AF selects 460 for promotion to captain
The 2014A Line of the Air Force, Chaplain Corps, Judge Advocate General Corps, Nurse Corps, Medical Services Corps and Biomedical Sciences Corps quarterly captain selection process selected 460 first lieutenants for promotion to captain July 18.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:14:00 GMT
Air Force focuses fourth round of VERA/VSIP on headquarters reductions
In an effort to lead its force management actions with voluntary programs, the Air Force announced a fourth round of civilian workforce shaping measures beginning July 21.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:41:00 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, 18 Jul 2014 12:51:04 GMT
Wanted: Airmen selfie videos
Do you have a unique story about the path that led you to the Air Force? Are you proud of your job and how it impacts the bigger Air Force mission? Do you work in an exceptional unit? If so, the Air Force wants to hear from you!

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:29:00 GMT
Air Force will provide assured access to space
Gen. William L. Shelton, Air Force Space Command commander, stressed the importance of maintaining assured access to space to the Senate Subcommittee on Strategic Forces and Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation during a hearing on the options for assuring domestic access to space, July 16.


Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:11:00 GMT
‘Like watching your kid grow up’: B-2 Spirit 25th anniversary
The first B-2 Spirit to "slip the surly bonds of earth" celebrates its 25th anniversary of flight July 17, providing the Airmen and civilians who work with the airframe a chance to reflect on the strategic impact 20 aircraft can have in the entire Defense Department arsenal.


Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:23:00 GMT
Existing tools help users reduce PII breaches
Members of 24th Air Force are refurbishing an old email tool to help Air Force users reduce breaches of personally identifiable information, or PII.

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:10:24 GMT
Air Force to highlight S&T priorities at industry event
Creating tomorrow's Air Force is a delicate balance. It requires a mix of science and technology, or S&T, investment to meet current warfighter needs, as well as cutting edge research to develop revolutionary capabilities which today's Airmen can only imagine, and may not see fielded this decade.


Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:54:03 GMT
Air Force announces changes to headquarters organization
Air Force leaders announced changes to headquarters staff manning and organization July 14.

Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:41:00 GMT
Air Force creates Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center
The Air Force is centralizing its installation support management within a newly created Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, Air Force officials announced July 11. The change resulted from a comprehensive effort to reduce overhead costs; increase efficiencies; eliminate redundant activities; improve effectiveness and business processes; and will help meet the Defense Department’s directive to reduce costs and staff levels by at least 20 percent.

Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:38:00 GMT
 
Tragedy and perseverance
By Staff Sgt. Alexandria Mosness 81st Training Wing Public Affairs He could have lived another life. One that included becoming a child soldier and subsequently a Lost Boy from the Liberian Civil War. Instead, luck, hard work and true grit led Joseph Boyou to the U.S. Air Force where he now holds the rank of staff […]

By Staff Sgt. Alexandria Mosness
81st Training Wing Public Affairs

He could have lived another life. One that included becoming a child soldier and subsequently a Lost Boy from the Liberian Civil War. Instead, luck, hard work and true grit led Joseph Boyou to the U.S. Air Force where he now holds the rank of staff sergeant.

Boyou, 2nd Air Force special projects and programs manager, was born in Monrovia, Liberia, in West Africa. He recently signed a deal to publish his first memoirs to detail the ups and downs of his life.

Boyou grew up in the capital of Liberia until civil war broke out in the late ’80s. Boyou’s father managed to escape prior to the collapse of his country and moved to the U.S. to earn money so his family could join him. The rest of Boyou’s family fled to Guinea in 1989 to escape the civil war. Boyou and his family lived in refugee camps in Guinea, Ivory Coast and Ghana until his father arranged for them to come to the U.S.

During his time in the refugee camps, the living conditions were anything but easy. Hunger pains gripped his belly all the time, and the family learned to live on meager rations among hundreds of thousands of people in the camps, he said.

“There wasn’t much to like about it,” he said matter-of-factly.

Though Boyou did not have much, he had his family and their traditions. Boyou was quick to mention that many others lost their families to sickness, hunger or the tragedy of war, so he was grateful to have his intact.

For those who stayed, “most got killed or lost everything,” Boyou said. “They lost their sense of community and home.”

Through his father’s hard work, Boyou and his siblings immigrated to the U.S. in 1996.

“I remember touching down in Philadelphia and realizing it was a whole new world,” he said. “I went from a world of survival mode to a world of abundance of everything. It was just a different grasp to see this new world. It was surreal to see the buildings and huge skyscrapers.”

“In Liberia there are two seasons: rainy and dry seasons. I had no idea how cold it was going to be,” he explained.

The weather wasn’t the only thing that surprised Boyou, but the culture as well.

“I was stunned you could get food from a drive-through window,” he exclaimed. “It was a bit of shock. It was a whole different environment. I went to a brand new school that had air conditioning. In Liberia, we are taught to be obedient. In America, I was amazed to see students talking back to an instructor.”

Boyou thought America would be flashy and resemble what he had seen on television shows, but the TV didn’t show that there would still be hard times in the U.S.

