KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFNS) — Five current and former Airmen recently finished scaling a 20,310-foot climb up Denali in Alaska, the highest point in North America, June 19. The climbs are done mainly in the name of resiliency, but without the extensive use of risk management before and throughout the adventures, they may not have been accomplished safely.
Last month, Lt. Col. Kenyatta Ruffin, past 71st Operations Support Squadron commander, helped honor his childhood role model, retired Brig. Gen. Charles E. McGee, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen.
ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) — Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown Jr. visited with European counterparts in France and virtually at the annual Global Air Chiefs’ Conference to emphasize the U.S. Air Force as a committed partner toward collective defense and to introduce allies to his strategic vision of Accelerate Change or Lose.
HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. (AFNS) — Airmen assigned to the 66th Security Forces Squadron at Hanscom Air Force Base recently received the newest issue of body armor designed specifically for female Airmen.
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — With a charter to help advance force development and transform how airmen learn, Air Force Career Development Academy here has reimagined the service’s career development course (CDC) design and delivery model to bring it into the 21s-century learning environment.
ENID, Okla. — Repair or replacement of aging dormitories at Vance Air Force Base is among the provisions authored by U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe and included in the fiscal year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act.
QUANTICO, Va. (AFNS) — When the Air Force Office of Special Investigations rolled out its 2018 Strategic Plan, it listed five Lines of Effort providing a clear, attainable vector for OSI Airmen to seamlessly mesh with Air Force leadership and the Department of the Air Force moving forward.
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) — After a year-long hiatus due to COVID-19, the U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Summer Program recently returned to the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Readiness Laboratory at Tyndall Air Force Base.
Are you vaccinated and excited for summer sun, fun, and travel? You aren’t alone. While you get back out there to enjoy all the joys of summer, TRICARE encourages you to do your part to prevent health emergencies. And know that if you do need care this summer, you have options.
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) — The Department of the Air Force is implementing the remaining four rights for housing tenants including a universal lease, a process to resolve disputes with property owners and procedures for withholding rent when applicable.
ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) — The Air Force Digital Transformation Activity culminated a three-year effort when it closed its Data Center on July 9.
TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) — “Now that’s a downright sprint right there; that’s amazing!” a master of ceremonies yells into the microphone as Capt. Jamie Navarro, 60th Surgical Group Command Squadron charge nurse, carries 165 pounds in each hand at the U.S. Strongman Nationals competition, June 5, in Minneapolis.
WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force will provide airmen five physical fitness assessment alternatives — three for the cardio portion and sit-up components and two for the push-up component of the physical fitness assessment beginning in early 2022.
DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The Department of the Air Force has announced plans to move close air support and rescue missions, including A-10 Thunderbolt II and HH-60 Pave Hawk weapons schools and test squadrons, to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base beginning in fiscal year 2022.
WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force has released a new B-21 Raider artist rendering graphic with an accompanying fact sheet. As with past renderings, this rendering is an artist’s interpretation of the B-21 design.
WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Nearly 68% of active duty personnel have been vaccinated against COVID-19 with at least one dose. But that still leaves many service members vulnerable to the Delta variant of the virus, health officials at the Pentagon said.
STUTTGART, Germany (AFNS) — African Lion, U.S. Africa Command’s premier joint annual exercise, successfully wrapped up its 17th iteration in Morocco, Tunisia and Senegal, June 18. Military leaders from the U.S., Africa, Europe and NATO partners attended the closing ceremony in Tan Tan, Morocco, one of the exercise training locations.
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AFNS) — “I still don’t know if the bloody footprints on the ground are those of a survivor or one of the 19 who lost their lives that day.”
MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont. (AFNS) — Military spouses experience many challenges: moving frequently, having their spouse deploy for long periods of time, juggling finances, education and more. One military spouse has taken these challenges head-on and turned them into opportunities, while also taking home the 2020 Air Force Spouse of the Year award.
Chaplain (Maj.) David Dziolek retired from active duty during a ceremony held June 4 in the Greven Crosswinds Club, at Vance Air Force Base.
NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFNS) — A team of engineers, analysts, and pilots are pushing the boundaries of F-35 combat aircraft operational testing. The United States Operational Test Team is partnered with Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center Detachment 6.
