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  • Airmen recognized for thwarting adversary attack

    One of the keys to a successful combat operation is combining intelligence reporting with mission operations planning and execution. The 497th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group here, recently recognized three Airmen with achievement medals for providing timely and critical information that effectively saved the lives of 100 personnel.
  • Hill Airmen expand F-35A combat capability in Rapid Forge

    This week, Airmen from Hill Air Force Base’s fighter wings forward deployed the F-35A Lightning II to several locations in Europe as part of a joint readiness exercise. So far, Operation Rapid Forge has seen F-35As, F-15E Strike Eagles, and C-130J Super Hercules aircraft work together to land, refuel and re-arm with inert munitions at forward airfields in Poland, and operate out of Lithuania and Estonia in one day.
  • JCOC 91 get first-ever RPA immersion

    The Joint Civilian Orientation Conference 91 visited Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, as part of their U.S. Air Force orientation, June 26, 2019. JCOC is sponsored by the Secretary of Defense and aims to immerse American business and community leaders with the military. This year’s 49-person group visited Creech to learn more about the Remotely Piloted Aircraft community.
  • 319th Air Base Wing Redesignates as 319th Reconnaissance Wing

    The redesignation of the 319th Air Base Wing at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota, to the 319th Reconnaissance Wing took place today, June 28, 2019.
  • Shaw medical squadron redesignates, appoints new commander

    The 20th Fighter Wing Medical Operations Squadron became the 20th Healthcare Operations Squadron during a change of command and redesignation ceremony, June 21, 2019.
  • Cyber wing welcomes new commander during ceremony

    Col. Steven Anderson accepted command of the 688th Cyberspace Wing from Maj. Gen. Robert Skinner, 24th Air Force commander, during the wing’s change of command ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, on June 25, 2019. Col. Eric DeLange relinquished command of the 688th CW during the ceremony.
  • Ninth AF change of command highlights joint capabilities

    U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Chad P. Franks took command of Ninth Air Force June 13 from Maj. Gen. Scott J. Zobrist during a change of command ceremony.
  • 552nd Air Control Wing Change of Command

    Col. Alain D. Poisson, right, accepts the guideon for the 552nd Air Control Wing from Maj. Gen. Andrew A. Croft, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander, during the change of command ceremony June 10, 2019, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Col. Geoffrey Weiss relinquished command of the 552 ACW to Col. Alain D. Poisson. (U.S. Air Force
  • Heritage Flight honors last D-Day celebration

    The U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight team conducted a flyover in honor of the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the last celebration at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia, June 6, 2019. The four-ship formation included U.S. Air Force Maj. Paul “Loco” Lopez, F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team pilot, Maj. Garret “Toro” Schmitz, F-16 Viper Demonstration Team pilot, Capt. Andrew “Dojo” Olson, F-35 Lighting II Demonstration Team pilot, and Mr. Andrew McKenna, Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation P-51 Mustang pilot.
  • Most important weather forecast ever made

    Seventy-five years ago, Allied forces began the task of opening the second front in Europe when they landed on the beaches of Normandy, France on June 6, 1944. Weather was a key factor in deciding when and where the invasion would take place. There were competing priorities when selecting the desired conditions for the invasion. Had Stagg and his team delayed the invasion until the next full moon, June 19, Allied forces would have faced one of the largest storms in the English Channel in almost 80 years and D-Day may have very well failed.