F-15C Eagle pilot found dead in remote Virginia mountains
Officials confirmed today the pilot was fatally injured in the Aug. 27 crash of an F-15C Eagle in the remote mountains near Deerfield Valley, Va.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:43:01 GMT
Be disaster aware, take action to prepare
Devastating earthquakes, floods, wildfires and tornadoes never announce a time or place – that’s why it’s important to be prepared! Air Force Emergency Management is using National Preparedness Month this September to encourage Airmen and their families to “Be Ready!”


Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:21:04 GMT
Trading places: Minot chosen as test base for crew swaps
In order to implement new initiatives stemming from the Force Improvement Program, Minot Air Force Base was chosen as the test bed for two modifications currently underway within the missile community.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:03:03 GMT
Ramstein Airmen conclude operations in Poland
With a flurry of grass and dirt, a C-130J Super Hercules touched down on a grass runway at Powidz Air Base, Poland, marking the final week of deployed operations here, Aug. 25. For Airmen deployed from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, this was their home away from home for 60 days.


Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:06:23 GMT
Call for nominations: Portraits in Courage, Vol. IX
Nominations are being accepted and reviewed for inclusion in Portraits in Courage, Vol. IX, now through Oct. 13.


Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:43:00 GMT
Romania air base replaces Transit Center Manas
Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania, located 25 miles northwest of the Black Sea city of Constanta, started operations in February 2014 and has already processed more than 85,000 troops.


Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:55:00 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, 21 Aug 2014 18:45:34 GMT
CMSAF discusses ‘way ahead’ for Airmen
The Air Force’s top enlisted leader focused on the future force, the new enlisted evaluation system and professional development during the Air Force Sergeants Association Professional Airmen’s Conference here Aug. 19. Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody addressed an audience of Airmen, former enlisted and retired NCO members of the association where he talked about the challenges of a smaller Air Force and the impact it is having and will have on its Airmen.


Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:55:00 GMT
Comprehensive Airman Fitness: A Lifestyle and culture
Comprehensive Airman Fitness is comprised of a multitude of targeted programs and activities as well as resiliency skills taught to enable Airmen to make sound choices.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:21:45 GMT
82 F-16Ds removed from flight status due to longeron cracks
U.S. Air Force officials recently removed 82 two-seat F-16D Fighting Falcons from flight status due to the discovery of canopy sill longeron cracks found between the front and rear pilot seats.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:28:00 GMT
 
Sudan ‘Lost Boy’ serves as Kadena NCO
By Senior Airman Maeson L. Elleman 18th Wing Public Affairs “At the age of 10, I have seen death; I have buried other kids – at the age of 10,” he said, a sadness moving into his eyes. “But at the same time, I’ve rebounded. If I have to stay in that hole and think […]

By Senior Airman Maeson L. Elleman
18th Wing Public Affairs

“At the age of 10, I have seen death; I have buried other kids – at the age of 10,” he said, a sadness moving into his eyes. “But at the same time, I’ve rebounded. If I have to stay in that hole and think of those horrible situations I’ve been in, then I would not be here today.”

Labeled a “Lost Boy” by the United Nations along with more than 30,000 other kids from Sudan in the mid-1980s, Madut Bul – now a U.S. Air Force staff sergeant working as a supply specialist with the 33rd Helicopter Maintenance Unit- experienced what most can’t imagine.

After civil war tore at the nation, young teenagers were thrust into battle wielding Russian-made AK-47 rifles against a domestic enemy. As a result, these Lost Boys, ranging in age from 7 to 17, were orphaned or separated from their families and forced to live the lives of refugees.

Staff Sgt. Madut Bul poses for a photo
Staff Sgt. Madut Bul, 33rd Helicopter Maintenance Unit supply specialist, was labeled a ‘Lost Boy’ by the United Nations as a teenager. A Sudan native, Bul trekked more than 1,000 miles by foot along with roughly 30,000 other children in the early 1990s to escape the destruction and mayhem of civil war. Despite witnessing horrors most can’t imagine, Bul joined the U.S. Air Force approximately eight years ago, and now uses his story to be an inspiration and testament to resilience. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Maeson L. Elleman/Released)

“In 1983, a war broke out in my country – the country was Sudan,” he said, his face grim. “We did not have a family. I did not know where my family was. At that time when we were under the rebel groups who were fighting the government, if you were 13 years old, you were old enough to be able to have an AK-47 to go and fight.”

