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Brig. Gen. Paul Friedrichs is the Command Surgeon, Headquarters Air Combat Command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, shares personal and professional perspectives on Air Force life and military medicine.
Did you know the Air Force is the largest consumer of fuel in the Department of Defense? This may not surprise you, if say, you’ve ever watched a sortie of F-35s complete an aerial refueling, or witnessed a C-5 lift (seemingly) effortlessly into the sky. Operational energy, or aviation fuel, is critical to mission success – but getting fuel to the warfighter involves complex logistical and technical challenges, intricate planning, and more importantly, poses safety risks to the troops transporting it. As the battlefield becomes increasingly multifaceted, energy resilience is a top concern for the Air Force, and optimized operations are an essential component to maintaining it. Air Force Operational Energy (SAF/IEN), headquartered at the Pentagon, is dedicated to championing energy-informed solutions that increase combat capability across the Air Force.
Mission Complete: 53rd WEG concludes first post-Hurricane Combat Archer 2 at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Combat Archer tests units ability to load missiles, makes sure aircraft are configured correctly and the aircraft perform as they should, verifies missiles perform as advertised, and that pilots know what to expect when facing realistic combat scenarios.
Today, U.S. Air Forces Central Command published its October Airpower Summary outlining airpower operations in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. In October, the Afghan Air Force played a pivotal role in the country’s parliamentary elections, delivering and retrieving voting materials to and from election centers throughout the provinces. Their crucial contributions reflect the developing professional and capable air force with whom AFCENT Airmen partner in NATO’s Resolute Support Mission to train, advise and assist Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.
In this edition of 5ive Questions, Capt. Philip Patisaul, 413th Force Support Flight operations officer, talks about the new Blended Retirement System, how it affects Airmen and why it's important for those eligible to make a well-informed decision by Dec. 31, 2018.
The 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron kicked off the DoD’s F-35 Initial Operational Test and Evaluation with a large force employment sortie from Edwards AFB, Calif. Dec. 5. During the IOT&E phase the 31st TES F-35 pilots will fly over 30 missions designed to fully evaluate the complete air system as well as identify technical and operational areas for improvement.
Driving Safety spot reinforces wearing seat belt and securing cell phone.
Deployed mental health providers play a vital role in delivering medical care downrange, ensuring the health of the warfighter and the mission. Even though service members who deploy are medically ready, both physically and mentally, the rigors of deployment can take a toll.
Airmen from the 55th Maintenance Group wash an RC-135 Rivet Joint Oct. 12, 2018, at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. The Rivet Joint supports theater and national level consumers with near real time on-scene intelligence collection, analysis and dissemination capabilities. (U.S. Air Force video by Senior Airman Jacob Skovo)
A formation of 35 F-35A Lightning IIs, from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings fly over the Utah Test and Training Range as part of a combat power exercise on Nov. 19, 2018. The exercise aims to confirm their ability to quickly employ a large force of jets against air and ground targets, and demonstrate the readiness and lethality of the F-35. As the first combat-ready F-35 units in the Air Force, the 388th and 419th FW at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, are ready to deploy anywhere in the world at a moment's notice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee)
Parties and special occasions usually involve games, music, and alcoholic beverages. They are times of festivity and fun. For someone concerned about alcohol intake or battling substance abuse, social events may seem threatening. But it is possible to participate in activities that include alcohol.
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