Our Air Force has been fully engaged in combat operations since Jan. 17, 1991 at 2:38 a.m. local (Baghdad) time and hasn't stopped since; over 21 years and counting. At the tip of the spear supporting those combat operations today are the men and women of the various maintenance groups from the Total Force.
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The physical stress on an aircraft and its components in flight can be quite substantial. The different forces can cause the aircraft to break in many different ways, and sometimes, the breakage cannot be easily seen by the naked eye.
McCHORD FIELD, Wash. -- I had an unforgettable day that I want to share with you. I know we've all sat around and discussed in detail why we do what we do, and if we will be willing to continue to do what we do, day in and day out through deployments, retirement decisions, job opportunities, missed birthdays, missed holidays, etc. This is something I want to share and you were the people who came to mind. It's another reason I continue to serve. I guess because many others do and sacrifice a lot more, some even their lives.