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Maj. Richard, 432nd Wing MQ-1 Predator pilot, watches the Predator fly over a C-5M Supergalaxy while reminiscing how about how he became a U.S. Air Force pilot. As a seven-year-old boy, Richard fell in love with the C-5 and aviation during Lethbridge International Airshow in Alberta, Canada. More than twenty years later he became a C-5 pilot, flying for four years in that airframe. Now, he flies the MQ-1 Predator. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christian Clausen) Inspired by air show, boy becomes USAF pilot
Inspiration can be fleeting or it can be enduring. As seven-year-old boy, Richard felt this powerful drive during a family outing to an air show, he had no idea it would shape his future career helping him become a U.S. Air Force pilot. "Lethbridge was the first air show I went to when I was a kid,” said Maj. Richard, 432nd Wing MQ-1 Predator pilot. "We looked at all the airplanes and there wasn’t a single airplane that made more of an impression on me than the C-5 [Galaxy] did. I was just enthralled and I didn't quite know why, but even at that age I knew I wanted to be a part of it and fly it. It became my greatest dream."
0 8/03
2017
U.S. Air Force and Royal Air Force joint terminal attack controllers communicate with 23d Fighter Group A-10C Thunderbolt IIs overhead during a close air support training exercise, July 26, 2017, in Lakeland, Ga. Two RAF members recently spent time with the 93d Air Ground Operations Wing to compare and contrast how each entity conducts business and to plan future coalition training events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider) Royal Air Force JTACs integrate with US counterparts
Members of the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force recently spent time immersing with the 93d Air Ground Operations Wing at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The NATO allies visiting were Joint Terminal Attack Controllers tasked with building stronger ties with the 93d AGOW in hopes of future integration opportunities.
0 8/03
2017
Holloman Holloman supports Patriot Warrior
49th Logistics Readiness Squadron and 635th Materiel Maintenance Group provided supplies for Patriot Warrior July 28, 2017. Patriot Warrior is a joint field training exercise that replicates all aspects of combat medical service support. Without the cargo provided by Holloman personnel and the delivery made by Army’s 424th Transportation Company, Patriot Warrior could not happen.
0 8/03
2017
Staff Sgt. Brandt Perkins, 69th Maintenance Squadron aircraft metals technology craftsman, watches closely as he makes an incision on an aircraft part July 13, 2017, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. Perkins and other Airmen with the 69 MXS took their time to ensure the part for the RQ-4 Global Hawk was made perfectly because the part wasn’t available worldwide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks) Grand Forks AFB Airmen ensure mission, save money
Members of the 69th Maintenance Squadron here fabricated an unavailable RQ-4B Global Hawk aircraft part July 13, 2017.
0 8/02
2017
Chief Master Sgt. Roger Towberman, former command chief for 25th Air Force, receives recognition from Steven Doucette, chief of staff, 25th Air Force, during his departure luncheon July 27, 2017. ISR Command Chief provides departing words of wisdom
When Chief Master Sgt. Roger Towberman began his Air Force career nearly 27 years ago, he had no idea he would contribute to Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance for nearly three decades.
0 8/02
2017
Ammunition rests on a table at the Combat Arms Training and Maintenance range, July 25, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. During CATM, Airmen must demonstrate quality safety standards while handling and shooting their weapons in order to qualify to deploy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Erick Requadt) CATM prepares Airmen for safe deployment
Airmen learned to shoot safely to qualify for deployment at the Combat Arms Training and Maintenance range at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., July 25. Airmen getting ready to deploy have to go through CATM four months prior to deploying.
0 7/28
2017
Airmen from the 820th Base Defense Group practice landing from a static-line jump, July 21, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. This training was in preparation for an upcoming mission readiness exercise where airmen serve as an airborne advanced team, with the mission to create an initial presence and clear a path for follow-on forces to arrive on scene. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider) 823d Base Defense Squadron ‘drops’ into MRX prep
Airmen from the 823d Base Defense Squadron conducted static line jumps from an HC-130J Combat King II in preparation for an upcoming mission readiness exercise, July 21, at the Lee Fulp drop zone in Tifton, Ga. The Airmen who jumped are part of an airborne advanced team, with the mission to clear a path for follow-on forces to arrive on scene to defend assets anywhere in the world. “We belong to a global response force, or GRF tasking,” said U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. David Brown, 823d BDS operations superintendent. “We’re a toolkit to war planners at the Pentagon to quickly react within 96 hours to any threat to U.S. and Air Force resources around the globe. To prep for that, one of our delivery methods could be to airborne insert.”
0 7/27
2017
Gen. Mike Holmes, the Air Combat Command commander, is honored for analysis work with the Lt. Gen. Glenn A. Kent Leadership Award, presented by Kevin Williams, the director of Air Force Studies, Analyses and Assessments, during a July 11, 2017, ceremony at the Pentagon. The Kent Award recognizes influential leaders who have had substantive analytic responsibilities during their career and whose vision and leadership have had a significant and lasting effect on the achievements of Air Force analysis. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Robert Barnett) Top AF analysis leader recognized
Gen. Mike Holmes, the commander of Air Combat Command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis received the Lt. Gen. Glenn A. Kent Leadership Award during a ceremony at the Pentagon July 11, 2017.
0 7/20
2017
Maj. Gen. Peter Gersten addresses ceremony attendees shortly after taking command of the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center July 13, 2017 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Gersten is a command pilot with more than 2,800 total flying hours in a variety of air frames; 400 of which were flown in combat over Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Bosnia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Kleinholz) Maj. Gen. Gersten takes command of USAFWC
Airmen assigned to the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center and affiliated units were joined by Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, and local community members today at the Thunderbirds hangar at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, to welcome the new USAFWC commander during a change of command ceremony, July 13.
0 7/13
2017
Col. Jonathan C. Rice IV takes command of the 363rd Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing July 7, 2017. Maj. Gen. Mary F. O’Brien, commander, 25th Air Force, officiated the ceremony at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Areca Bell) Senior Intelligence Officer takes command of 363rd ISR Wing
Col. Jonathan C. Rice IV took command of the 363rd Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing July 7 in a ceremony officiated by Maj. Gen. Mary F. O’Brien, commander, 25th Air Force. Rice received the guidon after Col. Michael Stevenson relinquished command.
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