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Technological innovations in the history of the U.S. Air Force

From the earliest days of flight, airmen strived to set or exceed new altitude, speed, and distance records. The USAF has fostered new technologies resulting in sometimes exponential improvements in these and other areas.

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U.S. Air Force celebrates 70th anniversary

U.S. military aviation has changed over the years — from bi-planes during World War I to the modern jet fighter aircraft — but one thing remains constant, the motivation and resiliency of U.S. Airmen to protect and defend their home. On Sept. 18, the U.S. Air Force will celebrate its 70th anniversary.

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Nellis to support Hurricane Irma rescue operations in Florida

Midafternoon Sept. 8, the 66th Rescue Squadron and 823rd Maintenance Squadron assigned to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., received a call from the U.S. Northern Command to ready teams to support FEMA search and rescue efforts in the Florida Keys following the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, which later made landfall Sept. 10.

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48th RQS provides Hurricane Harvey rescue support

Courtesy photograph Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Airmen deployed Aug. 29, 2017, to southeast Texas, for Hurricane Harvey rescue efforts. Approximately 20 members of the 48th Rescue Squadron are providing their special skills of swiftwater and technical rescue to Hurricane Harvey victims. Airmen from the 48th Rescue Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., responded to…

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Compass call reshapes OIR battlefield with electronic warfare domination

Air Force photograph by Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Hehnly An EC-130H Compass Call travels along the taxiway at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, June 27, 2017. Compass Call is an airborne tactical weapon system that uses noise jamming to disrupt enemy command and control communications and deny time-critical adversary coordination essential for enemy force management….


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Supplement Safety: What does it mean to you?

Posted  July 6, 2016

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. — Most people would rather place their trust in multivitamins and other supplements over prescription medications, thinking them to be safer and more natural due to their over-the-counter availability. The truth of the matter is that supplements are not regulated the way that prescription medications are – and that can be…

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The mission essential factors of diversity and inclusion

Posted  July 6, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. — Though Air National Guardsmen wear the same shade of green on their Airman Battle Uniforms or flight suits, Chief Master Sgt. Jacinta Figueroa points to how variety is important when it comes to the mindset of the 162nd Wing Airman. “You don’t want to color with the same crayon because everything is going to…

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Mastering the jump

Posted  July 5, 2016

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — In order to run a combat free fall jump and deploy Airmen safely from an aircraft at high altitudes, there has to be someone specially trained to direct the operation. They must be highly proficient in every component of the jump process, from ensuring equipment is donned properly, to coordinating…

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Pentagon ends ban on transgender troops in military

Posted  June 30, 2016

The Pentagon announced June 30 that transgender people will be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military, ending one of the last bans on service in the armed forces. Saying it’s the right thing to do, Defense Secretary Ash Carter laid out a yearlong implementation plan declaring that “Americans who want to serve and…

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Do your part and send your vote home!

Posted  June 30, 2016

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The ability to cast your vote and elect officials is a fundamental right that all U.S. service members defend on a daily basis. For many military members and their families, driving to a voting center and casting a ballot on Election Day is not possible. With the U.S. Presidential…

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