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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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Airmen reflect on B-1 bomber attacks over Libya

Posted  March 29, 2016

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. (AFNS) — Five years ago, a phone rang in the 28th Bomb Wing vice commander’s office and made history. Less than 72 hours later, on March 27, 2011, more than 1,100 maintenance personnel launched four B-1B Lancer bombers from the Ellsworth Air Force Base flightline in blizzard conditions to support…

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#InnovateDLT: Paperless

Posted  March 28, 2016

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz — The 355th Fighter Wing commander, U.S. Air Force Col. James Meger, reached out to Airmen of Davis-Monthan AFB to get ideas for innovating the base through a new initiative called Innovate DLT, which gives Airmen a direct line to Meger and allows them to define a problem or propose…

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No mama, no papa and no Uncle Sam

Posted  March 28, 2016

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — “No mama, no papa and no Uncle Sam.” The words surged out of the speakers and spread across the crowd. They are the words that were waiting on the lips of each survivor and those prepared to honor them. “Marchers, give me your attention,” said Brig. Gen. Timothy Coffin,…

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Defense Health Director: Budget request aligns with DoD strategy

Posted  March 24, 2016

WASHINGTON – The Defense Department’s health care budget request for fiscal year 2017 fully aligns with DoD’s global commitments and strategic objectives, the Defense Health Agency director said in a House budget panel hearing today. Navy Vice Adm. (Dr.) Raquel C. Bono, appearing with the services’ surgeons general, outlined the military health care system’s priorities…

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T.E.A.M. Together, Everyone Achieves More

Posted  March 24, 2016

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — “There is no limit to what can be accomplished if it doesn’t matter who gets the credit.” Ralph Waldo Emerson “Team” is one small word that can make a big difference. No matter where you are, no matter what you do, you cannot do great things without a great…

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