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  • 9th MXG maintain rare U-2 Black Letter Jet at Beale

    A team of Airmen from the 9th Maintenance Group certified a U-2 Dragon Lady as a rare black-letter jet for flight March 17, 2019 Beale. The name “black-letter” originates when the dedicated crew chief initials the first letter of their last name in the “status today” block on a maintenance discrepancies and work document form. Typically, this block would have the highest symbol in the forms at the time marked in red.
  • Team Fairchild exercises at Beale AFB

    IMAX is a readiness exercise used to validate and improve upon Fairchild Airmen’s ability to provide Rapid Global Mobility.
  • 548th ISRG Looks ‘Outside the Box’ to Develop Air Force Leaders

    Air Force leaders at every level pursue answers to one burning question: How do we build tomorrow’s exceptional leaders? As Airmen progress through their careers, traditional professional military education (PME) programs provide a tiered approach to professional development and leadership growth. However, these opportunities have specific time and rank requirements, leaving gaps during which leaders search for alternative avenues to develop themselves and their Airmen.
  • Flying High: Enlisted Pilots’ integral role in 12th RS

    In 2017, the Enlisted Pilot Initial Class (EPIC) consisting of 12 enlisted Airmen became the first enlisted pilots since 1942 to fly operational sorties. These highly qualified pilots were assigned to the 12th Reconnaissance Squadron at Beale and the 348th RS at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota, where they began flying reconnaissance missions in the RQ-4 Global Hawk. The enlisted pilots were introduced into the force after going through a competitive selection process and the same rigorous remotely piloted aircraft training. The goal of the program was to help meet requests for RPA support and increase the number of pilots.
  • 9th PSPTS shows resilience, continues mission in face of flood

    The 9th Physiological Support Squadron main building experienced major flooding the night of Jan. 6, 2019, and into the morning.
  • Perimeter Patrols: 9th SFS provides base security on UTVs

    The 9th Security Forces Squadron conducts patrols of the base’s 26-mile perimeter on utility terrain vehicles (UTV) to help ensure the base is secure. They conduct at least three patrols every day. During the patrols they check for damage to the fence or any other signs of tampering. The off-road nature of the UTVs allows them to move over obstacles and go through water.
  • Current Scout Honors Beale’s Past

    There will come a day when there aren’t any World War II Veterans still living among us. When all of these mighty Americans have left us, only memories, history, and memorial sites will remain. Approximately 16 million Americans served in the Armed Forces during World War II. Currently, 2.4 million youths and one million volunteers are participating in the Boy Scouts of America. It is safe to say, there are a fair amount of parallels between these organizations.
  • Airmen test limits at Ranger Assessment Course

    The Air Force Security Forces Center, one of AFIMSC’s subordinate units, hosted the Ranger Assessment Course 19-01. Twelve cadre instructors, all having been through the course and graduated Army Ranger School, as well as Army instructors, put the 29 students through the mind-numbing days and nights. The instructors provide this stress-oriented battle school for airmen to develop better leadership and command tools under the mental, emotional and physical strain. They push the students to improve their resiliency and coping mechanisms.
  • Squadron Innovation Fund: 9th CONS executes, meets unit demands

    The Air Force announced a new program known as the Squadron Innovation Fund (SIF) designed to fund new ideas. The program was inspired by the success of the 99th Reconnaissance Squadron’s initiative to overcome challenges they experienced while performing their mission independent of leadership oversight. The program appropriated $64 million to provide units across the Air Force with funding for innovative ideas
  • RQ-4B GLOBAL HAWK ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION RELEASED

    According to an Air Combat Command Accident Investigation Board (AIB) report released today, an RQ-4B Global Hawk that crashed June 21, 2017, near Lone Pine, California, broke up mid-air after experiencing issues with one of its navigational data devices/ navigators. This caused the RQ-4B to enter an unusual flight altitude and experience airspeeds that exceeded structural limitations, from which the aircraft could not recover.
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