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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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Food for thought: Airmen asked to take AF food services survey

Posted  May 12, 2016

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) — Taking care of Airmen and families remains one of the Air Force’s top priorities. Providing the best food service possible is an important aspect of doing that. It’s essential to listen to and respond to what people have to say. The 2016 Food Services Assessment Survey (FSAS), which…

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Del Toro inspires others during Invictus Games, earns gold at shot put

Posted  May 12, 2016

ORLANDO, Fla. (AFNS) — Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro is all about smiles and inspiring others as he competes at the Invictus Games at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando. Throughout the week, more than 500 wounded, ill and injured service members from 15 nations have been competing in 10 sporting events…

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Voices

Posted  May 11, 2016

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – “I sound just like my mother!” – “I swore I would never say that to my children!”  These are phrases that sometimes grace our lips as we live our lives and grow and experience family.  We sometimes, like history, repeat the follies of our parents and bestow more stories…

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Bergdorf: Odyssey of an Airman

Posted  May 11, 2016

Beale Air Force Base Calif. — The calmness prior to an engagement with enemy combatants resembles the calmness before a storm. The air is still and sounds are quiet, life is bliss and then in a moments instance muzzle flashes erupt, bullets are whistling by your head and rocket-propelled-grenades are exploding. Chaos engulfs around you,…

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New names enshrined at annual EOD memorial event

Posted  May 10, 2016

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) — Dressed in the bright whites, deep blues and dense blacks of their service uniforms, Airmen, Marines, Sailors, and Soldiers came together once again May 7 to honor and remember their fallen explosive ordnance disposal brethren during the annual memorial ceremony at the Kauffman EOD Training Complex here. Approximately…

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