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  • Around the Air Force: March 17

    On this look around the Air Force, the commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing comments on a fatal plane crash and changes are made to the enlisted professional military education program.

  • Around the Air Force: March 14

    On this look around the Air Force, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright testifies before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies.

  • Around the Air Force: March 10

    On this look around the Air Force, pilots eject from an A-29A Super Tucano and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks about the importance of the space and cyber mission.

  • Around the Air Force: March 7

    On this look around the Air Force, acting Air Force Secretary Lisa S. Disbrow talks about the Air Force review and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright answers a question about the possibility of enlisted Airmen flyingMQ-9 Reapers.

  • Around the Air Force: March 3

    On this look around the Air Force, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright speak at the Air Force Association Air Warfare Symposium.

  • Around the Air Force: March 1

    On this look around the Air Force, the Air Force plans to retire the MQ-1B Predator, the trials for the Air Force Warrior Games are underway, and a C-5 Galaxy transported Apache helicopters for the Army.

  • Around the Air Force: Feb. 24

    On this look around the Air Force, the 17th Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force, James A. Cody retires and his replacement, CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright, shares some of his tenure goals and the QF-16 takes flight at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico.

  • Around the Air Force: Feb. 22

    On this look around the Air Force, NASA astronauts attend water survival training at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington and Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch Jr. discusses how the Should Cost Program is saving the Air Force billions.

  • Around the Air Force: Feb. 17

    On this look around the Air Force, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody tells senators that Airmen earn their compensation and addresses the importance of the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities Program.

  • Around the Air Force: Feb. 14

    On this look around the Air Force, Airmen at Beale Air Force Base, California, assist evacuees displaced by Oroville Dam spillage and security forces advisors train Afghan airmen.

  • Around the Air Force: Feb. 10

    On this look around the Air Force, the F-35A Lightning II makes its Red Flag debut, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein shares his goals for space, and the Air Force is committed to fostering civilian development.

  • Around the Air Force: Feb. 7

    On this look around the Air Force theU-2 surpasses the 30,000 flight-hour barrier, this month’s edition of Airman magazine covers the Joint Communications Support Element, and the USO is looking for service member of the year nominees.

  • Around the Air Force: Feb. 3

    On this look around the Air Force, three B-2 bombers return to Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, after a deployment, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, has begun construction of a next generation 9-1-1 call center, U. S. Air Force in Europe and Air Forces Africa has a new command chief, and February is

  • Around the Air Force: Feb. 1

    On this look around the Air Force, a $2.1 billion contract is approved for the third Low Rate Initial Production lot of KC-46A Pegasus tankers, the military deputy of the assistant secretary of Air Force acquisition talks tech, and a repair network enhancement program has saved over $5 million.

  • Around the Air Force: Jan 27

    On this look around the Air Force the preferred Reserve led F-35 base is announced, Airmen aid Kurdish refugees, and the Air Force is focusing on cost-effective, cleaner energy solutions. Hosted by Staff Sgt. Jevon Smith.

  • Around the Air Force: Jan. 24

    On this look around the Air Force, the preferred base locations for the MQ-9 Reaper and KC-46A Pegasus are announced and Travis Air Force Base’s environmental restoration program is certified.

  • Around the Air Force: Jan. 20

    On this look around the Air Force, Airmen lend a helping hand to support the inauguration and service members conduct subject matter expert exchanges at Clark AB, Philippines.

  • Around the Air Force: Jan. 18

    On this look around the Air Force, Airmen at Edwards Air Force Base, California, developed a new way to reduce the cost of testing fire suppression systems, a satellite launched from Vandenberg AFB, California, and Civilian Health Promotion Services is helping people quit smoking.

  • Around the Air Force: Jan. 13

    On this look around the Air Force, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James bids farewell as the SecAF, and major changes are coming to the Air Force’s tattoo policy.

  • Around the Air Force: Jan. 10

    On this look around the Air Force Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James talks about her priorities during her tenure.

  • Around the Air Force: Jan. 6

    On this look around the Air Force, President Obama says farewell to service members and new synthetic tie downs and winch cables on the C-17 Globemaster III are saving the Air Force money. Hosted by Airman 1st Class Jasmine Vanderheyden.

