Air Force Week in Photos
This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.


Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:36:28 GMT
AF delivers Iraqi F-16s for training in US
For more than 65 years the Air Force has embraced the concept of flexibility being the key to airpower. Now Airmen from the Arizona Air National Guard are sharing that capacity to find creative ways to overcome problems with one of the Air Force's newest allies – the Iraqi air force.


Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:15:00 GMT
Yokota brings holiday cheer to islanders
A Yokota Air Base, Japan C-130 Hercules airdropped donations to residents of the Micronesian islands during Operation Christmas Drop Dec. 9.


Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:14:03 GMT
SecAF talks priorities, challenges with Airmen in town hall meeting
Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James reflected on her first year as the service’s secretary answering questions directly from Airmen all over the world in an online town hall-style forum Dec 16, at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.


Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:59:00 GMT
PJ’s extraordinary heroism earns an Air Force Cross
Recognizing extraordinary heroism shown in combat, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James presented the Air Force Cross to an Air Commando during a ceremony here, Dec. 17.


Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:11:00 GMT
AF top leaders share holiday message
Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody wish Airmen and families happy holidays.

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:42:00 GMT
AF announces no involuntary force management programs for FY15
Air Force officials announced there is no longer a need to conduct involuntary force management programs for fiscal year 2015 following a year of significant reductions designed to meet the Defense Department strategic and budgetary guidance.

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:39:00 GMT
President Obama expresses gratitude to troops, civilians during visit to joint base
United States of America President Barack Obama visited Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst to express his gratitude to service members and Department of Defense civilians for their service to their country during a meet and greet event Dec. 15.


Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:48:00 GMT
DOD Spirit of Hope Award ceremony
Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James presented the Department of Defense Spirit of Hope Award to military and civilian honorees during a ceremony at the Pentagon, Dec. 12.


Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:39:00 GMT
AF colonel makes swift water rescue, awarded Airman’s Medal
Recognizing Col. Richard Poston for his act of heroism, Lt. Gen. David L. Goldfein, the director of the Joint Staff, presented him with the Airman’s Medal Dec. 10, in a ceremony held at the Pentagon.


Fri, 12 Dec 2014 20:11:00 GMT
 
Twelve Days of Christmas – Air Force style
By Staff Sgt. Antonio Gonzalez Air Force Public Affairs Agency Most people are familiar with the carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” We put an Air Force spin on this classic song, highlighting events that take place AF wide during the holidays. So without further ado… On the first day of Christmas my Air Force […]

By Staff Sgt. Antonio Gonzalez
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

Most people are familiar with the carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” We put an Air Force spin on this classic song, highlighting events that take place AF wide during the holidays. So without further ado…

On the first day of Christmas my Air Force sent to me, a master sergeant on a Christmas tree.

On the second day of Christmas my Air Force sent to me, two thunderbirds
2 Thunder birds
and a master sergeant on a Christmas tree.

On the third day of Christmas my Air Force sent to me, three ugly sweaters

Two thunderbirds
and a master sergeant on a Christmas tree.

On the fourth day Christmas my Air Force sent to me, four troops a wrapping
4 Airmen wrapping
Three ugly sweaters
Two thunderbirds
and a master sergeant on a Christmas tree.

On the fifth day of Christmas my Air Force sent to me, five bandsmen performing
5 Bandsmen Performing
Four troops a wrapping
Three ugly sweaters
Two thunderbirds
and a master sergeant on a Christmas tree.

On the sixth day of Christmas my Air Force sent to me, six bags of cookies
6 Airmen Packing
Five bandsmen performing
Four troops a wrapping
Three ugly sweaters
Two thunderbirds
and a master sergeant on a Christmas tree.

On the seventh day of Christmas my Air Force sent to me, seven volunteers
Helping hands
Six bags of cookies
Five bandsmen performing
Four troops a wrapping
Three ugly sweaters
Two thunderbirds
and a master sergeant on a Christmas tree.

