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The 49th Wing at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., and all co-located units, will realign from Air Combat Command to Air Education and Training Command effective Oct. 1, 2018. As the premiere MQ-9 Reaper and F-16 Viper training installation in the Air Force, the 49th Wing will be even more effective and proactive in its formal training units once under AETC. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Emily Kenney)
Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright gives his speech on resiliency during the Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Md., Sept. 19, 2018. During his remarks, Wright spoke about the importance of Airmen taking care of themselves and each other. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rusty Frank)
Capt. Josh Archer, an E-3G Airborne Warning and Control System pilot, reads info while speaking in to his headset microphone during pre-flight procedures in the early morning of Sept. 15, 2018 at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Capt. Archer and his crew are from the 552nd Air Control Wing, 960th Airborne Air Control Squadron, based at Tinker AFB and are shown preparing for a mission supporting the response to Hurricane Florence Sept. 15, 2018, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The AWACS will provide air control and deconfliction service along the East Coast of the United States as they monitor and control airspace as local, state and federal assets move in to the area to conduct rescue and recovery operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)
Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson announced the results of an in-depth analysis aimed at outlining what the Air Force needs to implement the National Defense Strategy while speaking at the Air Force Association's annual Air, Space and Cyber conference Sept. 17.
Chief Master Sergeant (Ret.) Doug Morrell is an Air Force veteran with a military career spanning over 30 years. He served in World War II as a combat cameraman and flew 32 combat missions before being shot down over the “Iron Gates” of Romania. He evaded the enemy by walking across Yugoslavia and Albania for 27 days and bribing an Albanian fisherman for a ride to Italy. Back in action, he was flying his fifth raid over the Ploesti, Romania, oil fields when he was shot down again. “Oh, no! Here we go again,” Morrell said. “I was really thinking about having to walk back again.” He parachuted to the ground. This time, the Germans were waiting. He spent four-and-a-half months as a Prisoner of War in Bucharest before the advancing Russian army freed him and other captured troops. In 1969, two months before his 50th birthday and in the thick of his third war, Vietnam, Morrell was documenting a sensor drop over the Ho Chi Minh trail when he was shot down again. Nine hours later, with the help of 34 aircraft, he was picked up by an HH-3 Jolly Green Giant. Chief Morrell retired from the Air Force in 1973.
The official wear date for the operational camouflage pattern uniform is Oct. 1. Some Airmen preparing to deploy, or who have deployed previously and those who have been assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command or Air Force Global Strike Command may already have these uniforms. Others have already purchased OCPs to make sure they are ready come the first week of October. However, there is a caveat attached to the wear date.
Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson delivers a keynote address Aug. 26, 2018, at the 2018 Civil Air Patrol National Conference in Anaheim, California. Wilson reflected on the organization's seven decades as the civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force Auxiliary photo by Lt. Col. Robert Bowden)
Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson outlined the way the Air Force will approach its future force structure while speaking at the Defense News annual conference in Arlington, Sept. 5. Wilson said the Air Force chose to focus on squadrons because the squadron is the basic unit of the Air Force. More specifically, she said, operational squadrons are the units that generate effects in the battlespace.
A once quiet landscape turned battlefield, the clash of gunfire and shouts ripped through the Shahi-Kot Valley in the early hours of March 4, 2002. As part of an early war effort that targeted al Qaeda and Taliban forces in Afghanistan, the Battle of Roberts Ridge is still known as one of the deadliest engagements during Operation Anaconda. Above the Takur Ghar mountain top, an MQ-1 Predator aircrew became an unforeseen, close air support asset for a desperate joint special operations team in their time of need.
The 20 authorized aircrews of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron of the U.S. Airforce Reserve, otherwise known as the “Hurricane Hunters”, is a component of the 403rd Wing located at the Kessler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi.

 

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