  • Around the Air Force: Jan. 4

    On this look around the Air Force, Airmen march in the Rose Parade, coalition forces conduct more than 70 airstrikes in Syria and Iraq since the New Year, and an Air Force amputee is attempting to resume his career in Pararescue. Hosted by Airman 1st Class Cory Kuttler

  • Around the Air Force: Dec. 28

    On this look around the Air Force, Airmen from the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing prepare meals for forward deployed service members and B-52s conduct combined joint operations. Hosted by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Koetz.

  • Around the Air Force: Dec. 20

    On this look around the Air Force, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is crippled by airstrikes, the 45th Space Wing launches a satellite which will increase internet speed and other satellites that will measure ocean surface winds.

  • Around the Air Force: Dec. 16

    On this look around the Air Force, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James held a Facebook town hall to address concerns from Airmen and their family members, and President Barack Obama spoke with Airmen at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.

  • Around the Air Force: Dec. 13

    On this look around the Air Force, Airmen deliver the first F-35s to Israel, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James visits Airmen at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming, and Airmen attend the Enhancing Human Capital course.

  • Around the Air Force: Dec. 9

    On this look around the Air Force, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James speaks at the Reagan National Defense Forum, the Air Force releases F-35A Lightning II candidate bases, and Operation Christmas Drop is underway.

  • 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.

  • Around the Air Force: Dec. 2

    On this look around the Air Force the first Japanese F-35 arrives at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona; Edwards AFB in California is testing ways to save fueling cost for the C-17 Globemaster III; and the Air Force band performs at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

  • Around the Air Force: Nov. 29

    On this look around the Air Force the commander of Air Combat Command visits deployed Airmen, the Berlin Airlift Memorial is reopened, and a specialized stretcher for traumatic brain and spinal injury patients is being tested.

  • Around the Air Force: Nov. 25

    On this look around the Air Force, NASA launches a new weather satellite, Airmen train with Marines during Vigilant Ace 17-1, and Serbian support during World War II is commemorated.

  • Around the Air Force: Nov. 22

    On this look around the Air Force, Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico has been selected to be the interim home for two F-16 Fighting Falcon training squadrons, the secretary of defense got a close look at special operations Airmen at work, and the Air Force has concluded an F-16 crash

  • Around the Air Force: Nov. 18

    On this look around the Air Force the next chief master sergeant of the Air Force is announced by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, Airmen work together with their Japanese counterparts in Keen Sword 2017, and the current policy for Air Force records management requires records

  • Around the Air Force: Nov. 15

    On this look around the Air Force the 301st Fighter Wing returns home from Afghanistan, Airmen participate in exercise Tonnerre Lightning, and Airmen and firefighters attend an emergency medical technician course.

  • Around the Air Force: Nov. 11

    FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) - On this look around the Air Force a retired staff sergeant is awarded the Silver Star, exercise Invincible Shield enhances trilateral interoperability, and Kadena Air Base, Japan hosted its 17th annual Special Olympics. Hosted by Airman 1st Class Jasmine

  • Around the Air Force: Nov. 8

    On this look around the Air Force enlisted pilots take their first solo flight and a World War II bomber pilot is awarded the Silver Star.

  • Around the Air Force: Nov. 4

    On this look around the Air Force Airmen help fight fires in Iraq; the 48th annual Airlift Tanker Association Convention took place in Nashville, Tennessee; Gen. Hawk Carlisle, the Air Combat Command commander, is inducted into the Order of the Sword; and a hospital on Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada,

  • Around the Air Force: Nov. 1

    On this look around the Air Force a reduction in ancillary training is announced, cyberattacks are the leading strategic threat and a preview of the latest episode of BLUE features Air Force tankers.

  • Around the Air Force: Oct. 28

    On this look around the Air Force Airmen bring supplies to a newly liberated and repaired airfield in Iraq, and a memorial honors the life on an Air Force Office of Special Investigations agent.

  • Around the Air Force: Oct. 25

    On this look around the Air Force special tactics Airmen are honored with a memorial and Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James visits the first enlisted RQ-4 Global Hawk pilot class.

  • Around the Air Force: Oct. 21

    On this look around the Air Force the first Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-35 rolls out in Fort Worth, Texas, the Quest For Zero initiative aims to prevent death and injuries in the work place, and Airmen from New York set out for Operation Deep Freeze.

  • Around the Air Force: Oct. 18

    On this look around the Air Force the secretary of the Air Force approves incentive pay for assignments to Turkey and the 480th Fighter Squadron is welcomed home.

