Strategic agility is the future of the Air Force
The Air Force’s ability to continue to adapt and respond faster than the potential adversaries is the greatest challenge it faces during the next 30 years.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:09:10 GMT
Vice chief of staff talks STEM to local educators
Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry O. Spencer spoke to local educators about the particular importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics to the Air Force during an ASM Materials Teachers Camp July 18, at Shaw-Howard University, Washington, D.C.


Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:50:00 GMT
Ramstein AB Airmen discover body in C-130 wheel well
Airmen at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, found the body of an adolescent boy in the wheel well of a C-130J Super Hercules July 27, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said July 29.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:16:49 GMT
Pacific Angel-Tonga wraps up
More than 4,300 patients received care and five schools obtained much needed upgrades as Operation Pacific Angel 14-3, a joint and combined humanitarian mission, closed July 25.


Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:19:00 GMT
AF Assistance Fund may not hit 2014 goal
In spite of persistent economic difficulties, active-duty and retired Airmen have contributed more than $6 million to the Air Force Assistance Fund, or AFAF, during this year’s fund drive.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:23:00 GMT
ACC, PACAF commanders confirmed
Pacific Air Forces Commander Gen. Herbert Carlisle will be the next commander of Air Combat Command and ACC Vice Commander Lt. Gen. Lori Robinson will be the next commander of Pacific Air Forces, according to a Senate confirmation vote July 23.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:19:00 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, 25 Jul 2014 15:51:23 GMT
Guardsmen, reservists help battle western wildfires
Air reserve components are providing crews and planes to support civilian firefighting efforts in the West, the commander of the effort said in a DOD News interview.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:12:08 GMT
AF satellites to contribute to space neighborhood watch
The Air Force plans to launch two operational satellites and one experimental satellite into near-geosynchronous Earth orbit July 23. According to Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, "these operational and experimental systems will enhance the nation’s ability to monitor and assess events regarding our military and commercial systems. In essence, they will create a space neighborhood watch capability.”

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:43:46 GMT
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
 
Are you ready to leave military service?
By Master Sgt. C.A. Tony Sargent 81st Medical Support Squadron When Air Force leadership announced they would need to cut about 25,000 Airmen over the next five years, many people wondered if they would be affected. A variety of programs were announced, including several allowing Airmen the option to retire early. The Air Force also […]

By Master Sgt. C.A. Tony Sargent
81st Medical Support Squadron

When Air Force leadership announced they would need to cut about 25,000 Airmen over the next five years, many people wondered if they would be affected.

A variety of programs were announced, including several allowing Airmen the option to retire early. The Air Force also allowed some Airmen the option to receive voluntary separation pay if they met certain requirements.

I personally received an e-mail from the Air Force Personnel Center announcing that I might be eligible for an early retirement option.

Although I am ineligible to apply, I entertained the thought of early retirement and quickly realized that, like many of my fellow Airmen, I wasn’t prepared to leave.

In these fiscally constrained times, do you have a plan for your future if you’re asked to leave military service? (All branches of service are going through force shaping, so please substitute the words Airman and Air Force with the proper term for your branch of service for the remainder of this article.)

Are you financially prepared for transition to civilian life? Leaders need to know their Airmen on a personal level. Does your Airman overspend? Are they living beyond their means? Do they live from one paycheck to the next? Many Airmen do not have an emergency fund established.

Although there are many different thoughts on the amount of money to have in an emergency fund, most would agree the funds should be enough to cover two to three months of living expenses.

If you look at what you pay out monthly, don’t be surprised if this amount totals thousands of dollars.

Airmen often don’t consider having an emergency fund while serving because we have a “steady” paycheck. Why would I need to have emergency funds? If I need something but can’t afford it, I can just wait until my next payday, right?

Not anymore. We need to be prepared for the future and, as many Airmen are finding out, that future may not include serving in the United States Air Force.

Are you marketable in the civilian sector if the Air Force asks you to become a civilian in the next five years? Fortunately, the Air Force also has tuition assistance. Airmen who are attending college or have already obtained a degree may be ahead of others if no longer allowed to serve.

Some might argue that a bachelor’s degree is not enough to be competitive in the civilian job market.

However, in my opinion, Airmen looking for a civilian position will outshine those that have not served. Even without degree completion, an employer will see and certainly understand that Airmen have been faithfully attending college while serving their country, not to mention the added work and life experiences.

By the way, college attendance also may have taken place during temporary duty away from home or deployments for months at a time. Also, the majority of Airmen exiting military service will have the Montgomery or Post 9/11 GI Bill allowing them to continue pursuit of their degree or possibly begin a graduate degree program.