As they fled east of the mayhem, they were pushed to neighboring countries seeking relief. However, they soon discovered that the first journey was fruitless.

“First, we went to Ethiopia, but they were having their civil war,” Bul recounted. “At the time the war happened, they had to come back to the border of Sudan, then we had to go to Kenya. That’s over a thousand miles. We were walking there by foot.

“We were over 30,000 kids,” he continued. “There were a lot of kids that either died during the crossing over to come to Sudan, of hunger or eaten by wild animals. At that time, the only food that we had was the food that we were carrying. They took a head count again … we were at about almost 12,000.”

With the help of humanitarian aid, a program was set up to relocate many of the children to foster homes in the Southeastern U.S. However, according to Bul, the extensive process proved too slow.

At the end of it all, only a lucky fraction of the refugees including Bul were given the opportunity to move to the U.S.

“Only 500 kids got to go to foster homes,” Bul said. “Thirty-eight hundred made it to the United States – out of 30,000 … and I was one of them.”

But it wasn’t over just yet. Five months after Bul and his friends arrived in Charlotte, N.C., 9/11 struck fear into the hearts of Americans. Without prior knowledge of U.S. capabilities, Bul and his friends were afraid their new home would soon resemble their last.

“When Sept. 11 happened, we did not have an idea of how strong the United States was, so our perception was that it looked like we were going to be running again,” he explained. “Me and one of my friends, we are in the Air Force. Our perception was that we might want to have our AK-47s and be able to protect ourselves.”

However, it was more than that which led to his enlistment. Instead, Bul recounted what he was most appreciative of while escaping the civil war in Sudan.

“At that time I had a lot of my family being killed,” Bul said. “I did not have anything to help. My reason to join was that I want to help somebody. I want to be able to go out there and protect somebody. I know my country got independent in 2011, but it’s because of a few people standing up in order to protect the majority of people.

“If you want to join any service that’s protecting your community, I think it’s a good, noble cause that all of us are able to stand up and protect our people,” Bul continued. “You are not in for money; you are in to protect your country; you are in to protect your family. If you come in with that mindset, you will not disappoint yourself. It might not be easy, but it might be part of something bigger than yourself.”

After first being denied enlistment due to not having a high school diploma, Bul charged forward and completed the education necessary to join. Now the eight-year veteran has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice – and his U.S. citizenship.

“I signed up for four years as open general, but I wanted to be security forces,” Bul said. “I wasn’t a citizen though, so I had to stay with supply.”

Since joining the Air Force, he’s moved forward in life and is currently on vacation getting married to his fiancée. He has since traveled back to his country and built homes there. The NCO has been sponsoring 23 kids in Sudan since 2011.

“It would be selfish of me to forget,” he said. “The United States is awesome, and it’s given me something that my country has not given me, but at the same time my country may have taught me something too: without somebody standing up for other people, somebody like me will not have a chance.”

It’s been a long, tough road, but even after all the hardships he endured as a kid, Bul said he won’t forget where he came from. Instead, he uses it as a lesson in resiliency to others.

“I know all of us here have the courage to stand up for our country,” he said. “I have to stay strong; you have to stay strong. We have to stay strong in order to move forward. A bad story makes us stronger. You have to rebound out of whatever you are in and know that there are other people out there that might have gone through a more difficult time that what you’re going through.”


Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:48:22 +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.


Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:45:34 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, 15 Aug 2014 15:12:00 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, 08 Aug 2014 14:16:03 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, 01 Aug 2014 14:27:54 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, 25 Jul 2014 15:51:23 GMT
 
One stop medical shop

An independent duty medical technician is exactly that, they are the nurses and technicians that go out on temporary duty or deployments to take care of Airmen and ensure they are healthy and mission capable.