  • Around the Air Force: Oct. 14

    On this look around the Air Force the Air Force Research Laboratory has developed a new flexible lithium-ion battery, Airmen bring humanitarian aid to Hurricane Matthew victims in Haiti and the Air Force is looking to develop new anti-icing technology.

  • Around the Air Force: Oct. 12

    On this look around the Air Force, fitness courses are recertified; retired Chief Master Sgt. Athena Cody, spouse of Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody, talks about making dual military relationships work; and it's not too late to register to vote.

  • Around the Air Force: Oct. 4

    On this look around the Air Force, senior leaders release a memorandum for diversity initiatives, assignments to Turkey become unaccompanied tours and the Air Force raises awareness for cybersecurity.

  • Around the Air Force: Sept. 30

    On this look around the Air Force pararescuemen save a pilot off the coast of Okinawa and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Dave Goldfein shares his priorities.

  • Around the Air Force: Sept. 27

    On this look around the Air Force, U-2 flying operations have not been impacted after a recent crash and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody reflects on his years of service. Hosted by Staff Sgt. Traci Keller.

  • Around the Air Force: Sept. 23

    On this look around the Air Force, Secretary of Air Force Deborah Lee James shares news about expanding the force and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Dave Goldfein delivers his first Air Force Update.

  • Around the Air Force: Sept. 20

    On this look around the Air Force, Staff Sgt. Traci Keller takes us to the Air Force Association’s Air, Cyber and Space Conference where the name of the Air Force’s latest stealth bomber, the B-21, was announced.

  • Around the Air Force: Sept. 16

    On this look around the Air Force the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System fleet reaches the 1 million flight hour milestone and Airmen from U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa teamed up with 12 African countries for African Partnership Flight in Ghana.

  • Around the Air Force: Sept. 13

    On this look around the Air Force combined U.S. and South Korean forces conducted a display of airpower and Airmen in Bulgaria participated in a new joint NATO air policing operation.

  • Around the Air Force: Sept. 9

    On this look around the Air Force, B-1B Lancer and B-52 Stratofortress crews deploy in preparation for exercise Ample Strike, and the Air Force Personnel Center starts accepting nominations for the 27th Spirit of Hope Award.

  • Around the Air Force: Sept. 6

    On this look around the Air Force, the flu mist is not a viable vaccination for Airmen this year, and aeromedical Airmen rely on the Transport Isolation System to prevent the spread of illnesses.

  • Around the Air Force: Sept. 2

    On this look around the Air Force, the KC-135 Stratotanker celebrates 60 years of service, a new KC-46A Pegasus training center opens its doors, and a preview of this month's Airman magazine is available.

  • Around the Air Force: Aug. 30

    On this look around the Air Force, the enlisted remotely piloted aircraft program opens to all career fields, the Air Force is making the upgrade to Windows 10, and the Air Force officially welcomes its new vice chief of staff.

  • Around the Air Force: Aug. 26

    In this look around the Air Force, F-35 Lightning IIs face decontamination testing and the investigation of an F-16 Fighting Falcon crash in Germany concludes.

  • Around the Air Force: Aug. 23

    On this look around the Air Force big changes are coming for additional duties, Airmen participate in exercise Northern Strike, and B-52 Stratofortresses conduct a ceremonial flyover in Australia

  • Around the Air Force: Aug. 19

    On this look around the Air Force all three of Air Force Global Strike Command’s bombers -- the B-52 Stratofortress, B-1B Lancer and B-2 Spirit -- conduct a mission together, and A-10 Thunderbolt IIs practice tactical takeoff and landing scenarios on a highway in Estonia.

  • Around the Air Force: Aug. 16

    In this look around the Air Force, the KC-46A Pegasus has been approved for production, the Air Force is looking to create new F-16 Fighting Falcon training squadrons, and enlisted Airmen pursue medical degrees through the Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program.

  • Around the Air Force: Aug. 12

    On this look around the Air Force, the secretary of the Air Force and chief of staff of the Air Force discuss the budget and operations during the State of the Air Force; the B-1B Lancer, B-2 Spirit and B-52 Straotofortress make history in Guam; and U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa

  • Around the Air Force: Aug. 9

    On this look around the Air Force, in reference to the Real ID Act, some forms of identification will no longer be accepted to gain entrance to Air Force facilities; Air Force ROTC cadets experience a special tactics obstacle course; and a B-52 Stratofortress crew completes a mission that took more

  • Around the Air Force: Aug. 5

    On this look around the Air Force, B-1B Lancers deploy to Guam; a new issue of Airman magazine is out and features U-2 pilots; and in Germany, seven nations participated in International Jump Week.

