Articles

Jennifer Schneider, Air Force Civil Engineer Center Public Affairs
July 21, 2016
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas — Two demonstration projects may hold the key to accelerating environmental cleanup efforts at multiple Air Force sites across the country.Funded through the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s 2015 broad agency announcement, the projects substantiate technological methods for mapping underground contaminant pathways at some of the Air Force’s most challenging... Read more
July 21, 2016
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio  — The KC-46A Pegasus connected in flight with an F-16 Fighting Falcon and a C-17 Globemaster III July 8 and July 12, respectively, as part of a testing milestone.These tests with the F-16 and C-17 were in support of the Milestone C requirements to rendezvous, contact and transfer fuel to several receiver aircraft types.An initial attempt with the F-16... Read more
ALEX R. LLOYD, Ogden Air Logistics Complex
July 14, 2016
The Ogden Air Logistics Complex recently completed modifications on the 12th F-35A Lightning II for the Air Force’s active-duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing.The June 30 delivery gives the two wings the minimum number of aircraft required to reach “initial operational capability,” or combat-readiness.The goal is to declare IOC between August and December 2016 when the 34th... Read more
Bryan Magana, 419th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
July 14, 2016
Staff Sgt. Joseph Hicks, 419th Operations Support Flight, became the first reservist at Hill’s aircrew flight equipment shop to work with state-of-the-art helmets for the F-35 Lightning II, the Air Force’s newest fighter jet.As an AFE technician, Hicks maintains and stores pilot gear, including helmets, G-suits, harnesses, parachutes, and survival kits. He also provides training to the pilots on... Read more
STACEY GEIGER, Air Force Materiel Command Public Affairs
July 14, 2016
Some 12,500 Air Force Materiel Command civilian employees have transitioned to the Acquisition Workforce Demonstration Project, or AcqDemo, pay system, effective June 12.Under AcqDemo, employees no longer carry their general schedule, or GS, designation and numbered grade. Instead, they have been placed in one of three broadbands comparable to their previous grade and salary.“AcqDemo is enabling... Read more
SENIOR AIRMAN RYAN CONROY, 24th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs
July 14, 2016
On the shores of the Emerald Coast, candidates from all walks of Air Force life approach the sand, covered in salt and grit, their uniforms soaked with seawater as the warm Florida sun beats down on their red faces.A team of cadre shouts commands at the candidates to confuse them, stress them out and push their bodies to the limit.Before the group has a chance to evaluate their situation, the... Read more
STAFF SGT. NATASHA STANNARD, Air Combat Command Public Affairs
July 14, 2016
The Air Combat Command F-35A Heritage Flight team accomplished America’s first transatlantic flight in an F-35A Lightning II, with refueling support from a KC-10 Extender, when it touched down here June 30.This historic flight, which brought the team to England from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, was a first for not only the F-35A; it was also the KC-10’s first time refueling the... Read more
STAFF SGT. ALYSSA C. GIBSON, Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Command Information
July 14, 2016
Gen. David L. Goldfein was sworn in as the Air Force’s 21st chief of staff by Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James during a ceremony at the Pentagon on July 1.As the Air Force’s most senior uniformed leader, Goldfein is responsible for ensuring the 660,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian Airmen under his command are fully trained and equipped. He also joins the Joint Chiefs of Staff as... Read more
July 14, 2016
Maj. Gen. Maryanne Miller will assume the leadership of Air Force Reserve Command from Lt. Gen. James F. Jackson during a change of commander ceremony at the Museum of Aviation on July 15.Miller will become the first female in the history of the Air Force Reserve to be Chief of the Air Force Reserve and commander of the Air Force Reserve Command. Before taking command, Miller will be promoted to... Read more
Jim Garamone, DOD News, Defense Media Activity
July 14, 2016
The situation in Afghanistan remains “precarious,” President Barack Obama said last week, and that is why he will keep 8,400 U.S. service members in country through the end of his term.The president was joined for the July 6 announcement from the Roosevelt Room at the White House by Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.Obama had... Read more

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