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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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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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AF recovers data after Automated Case Tracking System outage

Posted June 15, 2016 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — After aggressively leveraging all vendor and department capabilities, the Air Force made a full recovery of the Automated Case Tracking System database, the Air Force inspector general system of record for all records related to IG complaints, investigations and appeals. Although the brief data loss caused some delays in processing IG inquiries, the…

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Air Force set to launch next-to-last GPS IIF satellite

Posted November 2, 2015 by Space and Missile Systems Center Public Affairs

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) — Air Force Space Command’s Space and Missile Systems Center and its mission partners are scheduled to launch the 11th Boeing-built Global Positioning System IIF satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 launch vehicle Oct. 30 from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Breonna Veal)
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Airman represents Air Force through special duties

Posted November 25, 2015 by Senior Airman Breonna Veal

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va.  — He stands in front of a seated audience. Much like a spotlight, all eyes are on him as he waits for the music to start. But this isn’t the typical routine for Air Combat Command Heritage of America Band vocalist, Tech. Sgt. Richard Vasquez, Jr. As he firmly grips the Air Force…

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(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Katrina Brisbin)
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US, Australia, Japan launch Operation Christmas Drop

Posted December 10, 2015 by Senior Airman Cierra Presentado

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam (AFNS) — With the holiday season now in full swing, C-130 Hercules aircrews and support personnel from Japan Air Self-Defense Force, Royal Australian Air Force and the 374th Airlift Wing at Yokota Air Base, Japan, began spreading cheer and joy while practicing critical humanitarian aid/disaster relief (HA/DR) training by delivering…

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Climate survey is opportunity to share opinions with AF leaders

Posted April 3, 2015 by Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The Total Force Climate Survey, available from March 13 to April 27, offers active-duty, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and civilian Airmen a chance to express their opinions, perceptions and suggestions to help leaders improve their units. The Air Force Survey Office (AFSO) here began emailing participation…

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