  • Around the Air Force: Aug. 2

    On this look around the Air Force, the F-35A Lightning II becomes combat ready; Airmen at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, revamp a C-130H Hercules for fighting wildfires; and the Air Force selects the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year. Hosted by SSgt Traci Keller.

  • Around the Air Force: July 29

    In this look around the Air Force, an amputee Air Force pilot gets back into the cockpit, Airmen are given the opportunity to retrain into special operations without risking their current Air Force specialty code, and the Air Force secretary honors the Air Force's longest serving civilian.

  • Around the Air Force: July 26

    On this look around the Air Force the chief of staff of the Air Force and chief master sergeant of the Air Force address basic allowance for housing concerns, Airmen partner with Kenyans to provide aid, and weapons loaders load missiles internally and externally on an F-35A Lightning II.

  • Around the Air Force: July 22

    In this look around the Air Force, the Pentagon releases a statement on Airmen in Turkey; air controllers from Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, have a plan that could save the Air Force millions; and the Air Force Special Operations Command gets a new commander.

  • Around the Air Force: July 19

    In this look around the Air Force, the head of Air Combat Command testifies before members of the House Armed Services Committee, the KC-46 Pegasus hits another milestone, and U.S. Air Force Academy cadets experience what the deployed life is like.

  • Around the Air Force: July 15

    In this look around the Air Force, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announces that 560 more U.S. troops are deploying to Iraq, U.S. and Malaysian Airmen take part in joint exercise Cope Taufan 16, and the Air Force provides an update on an MQ-9 Reaper crash from late 2015.

  • Around the Air Force: July 12

    In this look around the Air Force, eight new bases are nominated as possible battlefield Airmen training bases, a new undershirt helps keep Airmen cool, and a U.S. Air Force Academy graduate makes the Olympic team.

  • Around the Air Force: July 8

    In this look around the Air Force the first enlisted RQ-4 Global Hawk pilots have been selected for training, an MQ-9 Reaper crashed in northern Syria, and a C-17 Globemaster III was awarded the best static display at an air show in England.

  • Around the Air Force: July 6

    In this look around the Air Force, an F-35A Lightning II makes a trans-Atlantic flight, an Airman runs 694 miles for post-traumatic stress disorder awareness, and the Minnesota Air National Guard deploys to South Korea.

  • Around the Air Force: July 1

    In this look around the Air Force, Gen. David Goldfein is confirmed to be the next Air Force chief of staff; the Air Force Personnel Center is accepting pilot applications; and five more bases have been nominated to potentially have KC-46A Pegasus tankers.

  • Around the Air Force: June 27

    In this look around the Air Force, the Osan Air Base, Japan, community remembers a hero; the Air Force secretary talks about space as a potential battlefield; and survivors of the Khobar Towers bombing recall the 1996 terrorist attack.

  • Around the Air Force: June 24

    In this look around the Air Force, Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III's career is celebrated at his retirement ceremony; one of two of the surviving members of the Doolittle Raiders dies; the 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games came to a close; and a new episode of BLUE

  • Around the Air Force: June 21

    In this look around the Air Force, Gen. David Goldfein testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on his nomination for Air Force chief of staff, and the new Blended Retirement System gives Airmen more retirement options.

  • Around the Air Force: June 17

    On this look around the Air Force, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force opens a fourth building and now offers a virtual tour; and a Delta IV rocket launches from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

  • Around the Air Force: June 14

    On this look around the Air Force, officers can learn how to apply to become a test pilot, and the Air Force is hoping to treat behavioral health issues by using the Behavioral Health Optimization Program.

  • Around the Air Force: June 10

    On this look around the Air Force the secretary of the Air Force shares a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month message and B-52 Stratofortresses from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, kick things off at Baltic Operations 16.

  • Around the Air Force: June 7

    On this look around the Air Force, President Barack Obama speaks at the U.S. Air Force Academy’s commencement ceremony; battlefield Airmen get their own training group; and an update on C-130J Super Hercules aircraft destined for Yokota Air Base, Japan.