On the eighth day of Christmas my Air Force sent to me, eight leaders serving

Seven volunteers
Six bags of cookies
Five bandsmen performing
Four troops a wrapping
Three ugly sweaters
Two thunderbirds
and a master sergeant on a Christmas tree.

On the ninth day of Christmas my Air Force sent to me, nine Airmen caroling
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Eight leaders serving
Seven volunteers
Six bags of cookies
Five bandsmen performing
Four troops a wrapping
Three ugly sweaters
Two thunderbirds
and a master sergeant on a Christmas tree.

On the tenth day of Christmas my Air Force sent to me, ten wreaths a laying

Nine Airmen caroling
Eight leaders serving
Seven volunteers
Six bags of cookies
Five bandsmen performing
Four troops a wrapping
Three ugly sweaters
Two thunderbirds
and a master sergeant on a Christmas tree.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my Air Force sent to me, eleven tops performing

Ten wreaths a laying
Nine Airmen caroling
Eight leaders serving
Seven volunteers
Six bags of cookies
Five bandsmen performing
Four troops a wrapping
Three ugly sweaters
Two thunderbirds
and a master sergeant on a Christmas tree.

On the twelfth day of Christmas my Air Force sent to me, twelve honor guardsmen marching

Eleven tops performing
Ten wreaths a laying
Nine Airmen caroling
Eight leaders serving
Seven volunteers
Six bags of cookies
Five bandsmen performing
Four troops a wrapping
Three ugly sweaters
Two thunderbirds
and a master sergeant on a Christmas tree.


Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:24:01 +0000
 
Air Force Week in Photos
This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.


Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:36:28 GMT
Air Force Week in Photos
This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.


Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:10:17 GMT
Air Force Week in Photos
This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.


Fri, 05 Dec 2014 17:03:00 GMT
Air Force Week in Photos
This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.


Fri, 28 Nov 2014 16:48:00 GMT
Air Force Week in Photos
This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.


Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:43:00 GMT
 
Luxembourg, US leaders commemorate Battle of the Bulge

Nearly 200 Luxembourgers and Americans observed the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge during a commemorative ceremony at Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial in Luxembourg, Dec. 16, 2014.

Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg; Xavier Bettel, prime minister of Luxembourg; Robert Mandell, U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg; U.S. Air Force Gen. Frank Gorenc, commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa; and U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, commander of U.S. Army Europe, participated in the memorial service to honor those who fought and died in the battle from Dec. 16, 1944 through Jan. 25, 1945.
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Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:11:10 EST
General promotes 4 Airmen on the spot

Gen. Frank Gorenc, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, rewarded four Airmen with on-the-spot promotions to the rank of technical sergeant, effective Dec. 17, through the Stripes for Exceptional Performers program.

Tech. Sgt. Adam Culver, Tech. Sgt. Mauhamed Gadiaga, Tech. Sgt. Jessica Johnson and Tech. Sgt. Eric Sonnenberg were recognized as outstanding performers among their peers and meeting all eligibility criteria for the program.

Culver, a 65th Civil Engineer Squadron heating and ventilation technician, filled a critical master sergeant billet in his unit; managed a $2.2 million budget for the operations flight; and led the air conditioning upgrade for an F-15 flight simulator, cooling $4 million of command and control assets.  He was also a key player in earning the Chief of Staff team Excellence Award in 2011 and was a distinguished graduate in several professional military education courses.
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Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:57:58 EST
RUfit? Team sports maintain social fitness

U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa began a new campaign called "RUfit?" Oct.1, which focuses on the four pillars of fitness: social, mental, physical and spiritual. 

Some Ramstein High School students highlighted the importance of team sports to maintaining social fitness.

"Being part of a team provides you with better skills in life--you learn teamwork," said Madison Spohr, a senior athlete at Ramstein High School. "You also learn how to communicate better with different types of people and different types of situations." 
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Fri, 19 Dec 2014 04:17:00 EST
Firefighters host course with Lithuanians

Firefighters from the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing's Contingency Response Group provided a familiarization course to 12 Lithuanian Airmen Dec. 4, 2014, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

The course started off with a class room discussion on U.S. search and rescue procedures and techniques and ended with a demonstration from the Lithuanian firefighters, showcasing what they had learned.

