AF closes FY14 force management programs
Airmen who met the service’s reduction in force board were notified of the board’s results Nov. 19, bringing the fiscal year 2014 force management programs to an end.

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:37:00 GMT
Pentagon holds 4th Annual Pentagon Sitting Volleyball Tournament
Fifty-two active-duty and veteran athletes from each of the military services and the U.S. Special Operations Command participated in the 4th Annual Pentagon Sitting Volleyball Tournament Nov. 20 at the Pentagon Athletic Club.


Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:32:38 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
AF presented with 2014 Defense Disability Award
The Department of the Air Force recently received the Secretary of Defense trophy for the best disability program among large military components for the third consecutive year.


Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:23:34 GMT
SecAF visits Guam during Pacific tour
Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James visited here Nov. 19-20, to meet with Airmen and gain a better understanding of the central role the island base plays within Pacific Command as part of engagements at Pacific Air Force bases.


Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:57:27 GMT
479 selected for top enlisted rank
Of the 2,525 senior master sergeants eligible for promotion to chief, 479 were selected for an 18.97 percent selection rate, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced Nov. 20.

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:20:31 GMT
Air Force announces criteria for KC-46A Reserve basing
After extensive internal review, the Air Force on Nov. 9, released the basing criteria that will be used to select candidate bases for the first Reserve-led KC-46A main operating base.

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:24:53 GMT
Air Force announces AFIMSC candidate bases
Air Force officials announced today Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Joint Base San Antonio, Scott Air Force Base, and Wright-Patterson AFB as candidate bases to potentially host the headquarters (HQ) for the new Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center (AFIMSC).

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:22:45 GMT
Three bases identified as F-16 aggressor candidate bases
Air Force officials, on Nov. 19, announced Eielson Air Force Base and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, and Nellis AFB, Nevada, as candidate bases to host the 18th Aggressor Squadron and its assigned 18 F-16 Fighting Falcons.

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:21:53 GMT
AFW2 helps Airmen take steps toward recovery
One would never know the twelve current and retired Airmen walking into the Joint Base Andrews West Fitness Center, Nov. 18, were wounded, ill or seriously injured. Minutes later, it is evident as the bleachers and floor fill with gym bags, volleyballs and prosthetic limbs, while two dogs sit loyally on the sideline waiting for their owners to return from practice.


Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:00:00 GMT
 
Communication: the third pillar of the USAF Band of the West
By Senior Airman Daniel N. Thrower United States Air Force Band of the West As an Airman, I have communicated to active duty personnel, veterans and civilians in ways that military members at large will never do. A politician or statesman may be an extraordinary keynote speaker, but a two-striper enlisted musician experiences countless unique […]

By Senior Airman Daniel N. Thrower
United States Air Force Band of the West

As an Airman, I have communicated to active duty personnel, veterans and civilians in ways that military members at large will never do. A politician or statesman may be an extraordinary keynote speaker, but a two-striper enlisted musician experiences countless unique missions connecting with audiences using the “universal language” of music.

Without overanalyzing it, communication is the third of four pillars that concisely conveys what we do as Airman musicians. We communicate the Air Force message. We exemplify the core values of integrity, service and excellence. We communicate pride in our great country, gratitude for all who fought or fight to maintain our freedoms and a secure sense of trust our superb Armed Forces. We communicate deep emotion and honor to those who have sacrificed for the cause of freedom. We connect with the youth, those in the prime of their lives and the elderly. We unite different cultures and races, the rich and poor, people male and female and Americans with other Americans.

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Airman First Class Laura Hall, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Band of the West bugler, plays “Taps” during the wreath-laying ceremony Mar. 25, 2014, honoring repatriated Vietnam War prisoner of war pilots at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas.(U.S. Air Force photo by Rich McFadden/Released)

Picture this: A fit and trim bugler in a sharp-looking uniform with polished black shoes and clean white gloves standing at attention during a cemetery. A mourning young family sits on the front row near the casket, watching through tear-blurred eyes as the honor guard folds the red, white and blue that had just been draped over the deceased patriot’s casket. Riflemen then respond in strict unison to commands, and fire 21 collective shots. What follows at every such scene epitomizes the power of music. As a bugler myself, I have learned that during the playing of Taps, I cannot look at the family when my duty calls. Those 24 simple notes always open the floodgates for me.