"We are one of the Air Force medical service's greatest tools," said Staff Sgt. Tamara Cummings, 493rd Fighter Squadron IDMT. "We can be sent anywhere and can do the job of about five to six people. We have the ability to prescribe medication if needed, take vital signs and do inspections of any services our Airmen may use."
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Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:25:11 EST
Daily operations at Thracian Eagle 2014


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Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:41:54 EST
Greek, US training ends with strengthened bonds

The two-week bilateral training between the Hellenic and U.S. air forces ended Aug. 23.

As the U.S. service members departed for their home station at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, the pilots reflected on the outcome of this peacetime training event.

"The Hellenic air force and the U.S. Air Force have their own way of doing business, and we are good at it," said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. David Berkland, 480th Fighter Squadron commander. "But when you combine their air force with the way our air force operates, there are some limitations. Every day we get better at that interoperability piece, and both sides have seen significant improvements in our performance."
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Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:15:38 EST
494th FS returns from Red Flag


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Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:55:49 EST
Airmen guard honor of tradition

Traditions are a valued part of the Air Force and its history. Traditions must be passed down from generation to generation -- otherwise they may be lost forever.

Currently entrusted with teaching Airmen the Air Force traditions are honor guard trainers U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Michael Sternberg, 100th Civil Engineer Squadron pavement and construction equipment operator from Panhandle, Texas; U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. James Stay, 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron flight service center supervisor from Chicago, Illinois; U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Aaron Klarenbach, 352nd Special Operations Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion journeyman from Vancouver, Washington; and U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jesse Dunsmore, 100th Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment journeyman from Wichita Falls, Texas.
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Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:24:52 EST
3rd AF leaders visit Incirlik Airmen

Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, 3rd Air Force commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Mark Marson, 3rd AF command chief, visited Team Incirlik Airmen Aug. 19 and 20, 2014, here.

The 3rd AF leadership spoke to Airmen about new changes with enlisted feedback forms known as the Airman Comprehensive Assessment, and described the benefits of the new changes to the enlisted force structure. Roberson and Marson also spoke to members of the 39th Air Base Wing during an all call to discuss 3rd AF command priorities during current operations and how the 39th ABW can continue to be Forward. Ready. Now!
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Tue, 26 Aug 2014 07:24:45 EST
Deployed Airmen conclude operations at Powidz AB, Poland

Airmen from the 37th Airlift Squadron performs their final flying operations at Powidz Air Base, Poland, Aug. 25, 2014.

For more than 75 Airmen deployed from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, this was their home-away-from-home for 60 days.

"Throughout this deployment the Airmen here represented America's forward presence, postured alongside our proven, indispensable European partners," said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Barry King II, 37th AS detachment commander at Powidz. "The visible support we bring to Europe allows us to strengthen our interoperability through regular combined training exercises."
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Tue, 26 Aug 2014 03:58:00 EST
 
Experts exchange ideas to vector Aviation Safety Cooperation in Asia-Pacific region

Military aviation is an inherently dangerous undertaking -- in every aspect, there's a chance something can go wrong, be broken, or worse, someone can get hurt.

 

The U.S. Air Force dedicates entire career tracks to researching, measuring, evaluating and, most importantly, preventing safety mishaps. Airmen in these careers live and breathe aviation safety, immersing themselves so completely they provide a huge amount of expertise to those attending the Asia-Pacific Aviation Safety Subject-Matter Expert Exchange hosted by Pacific Air Forces Aug. 25 to 27.


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Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:03:00 EST

Yokota and Kadena Airmen conduct joint-unit training


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Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:19:00 EST
Yokota Airmen invited to All-Air Force softball tryouts

Three Airmen from Yokota Air Base have been selected to attend the All-Air Force tryout camps Aug. 27 through Sept. 14 at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

Headed to the camp are Airman 1st Class Mychavia Harris, 374th Comptroller Squadron administrative support, 1st Lt. Shauna Barry, 374th Surgical Operations Squadron clinical nurse, and Tech Sgt. Dale Dominguez, 374th Security Forces Squadron flight chief.

Barry, left-center, and Harris, third base, play for the Yokota Lady Warriors, the women's base team. Dominguez, third base, plays for the men's base team, the Yokota Warriors.
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Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:08:00 EST
B-2 Spirits depart Andersen AFB following routine deployment

Three U.S. B-2 Spirits redeployed to the continental United States following a deployment here as part of U.S. Pacific Command's continuous bomber presence in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region.

