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New AF development planning effort key to third offset

Posted April 21, 2016 by Derek Kaufman

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) — In 2030 and beyond, the Air Force will achieve air superiority with a networked family of capabilities that may include legacy systems like the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II, new concepts such as manned/unmanned teaming, and advanced weapons including lasers, hypersonic munitions, or cyber capabilities. To help…

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Air Force FY 2019 budget addresses great power competition

Posted February 14, 2018 by

The Air Force budget request of $156.3 billion for fiscal year 2019 builds on the progress made in 2018 to restore the readiness of the force, increase lethality, and cost-effectively modernize. Secretary of the Air Force Dr. Heather Wilson said the budget request is aligned with the National Defense Strategy, prioritizing long-term competition with China…

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Air Force BMT introduces innovative Capstone Week

Posted January 30, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Strang

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Air Force Basic Military Training at JBSA-Lackland will soon restructure its current eight-and-a-half-week course to make room for a new five-day program called Capstone Week, beginning with trainees entering BMT Jan. 27. “Our Basic Military Training today does a tremendous job developing young men and women into Airmen,” said…

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10 Questions on the F-35A Lightning II

Posted June 21, 2016 by Tech. Sgt. Steve Stanley

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — The F-35A is on track to be declared initially operationally capable between August and December 2016. IOC is the first step Air Combat Command will take in bringing the F-35 online as the latest fifth generation multirole fighter. In IOC configuration, the aircraft will be able to penetrate areas with…

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Women’s History Month, playing a key role in RPA aviation

Posted March 2, 2016 by Tech. Sgt. Nadine Y. Barclay

CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nevada — Many people say you can’t know where you’re going without knowing where you’ve been. For some this quote may not mean much, but for the women of the 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing who provide the Air Force’s largest remotely piloted aircraft enterprise with support this statement rings true….

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All in night’s work: MQ-9s maximize airpower downrange

Posted June 2, 2017 by by Tech. Sgt. NADINE BARCLAY

Editor’s note: Last names and squadron title withheld for operational security. CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — As many Americans sleep soundly in their beds, Airmen in attack squadrons across the 432nd Wing flying the MQ-1B Predator and MQ-9 Reaper from cockpits in the continental U.S. are having decisive effects in the fight against violent…

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Citizen Airman saves the life of stranger

Posted September 2, 2016 by By Tech. Sgt. Barbara Plante

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz— On his way home from a family Fourth of July outing to a baseball game in Tucson, Arizona, Senior Airman Joseph Youngberg, 924th Maintenance Squadron aircraft medals technology journeyman, became someone’s hero. Due to his willingness to get involved and quick actions, Youngberg, a diplomatic security guard in his civilian…

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Around the Air Force

Posted December 30, 2016 by

On this look around the Air Force Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James speaks on the Air Force’s role in transatlantic security at the Atlantic Council Conference in Washington D.C.; and the North American Aerospace Defense Command helps spread holiday cheer by tracking Santa’s journey across the globe.

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T-1A Jayhawk

Posted March 4, 2016 by

The T-1A Jayhawk is a medium-range, twin-engine jet trainer used in the advanced phase of specialized undergraduate pilot training for students selected to fly airlift or tanker aircraft. It is also used to support navigator training for the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and international services. The swept-wing T-1A is a military version of…

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AF Selective Re-enlistment Bonus program updates released

Posted February 24, 2017 by

Air Force officials released details on the fiscal year 2017 Selective Re-enlistment Bonus program Feb. 23, 2017. This year’s program consists of 80 Air Force specialties and continues the practice of offering larger sums of money initially up front. The program is designed to improve readiness and capacity by targeting retention of experienced Airmen, especially…

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