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  • 25th Attack Group activated at Shaw

    U.S. Air Force history was made at Shaw AFB when the 25th Attack Group was activated Oct. 2. The bedding down of the group at Shaw will provide MQ-9 Reaper crews the ability to train outside of combat missions, provide a new location for Airmen to live and having the increased population with the group will give them a greater voice in the remotely piloted aircraft command.
  • Air Force to finalize review process for non-deployable Airmen

    The Air Force is finalizing details on how it will implement Department of Defense Instruction 1332.45, Retention Determination for Non-Deployable Service Members. Until the updated policy guidance is complete in late 2018, Airmen who have been non-deployable for 12 consecutive months and their commanders will continue to follow existing procedures.
  • Holloman’s “Fightin' 49ers” training mission transfers to the First Command

    The 49th Wing officially recognized the transfer of the base’s flying training mission to Air Education and Training Command during a ceremony here Sept. 28. The transition, effective Oct. 1, 2018, aligns the wing and all co-located units, which hosts MQ-9 Reaper and F-16 Viper formal training units, under the 19th Air Force, the numbered air force responsible for flying training across the Air Force.
  • A Matter of FACT: Growing the U-2 pilot selection process with first-ever program

    For the first time, the 9th Reconnaissance Wing will open its aperture for recruiting U.S. Air Force pilots into the U-2 Dragon Lady through an experimental program beginning in the fall of 2018. Through the newly established U-2 First Assignment Companion Trainer (FACT) program, the 9th RW’s 1st Reconnaissance Squadron will broaden its scope of pilots eligible to fly the U-2 by allowing Air Force student pilots in Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) the opportunity to enter a direct pipeline to flying the U-2.
  • AF deploys metrics, quantifies value of medical readiness

    As the Defense Health Agency assumes management of Air Force military treatment facilities, one of the most important challenges facing the Air Force is its ability to maintain the readiness mission hospitals and clinics support.
  • Three ACC Captains among 12 Air Force selects for Inter-American Squadron Officer School

    Twelve active-duty officers were recently selected to attend the Inter-American Squadron Officer School, or ISOS, at the Inter-American Air Forces Academy, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, with the first of three classes starting in October 2018.
  • An F-15E Strike Eagle achieves 10,000 flying hours

    F-15E Strike Eagle tail 472 arrived at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. on July 1, 1990 and was assigned to the 333rd Fighter Squadron in January 2010. On Sept. 18, 2018 tail 472 achieved a rare milestone within the training community: it reached 10,000-flying hours. It is the first F-15E assigned to a Seymour Johnson AFB training squadron, 333rd or 334th FS, to achieve this feat.
  • SJ recovery efforts begin following Hurricane Florence

    More than 50 F-15E Strike Eagles from the 4th Fighter Wing and six KC-135R Stratotankers from the 916th Air Refueling Wing were repositioned to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, Sept. 17, as a precautionary measure due to Hurricane Florence. The 916th ARW also provided support to the 4th FW by repositioning more than 200 personnel and equipment from the 4th FW to Barksdale AFB. Hurricane Florence reached Seymour Johnson AFB on Sept. 14, causing flooding in various areas of the base to include parts of the runway. Col. Donn Yates, 4th FW commander, issued an “all clear” for the base, beginning the base’s reconstitution phase after the effects of Hurricane Florence, to bring the base back to its full capabilities. The 4th FW’s assets returned from Barksdale AFB, Sept. 18, and Team Seymour has begun recovery efforts to reestablish normal base operations.
  • Al Dhafra Air Base celebrates U.S. Air Force 71st Birthday

    380th Air Expeditionary Wing gathered to cook a steak feast in celebration for the U.S. Air Forces 71st Birthday. Chief Master Sergeants and senior leadership from around the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing began the process of cooking thousands of steak dinners for the Airmen serving at Al Dhafra Air Base in honor of the U.S. Air Forces’ birthday on Sept. 18. While the Chiefs dedicated this steak grill to the 71st anniversary of the Air Forces separation from the Army Signal Corps in 1947, they have been volunteering their time to cook steak dinners for the past months regularly.
  • Holloman to transition to AETC

    Holloman Air Force Base will be re-assigned to a new major command during a ceremony scheduled on Sept. 28th. The base re-alignment will move Holloman’s 49th Wing from Air Combat Command to Air Education and Training Command. The move will allow Air Force leaders, as well as key subject matter experts, to more effectively highlight and support the Holloman mission and its impact on global operations.
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