  • Around the Air Force: June 3

    On this look around the Air Force, the Air Force releases its 2030 Air Superiority Plan; an update on the KC-46A Pegasus; and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody talks about the new enlisted performance reports.

  • Around the Air Force: May 31

    On this look around the Air Force, changes are coming to the Air Force's utility allowance policy, the Air Force applies new Environmental Protection Agency guidelines to ensure water safety, and some civil engineer Airmen in Japan participate in a joint airfield repair exercise. Hosted by Staff

  • Around the Air Force: May 27

    In this look around the Air Force, some Airmen at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, get to exchange jobs for a day; B-52 Stratofortress crews drop bombs during an exercise demonstration in Jordan; and 5,109 technical sergeants are selected for promotion to master sergeant.

  • Around the Air Force: May 24

    This look around the Air Force discusses the deferment of the effective date for promotion and re-enlistment eligibility associated with the Air Force policy to complete enlisted professional military education distance learning courses within 12 months of enrollment until Jan. 1. Air Force

  • Around the Air Force: May 20

    This look around the Air Force features a B-52 Stratofortress accident at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam; Gen. Lori Robinson assumed command of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command; and Edwards AFB, California, tested the RQ-4 Global Hawk in icy conditions, without ice.

  • Around the Air Force: May 17

    his look around the Air Force takes us to California where explosive ordnance disposal Airmen are participating in exercise Half-Life; and to Hulburt Field, Florida, for exercise Emerald Warrior

  • Around the Air Force: May 13

    This look around the Air Force takes us to a memorial for explosive ordnance disposal technicians at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida; discusses the B-21 naming contest; and commemorates four decades of the U-2 in South Korea.

  • Around the Air Force: May 10

    On this look around the Air Force we go to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, where the Air Force Research Laboratory is testing transcranial direct-current stimulation, and also at Wright-Patterson AFB, the HH-60W combat rescue helicopter is in development.

  • Around the Air Force: May 6

    This look Around the Air Force takes us to Hurlburt Field, Florida, where special operations Airmen are participating in exercise Emerald Warrior 2016 and then a look at Maxwell AFB, Alabama, where the Air Force Cyber College conducted a cyber war game.

  • Around the Air Force: May 4

    This look around the Air Force takes us to South Korea, where Airmen helped rescue a mother and her children from a fire, and to Fort Bliss, Texas, where Airmen can try out for Ranger school.

  • Around the Air Force: April 29

    This look around the Air Force features the president's nomination for the next chief of staff of the Air Force, current CSAF Gen. Mark A. Welsh III is honored by the Order of the Sword, and 12 Airmen deployed to Ecuador to assess damage caused by an earthquake.

  • Around the Air Force: April 26

    This look around the Air Force takes us to Florida where a fallen Airman is honored, and to the Philippines where Airmen are conducting missions out of Clark Air Base.

  • Around the Air Force: April 22

    This look around the Air Force features a special centennial celebration in Paris and Airmen at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, break a world record.

  • Around the Air Force: April 19

    In this look around the Air Force, Airmen provide earthquake relief in Japan and a dozen F-22 Raptors from Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, deploy to Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England.

  • Around the Air Force: April 15

    In this look around the Air Force, two remotely-piloted aircraft initiatives are approved and F-35 Lightning II candidate bases are named.

  • Around the Air Force: April 12

    This look around the Air Force includes information about the shooting at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas;B-52 Stratofortresses from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, deploy to support Operation Inherent Resolve; and the Air Force conducted an air superiority survey.

  • Around the Air Force: April 8

    This look around the Air Force takes us to Alaska where two F-35A Lightning II squadrons will join Eielson Air Force Base, and to the Philippines where service members are participating in the Balikatan exercise.

  • Around the Air Force: April 5

    This look around the Air Force takes us to Baltimore where military family members arrived after departing Turkey. Defense Secretary Ash Carter announces the creation of the Operation Inherent Resolve campaign medal and the 148th Fighter Wing, from Duluth, Minnesota, prepares for a deployment to

  • Around the Air Force: April 1

    This look around the Air Force takes us to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, where family members arrived from Turkey. Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook also explains the ordered departure from Turkey, which occurred because of security concerns.

  • Around the Air Force: March 29

    This look around the Air Force features Air Fest in Florida, female missileers and a JASDF NCO exchange at Yokota Air Base. Hosted by Senior Airman Nicholas Koetz.