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Fanning becomes acting Air Force secretary

US Air Force News - 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

US Air Force News - 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

US Air Force News - 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

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

US Air Force News - 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

US Air Force News - 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

US Air Force News - 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

US Air Force News - 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

US Air Force News - 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

US Air Force News - 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

US Air Force News - 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

US Air Force News - 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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Air Force leaders congratulate Army on 238 years

US Air Force News - Thu, 06/13/2013 - 10:00am
Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody congratulate the Army on its 238th birthday, June 14.

Donley wrote a letter to the secretary of the Army stating:

"Congratulations on the U.S. Army's 238th birthday. The U.S. Air Force joins you in celebrating Army heritage and in paying tribute to the Soldiers whose unwavering dedication to the profession of arms has protected our Nation since the American Revolution.
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Making the trip: Airmen tackle life at missile facilities

US Air Force News - Wed, 06/12/2013 - 5:31pm
Senior Airman Jacob Petersen is packing for the "trip." Extra uniforms, underwear, socks, some special snacks. He kneels to give his 18-month-old daughter an extra hug and kiss before heading out the door. But Petersen isn't going on a deployment or an extended TDY or school.

On this morning, Petersen is one of about 10 Airmen from his unit at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, in Wyoming, headed out the door for work. But work for this security forces Airman is a lot different than for most of his Air Force counterparts. Petersen and his team of security forces, chefs and facility managers will spend the next three to four days at a remote missile alert facility supporting the underground ICBM mission.
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Former safety chief heads sexual assault prevention efforts

US Air Force News - Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:00am
Senior officials announced June 6 that they have appointed a two-star general to lead the Air Force's effort to reduce sexual assault within the ranks, and provide victims the support they need.

Maj. Gen. Margaret Woodward was appointed the new director of the reorganized Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office. In addition to appointing a more senior officer to the position, the Air Force raised the stature of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office by linking it directly to the office of the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force.
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Missile officer recertification program makes great strides

US Air Force News - Fri, 06/07/2013 - 6:13pm
Ten of the 19 missile crew members from the 91st Operations Group at Minot AFB, N.D., have been recertified and are able to fully perform their alert duties.

The remaining officers continue to progress through the retraining program with the remaining decertified crew members expected to return to alert duty in early June, according to Maj. Gen. Michael Carey, 20th Air Force commander.

The officers had been decertified following an Air Force Global Strike Command Consolidated Unit Inspection of the 91st Missile Wing, March 4. Twenty-two areas were looked at during the CUI, with the missile wing earning an "Outstanding" rating in one area, "Excellent" ratings in 14 areas, and "Satisfactory" ratings in six areas. One area was rated "Marginal."
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Air Force Week in Photos

US Air Force News - Fri, 06/07/2013 - 12:09pm
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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Today's Air Force visits Academy graduation, Boston bombing victims

US Air Force News - Fri, 06/07/2013 - 11:54am
Air Force Television News released a new, edition of Today's Air Force on June 7.

On this episode's "Straight from the Top," Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley speaks about the challenges of Sequestration and continuing efforts of Air Force leaders to meet mission needs during this time of fiscal constraint.

Later, the show takes a look at the recent U.S. Air Force Academy graduation and hears from some of the Air Force's newest lieutenants.

Finally, viewers meet an Air Force family that's recovering from the Boston Marathon bombing and get a personal look into what it was like at this year's Warrior Games.
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Missile officer recertification program makes great strides

US Air Force News - Tue, 06/04/2013 - 3:52pm
Ten of the 19 missile crew members from the 91st Operations Group at Minot AFB, N.D., have been recertified and are able to fully perform their alert duties.

The remaining officers continue to progress through the retraining program with the remaining decertified crew members expected to return to alert duty in early June, according to Maj. Gen. Michael Carey, 20th Air Force commander.

The officers had been decertified following an Air Force Global Strike Command Consolidated Unit Inspection of the 91st Missile Wing, March 4. Twenty-two areas were looked at during the CUI, with the missile wing earning an "Outstanding" rating in one area, "Excellent" ratings in 14 areas, and "Satisfactory" ratings in six areas. One area was rated "Marginal."
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