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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.
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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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Airman 1st Class Erick Requadt, 23d Wing photojournalist, simulates a field sobriety test, July 7, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. When an Airman receives a driving under the influence charge, they are eligible to receive both a civilian conviction if caught off base, as well as a punishment given at their commander’s discretion. The final sentence could cost thousands of dollars in fines, suspension of their license, negative paperwork, administrative demotion, and possible loss of career or reclassification. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Lauren M. Sprunk) DUI: What it really costs
Airman A epitomized what every stellar Airman should be. He passed every test with flying colors, volunteered during his free time, and went above and beyond during his everyday job. He had just received Senior Airman below-the-zone, a promotion given six months early, and went out to celebrate. Before he knew it, red and blue lights were flashing behind him. Through blurry eyes, he attempted to walk in a straight line and blow through a breathalyzer, the number flashing back was beyond the legal limit. Airman A had thought he was fine after the few drinks he had that night but he quickly learned what those drinks would really cost him.
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Moody Chiefs pose for a photo during a promotion ceremony, June 28, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. During the ceremony, then Maj. Christopher Dunston, 723d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander, promoted to lieutenant colonel and his younger cousin, then Senior Master Sgt. Brandon Dunston, 74th Aircraft Maintenance Unit superintendent, promoted to chief master sergeant. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lauren M. Sprunk) Cousins climb through AF ranks together
“If he was a plumber, I would’ve been one too.” He always idolized his older cousin, he was the one that taught him how to ride a bike and how to swim. So when he watched him leave for the Air Force, he knew that was what he was going to do one day. Although separated by miles, their relationship remained close as his older cousin continued to guide him. Now, they have returned to each other’s side, both stationed at Moody, providing them with a unique opportunity.
0 7/05
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The new Block 5 MQ-9 Reaper is loaded with AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, a GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided bomb and a GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munition April 13, 2017, at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. On 23 June, 2017, the latest version of the MQ-9 Reaper, the Block 5 variant, was successfully flown in combat in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. The aircrew flew a sortie of over 16 hours with a full payload of weapons including GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munitions and AGM-114 Hellfire missiles. During the mission, the crew employed one GBU-38 and two Hellfires while providing hours of armed reconnaissance for supported ground forces. The Block 5 is equipped with improved electrical and communications systems which provides better software and hardware upgrades for future operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christian Clausen)
New Block 5 MQ-9 debuts in combat
On 23 June, 2017, the latest version of the MQ-9 Reaper, the Block 5 variant, was successfully flown in combat in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. The aircrew flew a sortie of over 16 hours with a full payload of weapons including GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munitions and AGM-114 Hellfire missiles. During the mission, the crew employed one GBU-38 and two Hellfires while providing hours of armed reconnaissance for supported ground forces.
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Staff Sgt. James Baker, 71st Rescue Squadron loadmaster, reunites with his fiancé, Emily Jobson, after returning from a deployment in Southwest Asia, June 7, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 71st RQS provided expeditionary personnel recovery in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. photo by Airman 1st Class Erick Requadt) Four rescue squadrons deploy, return together
Rescue Airmen of the 23d Wing recently returned from a deployment where they provided around the clock personnel recovery coverage in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Working together to ensure that someone’s worst day wasn’t their last day, the 71st, 41st, 48th and 55th Rescue Squadrons provided the airborne and ground components for U.S. Central Command’s personnel recovery operations. “One thing that set this deployment apart from others that I’ve been on is that all three Rescue [components], the HC-130, HH-60 and Guardian Angels, were together in a single location,” said Lt. Col. Michael Thompson, 71st RQS director of operations. “We planned and executed together as a cohesive rescue team. “We were on alert 24/7 to ensure that if there is ever an Airman, Sailor, Marine, or Soldier who is isolated, we are prepared to return them to friendly control,” added Thompson.
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Capt. Abrham, 42nd Attack Squadron MQ-9 Reaper pilot, communicates with a joint terminal attack controller June 14, 2017, at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. Members of the MQ-9 community have used the Frankenphone to improve communications with the ground forces. In 2016, another member of the 42nd ATKS, Capt. Gregory, improved the design of the Frankenphone creating the 2.0 version which offered increased durability and sound clarity. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christian Clausen) Frankenphone 2.0: MQ-9 communication innovation
In 2015, a former member of the 42nd Attack Squadron saw a need to improve communications from MQ-9 Reaper aircrew to ground forces, thus, Frankenphone was created. He pieced-together the invention with scrap phone parts and headsets which aimed to improve communications clarity until a long term solution was procured. While the device underwent many iterations of upgrades, it still needed additional work.
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Default Air Force Logo Air Force realigns Grand Forks AFB under Air Combat Command
The Commanders of Air Mobility Command and Air Combat Command have agreed to the realignment of the 319th Air Base Wing, Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. to ACC effective June 13, 2017.  The move will align Grand Forks, which hosts active duty RQ-4 Global Hawk operations under the Air Force Major Command that organizes, trains and equips Airmen to
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Senior Master Sgt. Jeffrey Schillawski, 71st Aircraft Maintenance Unit superintendent, embraces his son, Noah, during a redeployment, June 6, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 41st and 71st Rescue Squadrons were recently deployed to Southwest Asia where they provided combat search and rescue capabilities in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lauren M. Sprunk) Rescue Airmen return home
Members of the 41st and 71st Rescue Squadrons returned home from a deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, 5-9 June. The 41st and 71st RQSs were responsible for conducting combat search and rescue missions ensuring that someone’s worst day isn’t their last day.
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Default Air Force Logo Luke AFB temporarily cancels F-35A local flying ops
The 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, cancelled local flying operations today for F-35A Lightning II aircraft due to a series of five incidents in which pilots have experienced hypoxia-like symptoms.
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2017
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