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  • Accelerating Change: Addressing Space Threats to RPA Operations

    As the Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) enterprise shifts focus from counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operations (COIN/CT), it is paramount the elephant in the room is addressed: beyond line of sight (BLOS) RPA operations dependencies on civilian satellite communication (SATCOM).
  • Weather Wing Targets Elsa

    The 557th Weather Wing, the Air Force’s only wing of its kind, marshalled significant capabilities to track and predict the behavior of Hurricane Elsa as it formed in the Atlantic Ocean. Even before the system strengthened into a named storm, the wing had armed commanders in the Southeastern United States with forecasts of when and where the storm might strike, as well as possible impacts to operations. The wing accelerated change ahead of the 2021 hurricane season to ensure commanders at all echelons have access to the information they need for decision superiority.
  • Shaw Airman selected as one of Air Force’s 12 Outstanding Airmen of 2021

    Tech. Sgt. Kelli Floyd of the 20th Contracting Squadron has been awarded the high honor of being named one of the 12 Outstanding Airmen of 2021.
  • Family Traditions: A Raduege family Chat

    What are family traditions and how can they shape an individual’s future? We had the opportunity to sit down with one family, where traditions have been the backbone of their lives and careers. Sharing their experiences, Brig. Gen. Chad D. Raduege, and his father Retired Lt. Gen. Harry D. Raduege Jr. came together to celebrate their heritage, past family and the family business.
  • Exercise Relampago VI soars over Colombia

    The skies roared with the sounds of U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons. Sounds that are not usually heard in a small mountain community in South America. Far from home and familiar territory, Airmen from all over the United States journeyed to Colombia and transformed a contingency location to conduct theatre training as well as joint, coalition and partnered missions during the course of a major international exercise.
  • MQ-9 Agile Combat Employment: A Big Step Closer to Reality

    The 556th Test and Evaluation Squadron proved the MQ-9 Reaper’s Automatic Takeoff and Landing Capability (ATLC) is ready as of July 8, 2021, enabling crews to divert to airfields without traditional launch and recovery infrastructure or personnel. This capability is a key enabler for MQ-9 Agile Combat Employment and, combined with the MQ-9’s next software upgrade and receipt of the portable aircraft control station, will change how it will be employed in theaters worldwide.
  • Off-duty SJAFB IDMT uses CPR to save a life

    For some people leaving work is the end of their duty day. No more thinking about work, just enjoying their time off. For Staff Sgt. Jon Paul Fitzgerald, 336th Fighter Squadron independent duty medical technician, or IDMT, that was not the case.
  • 388th Munitions Squadron begins new familiarization training regimen

    The 388th Munitions Squadron began a new training regimen recently encompassing each of their twelve different sections. Starting in the precision guided munitions section, Airmen from one of the other ten sections in the squadron received familiarization training on the Guided Bomb Unit-39 small diameter bomb. The training covered proper loading and unloading techniques on the GBU/39, and its bomb rack, the BRU-61. The plan is to incorporate each different munitions section into the training to create multi-capable Airmen.
  • Reflecting on MA Army, Air National Guard assisting D.C. civil authorities in Capitol Response Mission

    From January to mid-May the Massachusetts Army and Air National Guard partnered with several other state’s National Guard units from across the country to provide assistance to federal law enforcement agencies in Washington, D.C. with security, communications, medical evacuation, logistical and safety support to state, district and federal agencies.
  • New era for Multi-Domain Test Force

    The Air Force Test Center ushered in a new era of the Multi-Domain Test Force, appointing its first military commander, Lt. Col. David Levene, at the AFTC Detachment 1 Assumption of Command ceremony July 9. The MDTF will take residence here, with future employees set to additionally operate at Edwards AFB, California and Eglin AFB, Florida. “The need for a test environment to support joint, all-domain, warfighting has been recognized for years, but left to the innovative airmen in our test squadrons to create for themselves...until the standup of the MDTF,” said Maj. Gen. Christopher Azzano, AFTC commander.
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