Are you mentally and spiritually prepared to exit military service? I would argue that being mentally and spiritually ready to take on civilian life is very important for Airmen. After all, these are two of the four pillars of our Comprehensive Airman Fitness. There are many resources available to aid with these pillars to include mental health, Military One Source, the Chaplain Corps and your chain of command.

As a first sergeant, I often ask Airmen if they are mentally and spiritually fit. Chaplains are great to talk to about any topic and can help with both pillars. You don’t have to be of any particular religious faith to share something with a chaplain and sometimes we just need someone to listen.

Most Airmen work closely with their supervisors so you can also speak to them about ideas or problems.

Finally, don’t forget about your commanders, superintendents and first sergeants. Most, if not all, have open-door policies. Many have “life lessons” to go along with their counseling sessions. Often times, they experienced similar situations in the past to include force shaping. Force shaping has been going on for many years. I’m sure senior leaders have been through many different rounds.

Although most of this information is nothing new to the majority of you, perhaps it will be a reminder to some that we all need to be prepared for whatever the future holds.

Those of us granted the privilege of serving in the United States military need to remember just that; it is a privilege, not a right. Many have personal reasons for joining but please remember that the Air Force still needs you to serve honorably until the last day you’re afforded this privilege. Military members make up less than one percent of the United States population.

All who currently serve, as well as those who served before us, should be proud to wear the uniform of their branch of service. We are truly blessed to be a part of this great nation and need to be prepared to transition to civilian life at any time.

Are you ready?


Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:37:14 +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, 25 Jul 2014 15:51:23 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
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
 
2014 Viking Challenge a huge hit

This year's Viking Challenge started with a bang as more than 1,500 participants began their 24-hour run/walk-a-thon at the Pulaski Park track July 25.

The fundraiser was comprised of KMC staff and technical sergeants that provide mentorship to NCOs.

"I am truly grateful to have been given the opportunity to lead the Viking Challenge this year," said Staff Sgt. Jennifer Hurt, 83rd Network Operations Squadron and Viking Challenge event coordinator. "I wanted to give back to the community and even though it's hot I am going to stay positive and remember what we are here for."
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Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:37:57 EST
721st APS design saves money, time through innovation

Unused forklift tines, a sheet of diamond-plated metal and one yard of steel hose.

The list of spare parts technician Thomas Geibel read did not seem like much to modify a standard dolly, but it would save Ramstein Air Base's 721st Aerial Port Squadron in at least three ways: time, money and health.

This modified deck, dubbed the "Donnelly Loader," was an idea hatched by Senior Master Sgt. Wayne Donnelly, 721st APS superintendent, as a means of replacing the method of loading and unloading baggage from airframes manually. The system involves moving bins full of baggage down a series of loaders and dollies. As soon as Donnelly obtained the idea he went straight to Guibel to build the machine.
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Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:37:38 EST
Airmen dress for success, survival


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Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:51:21 EST
Lajes Field receives 'excellent' in cyber inspection

Over the course of 21-25 July the Defense Information Systems Agency inspection team conducted a Command Cyber Readiness Inspection here, resulting in a rating of excellent.

"I am extremely proud of all the hard work Airmen from Team Lajes and the 65th Communications Squadron accomplished to achieve an excellent rating during the CCIR. This exemplifies our ability to be a forward strategic communications base that is ready to provide full spectrum communications to our expeditionary forces, now," stated Col. Martin Rothrock, commander, 65th Air Base Wing.
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Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:03:00 EST
3rd AF commander visits RAF Mildenhall

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, 3rd Air Force commander, along with Chief Master Sgt. Mark Marson, 3rd Air Force command chief, visited RAF Mildenhall July 21 and 22, 2014, to meet with Team Mildenhall Airmen.

The general toured a variety of units, including the 100th Security Forces Squadron, 100th Maintenance Group and 351st Air Refueling Squadron.

Roberson's visit also included piloting a KC-135 Stratotanker during a refueling mission with F-15C Eagles and F-15E Strike Eagles from the 48th Fighter Wing, out of RAF Lakenheath, England. The 351st ARS showed him how they enable the global reach capabilities of the Air Force.
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Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:57:04 EST
SECAF discusses current, future challenges with 501st CSW

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James visited RAF Alconbury and RAF Molesworth, United Kingdom, to learn more about the mission of the 501st Combat Support Wing and to discuss with Airmen the current state of the Air Force.

During her visit, James was able to meet with 501st CSW Airmen and see firsthand how their innovation and dedication powers the nation's only combat support wing.

"I have full confidence that the Airmen of U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa are well positioned to be forward, ready, now," James said.
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Fri, 25 Jul 2014 03:12:11 EST
Portrait of an active shooter

A thin sliver of light shone through the break between two heavy, dark curtains. No one saw, no one noticed the slight, almost imperceptible, movement of fabric.

