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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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Absentee voter tips for military members

Posted  September 28, 2016

DOD photograph Members of the Army’s Golden Knights parachute team pass on the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s message for U.S. military and overseas citizens to submit their absentee ballots in time for the upcoming general election. With less than two months until the general election on Nov. 8, absentee voters are beginning to receive their…

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SAVAHCS hosts POW/MIA recognition ceremony

Posted  September 23, 2016

The Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs Health Care System held a remembrance ceremony at their main campus in Tucson, Ariz., Sept. 16.

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U.S., Afghan Air Force partner in first personnel recovery exercise

Posted  September 23, 2016

The 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, TAAC-Air, Afghan Pilots and service members, took part in a multitude of different mission rehearsals, to include protecting isolated personnel from the air, A-29 striking targets on the ground, SERE tactics, combat search and rescue of isolated personnel, hoisting individuals, etc.

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EM visits school for National Preparedness Month

Posted  September 23, 2016

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier Airmen from the emergency management shop and sixth-grade students from Borman Elementary School pose for a photo at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Sept. 20, 2016. The emergency management team’s goal was to teach the kids about reacting to natural disasters to help alleviate some of…

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48th RQS Airmen participate in high angle rescue training

Posted  September 23, 2016

Pararescuemen are required to be proficient in a great number of rescue techniques. When they aren’t deployed, they are honing their skills and learning new ones.

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