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Air Force extends high year of tenure for E-4s through E-6s

Posted October 22, 2018 by

The Air Force is extending the high year of tenure for senior airmen through technical sergeants beginning Feb. 1, 2019. The memo, signed Oct. 18, 2018, extends the high year of tenure from eight to 10 years for senior airmen, from 15 to 20 years for staff sergeants and from 20 to 22 years for…

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F-16CM Thunderbird accident investigation report released

Posted October 17, 2018 by

Air Force photograph by Master Sgt. Christopher Boitz Maj. Stephen Del Bagno, Thunderbird 4/Slot Pilot, and Staff Sgt. Michael Meister, Thunderbird 4 Dedicated Crew Chief, await the signal to start their F-16 Fighting Falcon during a practice show at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., March 14, 2018. Del Bagno was killed when his aircraft crashed…

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Second phase of Multi-Domain Task Force pilot headed to Europe

Posted October 15, 2018 by Sean Kimmons

After recent testing of multi-domain operations in the Pacific, the Army now plans to expand its future warfighting concept to Europe this coming fiscal year. As part of the second phase of the Multi-Domain Task Force pilot program, a new specialized unit with the 41st Field Artillery Brigade as its foundation will experiment with capabilities in Europe.

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F-35 ITF conducts first shipborne rolling vertical landing on HMS Queen Elizabeth

Posted October 15, 2018 by

The first ever Shipborne Rolling Vertical Landing was carried out Oct. 13, 2018, with an F-35B conducting trials onboard the new British aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth.

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Air Force awards three Launch Service Agreements

Posted October 12, 2018 by

The U.S. Air Force announced Oct. 10 the award of three Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Launch Service Agreements to (in alphabetical order) Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, and United Launch Alliance. The award to Blue Origin will be for development of the New Glenn Launch System. The award to Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems is…

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Air Force leaders say increased funding is improving readiness

Posted October 10, 2018 by

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein thanked Congress for providing the resources necessary to restore the service’s readiness while testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support Oct. 10, 2018. During her testimony, Wilson praised Congress for…

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Secretary of the Navy names newest Independence variant Littoral Combat Ship

Posted October 10, 2018 by

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer announced Oct. 9 that the next Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship will be named USS Santa Barbara (LCS 32). The future USS Santa Barbara (LCS 32) is named in honor of Santa Barbara, Calif., and is the third ship to bear the name. “I am pleased to name the…

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Secretary of the Navy names newest Freedom Variant Littoral Combat Ship

Posted October 10, 2018 by

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer announced Oct. 9 that the next Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship will be named USS Beloit (LCS 29). The future USS Beloit (LCS 29) is named in honor of Beloit, Wisc., and is the first ship to bear the name. “The city and citizens of Beloit have been a…

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Yesterday’s Air Force: The pilot who killed King Kong

Posted October 10, 2018 by

There was only one man who took part in the hunt for Pancho Villa, the Doolittle Raid, the Flying Tigers, the Japanese surrender on the USS Missouri and even stopping King Kong’s rampage in New York City. He was one of the Air Force’s most innovative, exceptional, and adventurous leaders. That man was Brig. Gen….

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Centcom commander discusses regional hotspots

Posted October 8, 2018 by Jim Garamone

Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Iran are just a few of the hotspots the commander of U.S. Central Command spoke about Oct. 4 as he discussed the range of operations in the area during a Pentagon news conference.

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