiative at the Ryukyu Middle School, or RMS, May 24.

  • Thunderbird performance dazzles Make-A-Wish families

    The Make-A-Wish Foundation offered children diagnosed with critical illnesses a chance to view U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds in action during their unique over-the-water practice demonstration at The Thunder Over the Sound: Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show on the beach in Biloxi, Mississippi, May

  • Youth summer camps offer engagement, growth

    The Air Force Services Activity, headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, manages many programs designed specifically for kids, to include a variety of summer camps – both residential and at home station.

  • F-35A maintainers, special ops team up for forward refueling

    For the first time, Airmen from the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base, Utah and Airmen from the 26th Special Tactics Squadron and the 27th Special Operation Logistics Readiness Squadron at Cannon AFB, trained and carried out a Forward Air Refueling Point operation from the MC-130J Commando

  • Innovation in tight spaces

    As Hurricane Michael churned toward the Emerald Coast of Florida, F-35A Lightning IIs from the 33rd Fighter Wing evacuated to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, to avoid the storm’s path and potential catastrophic damage. As Michael passed, narrowly missing Eglin AFB, a different type of storm

  • Uniform code of military justice changes

    Effective Jan. 1, 2019, the Military Justice Act of 2016 will instate the most reform to the Uniform Code of Military Justice and Manual for Courts-Martial in decades, modernizing dated aspects of the military justice system while also providing transparency.

  • LCBP provides enterprise opportunities to lead, learn

    The Logistics Career Broadening Program offers company grade logistics officers the opportunity gain leadership skills and experience in depot, supply, sustainment and development missions through a two-year rotation at an air or defense logistics center. Officers are embedded within the

  • US, Aussie partnership thriving at Luke AFB

    Since the arrival of Australia’s first F-35A at Luke Air Force Base in December 2014, Australian pilots and maintainers have trained side by side with members from the U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin in preparation for the day when Australian F-35s would travel home to Australia.

  • Little Rock AFB hosts Arkansas’ largest STEM Fest

    Little Rock Air Force Base hosted Arkansas’ largest Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics festival in conjunction with the Thunder Over the Rock Air and Space Show, with a field trip day Oct. 26 that drew more than 20,000 attendees, over 13,000 of whom were students.

  • Employees need to know, heed Hatch Act rules

    Department of Defense civilian employees must be aware of the law limiting political activities in the federal workplace, during duty hours, or on federal property at any time.

  • Air Force civilians impacted by hurricane receive AFIMSC support

    JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) -- Linda Alcala listened to a news report about Hurricane Florence approaching the Carolina coast. She heard about a woman whose family didn’t have enough money to evacuate, and payday wasn’t for another week.

  • Miracle at the Marathon: CPR, training save life

    When retired Air Force Lt. Gen. John Hudson woke on the warm overcast morning of the Air Force Marathon, Sept. 15, he knew the weather would be a challenge. But he was fit, trained and ready to take on the 10 kilometer race, just as he had for the past 10 years.

  • T-6A Texan II Crash

    A 12th Flying Training Wing T-6A Texan II crashed near Rolling Oaks Mall at approximately 4 p.m. Sept. 18. The crew ejected and is safe with minor injuries reported at the site. Both were transported to the Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Medical Clinic for evaluation and both pilots were released

  • PACAF wins Air Force Defender Challenge

    The U.S. Pacific Air Forces Command came out on top among 14 international security forces teams to win the Air Force Defender Challenge Championship Sept. 10-13 at Joint Base San Antonio-Camp Bullis, Texas.

  • AFCENT changes command in historic ceremony

    Lt. Gen. Joseph T. Guastella Jr. assumed command of U.S. Air Forces Central Command from Lt. Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian Aug. 30, 2018. Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel, U.S. Central Command commander, presided over the ceremony, which was held at AFCENT’s forward headquarters at Al Udeid Air Base for the

  • Passing the guidon: Ray takes command of AFGSC

    Gen. Timothy Ray took command of Air Force Global Strike Command from Gen. Robin Rand, outgoing AFGSC commander, during a ceremony, Aug. 21. He is the newest leader of the Air Force’s portion of the nuclear enterprise, which maintains the nation's only force of Minuteman III intercontinental

  • Air Force announces photo contest winners

    Congratulations to this year’s Air Force photo contest winners in the adult and youth categories. This year’s theme “Freedom,” managed by the Air Force Services Activity, received more than 1,200 photo submissions.

  • Ga. cadets rescue man from sinking vehicle after wreck

    A late-night drive home from a squadron meeting quickly turned into a rescue scenario recently when two Georgia Wing Civil Air Patrol cadets swam to a rapidly sinking SUV in the middle of a rural pond and extracted the dazed driver.

