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AF leaders stand behind civilians during tough furlough times

Mon, 07/08/2013 - 8:57am
Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III send the following furlough message to the Airmen of the United States Air Force:

As you all know, Department of Defense civilian furloughs begin this week. With few exceptions, our civilian Airmen face involuntary furlough one day per week from the pay period starting July 8 through the pay period ending September 21.

Civilian furloughs are a measure of last resort and we deeply regret that the arbitrary across-the-board cuts imposed by sequestration led to this result. Despite standing down combat flying units, reducing space and mobility operations, reducing weapon system support, cutting installation support and facility repairs and cancelling most travel, training and exercises, we must still take this painful action. We recognize that this action inflicts personal and financial hardships on our civilian Airmen and their families. We need all of our grea
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Air Force Week in Photos

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 12:13pm
This week's photos feature Airmen around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.

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Recent Academy grad now DOD's top women's triathlete

Wed, 07/03/2013 - 1:25pm
Her heart beats faster and faster and beads of sweat drip down her face, as she sprints toward the finish line just seconds ahead of several other competitors. This race earned her the title of fastest woman triathlete in the Department of Defense.

At the age of 15,  2nd Lt. Samantha Morrison, recent graduate of the Air Force Academy, saw an ad in the newspaper for a half marathon and was determined to give it a try.

She is now a competitive triathlete representing the Air Force.
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Senior leaders remember fallen heroes on America's birthday

Tue, 07/02/2013 - 10:37am
Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody send the following Independence Day message to the men and women of the U.S. Air Force:

Happy Birthday, America! For 237 years, our Nation has been built on the bedrock of freedom and democracy that our Founding Fathers established when they signed the Declaration of Independence. We draw on the courage of those patriots and take inspiration from the countless acts of heroism that followed as America's sons and daughters fought to protect our free and independent Nation.
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July/August Airman magazine now available

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 3:00pm
The July/August issue of Airman magazine is now available to download and viewable through a web browser.

In this issue, our cover story, titled "tick, tick, BOOM," tells the story of how explosive ordnance disposal technicians perform their dangerous mission to save lives and how their state-of-the-art robots make their dangerous jobs safer.

Also featured in this month's issue is the Air Force's 60 years of air superiority and an article about Tech. Sgt. Christofer Curtis, a flight engineer, who was severely injured when a CV-22 Osprey he was in crashed in Afghanistan on April 9, 2010. He sustained 17 broken bones that required more than 20 surgeries to repair. Despite the odds, Curtis has battled back and is resuming his flying career.
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Air Force Week in Photos

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 12:22pm
This week's photos feature Airmen around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.

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Jennies to jets to stealth: Bomb wing turns 90

Thu, 06/27/2013 - 2:04pm
From Jennies to jets to stealth bombers, the 131st Bomb Wing's history really began with its co-located flying squadron, now the 110th Bomb Squadron, which traces its roots back to the 110th Observation Squadron.

The 110th OS was organized by Maj. Bill Robertson and his brothers, Lieutenants Frank and Dan Robertson, owners of Robertson Aircraft Company. The Robertsons were aviation pioneers, noted for being the first two pilots from Missouri to enlist in World War I (Dan was too young). Among their associates were a number of former Army Air Corps veterans and visionary young men who shared an interest in organizing a National Guard unit in St. Louis.
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Fanning becomes acting Air Force secretary

Mon, 06/24/2013 - 10:51am
Under Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning became the acting secretary of the Air Force June 21, succeeding Michael Donley, who departed the position after more than five years.

Fanning was confirmed under secretary by the Senate April 18 and, under federal law, automatically assumes the job of acting secretary until the president nominates and the Senate confirms a replacement. Fanning will continue to serve as under secretary during this time.

Donley was confirmed as the 22nd secretary of the Air Force Oct. 2, 2008. He served as the acting secretary since June of that year, as well as for seven months in 1993, making him the longest serving secretary in the history of the Air Force.
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Donley: It has been an honor to serve with you in the world's finest Air Force

Fri, 06/21/2013 - 5:59pm
Five years to the day from when he entered the position, the longest-serving secretary of the Air Force stepped down during a farewell ceremony here June 21.

Donley was confirmed as the 22nd secretary of the Air Force Oct. 2, 2008. He served as the acting secretary since June 21 of that year, as well as for seven months in 1993, making him the longest-serving secretary in the Air Force's history.