“There was a struggle in America, but it was different than the struggle in Africa,” he continued. “In Africa you don’t have it, and you don’t know you don’t have it. In America, you don’t have it, and you know you don’t have it.”

Even if Boyou didn’t have everything he wanted, it didn’t stop him from pursuing his education, he said. He went to Thiel College in Greenville, Pennsylvania, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. After receiving his degree, he joined the Air Force in 2006.

“I joined to support my family and to travel,” he said. Boyou met his wife after he joined the Air Force, and in late 2012, she was pregnant with their first child. It was a very happy time for the couple, but nothing could prepare Boyou for the loss of his wife during childbirth on Sept. 18, 2013. During this tragedy, Boyou said he simultaneously felt the joy of having a newborn.

“The moment I held him, I became a whole new person,” he said emotionally. “It has been devastating starting all over without my wife. I am still dealing with it, but I have had great support.”

Even through all of the pain, the most important thing Boyou wants his son to know is that he was adored by his mother.

“The main thing I want him to know is that she loved him very much,” Boyou said quietly. “She did all of the planning; she did all of the work. She picked out everything down to the stroller. She did most of the hard work.”

Boyou’s son is also greatly loved by his father and it can be seen by his coworkers.

“My first impression was that this was an outstanding young man making the best way for his son,” said Walter Hack, Boyou’s supervisor. “In the six months I’ve known him, this feeling has only intensified. He cares very much for his family, both his immediate family and extended through his marriage.”

As a form of therapy, Boyou turned to writing to express his thoughts.

“When I couldn’t talk about it, I would write about it,” he continued. “My son doesn’t know the story, so I was really inspired and driven to write my story.”

With all of his thoughts down on paper, Boyou realized it sounded more like a book than random memories from his life and childhood.

So, he pitched his book to a publishing company, which loved his story, he said. Although people told him it was extremely hard to get a book published, the story resonated with the publishing company. He officially signed a book deal May 29, and the book is scheduled to be released later this summer.

“My goal is to have it published by my son’s first birthday,” he said. “That was the main reason I worked so hard on getting it published, and it looks like it is going to happen.”

Hard work was nothing new to Boyou; it was something his father had ingrained in him from a young age.

“My father set goals and was very strict,” Boyou said. “If I asked for a new pair of shoes, I’d get a book.”

This mentality has carried Boyou throughout his adolescence, adulthood and into his life as a parent.

“My dad is the strongest man I’ve ever known,” he said passionately. “He instilled great values within all of us. Looking back as a parent, I can see all that he did for my family. He found a way to make a way for us.”

Through the choices of his father, Boyou was given the greatest gift of being able to handpick his destiny–the same gift he plans to give his son.


Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:56:19 +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, 18 Jul 2014 12:51:04 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, 11 Jul 2014 09:00:00 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.


Thu, 03 Jul 2014 12:00:08 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, 27 Jun 2014 16:59:51 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, 20 Jun 2014 15:10:47 GMT
 
Col. Robert Novotny takes command of Liberty Wing

Nearly 1,000 Airmen, dignitaries and distinguished visitors from the local area watched as Col. Robert Novotny took command of the 48th Fighter Wing from Col. Kyle Robinson July 21, 2014.

Before taking command of the Liberty Wing, Novotny served as the Chief of Staff for the 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force and the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, Deputy Commander for Air, in Kabul, Afghanistan.

During the ceremony in Hangar 7, Novotny said he was looking forward to working with 48th FW Airmen. About two years ago, when asked if he could choose anywhere to serve as a wing commander, his response - without hesitation - was Lakenheath.
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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 04:19:00 EST
Lajes Field supports B-2 refueling mission

A U.S. Air Force KC-135R Stratotanker departed from here, June 11, 2014. The Stratotanker refueled a pair of B-2 Spirits over the North Atlantic Ocean. The B-2's conducted training flights and regional familiarization in the U.S. European Command area of operations. The B-2 is a multi-role bomber capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear munitions.
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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:20:02 EST
494th FS supports Farnborough International Airshow

Celebrating 100 years of aviation history, U.S. military personnel from bases around Europe are participating in this year's biennial 2014 Farnborough International Airshow, which runs here, July 14-20.

Farnborough International Airshow is host to a trade exhibition for aviation and defense industries, as well as public airshow activities for general attendance, showcasing the latest military and civilian aviation capabilities.

U.S. participation in the show highlights the strong alliance with the U.K., while also supporting and protecting national security interests. One unit supporting this key mission is the 494th Fighter Squadron, assigned two hours away at Royal Air Force Lakenheath. The 494th FS' F-15E Strike Eagle, flown by Capt. Tom Meyers, pilot, and Maj. Claire Lundberg, weapons systems officer, travelled to FIA to make an appearance as a static display.
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Sat, 19 Jul 2014 13:55:23 EST
Col. Robinson's final flights


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Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:37:12 EST
Providing security to stay Forward, Ready, Now


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Thu, 17 Jul 2014 04:28:16 EST
Ramstein Airmen train on grass airfield


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Thu, 17 Jul 2014 03:35:00 EST
Existing tools help users reduce PII breaches

Members of 24th Air Force are refurbishing an old email tool to help Air Force users reduce breaches of personally identifiable information, or PII.

