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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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Internship program offers hands-on experience in military setting

Posted  May 6, 2016

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) — Graduating college seniors interested in hands-on experience working with child and youth programs on military installations worldwide are encouraged to sign up for the Military Extension Internship Program (MEIP). The MEIP enables students to integrate their schooling with more professional knowledge and skills gained through practical, real-world work…

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Air Force Enlisted Village: Not just a place to live, a place to call home

Posted  May 6, 2016

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — I first visited the Air Force Enlisted Village as a young first sergeant in 2009, when I was stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. I went to visit with the Tyndall Active Airmen’s Association, Tyndall’s E-1 to E-4 Professional Association, and was amazed at what I saw. This…

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Putting mental health in focus

Posted  May 6, 2016

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) — Nearly one in five adults, or 43 million Americans, has a diagnosable mental disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Contrary to many other brain disorders, effective treatments are available for mental disorders. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time of year to bring awareness to mental…

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Defense

Carter announces sexual assault retaliation prevention strategy

Posted  May 6, 2016

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced today a sexual assault retaliation prevention and response strategy, saying both sexual assault and retaliation against those who report it are attacks against the values of the military. “Wherever sexual assault occurs — whether it’s on the front lines or here at home — it not only undermines…

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Pentagon spokesman: Up to 250 more U.S. forces to deploy to Syria

Posted  May 6, 2016

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Up to 250 additional U.S. personnel are being deployed to Syria to support local forces on the ground and build on successes of U.S. forces already deployed there in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the Pentagon’s press secretary said April 25. The additional personnel include special…

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