The bombers, and approximately 200 support Airmen, assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo, deployed here, Aug. 6, to improve combat readiness and ensure regional stability. Bomber deployments help maintain stability and security in the region, while allowing units to become familiar with operating in the theater according to USPACOM.
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Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:39:26 EST
Ulchi Freedom Guardian: The drive behind exercise operations

An understood aspect of military life is that it comes with the possibility of deploying to locations around the world, whether on a permanent change of station or a temporary duty assignment.

Senior Airman Jack Cortez, a 374th Logistical Readiness Squadron vehicle operator at Yokota Air Base, Japan, is one of those military members. He is currently TDY to Osan Air Base, South Korea, to support Ulchi Freedom Guardian Aug. 18 through 29.

While a majority of the 3,000 U.S. military sent from the States and the Pacific region to support UFG are actively playing in the exercise scenarios, Cortez has a unique role in this exercise, and that is by supporting the augmentees.
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Tue, 26 Aug 2014 03:25:00 EST
PACAF supports Commando Sling 14-3 in Australia

U.S. Air Force, Republic of Singapore Air Force and Royal Australia Air Force Airmen will train together in Exercise Commando Sling 14-3, scheduled for Aug. 25 through Sep. 12 at RAAF Base Darwin, RAAF Base Tindal, and Delamere Range in Northern Territory, Australia.

The exercise enables U.S. Air Force units to sharpen combat air skills, improve procedures for sustained operations at a non-U.S. base and promote closer relations between USAF, RSAF and RAAF Airmen.

F-16 Fighting Falcons from the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing and the District of Columbia Air National Guard's 113th Wing will participate in the exercise.
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Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:42:23 EST
31 Days in PACAF: Spotlight on Kunsan AB

As part of 31 Days in PACAF, a team of broadcasters and photojournalists travel throughout the Pacific, hoping to better inform the public regarding the everyday stories of Pacific Air Forces life. This team of Air Force public affairs members captures the unique perspectives of Airmen stationed across three continents. The seventh stop documented Airmen located at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea. More coverage can be found at our Pacific Air Forces Blog or our Pacific Air Forces YouTube channel.
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Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:00:16 EST
31 Days in PACAF: Spotlight on Osan AB

As part of 31 Days in PACAF, a team of broadcasters and photojournalists travel throughout the Pacific, hoping to better inform the public regarding the everyday stories of Pacific Air Forces life. This team of Air Force public affairs members captures the unique perspectives of Airmen stationed across three continents. The sixth stop documented Airmen located at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. More coverage can be found at our Pacific Air Forces Blog or our Pacific Air Forces YouTube channel.
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Mon, 25 Aug 2014 21:50:00 EST
Bilateral exercise strengthens community readiness

Emergency responders from Misawa Air Base, Japan, and the local community participated in a bilateral Major Accident Response Exercise at Rokkasho Village, Japan, Aug. 19, 2014.

The purpose of the MARE was to evaluate the rapid response capabilities of base and town agencies through a series of simulated events similar to real-world emergencies.

"There is a great level of understanding between both the U.S. military members here and the local community," said Eiji Sugiyama, Aomori prefecture police department superintendent of community affairs. "As a result of this exercise, we can further prepare ourselves for these situations and work together to prevent them from happening."
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Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:18:00 EST
Ulchi Freedom Guardian: Communication is key to ROK-US relationship

"Annyeonghaseyo" and "hello."

Each word represents a different way to greet someone -- one in Korean, one in English. This is a just a small example of a major difference between the two languages. Now, imagine not only attempting to greet someone who speaks another language, but trying to discuss elaborate military plans and operations. It is not going to be an easy feat.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jonghwan Kim enables these discussions to take place between U.S. and Republic of Korea Air Force members while filling in as a translator for Ulchi Freedom Guardian Aug. 18 through 29. He works on the U.S. side, translating spoken word and written documents.
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Mon, 25 Aug 2014 04:18:00 EST
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