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Around the Air Force: July 6

Posted July 9, 2016 by

In this look around the Air Force, an F-35A Lightning II makes a trans-Atlantic flight, an Airman runs 694 miles for post-traumatic stress disorder awareness, and the Minnesota Air National Guard deploys to South Korea.

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Thunderbirds Return to Six-Ship Demonstrations

Posted July 1, 2016 by Air Combat Command Public Affairs

NELLIS AFB, Nev. — The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds have announced their return to flying six-ship demonstrations this weekend in Battle Creek, Michigan, July 2. The Thunderbirds have flown five-ship demonstrations while Maj. Alex Turner, Thunderbird 6, stood down for several weeks following an aircraft mishap June 2nd after performing the 2016 U.S. Air Force…

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F-35A nearly combat ready

Posted July 1, 2016 by Kari Tilton

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — The first off-station deployment exercise for the F-35A Lightning II confirmed that the Air Force’s newest fighter jet is on track to reach initial operational capability later this year. A declaration of IOC means the F-35A will be combat ready. Seven F-35A aircraft and 181 personnel from Hill’s active…

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10 Questions on F-35A Lightning II

Posted June 24, 2016 by Tech. Sgt. Steve Stanley

The F-35A is on track to be declared initially operationally capable between August and December 2016.

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Welsh: Joint force in excellent shape, but needs resources, prioritization

Posted June 17, 2016 by Jim Garamone

The joint force is in excellent shape, but leaders must pay attention to it, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III told the Defense Writers Group in Washington, D.C., June 15. Welsh, a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke to the group as one of his last public acts in…

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Forced distribution driving more promotions for top performers

Posted June 10, 2016 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON — Results of the first promotion board using the forced distribution process were released May 25, highlighting a close connection between commander recommendations and those selected for promotion. “These results are achieving the intended purpose of the new evaluation and promotion systems we previewed to our enlisted force during last year’s roadshows,” said Lt….

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AF releases Air Superiority 2030 Flight Plan

Posted June 3, 2016 by Secretary of the Air Force

WASHINGTON — The Air Force released a flight plan directing development activity as a result of a yearlong study focused on developing capability options to ensure joint force air superiority in 2030 and beyond. According to the unclassified version of the Air Superiority 2030 Flight Plan, released May 26, the gap between the U.S. military’s…

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Air Force changes utility allowance for privatized housing residents

Posted May 27, 2016 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON — The Air Force revised its utility allowance policy May 18 to ensure quality on-base housing for military families and continue to cover utility costs for the average energy consumer. For new tenants, the revised policy for the majority of residents will now be calculated using monthly meter readings instead of a five-year average…

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AF uniform office designs for entire force; new modifications underway

Posted May 21, 2016 by Amy Rollins

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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Welsh releases 2016 reading list

Posted May 21, 2016 by SSgt. Alyssa C. Gibson

The Air Force chief of staff published his 2016 professional reading list May 13. “This year’s reading list addresses every Airman on our total force team,” said Gen. Mark A. Welsh III. “The profession of arms, Air Force heritage, and developing Airmen are topics that apply to all of us.” This year’s list contains books,…

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