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Last C-5A Galaxy retires to AMARG

Posted September 11, 2017 by

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Frankie De. Moore The U.S. Air Force’s last C-5A Galaxy rests before being retired to the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Sept. 7, 2017. The C-5A has been in operation for over 44 years and has over 22,500 flight hours and…

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AF to implement Second Assignment In-Place Pilot Program

Posted September 8, 2017 by Senior Master Sgt. Allison Day

The Air Force will allow limited fighter aircrew to extend their time at certain assignments in an effort to improve quality of life, quality of service and help retain experienced aviators for longer than 20 years. Beginning Sept. 7, 2017, the Air Force will implement the Second Assignment In-Place Pilot Program for active duty, late-career…

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National Security Act births AF

Posted September 1, 2017 by

With the stroke of a pen, President Harry S. Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947 on Sept. 18, 1947. The Act created the National Military Establishment – later renamed the Department of Defense – and created the U.S. Air Force as a separate branch of the U.S. military. The signing began a three-year…

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World War I and between wars

Posted September 1, 2017 by

In 1917, upon the United States’ entry into World War I, the first major U.S. aviation combat force was created when an Air Service was formed as part of the American Expeditionary Force. Maj. Gen. Mason Patrick commanded the Air Service of the AEF; his deputy was Brig. Gen. Billy Mitchell. These aviation units, some…

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The sky was never the limit

Posted September 1, 2017 by

For more than a century, the U.S. Air Force has defended this country in the air, space and cyberspace through the skill and the bravery of American Airmen. • 1903 – 1911: The dawn of the new century witnessed man take to the air for the first time in a heavier-than-airspace powered aircraft conceived and…

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Tactical signals intelligence originates in World War I

Posted September 1, 2017 by by LORI TAGG

FORT HUACHUCA — After the invention of the radio in the 1890s, the first widespread use of the technology for military communications occurred during World War I, when the ease of intercepting radio messages quickly spurred advances in encryption and decryption of codes and ciphers. The Military Intelligence Division in Washington, D.C. recognized the importance…

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Cold War and war in Korea

Posted September 1, 2017 by

In practice, the Army Air Forces became virtually independent of the Army during World War II, but its leaders wanted formal independence. In November 1945, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower became Army Chief of Staff, while Gen. Carl Spaatz began to assume the duties of Commanding General, Army Air Forces, in anticipation of Arnold’s announced retirement….

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Huachuca takes closer look at ‘Dunkirk’

Posted September 1, 2017 by Story and photo by RANDALL BAUCOM

FORT HUACHUCA — Students of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence’s Military Intelligence Captains Career Course used the opening weekend of the movie “Dunkirk” to gain a deeper understanding of the events that led up to, and the execution of, the World War II military operation that inspired the film. MICCC students and cadre…

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Vietnam War

Posted September 1, 2017 by

The U.S. Air Force was heavily deployed during the Vietnam War. The first bombing raids against North Vietnam occurred in 1964, following the Gulf of Tonkin Incident. In March 1965, a sustained bombing campaign began, code-named Operation Rolling Thunder. This campaign’s purpose was to destroy the will of the North Vietnamese to fight, destroy industrial…

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Know your heritage, live the mission: 100 years of 48th Squadron lineage

Posted September 1, 2017 by by Lt. Col. CHARLES GILLIAM

“History makes you smarter, heritage makes you prouder.” – Gen. Robin Rand, Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — Along with the centennial commemoration of America’s entry into World War I, 2017 also marks the 100th anniversary of the 48th Squadron. On April 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson went before…

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