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  • Reconnaissance Dominance for 108 years and counting

    National Aviation Day acknowledges the history of American aviation.  It's a day to recognize how far the United States has come in the last century. One way to highlight these accomplishments is recognizing the technological breakthroughs of the U.S. Air Force.
  • End of an era as final OC-135 aircraft officially retired

    The 55th Wing officially retired its final OC-135 Open Skies aircraft, tail number 670, during a ceremony at the Lincoln Airport June 4, 2021.
  • Celebrating 80 years of elite simulated warfighter training

    From wooden rifles to virtual reality, Nellis Air Force Base has used simulation to train warfighters for decades. Today, Nellis Airmen can step inside the new Virtual Test and Training Center, which uses advanced computer-generated models to simulate in-flight combat. On the contrary, during World War II, technology was much more rudimentary, but the demand to develop proficient warfighters was great.
  • Tyndall celebrates 80 years of air power

    The 80th Anniversary of Tyndall Air Force Base prompts us to remember our past so we may better plot the course of our future. What has been clear from the beginning is Tyndall has fulfilled a key portion of the defense needs of a nation.
  • Generations apart: A family legacy of commanding the 363rd ISR Wing

    As she enters the room, she flips on the light, illuminating her office. The familiar face of a man who helped guide her Air Force career resides in the picture frame close to her desk, reminding her every day of the leader she aspires to be. The silver eagles pinned to the epaulettes of her service coat have a history all their own, passed down from grandfather to granddaughter. Over six decades separate their time in this position, but U.S. Air Force Col. Melissa Stone, 363rd Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Wing commander, leads the same Wing her grandfather did 64 years ago.
  • Aviation history; rich with honor at Tyndall

    National Aviation History Month, which occurs every November, is an occasion to honor at Tyndall Air Force Base. The 325th Fighter Wing may not be where it is today without the tenacity and resiliency of those who came before; those who paved the way for today’s flying missions.
  • Pipeline MQ-9 Pilots step into leadership

    As the demand for MQ-1 Predators and MQ-9 Reapers around the world steadily grew in 2009, a new career field of aviators emerged to pilot them.
  • ACC enlisted induct Gen. Holmes into Order of the Sword

    Air Combat Command's enlisted force honored its commander with an induction into the Order of the Sword at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Aug. 26. Gen. Mike Holmes, who has commanded ACC since March 2017, is the ninth ACC leader to be inducted into the ACC Order of the Sword.
  • 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.
  • Red Flag exercise challenges, improves Air Force warfighting skills

    The front gate at Nellis boldly displays the words Home of the Fighter Pilot - a title it has earned through decades of the most realistic fighter training in the Air Force.
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