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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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Dan Clark talk affirms Air Force Green Dot initiatives with resiliency message

Posted  September 2, 2016

One of the top 10 speakers in the world visited Davis-Monthan Aug. 24 to speak to a crowded theater of Desert Lightning Team members about leadership and the art of significance. Among Dan Clark’s messages on “achieving a level beyond success,” he said the Air Force initiatives with its new Green Dot program essentially align…

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AF readiness for global combat power

Posted  September 2, 2016

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz.— The 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron logistics planners, a shop of 14 Airmen, coordinate and direct Airmen and cargo from Davis-Monthan. They control and direct everything having to do with the process of deployments and exercises in order to support operations around the globe. “We may be small, but we have…

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Side-by-side D-M, local firefighters train together

Posted  September 2, 2016

Firefighters from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and Green Valley Fire District teamed up to participate in live-fire training at D-M AFB, Ariz. A total of about 125 firefighters from both agencies utilized this week’s Class A training to maintain proficiency in fire protection. “Tactics are continuously changing when it comes to firefighting,” said Darren Felish,…

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Commissary case lot sales help maximize the benefit

Posted  September 2, 2016

FORT LEE, Va.–Smart military shoppers know the commissary has the lowest prices in town. And the really smart ones know that for a few days twice a year, stateside commissaries take savings to another level with their Customer Appreciation Case Lot Sales. The sales take place each spring and fall, offering savings as much as…

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DANTES provides faster exam reimbursement

Posted  September 2, 2016

The Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support has changed to an online electronic reimbursement request system that will expedite the exams reimbursement process for all service members, according to Stacey Kirkpatrick, a DANTES education programs specialist. DANTES logo Paper-based reimbursement requests for Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support exams were retired March 1. DOD graphic…

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