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Air Force places 18 A-10 aircraft into ‘Backup Status’

Posted March 6, 2015 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force, with congressional authorization, will convert 18 primary combat-coded A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft from active units and place them into Backup-Aircraft Inventory (BAI) status with the possibility to convert another 18 at a later date in fiscal year 2015. The Secretary of Defense has authorized the Air Force to place up to…

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Pilot saves six Marines, earns Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor

Posted January 30, 2015 by Senior Airman Grace Lee

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — It was October 2008 in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. A Marine had been shot twice in the arm, another in the helmet and the Marine Special Operations Team had three of their weapons damaged by fire. They were outnumbered 11 to one and in desperate need of air…

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A shared love, a shared goal, a shared mission

Posted January 21, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Brandon May

Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas — Joining the Air Force, commissioning, becoming a pilot, progressing to the rank of major… all of these things define the word ‘minority.’ Maj. Regina Wall and her husband, Maj. Jared Wall, have done all of the above. Maj. Regina Wall, 86th Flying Training Squadron assistant director of operations, and…

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KC-10 Extender

Posted March 4, 2016 by

General Characteristics Primary Function: Aerial tanker and transport Contractor: The Boeing Company Power Plant: Three General Electric CF6-50C2 turbofans Thrust: 52,500 pounds, each engine Length: 181 feet, 7 inches (54.4 meters) Height: 58 feet, 1 inch (17.4 meters) Wingspan: 165 feet, 4.5 inches (50 meters) Speed: 619 mph (Mach 0.825) Ceiling: 42,000 feet (12,727 meters)…

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Airman, family injured in Brussels bombings

Posted March 23, 2016 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — A U.S. Airman from Joint Force Command Brunssum in the Netherlands and members of the Airman’s family were injured in an attack at the Brussels airport March 22, Air Force officials confirmed. “We are saddened by today’s attacks and extend our sincere condolences to the victims and families of those impacted,” said…

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AF spouse receives spouse of the year accolades

Posted May 9, 2016 by Tech. Sgt. Bubba Franks

FORT MYER, Va. (AFNS) — Michelle Aikman was named Military Spouse Magazine’s 2016 Air Force Military Spouse of the Year during a luncheon May 5 at Fort Myer. Surrounded by her family and previous Air Force military spouses of the year winners, Aikman was recognized for her lifetime of accomplishments. Aikman, who graduated from the…

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Test Pilot School Ph.D. program accepting applications

Posted June 8, 2016 by Kat Bailey

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School is accepting graduate applications through July 31 for the Air Force Institute of Technology in-residence engineering Ph.D. program. The primary purpose of the program is to ensure the TPS curriculum and research programs reflect the state-of-the-art education in aeronautical science and to…

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Visualizing threats: A decade of threat modeling

Posted July 6, 2016 by Senior Airman Matthew

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) — Dynamic explosions, missile launches and air-to-air dogfights are just a few animations the National Air and Space Intelligence Center threat visualization team create to help communicate potential threats in the world. For the past decade, these types of animations have allowed policymakers at all levels of government to watch…

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MTIs and cadet cadre form partnership

Posted August 2, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Veronica Ward

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — A group of military training instructors from Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, joined cadet cadre in Jacks Valley toward the end of July as part of an Air Education and Training Command and U.S. Air Force Academy training partnership. According to Lt. Col. Adam Larson, the 322nd Training Squadron…

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On/off duty — we are Airmen 24/7

Posted October 14, 2015 by Commentary by Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — My job as a public affairs professional consists specifically of communicating with the public to gain support for our Air Force personnel, resources and missions. Although my job’s primary purpose is to strengthen the bonds between the Air Force and the public to promote public understanding and support of the Air…

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