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  • 2005 hurricane season begins

    Forty years may seem like a long time, but not long enough for people in Florida. The 2004 season was the first time since 1964 that Florida was slammed by four hurricanes in one season and caused $1.7 billion in damage.This year’s hurricane season, which began June 1, may prove to be just as stormy.National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Airmen deploy with four-legged partner

    Some people bring stuffed animals with them when they deploy. Some Airmen even bring the real thing.Staff Sgt. Thomas Burns and his 9-year-old dog, Ogar, deployed three months ago from Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. The Belgian Malinois and his handler are part of the eight-person military working dog team at a forward-deployed location. There
  • No courtroom needed, all decisions made in ring

    Intense noise from the crowd, tension of the impending final decision and the intimidation of the boxers do not matter to a boxing judge. The focus stays on one thing -- the punch.“When you take your seat at ringside, the only things that have your attention are the boxer and his punch,” said a six-year veteran boxing judge.In 1986, Robert Hoyle
  • Airmen fight cancer, build support group

    At 8:15 p.m. on Aug. 30, Master Sgt. Dee Ann Poole received the call that changed her life. It came from her doctor’s office; the nurse had called to inform Sergeant Poole she had been diagnosed with breast cancer.“I was breathless,” she said. “My conversation with the nurse was a blur. It didn’t really sink in until the next day.”In what seemed
  • Eglin Airman has real need for speed skates

    Twenty nine mph does not sound fast. But on a pair of in-line skates, that is moving pretty well, and an Airman here just cannot get enough of it.Airman 1st Class Eddie Canino, an F-16 Fighting Falcon avionics technician with the 46th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, started skating as a youngster and said he has never gotten his fill.“I was real
  • SNCO’s selfless behavior protects Airman, family

    An Airman’s failed suicide attempt and subsequent disappearance from here recently highlighted why taking care of people is one of the distinguishing qualities of a true leader, and why wearing the rank of senior noncommissioned officer in the Air Force is a distinguishing symbol of leadership.Senior Master Sgt. Oakley Coleman, 65th Mission Support
  • Lieutenant leaves ‘footprint’ at Soto Cano

    At this Central American base, one Airman is taking the phrase “going the extra mile” to the extreme. First Lt. Kellie Courtland is going an extra 1,500 miles to be exact, one of three goals she set for herself when she arrived at Joint Task Force Bravo here. “So far I’m at 1,263 miles,” she said. As the officer in charge of the JTF-Bravo subarea
  • Airman teaches deaf man to fly

    With planes taking off down the runway behind her, the flight instructor begins talking more loudly while illustrating a point to her student. Then she remembers he cannot hear a word she is saying. He is deaf.Senior Airman Christy Helgeson met Rob Drake at a local flying club, where she is an assistant chief pilot. A week after they met in
  • Medics provide human touch

    Viviana Vigil woke her children early and dressed them. Then they ate a meager breakfast of tortillas and beans. It is all they had.As the sun broke over the mountainside village of La Luna where the family lives, she gathered her children and led them down a trail toward the bigger village of Rauteca.It was an important journey and a big day for
  • Volunteers provide search and rescue for Central America

    Search and rescue operations at this Central American base are not ordinary.Instead of the typical Air Force pararescuemen enveloped in heavy gear, the SAR team here is Army run. It encompasses people from all services, an assortment of career fields and numerous volunteers.“It’s an additional duty,” said Army Master Sgt. Lorenzo Zamora, platoon


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DYK: Aircraft have lifespans! Like humans, they require check-ups in the form of maintenance inspections to prolong their ability to fly. These "checks" prevent in-flight system failures which ultimately protects aircrew and passengers. Learn more from the 86th Maintenance Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, Germany on what it takes to correct issues so aircraft can stay airborne.
WATCH: United States Air Force pilots talk about the importance of Exercise Saber Strike 18 as they refuel over the Baltic Sea on June 18, 2018. Saber Strike 18 is a long-standing training exercise designed to enhance interoperability between the U.S. and our allies. The training focused on improving land and air operational capabilities between the U.S. and our NATO allies. (U.S. Air National Guard video by: Master Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)
Check out some shots from yesterday's All-Star Armed Services Classic Championship softball game in Washington, D.C. This event, part of MLB’s All-Star Week, pays tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces. Washington Nationals U.S. Army
Air Force and U.S. Army coed softball teams render military honors during the playing of the National Anthem during the All-Star Armed Services Classic Championship softball game, Washington, D.C., July 13, 2018. This event, part of MLB’s All-Star Week, pays tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces. Washington Nationals
Great way to lead by example!
The United States Air Force is facing a pilot shortage. To help solve the challenge, the Aircrew Crisis Task Force was recently created to provide strategic direction and actionable recommendations to senior leaders on how to solve the aircrew manning crisis. FULL STORY: https://go.usa.gov/xUb3z
Your United States Air Force news: ✓ A B-52 crew assists in a search and rescue operation off the coast of Guam ✓ An Afghan pilot class graduates in the Czech Republic ✓ The Air Force is using innovative approaches to training pilots to make the process faster and more efficient
Now that’s how weathermen work! Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters fly weather reconnaissance missions into Tropical Storm Chris and Tropical Storm Beryl. http://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1569944/hurricane-hunters-fly-tropical-storms-beryl-chris/
The F-22 Raptor's combination of stealth, supercruise, maneuverability, and integrated avionics, coupled with improved supportability, represents an exponential leap in warfighting capabilities. The F-22 cannot be matched by any known or projected fighter aircraft. Maintaining these aircraft can involve a bit of a learning curve. Airmen at KadenaAirBase use past technology to help learn how to work with the undefeated Raptor. FULL STORY: http://www.kadena.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1567295/hard-to-raptor-head-around/
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The B-52 Stratofortress has sniper pods that provide improved long-range target detection/identification and continuous stabilize surveillance for all missions, including close air support of ground forces. Air Force Global Strike Command crew members on a B-52 were able to spot a historic Pacific Island style canoe so that the U.S. Coast Guard could rescue the six passengers!
For the past 60 years, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has continually helped us maintain a technological edge against our advarsaries. Together with the Air Force Research Laboratory - AFRL, a fusion of ideas is leading to newly highlighted innovations.
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