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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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48th Rescue Squadron

Posted  December 2, 2016

Mission: To rapidly deploy Guardian Angel forces worldwide in support of national security objectives and homeland defense, providing highly trained personnel recovery experts capable of quickly and effectively executing personnel recovery operations across the spectrum of conflict. Vision: Develop and inspire highly qualified leaders able to effectively integrate Guardian Angel with joint, interagency and coalition…

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943rd Maintenance Squadron

Posted  December 2, 2016

Mission: Provide organic maintenance of six HH-60G aircraft to primarily support all 305th Rescue Squadron flying operations and contingencies. Supports 943rd Rescue Group’s deployment and exercise activities and ensures assigned aircraft, equipment and personnel are ready to deploy to conduct combat rescue operations globally. Vision: Building the most effective, well-equipped, highly trained, proficient and sought…

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79th Rescue Squadron

Posted  December 2, 2016

Mission: Maintains combat-ready status with six HC-130J aircraft and provides rapidly deployable, expeditionary personnel recovery forces to combatant commanders for contingency/crisis response operations worldwide. The 79th Rescue Squadron specializes in the rescue of isolated personnel from austere airfields in denied territory using night vision goggles as well as conducts adverse weather, low level, airdrop, air…

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Air Force Office of Special Investigations

Posted  December 2, 2016

The Air Force Office of Special Investigations was established in 1949 as a separate operating agency under the staff supervision of the Inspector General. AFOSI is the primary U.S. Air Force investigative agency for major crimes. The scope of AFOSI’s mission has evolved significantly. Today, the AFOSI mission includes such diverse investigative areas as criminal…

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943rd Rescue Group (AFRC)

Posted  December 2, 2016

Mission: Provide leadership, management, policy formulation, planning and standardization for operations, training and support of the Air Force Reserve Command’s rescue assets, Description: There are three squadrons, three flights and one geographically separated unit. The group is equipped with six HH-60G “Pave Hawk” helicopters to support worldwide combat rescue operations.

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