"America is stronger because Mike Donley chose to serve. You leave us now focused on the continued delivery of airpower for America," Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said. "The Air Force remains ready to provide Global Vigilance, Global Reach, and Global Power for America because of your leadership and your clear, consistent commitment to our core values of integrity, service and excellence. We've all been privileged to know you, and honored to follow you."
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SEAC to Airmen: Embrace innovation, Total Force Fitness as military leans down

Fri, 06/21/2013 - 2:28pm
"This is a profession we are in and it's so much more powerful than just working a 7-to-5 job. It becomes your way of life," said U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The SEAC visited RAF Mildenhall and RAF Lakenheath June 19 and 20, 2013, for an in-depth orientation of the mission, roles and responsibilities the two bases perform. His trip to the bases culminated in a town hall meeting, where the SEAC presented to Airmen the chairman of the JCS' four key priorities: achieve our national objectives in the current conflicts; develop Joint Force 2020; renew our commitment to the profession of arms and keep faith with our military family. Battaglia also discussed a variety of topics to include resiliency, being a relevant and all-volunteer force and embracing innovation.
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Air Force Week in Photos

Fri, 06/21/2013 - 12:15am
This week's photos feature Airmen around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.

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Farewell to a true public servant

Thu, 06/20/2013 - 5:54pm

F-35 is backbone of Air Force's future fighter fleet, Welsh says

Thu, 06/20/2013 - 12:43pm
The Air Force's most advanced strike aircraft, the F-35 Lightning II, is a vital capability that the nation needs to stay ahead of adversary technological gains, the Air Force chief of staff told a Senate panel here, June 19.

Testifying before the Senate Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Defense, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said air superiority is critical to the nation's security and how the U.S. military plans to fight.

"The air superiority this nation has enjoyed for 60 years is not an accident and gaining and maintaining it is not easy," Welsh said. "It requires trained proficient and ready Airmen and it requires credible, capable and technologically superior aircraft. I believe the F-35 is essential to ensuring we can provide that air superiority in the future."
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Air Force sets plan to integrate women in combat jobs by 2016

Wed, 06/19/2013 - 5:01pm
The Air Force released details of the service's plan to fully integrate women into previously closed career fields June 18.

The implementation plan was recently submitted to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel for review.

More than 99 percent of Air Force positions are currently already open to female Airmen. In fact, 2013 marks the twentieth anniversary of the Department of Defense allowing women to serve as combat pilots.

The Air Force plans to open the remaining seven career fields -- all tied to special operations -- by Jan. 1, 2016.
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Welsh: Sequestration continues to drain crucial capabilities from America's Air Force

Wed, 06/19/2013 - 1:46pm
The Air Force's top officer reported on the growing strain sequestration has put on readiness, personnel and modernization to a group of civic and industry leaders attending the Air Force Association's monthly breakfast here, June 17.

Sequestration has hit the Air Force hard, said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III.

Like the rest of the Defense Department, the Air Force has seen severe reductions in funding, leading to concerns about critical mission factors including the readiness of pilots and aircraft that aren't flying today.
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SecAF farewell ceremony set for June 21

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 3:05pm
Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley will be honored during a ceremony June 21 at 1 p.m., at Joint Base Andrews, Md. 

The ceremony will be live online at Air Force Link's video page (here), and broadcast on the Pentagon Channel, which is available Verizon FIOS, Dish Network and numerous cable systems.

Donley was confirmed as the 22nd secretary of the Air Force Oct. 2, 2008. He had been serving as the acting secretary since June of that year, as well as for seven months in 1993, making him the longest serving secretary in the Air Force's history.
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Dempsey to Minot AFB Airmen: Nuclear enterprise is top priority

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 9:27am
More than 1,000 Airmen, spouses and local community members turned out here June 17, for a town hall meeting with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said he came to Minot AFB because he wanted a chance to interact with those performing what he called "the vital work for our nation," noting that throughout the life of the B-52 Stratofortress and intercontinental ballistic missile force, there has been a history of silent, dedicated service, often in times of hardship and uncertainty.
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New Professional Development Guide available

Mon, 06/17/2013 - 11:33am
The new Professional Development Guide, or PDG, AFPAM 36-2241, is now available at www.e-publishing.af.mil.

Printed guides will be distributed to all promotion-eligible active duty Airmen in the grades of E-4 through E-8 and airmen first class with at least two years in service. Base and unit Weighted Airman Promotion System monitors will assist with the distribution of printed guides slated for early fall.

Effective date of the new guide is Oct. 1, 2013. Master sergeants testing this December will be the first examinees to use the guide to prepare for promotion testing.
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Air Force Week in Photos

Fri, 06/14/2013 - 2:00pm
This week's photos feature Airmen around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.

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Anatomy of a hurricane hunter: When storms get personal

Fri, 06/14/2013 - 11:39am
During Maj. Sean Cross' first flight into what became Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, he and his WC-130J Hercules crew joked and asked themselves why they were even tasked for the mission. "There was absolutely nothing to it at that point," he said.

By his second flight, the jokes stopped and were soon replaced by concern for their own families and homes after the hurricane crossed south Florida and entered the Gulf of Mexico on a direct path toward the Mississippi coast where the Hurricane Hunters of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron are based.
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