The Digital Signature Enforcement Tool, or DSET, which currently prompts users to provide a digital signature when an email contains an active hyperlink or attachment, is being reconfigured to scan emails and attachments for PII. DSET was first introduced to Microsoft Outlook in 2009 by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center.

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Thu, 17 Jul 2014 03:00:00 EST
 
PACAF, Phillipine Air Force conduct Airman-to-Airman talks


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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:52:42 EST
Dental staff brushes up on readiness

The 51st Dental Squadron is home to 41 Airmen who ensure that the more than 5,000 service members serving at Osan have a healthy mouth.

The squadron provides comprehensive dental care for eligible active-duty military personnel and command sponsored dependents. Services the office offers prevention including annual exams and cleanings, general dentistry, endodontics and oral surgery.

Tech. Sgt. Carmen Ellis, 51st DS support flight chief, said the unit is split into three flights: clinical, dental and support.
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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 01:08:47 EST
Pacific Angel kicks off in Tonga

More than 160 members from seven nations joined forces to provide humanitarian assistance to the citizens of Tonga as part of Operation Pacific Angel-Tonga July 21.

American, Tongan, French, Australian, Kiwi, Filipino and Indonesian military personnel kicked off the first day of the exercise opening a health services outreach and conducting civil engineering projects at three local schools.

Electricians, structural craftsmen, carpenters and plumbers will work together during the PACANGEL exercise to repair and replace doors, locks, windows, wiring, partitions, sinks, faucets, toilets and various additional requirements at five local schools.
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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:14:35 EST
15th MXS Munitions Flight helps bring air power to RIMPAC

The 15th Maintenance Squadron C-17 Munitions Flight is working around the clock to provide munitions support for Rim of the Pacific 2014.

Since the beginning of the exercise June 26 the flight has checked in munitions for more than 60 aircraft and provided support and infrastructure for more than 100 tons of munitions and cargo.

Master Sgt. Michael Stephens, 15th MXS Munitions Flight chief, said his team puts the "force" in Air Force.

"We're a big part of the air components involvement in RIMPAC because we enable the fire power for all the players," he said. "Without Ammo, there would just be a bunch of flying observation platforms (aircraft) around without much to do."
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Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:38:18 EST
Airlift: Trained and ready


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Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:08:02 EST
Yokota undergoes Samurai Readiness Training Week


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Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:07:46 EST
Operation PACANGEL 14-3 begins in Tonga

United States and Tonga will conduct humanitarian assistance operations July 21 - 26 as part of Operation Pacific Angel-Tonga.

Operation PACANGEL is a total force, joint and combined humanitarian assistance operation led by Pacific Air Forces. PACANGEL 2014 includes general health, dental, optometry, pediatrics, and engineering programs as well as various subject-matter expert exchanges.

PACANGEL enhances participating nations' humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities. Approximately 65 U.S. military members, along with local non-governmental organizations, and host nation military forces will conduct humanitarian assistance operations in Tonga as part of this operation.
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Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:53:04 EST
Pacific Air Forces to divest 237 billets

To meet a Headquarters Manpower Reduction Directive, Pacific Air Forces will divest a total of 237 billets by the end of this fiscal year.  The directive, set forth by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in 2013, will reduce total headquarters staffs by 20 percent across the services. 

To help meet this goal, the Air Force will create the Air Force Installation & Mission Support Center.   The center will reduce management overhead by consolidating installation
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Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:03:00 EST

First responders save trapped defenders during Typhoon Neoguri

"Bro, I can't believe we got out," said Airman 1st Class Brandon Miles to Airman 1st Class Roderick Jones when thinking back on the events of that early morning July 9, 2014.

The two 18th Security Forces Squadron response force members had been rescued by a team of first responders while on duty here during Super Typhoon Neoguri, which struck the western coast of Okinawa, Japan, July 7-9th.

Raging its way through Okinawa, pounding the island with wind gusts up to 100 mph and heavy rain fall, Neoguri, the Category 4 typhoon, made its presence known. After two days, Kadena held up to the blunt force of the super typhoon and the island was placed in Typhoon Cyclone Condition of Readiness 1-Recovery. TCCOR-1R allowed for emergency essential personnel, such as the civil engineers, medics, firefighters and security forces, assigned to Kadena to begin assessing and reporting damage done to the base.
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Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:51:00 EST
Existing tools help users reduce PII breaches

Members of 24th Air Force are refurbishing an old e-mail tool to help Air Force users reduce breaches of personally identifiable information.

The Digital Signature Enforcement Tool, which currently prompts users to provide a digital signature when an e-mail contains an active hyperlink or attachment, is being reconfigured to scan e-mails and attachments for PII. DSET was first introduced to Outlook in 2009 by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center.

"DSET was originally designed to mitigate risk from socially-engineered e-mail or phishing attacks. Now, it provides some protection of messages transmitting PII," said Alonzo Pugh, cyber business system analyst for 24th AF. "The tool provides awareness for users of risks before the e-mail leaves the workstation, giving users the chance to correct the identified risk."
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Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:15:46 EST
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