Air Combat Command Moments

A memorial service to celebrate the life of retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” E. Cole will be held at JBSA-Randolph, Texas, Thursday, April 18, 2019, beginning at 3 p.m. in Hangar 41. Cole, who was the final surviving member of the famed Doolittle Tokyo Raiders of World War II, passed away in San Antonio April 9 at the age of 103.
DM Exercise 19-05 Video taken by: TSgt Eric Flores, A1C Christina Rios, A1C Blake Gonzales Video Edited by: TSgt Eric Flores
The U.S. Air Force’s fifth generation multi-role aircraft arrived for its first deployment to the Middle East on April 15, 2019. The F-35A Lightning IIs are from active duty 388th and reserve 419th Fighter Wings at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. As the first deployment to the U.S. Air Forces Central Command area of responsibility, crews are prepared and trained for the AFCENT mission. The F-35A, the conventional takeoff and landing variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, provides greater operational capability by combining advanced stealth capabilities with the latest weapons technology.
Seymour Johnson Air Force Base F-15E Strike Eagle demo.
A legendary chapter in Air Force history has come to a close. Retired Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” E. Cole, the last survivor of the “Doolittle Raid,” died April 9, in San Antonio. “Our last remaining Doolittle Raider has slipped the surly bonds of Earth, and has reunited with his fellow Raiders," said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein. On April 18, 1942, the U.S. Army Air Forces and the Doolittle Raiders attacked Tokyo in retaliation for the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, which boosted American morale in the early months of World War II. “We will miss Lt. Col. Cole, and offer our eternal thanks and condolences to his family,” Goldfein said.
Doolittle Raiders Mission and USS Hornet-No Audio On 18 April 1942, airmen of the US Army Air Forces, led by Lt. Col. James H. (Jimmy) Doolittle, carried the Battle of the Pacific to the heart of the Japanese empire with a surprising and daring raid on military targets at Tokyo, Yokohama, Yokosuka, Nagoya, and Kobe. This heroic attack against these major cities was the result of coordination between the Army Air Forces and the US Navy, which carried the sixteen North American B-25 medium bombers aboard the carrier USS Hornet to within take-off distance of the Japanese Islands.
What started as a small way to help the community to embrace the Air Force core value of “service before self” has continued for over a decade with no end in sight. Carrying approximately twenty five pounds of food, 128 members of Soto Cano Air Base hiked into the mountains of La Paz, Honduras, during Chapel Hike 78, to hand out to families of a community in need as part of the Chapel Hike, an ongoing community outreach project.
Speak for the silenced, believe victims and support survivors.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Everyone can work to further reduce, with the goal to eliminate, sexual assault from the armed forces. The military is the most trusted institution in the nation and service members have signed a blank check to the American people, payable with their lives. This crime must not threaten those who have volunteered to serve.
The Commander of Air Combat Command, General Mike Holmes visited Mountain Home Air Force Base and shared a message with the Gunfighters.
"Sir," he said, "we have four jets available." My first reaction was total disbelief mixed with frustration. At the time, we had 24 jets in the squadron and my Pro Super had just informed me that only four out of 24 were mission ready. The remaining 20 jets were non-mission capable. How was this even possible?! I honestly had to ask him to repeat what he had just said. Again, utterly defeated, he calmly and quietly repeated, "Sir, we have four jets."
Video highlights of Seymour Johnson AFB's F-15E Strike Eagles during Red Flag 19-2 at Nellis AFB.
Application packages for the 2019 U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School selection board are due by May 29. The board is set to convene at the Air Force’s Personnel Center July 29 through Aug. 2, and will consider Total Force officer and current Air Force civilian applicants to attend training as early as July 2020. Officers may apply to become a test pilot, test combat systems officer or test remotely piloted aircraft pilot. Both officers and civilians interested in flight test engineer positions are encouraged to apply. Applicants from all aircraft types and backgrounds must have strong academic and technical experience.

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