  • F-22 pilots fire live missiles at Combat Archer

    More than 200 pilots, maintainers and operations support staff from the 1st Fighter Wing are gaining firsthand experience in loading and firing live missiles at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, from July 6-20, 2018.

  • CSAF strengthens Air Force ties in Italy

    Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein visited several air bases across Italy July 5-9, 2018, where he met with military and political leaders to strengthen international partnerships.

  • Sisters in service: Closing the joint warfighter’s diversity gap

    The Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium at the San Diego Convention Center June 20-22, 2018, included attendees from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and other service members from 20 different countries. As the largest gathering of military women in the nation, it marked the

  • AFCEC warfighter shines at DoD warrior games

    Master Sgt. Linn Dillard is a warfighter, a cancer survivor, and overcame a traumatic brain injury. She’s also an athlete that recently won gold, silver and bronze medals in this year’s Department of Defense Warrior Games.

  • Retired Airman meets biological sister at DoD Warrior Games

    She’s competing in track and field and indoor rowing, but retired Senior Airman Karah Behrend couldn’t concentrate on training yesterday for the 2018 Department of Defense Warrior Games at the U.S. Air Force Academy.For the first time, Behrend was going to meet her 19-year-old biological sister,

  • RAF Warrant Officer leads renovation of 1st Lt. Jarvis Offutt’s grave

    The recent restoration of 1st Lt. Jarvis Offutt’s grave was sparked when a Royal Air Force rivet joint specialist, assigned to RAF Waddington’s 56 Squadron visited the grave to pay respects to the former squadron member in December 2017, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Nebraska.

  • 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.

  • New tool enhances AF safety inspections, assessments and evaluations

    A new module has been launched through the Air Force Safety Automated System on May 17,2018, arming safety professionals Air Force-wide with a single method to document and track both spot and annual inspections, as well as safety assessments and evaluations at a local and enterprise level.

  • Education opportunities in Air Force IT

    Two 53rd Computer Systems Squadron Airmen recently shared how the Air Force opened wide the doors of educational opportunity, and how they set themselves up for success in both the military and civilian worlds.

  • Small chapel team praised as best in Air Force for 2017

    After being honored with the best small chapel award for Air Combat Command two times, it has finally happened. The 70th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Wing Chapel has been named the Air Force’s Best Small Chapel of the Year for 2017.

  • Air University hosts 65th National Security Forum

    Air University’s Air War College opened its doors to more than 100 community leaders, representing 39 different states, from May 8-10, 2018, to help solidify bridges and relationships between the military and the civilian sectors through the annual National Security Forum, hosted and sponsored by

  • Monument dedication honors JB Andrews namesake

    Officials unveiled a memorial monument May 3, 2018 dedicated to Lt. Gen. Frank Maxwell Andrews and crew members of the B-24 Liberator, also known as “Hot Stuff,” which crashed on nearby Mount Fagradalsfjall, Iceland, 75 years ago.

  • German-American partnership on display during air show

    The 2018 Berlin Air and Trade Show fell under the same year as the 70th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift, in which U.S. and allied forces airlifted supplies into West Berlin following a Soviet blockade of the city.

  • Air Force, RAF join forces for band centennial celebration

    The U.S. Air Force Concert Band and Britain’s Central Band of the Royal Air Force performed together in the RAF Centenary Concert at the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., April 16, 2018.

  • Secure Messaging makes communicating with your Air Force doctor simple

    In today’s connected world, we expect most communication to be convenient and instantaneous. Why should communicating with your health provider be any different? That is why the Air Force Medical Service offers a secure messaging platform for patients and families to communicate safely and quickly

  • FEDVIP brings vision coverage to TRICARE beneficiaries

    Only half of the 61 million U.S. adults who are at high risk for serious vision loss visited an eye doctor in the past year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Eye exams can help keep your vision strong, diagnose potential issues early, and prevent diseases that may lead to

  • AFCEC, OEA reach new milestone in partnership

    The Air Force Civil Engineer Center and the Office of Energy Assurance recently attended a historic Energy Savings Performance Contract preliminary assessment kick-off at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.

  • Earthworms and Air Force produce university researcher

    In the Air Force Reserve, Guderyon had grown to love his work as a structural maintenance mechanic, but found himself bored with his mechanical engineering studies in college. He thought back to his conversation with his former high school teacher, and began pursuing a course of study on aging

  • Test pilot briefs T-6 nation

    An F-16 Fighting Falcon’s sustained 9 g-force break turn is no small matter on a normal day. Imagine yourself there. Your head weighs 180 pounds and your arms are pinned to the stick and throttle; let go of your breath the wrong way, and you watch the world fade from gray to black in an instant. Now

  • Air Force finance workshop offers training for technicians

    Financial customer service technicians from around the Air Force will visit San Antonio in late January for three days of training designed to enhance their skills and abilities to meet issues and challenges they face at base level finance offices.