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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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Standards don’t change – on duty or off

Posted  May 18, 2016

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do are core values that U.S. Air Force Airmen live by. Although these are important values for the Air Force, every base has their own principles that are essential to accomplishing the mission. Brig. Gen. Glen VanHerck, 7th Bomb…

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Flight plan outlines next 20 years for RPA

Posted  May 18, 2016

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force leaders outlined what the next 20 years will look like for remotely piloted aircraft in the Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flight Plan published April 30. “The Small UAS Flight Plan outlines a vision and strategy for the continued development, operation and sustainment of SUAS over the next 20 years,” said…

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Face of Defense: Wounded Warriors motivate squad leader

Posted  May 18, 2016

NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY BETHESDA — A soldier going through the Warrior Transition Brigade asked Army Staff Sgt. Loriann DeMelis, an inpatient squad leader here, if she had done her pull-ups. “No, once you start doing them I’ll start doing them,” DeMelis said. The soldier rolled his wheelchair into DeMelis’ doorway, raised himself up to the pull-up bar…

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Q & A with AFSOUTH Command Surgeon: Zika Virus

Posted  May 17, 2016

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — With the Zika virus making headlines since it was confirmed throughout the Western Hemisphere, the Air Forces Southern Command Surgeon offered to answer common questions about the virus. U.S. Air Force Colonel Leslie A. Knight is the Command Surgeon for 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) at Davis-Monthan AFB,…

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‘Extremely aggressive’ Russia endangers lives, Work says

Posted  May 17, 2016

WASHINGTON — In buzzing the USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea last month, Russia engaged in reckless actions that unnecessarily endangered lives, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said. “It’s clear that the Russians are becoming extremely aggressive in both the Black Sea and the Baltic Sea,” Work told reporters May 12, as he traveled from Romania to Poland. Russian…

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