"Attending these courses is great because it provides us an opportunity to improve on our own techniques," said Capt. Mykolas Liugas, Lithuanian air force pilot. "After learning what we can here, we will take that knowledge back to our country and compare it to what we do so we can increase our response capabilities."
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Mon, 15 Dec 2014 07:47:00 EST
PJ’s extraordinary heroism earns Air Force Cross

Recognizing extraordinary heroism shown in combat, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James presented the Air Force Cross to an Air Commando during a ceremony here, Dec. 17.

Master Sgt. Ivan Ruiz, a pararescueman deployed with the 22nd Expeditionary Special Tactics Squadron, was awarded the U.S. military's second highest decoration, only to the Medal of Honor, for an Airman. He earned the medal for protecting and saving the lives of two wounded teammates while under heavy enemy fire at close range during combat operations in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 10, 2013.
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Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:39:09 EST
Thousands honor returning WWII veterans at Bastogne

More than 40,000 American and European citizens honored the service and legacy of more than 40 surviving World War II veterans as part of a 70th anniversary celebration of the Battle of the Bulge at Bastogne, Belgium, Dec. 13, 2014.

The veterans, who served in the six-week long and costliest campaign in U.S. Army history, received special recognition from Belgian and American distinguished visitors including King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium; Charles Michel, Belgian prime minister; U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe commander; and Thomas Nides, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources and head of the U.S. presidential delegation.
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Tue, 16 Dec 2014 02:26:14 EST
Kidnapping victim shares story during Storytellers

An Italian priest who was kidnapped on a mission trip to the Philippines shared his story of adversity and resilience with Team Aviano members during the 3rd annual Storytellers event, Dec. 12, here.

The event that gives individuals a chance to share life-changing events they've been through, allowed Father Giuseppe Pierantoni to speak about an unforgettable experience.

Pierantoni had a dream for his life that may sound unusual - he wanted to live with the poor and live how they live. In 1991, his church granted his wish and sent him to the Philippines, to take part in outreach programs where he spent his next ten years caring for the less fortunate.
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Mon, 15 Dec 2014 07:38:50 EST
 
Team Andersen pays tribute to fallen Airmen during Linebacker II ceremony

Team Andersen held its 42nd annual Linebacker II Remembrance Ceremony at Arc Light Memorial Park Dec. 18 for Andersen-based service members who lost their lives in support of Operation Linebacker II in 1972.

Seventy-five Airmen lost their lives during the operation including 33 who were lost from 15 downed B-52 Stratofortress bombers. Base leadership made remarks at the event commemorating Operation Linebacker II. The operation also referred to as the "11-Day War," was conducted from Dec. 18, 1972 to Dec. 29, 1972 during the Vietnam conflict. After peace talks between the U.S. and North Vietnam failed, U.S. President Richard Nixon ordered the bombing of North Vietnam to bring the North Vietnamese government back to the negotiating table.
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Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:11:00 EST
RED HORSE joins Navy, local Guam engineers for concrete course

Several Airmen from the 554th RED HORSE Squadron and Guam Air National Guard's, 254th  RED HORSE Squadron teamed up with U.S. Navy Sailors from Naval Base Guam to participate in the island's first joint concrete American Concrete Institute field concrete testing program Dec. 9 through 12.

The program was broken into a pair of two-day courses -- the first course featured classroom training, and the second featured field training.

The courses were taught by an ACI representative from the U.S. mainland, instructors from local companies and Master Sgt. Daniel Luning, a 554th RED HORSE Squadron subject-matter expert who served as a supplemental instructor.
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Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:20:00 EST
'NORAD Tracks Santa': Bringing Santa to a home near you

Dec. 24, Santa will be traveling around the world, delivering presents to all the girls and boys. To help keep tabs on Santa, North American Aerospace Defense Command, including Alaskan NORAD Region (ANR), Continental U.S. NORAD Region and Canadian NORAD Region will track him across the globe to ensure safe travels.