FORT RUCKER, Ala. — Seven officers received their pilot’s wings, becoming the first Air Force officers to earn their wings from a helicopter-only syllabus since 1993.
JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. (AFNS) — Recognizing an operational need to dominate the electromagnetic spectrum, Air Combat Command on June 25 activated the 350th Spectrum Warfare Wing, which is temporarily located at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., while the Air Force conducts an environmental review for the permanent location.
Legislation has been introduced in Congress to provide $10 billion to help clean up contamination at the so-called “Filthy Fifty” military bases across the country.
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFNS) — A joint military test team recently conducted ongoing developmental and operational testing of the Uniform Integrated Protective Ensemble Air 2 Piece Under Garment at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-CHAPMAN TRAINING ANNEX, Texas — The 352nd Special Warfare Training Squadron graduates the first wave of students from the new Special Reconnaissance Apprentice Course, June 17 at Pope Army Airfield, N.C.
PATRICK SPACE FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) — On a warm, sunny Saturday afternoon, a pilot mans the controls of a TBM Avenger, a U.S. Navy warplane, as he soars over Cocoa Beach, Fla.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska (AFNS) — Thirty-eight Alaska Air National Guardsmen with the 176th Wing helped build homes for Cherokee veterans in Tahlequah on May 15-29 as part of the Department of Defense’s Innovative Readiness Training program.
LAS VEGAS (AFNS) — Undeterred by a rare health condition early in life, Nevada Air Guard 1st Lt. Caleena Longworth is now on the front line of health care in southern Nevada during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Col. Jay Johnson, 71st Flying Training Wing commander at Vance Air Force Base, will speak Friday at the graduation ceremony for Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 21-11.
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Following the COVID-19 pandemic, supply shortages have been popping up in everything from lumber to computer chips to new cars. These shortfalls likely are to affect some service members and their families this summer during the typically busy permanent change of station, or PCS, season.
ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) — Building on women’s hair updates announced in February 2021, the Air Force will further revise Air Force Instruction 36-2903 to address differences in hair density and texture.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced an extension of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine’s expiration date last week, from three to 4½ months.
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. — The 55th Wing officially retired its final OC-135 Open Skies aircraft, tail number 670, during a ceremony at the Lincoln Airport on June 4.
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) — In 1946, Winston S. Churchill delivered a speech calling for a mutual exchange of officers between the United States and the British Commonwealth in an effort to further the study of defense needs and weapons technology.
After ejecting from the aircraft, Lt. Col. Rob Sweet said he was unaware of the traumatic events he was about to face upon landing next to about 15 angry Iraqi soldiers.
WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Acting Air Force Secretary John Roth, joined by the Air and Space Forces’ highest-ranking officers, told a Senate subcommittee June 8 the department’s budget proposal recognizes challenges posed by China and Russia while also laying the groundwork for the forces needed in 2030 and beyond.
U.S. ARMY JOINT READINESS TRAINING CENTER AND FORT POLK, La. (AFNS) — Next to their vehicles, standing on a hill overlooking a dirt runway, liaison officers talk with pilots of an Air Force Reserve Command C-130J Super Hercules via a secure communications radio that they have set up at the Geronimo Landing Zone, to bring them in for a landing as part of exercise Voyager Shield.
This year’s production is a 1% increase from the 104 million bushels harvested in 2020. The forecast, though, is down 2.7 million bushels from the forecast in May, according to NASS.
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) — Threatened fish at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., are reaping the benefits of a partnership between the Air Force and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AFNS) — Air Force Reserve Key Spouse Mentors from around the country came together virtually May 7 to share their ideas, struggles and best practices. The Key Spouse Mentors conference also provided guidance and education on a host of Reserve programs available, resiliency and wellness techniques.
WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force will resume physical fitness testing July 1 with only three components: push-ups, sit-ups and the 1.5-mile run.
LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. (AFNS) — When envisioning a superhero, you might imagine someone who is fictional, has powers and who is abnormally strong — in other words, someone who is not like the average person.
❝It is a day of reflecting on his life, and his sacrifices, and his service. We don’t plan a party, or anything like that. This is our quiet day, our quiet time, to reflect on the day.❞ — Starla Owens
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