Picture this: It’s the Fourth of July—our nation’s birthday. A concert band takes the stage at San Antonio’s Woodlawn Lake Park in their crisp uniforms as smells of fried food waft through the air. Partiers pass by in patriotic regalia with kids waving small flags. The announcer booms a mighty introduction as the band sounds its opening strains. A child looks on throughout the evening, his American heart bursting through his chest in the thickly patriotic environment. Night approaches, and the glow sticks come out in the audience. All of a sudden, the band finishes the concert with an exclamation mark as the fireworks begin. Nothing could prepare the audience like a military band concert!

Tech. Sgt. Christin Foley, vocalist from the U.S. Air Force Band of the West, walks among the crowd as she performs a song with the U.S. Air Force band Max Impact June 27, 2014 in Cheyenne, Wyo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Valle/Released)
Tech. Sgt. Christin Foley, vocalist from the U.S. Air Force Band of the West, walks among the crowd as she performs a song with the U.S. Air Force band Max Impact June 27, 2014 in Cheyenne, Wyo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Valle/Released)

Picture this: Otherwise unresponsive residents in a veterans’ retirement home move and clap to patriotic melodies or dance tunes that bring them back to their younger years. In mingling with such audiences after a rousing brass band performance, the music elicits vigorous (and not-so-vigorous) handshakes, stories, tears… and always smiles. Perhaps the smile is our unofficial directive. Or maybe it is the pride in the pursed lips and raised chin during the National Anthem. Then again, could it be the visiting grandchild waving the flag in time to a dynamic Sousa march?

Lastly, picture this: It is the holiday season for service members deployed overseas. When deployed, the bands perform for more than our Airmen. Embassies, orphanages, hospitals and other venues host many performances. In one hospital where vocalist Tech. Sgt. Christin Foley performed, a boy’s hands were badly damaged – presumably by an improvised explosive device. Foley and the deployed band sang and played festive songs for the boy and his family. “Returning the next day, it was so great to see the smile on his face,” Foley said. “Of course, the English he learned from the nurses was very broken, but it meant so much.”

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a song is worth a thousand pictures. There are CDs and other recordings, but if you have never experienced the awe and splendor of live musical communication with Air Force professionals, seek out the opportunity. All performances are free and open to the public!


Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:36:34 +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, 21 Nov 2014 17:43:00 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, 14 Nov 2014 14:37:00 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, 07 Nov 2014 18:54:44 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, 31 Oct 2014 17:41:00 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, 24 Oct 2014 14:56:00 GMT
 
Armchair philosophy, helping Airmen think critically

More is expected of Airmen today than ever before, said Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force commander, during his recent visit to Royal Air Force Lakenheath.

Airmen need to be sharper and more well-rounded because the Air Force has fewer people to accomplish the same mission, he said at an all-call Nov. 13.

The Lakenheath Philosophical Society, founded by Tech Sgt. Jason Harlan, 48th Munitions Squadron conventional maintenance production supervisor, seeks to develop the critical-thinking skills Airmen need to better themselves, both in their jobs and in their day-to-day lives.
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Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:18:30 EST
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Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:23:26 EST
Ready, set, load! 493rd wins quarterly competition


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Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:19:42 EST
Ebola Facts

Though the Ebola outbreak of 2014 is almost completely isolated to Africa, it has been documented by the World Health Organization as the largest, most complex spread since 1976, with case fatality rates varying from 25 to 90 percent.

Below is information and prevenitive measures on Ebola

Key facts

· Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans.

· The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.
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Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:22:26 EST
Estonian JTACs take lead in historic training

With grey clouds flooding the skies overhead and poor visibility, Estonian air force joint tactical air controllers, or JTACs, communicated coordinates for airstrikes to U.S. pilots during the first-ever Estonian-led close air support exercise, Nov. 13-14, here.
 
This latest round of interoperability training under the umbrella of Operation Atlantic Resolve enabled two 555th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots to execute air-to-ground training with Estonian JTACs. While the JTACs honed their proficiency at calling in simulated precision airstrikes, the pilots leveraged this new milestone in interoperability training to enhance the readiness of NATO combat air forces.
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Sat, 15 Nov 2014 07:57:36 EST
3rd AF commander visits RAF Lakenheath

Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force commander, completed his immersion tour of RAF Lakenheath Nov. 13.

Throughout his tour and during an all-call at the base theater, Roberson stressed the importance of Airmen innovating and improving systems already in place, to keep our Air Force the best Air Force in the world.

