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Generals outline Combat Air Force’s future challenges

Posted February 20, 2015 by Maj. Mike Meridith

ORLANDO, Fla. (AFNS) — Four senior Air Force leaders discussed key issues facing the nation’s Combat Air Forces at the Air Warfare Symposium here, Feb.12. During the hour-long discussion, leaders touched on budget concerns, ongoing operations against the Islamic State of Iraq in the Levant terrorist group, the future of fifth-generation fighters like the F-22 Raptor and F-35A…

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Assistance Fund campaign kicks off in February

Posted January 16, 2015 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The annual Air Force Assistance Fund campaign kicks off Feb. 2 at 78 Air Force and joint bases worldwide, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced Jan 12. The campaign, in its 42nd year, will be conducted for six-week periods through May 1, said Bill D’Avanzo, the Air Force voting action…

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AF awards contract for next Air Force One

Posted February 1, 2016 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Boeing Company was awarded a contract Jan. 29 for risk reduction activities for the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization program, which will field the next Air Force One. This is the first contract the Air Force has awarded for this program. Additional modifications will be made to this contract in the future to…

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F-35A Lightning II Conventional Takeoff and Landing Variant

Posted March 4, 2016 by

The F-35A is the U.S. Air Force’s latest fifth-generation fighter. It will replace the U.S. Air Force’s aging fleet of F-16 Fighting Falcons and A-10 Thunderbolt II’s, which have been the primary fighter aircraft for more than 20 years, and bring with it an enhanced capability to survive in the advanced threat environment in which…

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Inspired NCO spends career molding Airmen

Posted April 1, 2016 by Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. (AFNS) — Joshua Smith was 17 years old and starting to earn a reputation for skipping his high school math class every afternoon when he was called into his guidance counselor’s office. The most surprising part of the meeting for Smith was seeing his visibly distressed mother in the office….

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Welsh releases 2016 reading list

Posted May 16, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Alyssa C. Gibson

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force chief of staff published his 2016 professional reading list May 13. “This year’s reading list addresses every Airman on our total force team,” said Gen. Mark A. Welsh III. “The profession of arms, Air Force heritage, and developing Airmen are topics that apply to all of us.” This year’s…

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Walter Reed announces pilot program as part of Organ Summit

Posted June 15, 2016 by

BETHESDA, Md. — Walter Reed National Military Medical Center officials today announced a pilot program to pioneer kidney paired donation chains started via the military share program, in which families of active duty military service members donate one of their kidneys to patients listed for transplant at the medical center’s campus here. Kidney paired donation is a transplant…

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Battlefield Airmen use science to beat the heat

Posted July 11, 2016 by Kim Bowden

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) — Of all the threats facing battlefield Airmen and other special operations forces, heat doesn’t typically come to mind; however, heat-related illness is a critical factor for personnel operating in extreme temperatures. Dr. Reginald O’Hara and his exercise physiology research team at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine,…

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CSAF letter to Airmen

Posted August 12, 2016 by Gen. David L. Goldfein

Fellow Airmen, I am now completing my first month as the 21st Chief of Staff. What an honor to serve with you! Attached is the first in a series of short papers I will share that outlines my thinking in key focus areas. You will find each in our Strategic Master Plan and Air Force…

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Cybersecurity program shapes mission assurance for AF core missions

Posted November 2, 2015 by Task Force Cyber Secure

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Task Force Cyber Secure has made progress in addressing mission assurance and cybersecurity challenges for Air Force core missions, according to Air Force leaders. The initiative, originally enacted by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, aims to synchronize cybersecurity efforts across the Air Force enterprise to improve the…

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