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  • One more flight from the Gods

    “Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”- Leonardo da Vinci. The commander of Air Combat Command donned his G-suit and helmet, stepping to the flight ¬line as an active-duty fighter pilot one last time. U.S. Air Force Gen. Mike Holmes, ACC commander, flew his final flight aboard an Air Force T-38 Talon over the Atlantic, August 24, 2020.
  • Gen. Holmes gifts heraldic device to ACC

    After the Sword Athena 2020 outbrief, Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, presented the gift “Descending Night,” to ACC at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, August 14. Descending night is one of two bronze sculptures the general chose to represent Air Combat Command’s responsibility to “defend the nation and get better at it every day.” The first sculpture is called ‘Rising Sun’ and has been passed around the Air Force for nearly 100 years.
  • VFA-41 participates in Green Flag 20-9

    U.S. Navy Strike Fighter Squadron 41, assigned to Naval Air Station Lemoore, California, participated in a Green Flag 20-9 combat training exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Aug. 18, 2020.
  • Joint, multinational exercise enhances capabilities against near-peer adversaries

    Throughout the week of Aug. 17, 2020, fighter jets, helicopters, a C-130 Hercules and more came together to train in a challenging and ever-changing environment. This was an exercise known as Gunfighter Flag (GFF) 20-1. This exercise leverages the unique airspace of the region to host a large scale employment of aircraft from Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, Singapore and Australia, as well as the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Army.
  • Fifteenth Air Force activates, consolidates ACC’s conventional forces

    Fifteenth Air Force activated Aug. 20, integrating wings and direct reporting units from 12th Air Force and Ninth Air Force to form a new numbered air force responsible for generating and presenting Air Combat Command’s conventional forces.
  • 50 ARS arrives at AUAB replacing 349 EARS

    The 50th Air Refueling Squadron from MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, along with several of their KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft, arrived at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, as part of a mass unit deployment, Aug. 18, 2020.
  • ACC builds leaders armed for action

    Inspired by the Greek goddess of wisdom and war Athena, Air Combat Command recently completed the first-ever inaugural Sword Athena Leadership Symposium Aug 12-14, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. The theme for this year’s event was “Building Leaders Armed for Action.”
  • Virtual training center leverages enhanced warfighter capabilities

    The Air Force relies on forward-thinking Airmen who are constantly thinking of ways to innovate, refine or improve processes and technology in a way that can modernize the service and its tactics. Nellis Airmen have heard, and answered, that call, and so with the snip of a ribbon, on Aug. 17 the Virtual Test and Training Center here officially moved one step closer to housing the future of joint-aerial combat training.
  • Seymour Johnson AFB develops multi-capable Airmen during Joint Exercise Razor Talon

    Multi-capable (MC) Airmen from the 4th Fighter Wing participated in Joint Exercise Razor Talon demonstrated their ability to quickly deploy and operate in austere locations.
  • Testaments of Healing

    When most people hear the word ambassador, they think of someone educated, professional, and of high importance but no one really considers how they got to that position. The path of an Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) program Ambassador is not an easy one by any means.
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