Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman David English
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Aerospace Control Alert Detachment always ready for action

Posted October 13, 2015 by from the 162nd Wing Public Affairs Office

Tucson, Ariz. — The Aerospace Control Alert Detachment at the 162nd Wing in Tucson, Arizona,  maintains the ability to quickly scramble in response to airborne threats in the Southwest United States, as well as proactively defend large gatherings and high profile events. The detachment is geographically separated from the 162nd Wing headquarters, and is instead located at…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devante Williams)
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NASCAR honors Airmen at PIR

Posted November 19, 2015 by Senior Airman Devante Williams

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Arizona — Forty-three race cars, 200 laps and only one driver to win it all. Fast cars and intense action are not all NASCAR is known for. It’s also known for recognizing those who serve throughout the NASCAR season. The program, NASCAR Troops to the Track, is a season-long initiative that honors members…

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Severe weather brings AWACS to D-M

Posted May 21, 2015 by

(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier) An E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft from Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., lands on the flightline at Davis-Monthan AFB, May 16. Eight AWACS arrived here due to tornado alerts in Oklahoma. The AWACS maximum takeoff weight is 347,000 lbs and is 41 feet,…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria Sneed)
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Anything you can do I can do better

Posted April 10, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Victoria Sneed

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Sibling rivalry has always challenged people to do things better, like run faster or jump higher. Two brothers have taken that competition to new heights to make the Air Force greater. “We have always competed to find out who was the best,” said Senior Airman Leonel DeJesus-Martinez, 57th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron…

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Avoid online dangers, unfriendly users on social media

Posted February 20, 2015 by Air Force News Service

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The internet instantaneously allows you to reach out across the internet superhighway to share information or connect with loved ones.  Despite how innocuous this may seem, without taking the proper precautions, your personal information can inadvertently fall into the wrong hands. “You have to assume that everyone is looking at it,” said…

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(U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jordan Castelan)
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AF delivers Iraqi F-16s for training in US

Posted January 16, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. Trevor Tiernan

TUCSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Ariz. (AFNS) — (Editor’s note: For security reasons, the Iraqi air force pilot is not fully identified) For more than 65 years the Air Force has embraced the concept of flexibility being the key to airpower. Now Airmen from the Arizona Air National Guard are sharing that capacity to find creative ways…

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SR-71 Blackbird: Gone but not forgotten…

Posted February 1, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Twenty-six years ago Beale said goodbye to the fastest air-breathing jet in the world, the SR-71 Blackbird. The Blackbird was an advanced, long-range, supersonic strategic reconnaissance aircraft that called Beale Air Force Base home from January 1966 to January 1990. But for Master Sgt. Floyd Jones (ret.) and a local group…

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MP10-0687 HC/MC recapitalization program first flight
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HC-130J Combat King II

Posted March 4, 2016 by

The HC-130J replaces HC-130P/Ns as the only dedicated fixed-wing Personnel Recovery platform in the Air Force inventory. It is an extended-range version of the C-130J Hercules transport. Its mission is to rapidly deploy to execute combatant commander directed recovery operations to austere airfields and denied territory for expeditionary, all weather personnel recovery operations to include…

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Robinson tapped to be first female combatant commander

Posted April 1, 2016 by Cheryl Pellerin

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter has named a new commander for U.S. Northern Command to be confirmed by the Senate. If confirmed, the new Northern Command chief will be the first woman to lead a U.S. combatant command. Carter made the announcement to pick Gen. Lori J. Robinson during a media interview March…

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(U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr.)
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Flight plan outlines next 20 years for RPA

Posted May 18, 2016 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force leaders outlined what the next 20 years will look like for remotely piloted aircraft in the Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flight Plan published April 30. “The Small UAS Flight Plan outlines a vision and strategy for the continued development, operation and sustainment of SUAS over the next 20 years,” said…

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