Everyone's attention was focused at the base of the stage where Col. Douglas Mellars, 422nd Air Base Group commander, was briefing Airmen on changing the leadership culture on RAF Croughton, United Kingdom.

Behind the curtain, an eye peered out - scanning the crowd and silently waiting.

"You don't care. None of you care about me!"
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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:36:45 EST
 
31 Days in PACAF...packing up, moving out

Welcome! Welcome! Welcome! We are pleased to have you join us on this monumental adventure as we prepare to journey through the Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) with nothing but a couple of cameras, some writing utensils, and a can do attitude. I'm just kidding, we have enough gear it would make King Kong thing twice about asking if we "need a hand."

Our excellent expedition consists of 10 stops through PACAF bases in which we will document, ask interesting questions, and then share our findings with the world! Every base is essential in their mission supporting the Air Force and keeping things moving. We will be emphasizing our focus on the foundation of the Air Force, which is the story of the everyday Airman, to encompass anyone from load masters to security forces.
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Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:26:56 EST
PACAF, ACC commanders confirmed

Air Combat Command Vice Commander Lt. Gen. Lori Robinson will be the next commander of Pacific Air Forces, and PACAF Commander Gen. Herbert Carlisle will be the next commander of ACC, according to a Senate confirmation vote July 23.

 

"I'm honored by the faith our leadership have p
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Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:52:10 EST

Yokota leadership hosts Airman Appreciation Day

374th Airlift Wing leadership hosted the annual Airman Appreciation day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, on July 25, 2014. The day featured a number of sports such as flag football, sumo wrestling, volleyball, a Humvee push and more. Free food and beverages were also provides to the Airmen and families of Yokota to show the leaderships appreciation for all of their hard work and dedication throughout the year.
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Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:35:10 EST
Pacific Angel-Tonga wraps up

More than 4,300 patients received care and five schools obtained much needed upgrades as Operation Pacific Angel 14-3, a joint and combined humanitarian mission, closed July 25.

The Pacific Air Forces-led exercise consisted of three tiers--a healthcare services outreach, subject matter expert exchanges and engineering civil action projects. Support came from all over the world - the United States, Australia, France, New Zealand, Indonesia and the Philippines.

"This has been a phenomenal event to see," said U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. William Burks, Adjutant General for the state of Nevada. "Pacific Angel is designed to help whatever country they're actually visiting at the time and I'm very fortunate that this year it's the Kingdom of Tonga."
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Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:54:00 EST
Healthy eating: A recipe for success

Airmen from the 374th Force Support Squadron are working in concert with Certified Master Chef James Hanyzeski to improve the nutritional quality of the meals served to Airmen at the Samurai Café dining facility. Hanyzeski, a supporter of the Healthy Base Initiative, has been travelling to military installations to share recipes and techniques with the military chefs.

The Department of Defense introduced the Healthy Base Initiative program to 14 U.S. Military installations and agencies in 2013. HBI works to improve physical fitness in the military community by encouraging increased physical activity and improved nutritional choices.
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Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:25:55 EST
U.S. military delivers medicals supplies to Vietnamese soldiers critically injured in helicopter crash

The U.S. military delivered 200 jars of burn cream to Vietnamese soldiers critically injured in a helicopter crash near Hanoi, July 7.

The MI-171 helicopter was on a parachute training flight near Hanoi when it went down with 21 crew and special forces soldiers, killing 16, three died later and two remain in critical condition at a hospital in Hanoi.

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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:12:00 EST

AF units showcase air power during RIMPAC 2014


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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:00:57 EST
JBPHH Fuels Division pumps life into RIMPAC

Two hundred multinational aircraft are expected to fly 4,000 sorties during Rim of the Pacific 2014, making the air component a significant part of the world's largest maritime exercise; but there's a saying in the petroleum, oils and lubricants community: "Pilots are pedestrians without fuel."

"Aircraft can't fly without fuel ... no fuel, no flights," said Alphonso Parks, Fleet Logistics Center Pearl Harbor-Hickam Fuels Division chief.

To do their part to keep the flying mission on track, the fuels division provides refueling support for all aircraft assigned to and transiting through JBPHH.
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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:49:14 EST
EOD community builds bilateral relations

"Fire in the hole! Fire in the hole! Fire in the hole!"

After these words are shouted, what is left to hear is the sound of a "KABOOM!" from a nearby explosion slowly overshadowed by the resonating splashes of the morning Pacific Ocean.

It is just another day on the job if you ask any of Misawa Air Base's Explosive Ordnance Disposal team members, but not entirely.

At the team's side are fellow Japanese Maritime Self Defense Forces and U.S. Navy members, partaking in a joint bilateral EOD exercise at the Draughon Bombing Range, July 15, 2014.
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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:42:03 EST
Col. Eugene Smith, 60 years later returns with honor


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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:55:00 EST
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