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Goldfein hosts first town hall with CMSAF

The Air Force’s top officer and enlisted leader hosted a town hall forum in the Boyd Auditorium at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., July 20, 2016.

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Goldfein swears in as 21st CSAF

Gen. David L. Goldfein was sworn in as the Air Force’s 21st chief of staff by Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James during a ceremony at the Pentagon July 1, 2016.

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Security clearance investigations to include social media activity

Courtesy photograph People who use social media are constantly reminded to be careful when posting and sharing information. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence recently enacted a new policy under which federal agencies may consider publicly available social media information in connection with an application for a security clearance. People who use social…

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AF uniform office designs for entire force; new modifications underway

When an airman gets dressed for his or her job, he or she dons apparel and equipment that were developed, produced, deployed, sustained, and modified by a group of fewer than 20 people working at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

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Team March Push-up challenge brings awareness to Veteran suicides

More than 75 Team March members gathered near the main gate Friday morning, April 22, with a common goal – to bring awareness to the high rate of Veteran suicides by performing some push-ups. The event was dedicated to Elias Reyes Jr., brother of Master Sgt. Mario Reyes-Jauregui, 452nd Security Forces Squadron, who led the…


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Members of the Patriots Jet Aerial Demonstration Team execute a high-speed pass in their L-39 Albatros aircraft, during Air Fest 2012 at March Air Reserve Base, Calif., May 19, 2012. The air fest features military and civilian aerial and ground demonstrations during a two-day air show.
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U. S. Air Force Thunderbirds

Posted  April 15, 2016

On May 25, 1953, the Air Force’s official air demonstration team, designated the 3600th Air Demonstration Unit, was activated at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. The unit adopted the name “Thunderbirds,” influence in part by the strong Native American culture and folklore from the southwestern United States. Seven officers and 22 enlisted were selected for…

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C-53 “D-DAY DOLL” & THE ROUND CANOPY PARACHUTE TEAM USA

Posted  April 15, 2016

The C-53 was received by the Inland Empire Wing of the Commemorative Air Force in 2001. The twin-engine Second World War Skytrooper, which they dubbed “D-day Doll” completed a nearly year-long engine overhaul in 2015. Built by Douglas in 1943, it played a crucial role at Normandy. The plane took part in three D-day, personnel…

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THE RED EAGLES FORMATION TEAM

Posted  April 15, 2016

The Red Eagles fly the Russian-designed YAK-52 aircraft, the basic trainer for Soviet forces. It is rugged, reliable and relatively straightforward to operate. Powered by a 360 HP 9-cylinder radial engine (the Vendeneyev M-14P), the fuel consumption is relatively modest (12.5 – 19 gallons per hour). This rugged performer is stressed to +7 to -5…

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VICKY BENZING AEROSPORTS & HER 1940 BOEING STEARMAN

Posted  April 15, 2016

Vicky Benzing’s 1940 Boeing Stearman was manufactured for use as a military trainer in WWII. In February 1946, after the war ended, it was sold from the War Assets Administration for $770. The plane’s new owner fitted it with a 450HP Pratt & Whitney R985 engine and converted it to a crop duster for spraying…

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The Patriots Jet Team

Posted  April 15, 2016

Dedicated. Precise. Dynamic. These words come to mind when watching the spectacular aerobatics performed by the Patriots Jet Team. A demanding discipline, performance aerobatic flying is a concentrated blend of technique, mastery, and style which requires professional and highly experienced pilots. The story of the Patriots Jet Team, the largest civilian-owned aerobatic jet team in…

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