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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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A-10 pilot establishes milestone at USAFWS

Posted  June 30, 2016

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.- The briefer approached the podium, prepared to lay out the day’s mission plan, turned to the fighter pilots, and opened the briefing with three simple words of greeting: “’Gentlemen . . . and ma’am.’” For Capt. Jessica Wyble, 66th Weapons Squadron A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot, the last word leaving the briefer’s mouth…

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Changing Air Force healthcare through innovation

Posted  June 30, 2016

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) — Innovation is a buzzword often associated with new technology platforms or successful sports teams, but in reality innovation can apply anywhere someone comes up with a new idea or way of doing something. When it comes to health innovation and research in the Air Force Medical Service, it’s all about finding…

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Training for new civilian performance management program now available

Posted  June 29, 2016

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Educational training is available to civilians and their supervisors in advance of the Air Force’s April 2017 transition to the new Department of Defense-wide Performance Management and Appraisal Program. A phased implementation of DPMAP, part of the DOD’s collaborative labor-management effort, New Beginnings, began in April 2016 with a limited number of…

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Preparing the thunder

Posted  June 29, 2016

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — A new detachment here will aim to boost personnel recovery readiness across the military. Detachment 1 of the 414th Combat Training Squadron, out of Nellis AFB, Nevada, was activated today. The new detachment’s mission is to increase readiness by conducting exercises meant to train personnel recovery forces. Using an…

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One Stop Shop: Total Force Training Center – A 162nd Wing detachment

Posted  June 29, 2016

Since last October, the center has facilitated training for 1,533 military personnel from 15 separate units across the joint force – all seeking to improve their warfighting skills before they deploy, or to complete required training they may not have been able to efficiently accomplish at their home base. “We are a one-stop shop operation,”…

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