During the late hours of Christmas Eve and early hours of Christmas Day, U.S. and Canadian service members of ANR will use 15 radar stations to monitor Santa as he traverses the airspace around the northern latitudes of North America, a mission ANR has successfully accomplished for more than 50 years.
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Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:56:00 EST
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Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:23:00 EST
11th AF commander visits Hickam

Lt. Gen. Russell Handy, 11th Air Force commander, toured 15th Wing units and spoke with Airmen during a visit to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Dec. 12.

Handy, visiting from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, hosted an all-call with Airmen to thank them for their hard work, and to talk about some of the challenges in the Air Force and the Pacific.

"Thanks for what you do," Handy said. "You probably hear that a lot, but from the bottom of my heart I sincerely want to thank you. This is the most challenging time in my career to serve in the Air Force. We've never had the task load we have now with the kind of resource challenges that we are issuing to you all, but you do a phenomenal job with every challenge that comes your way."
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Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:07:57 EST
Life-changing steps with life-changing class

The path to fitness is outlined by ideals, goals and aspirations. A fitness plan can help those looking to lose weight or live healthier lives navigate toward a better body. However, designing that path and getting to the goal is usually easier said than done.

To help with this, the Health and Wellness Center provides the Better Body, Better Life program, which is available to military members, retirees, civilians and their families. The program consists of five classes with information on how to lose weight by eating healthier and learning to be physically fit.
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Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:06:00 EST
Operation Christmas Drop brings holiday cheer to islanders

More than 1,200 miles from the nearest western civilization, a man stands on a beach wearing only his lavalava. He lifts the bright orange flag with yellow brim and stakes it in the ground, marking the spot to ensure it is easily seen, especially from air.

The 80-degree weather, palm-tree-covered islands and miles of surrounding ocean does not typically bring Christmas to mind, but this man knows the day has come for Operation Christmas Drop and soon a C-130 Hercules would fly above his island to deliver holiday gifts.
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Wed, 17 Dec 2014 02:16:00 EST
Volunteers put holiday spirit into Operation Christmas Drop

Boxes wrapped in an assortment of festive Christmas wrapping papers were spread throughout the local community, all with a wish list taped to their exterior. Each box represented a donation drop-off spot for Operation Christmas Drop.

But, the time for donating was over, as volunteers collected the boxes of items and brought them to a warehouse for sorting Dec. 4. The estimated 50,000 pounds of items are packed as low-cost, low-altitude bundles onto C-130 Hercules aircraft and sent off to the islands throughout Micronesia. Before the most critical part of OCD began, the items were sorted.
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Tue, 16 Dec 2014 23:53:00 EST
Operation Christmas Drop supplies islands with bundles of joy

The men and women from Team Andersen and Yokota Air Base, Japan, dropped its last bundle of joy Dec. 13 to the Micronesian Islands as Operation Christmas Drop came to an end just in time for the holiday season.

What started as a small crew packing what they could in a small canister and dropping it down on a parachute during a Pacific sortie in 1952 has turned into Operation Christmas Drop, the Department of Defense's longest running humanitarian mission.

Over a one-week timeframe, residents from 56 islands spread out across 3 million square miles of the Pacific received boxes filled with donations from local and international donors. This year's event set a milestone with more than 51,000 pounds of supplies donated and delivered.
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Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:23:31 EST
Chaplain's 50-year journey to become bishop of Fairbanks diocese

"I've always had a committed faith and a love for God, but never really thought of becoming a priest until I was enlisted in the Air Force," said Chaplain (Maj.) Chad Zielinski.

The Michigan native, who currently serves as the 354th Fighter Wing deputy wing chaplain, was ordained bishop of the Fairbanks Catholic diocese in a ceremony Dec. 15. This requires a dedication to an area the size of Texas, much of which isn't accessible by road.

Born in 1964, in Alpena, Michigan, to a school teacher father and social worker mother, Zielinski said his family was very committed to their faith, attending church and religious education every week.
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Mon, 15 Dec 2014 23:34:05 EST
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