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Air Force Week in Photos

US Air Force News - Fri, 07/19/2013 - 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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CSAF says readiness harmed by steep cuts

US Air Force News - Thu, 07/18/2013 - 4:10pm
The rigid requirements of sequestration spending cuts have made it difficult for the Air Force to maintain readiness, the service's top officer said yesterday.

Speaking to CNN's John King at the annual Aspen Institute Security Forum in Aspen, Colo., Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said each service has four major accounts: personnel, infrastructure and facilities, modernization, and readiness.

"We have had a great amount of difficulty recently doing anything about the infrastructure and facility costs -- we can't seem to get to a point where we can reduce those," he said. "We have not been able to reduce the people costs. In fact, the people costs have gone up exponentially over the last 10 years."
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AF officials announce fiscal 2014 force management programs

US Air Force News - Thu, 07/18/2013 - 2:10pm
In ongoing efforts to size and shape the force to current and future requirements, Air Force officials announced the fiscal 2014 force management programs.

The Air Force ended fiscal 2012 159 Airmen over end strength and anticipates ending fiscal 2013 at or marginally over end strength. The fiscal 2014 budget requests active duty end strength at 327,600, which is a further reduction of 1,860 from fiscal 2013 active duty authorized end strength.

For enlisted Airmen, voluntary programs from last year will continue. These include waivers for active duty service commitments, time-in-grade waivers, enlistment contract waivers and expanded Palace Chase transfers to the Air National Guard or Air Force Reserve.
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Holding Airmen accountable: Mandatory discharge for sexual assault

US Air Force News - Thu, 07/18/2013 - 10:58am
The Air Force recently adopted two new measures to eliminate sexual assault from within the ranks, including requiring discharge for Airmen who commit sexual assault, and requiring the Air Force's most senior commanders to review actions taken on these cases.

According to Capt. Allison DeVito, chief of JAG's victim issues and policy branch, both of the recent changes are part of the Air Force's initiative to combat sexual assault and to foster mutual respect and dignity among fellow Airmen.
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AF encourages Airmen to be key part of SAPR solution

US Air Force News - Tue, 07/16/2013 - 9:15am
 In an effort to address the growing concern of sexual assault in the Air Force, the service has kicked off an initiative to give Airmen the capability for their voice to be clearly heard called "Every Airman Counts."

"I believe Airmen are a key part of the solution to this," said. Maj. Gen. Margaret Woodward, the director of the Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office. "They understand the problem, and they know what needs to be done to help conquer it. Now we need them to share those innovative ideas with us and each other. We need our Airmen talking about this issue."
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Sequestration impact looms despite resumed flying operations

US Air Force News - Tue, 07/16/2013 - 9:11am
Air Force leaders announced July 15 that flying training would resume at numerous units, bringing an end to the three-month halt that resulted from the budget sequestration reductions.

Congress approved a $1.8 billion reprogramming request that transferred money from several programs to pay for near-term shortfalls in war funding, which allowed flight training to resume.

In total, the budget sequestration triggered by Congress' inability to reach a broader deficit reduction agreement has cost the Air Force $10 billion in fiscal 2013. Absorbing that cut in just seven months forced many damaging steps beyond the halt to flying training, including a near freeze on repairs to buildings, significant reductions in maintenance of aircraft, and the 11 days of civilian furlough that began last week.
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National commission to visit 13 bases

US Air Force News - Mon, 07/15/2013 - 1:52pm
The "National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force" is planning to visit 13 Air Force locations, beginning with Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., on July 16.

Appointed by the FY13 National Defense Authorization Act, the commission is reviewing the Air Force's structure to determine if and how it should be changed to meet future missions and funding challenges. The commission's report and recommendations are due to the president by Feb. 1, 2014.

"This is one of the biggest issues for the future of the Air Force - to develop the right force mix of Regular and Reserve Component Airmen," said Lt. Gen. James F. Jackson, chief of Air Force Reserve and commander of Air Force Reserve Command. "Getting this mix right directly affects our Air Force's capability, capacity, efficiency and cost-effectiveness."
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Combat Air Forces to resume flying

US Air Force News - Mon, 07/15/2013 - 12:28pm
Combat Air Forces, or CAF, units from multiple commands began flying again today after many stopped flying in April of this year due to sequestration.

The restored flying hour program represents $208 million of the $1.8 billion reprogramming allocation authorized by Congress. The money reinstates critical training and test operations for the CAF fleet across the Air Force for the remainder of fiscal 2013. This impacts not just Air Combat Command units, but also CAF units assigned to United States Air Forces Europe and Pacific Air Forces.
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Air Force Week in Photos

US Air Force News - Fri, 07/12/2013 - 2:55pm
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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AF chief scientist addresses future

US Air Force News - Thu, 07/11/2013 - 5:09pm
The Air Force chief scientist addressed members of the Air Force Association about the Global Horizons study, which looks into the near and long-term application of science and technology in the force.

Dr. Mica Endsley, who was recently appointed as the 34th Air Force chief scientist, focused her talk around the future of air, space, cyber, and command and control.

"If we presume the future is going to look like today, I think we're going to be sorely mistaken," Endsley said. "The future environment in the next decade has some really significant potential threats that we need to be aware of and thinking of."
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AF leaders stand behind civilians during tough furlough times

US Air Force News - 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

US Air Force News - 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

US Air Force News - 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

US Air Force News - 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

US Air Force News - 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

US Air Force News - 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

US Air Force News - 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

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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