While visiting the 48th Component Maintenance Squadron, Roberson was particularly impressed with the way personnel had recently streamlined their work, maximizing efficiency and cutting costs.
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Fri, 14 Nov 2014 20:19:18 EST
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Fri, 14 Nov 2014 11:27:15 EST
 
Pacific Air Forces command chief holds enlisted all call


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Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:45:00 EST
UNC celebrates the 69th anniversary of the United Nations in Japan

Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, commander of the United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, and U.S. Forces Korea traveled to Tokyo as the host and guest speaker at a reception honoring the 69th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations held Tuesday evening at the New Sanno Hotel in Tokyo.

The reception was attended by Japanese and international dignitaries who gathered to honor the founding of the UN, recognizing what UNC and United Nations Command-Rear contributed and accomplished in the region for the over 60 years. 
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Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:37:45 EST
SECAF visits Andersen during PACAF engagement

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James visited here Nov. 19-20, to meet with Airmen and gain a better understanding of the central role Andersen plays within Pacific Command as part of engagements at Pacific Air Force bases.

During her visit, members of Team Andersen briefed James on some of the unique missions found at Andersen, including the continuous bomber presence and theater security package programs, the U.S. Army's terminal high altitude area defense battery site, and the Pacific Regional Training Center.
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Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:33:00 EST
Kunsan hosts Exercise Max Thunder 14-2

U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Navy personnel and aircraft are training with Republic of Korea air force units in the semi-annual, bilateral training exercise, Max Thunder 14-2, at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 14 through 22.

Exercise Max Thunder 14-2 consists of more than 1,300 Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines working alongside elements of the ROKAF to conduct exercise scenarios simulating combined flying operations against hostile forces.

U.S. forces are jointly coordinating with ROK air forces personnel on all aspects of training, including planning, large force employment tactics and debriefing for the largest flying exercise held on the Korean Peninsula.
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Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20:26:00 EST
U.S. Air Force, JSDF Rescue Squadrons participate in Keen Sword

Personnel from  the Japan Self Defense Force are teaming up with Kadena Air Base's 33rd Rescue Squadron and  Eielson's 212th Rescue Squadron in support of a Japan-wide, joint-bilateral exercise that will run until Nov. 19.

Exercise Keen Sword is a bilateral field training exercise held biennially since 1986. The exercise is designed to increase the interoperability of U.S. Forces and the JSDF to effectively and mutually provide for the defense of Japan, or respond to a regional crisis or contingency situation in the Asia-Pacific region.
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Sat, 15 Nov 2014 19:12:00 EST
35 FW supports ATR with JASDF

More than 120 Airmen from Misawa Air Base, Japan, arrived here Nov. 7 to conduct training with the Japanese Air Self Defense Force as part of the Aviation Training Relocation Program.

Implemented in 2006, the ATR program allows U.S. and Japanese forces to further enhance their interoperability and joint partnership by conducting training away from the U.S. forces' home station, while also providing a noise respite for those living near the U.S. Air Force installations of the units participating in ATRs throughout Japan.
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Fri, 14 Nov 2014 19:35:33 EST
Keen Sword 2015: Sharpening medical readiness throughout Japan

Members of the 374th Medical Group, 18th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron and U.S. Army Soldiers with the 47th Combat Support Hospital trained their medical evacuation procedures and response during Keen Sword 2015 at Yokota Air Base, Japan; Kadena Air Base, Japan; and Yokosuka Naval Station, Japan, Nov. 12 through 13.

More than 11,000 U.S. personnel participate in the exercise which is aimed at increasing combat readiness and interoperability between Japan Self Defense Forces and U.S. forces.
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Fri, 14 Nov 2014 18:49:01 EST
In the driver's seat: Airmen keep jets jamming


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Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:30:38 EST
F-22s launch from Kadena in support of Keen Sword


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Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:00:00 EST
Pope appoints Eielson chaplain to become bishop of Fairbanks Diocese

During a press conference Nov. 8, it was announced Pope Francis has appointed Chaplain (Maj.) Chad Zielinski, 354th Fighter Wing deputy wing chaplain, as the new bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks, Alaska, Nov 8.

Zielinski is scheduled to be ordained Dec. 15 at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks.

"I was very shocked and humbled to be chosen by the Holy Father," Zielinski said. "I'm looking forward to the new venture and challenges, but by the grace of God and the talents of the people around me the transition should be smooth."
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Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:38:00 EST
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