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  • 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.
  • Air Force realigns Holloman AFB under AETC

    The 49th Wing at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, and all co-located units, will realign from Air Combat Command to Air Education and Training Command effective Oct. 1.
  • Vipers start your engines

    Maintenance members assigned to the 157th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron perform an afterburner run on an F-16 Fighting Falcon at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Sept. 18, 2018. The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact, multi-role fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. It can locate targets in all weather conditions and detect low flying aircraft in radar ground clutter.
  • JB Charleston serves as Hurricane Florence staging area

    Joint Base Charleston joined the relief efforts to help victims of Hurricane Florence by becoming a staging location for various rescue and relief units as of Sept. 14, 2018. The teams standing by for the efforts consisted of the 334th Air Expeditionary Group, the South Carolina and Pennsylvania Army National Guard Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Teams as well as the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
  • Panel discusses total force integration during AFA

    Former Secretary of the Air Force F. Whitten Peters moderated a panel of senior leaders examining the total force during the Air Force Association Air, Space, and Cyber Conference in National Harbor Sept. 18, 2018. The panel focused on Air Force integration of Guard and Reserve personnel into missions across all spectrums of responsibility.
  • AFCENT command and control operations weather the storm

    Airmen of the 609th AOC Det. 1 support real-world command and control operations everyday with AFCENT’s forward headquarters at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Whether it’s ensuring the Combined Air Operations Center maintains resiliency in the face of any attack or situation, or planning hundreds of daily air mobility missions, this partnership between the Airmen in Qatar and the U.S. is essential to a new model of C2 operations. As a violent force approached, the Airmen dug in to repel the force. It was just like an attack, but this one came from nature.
  • SecAF Wilson provides Air Force update

    Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson presented an update of the state of the Air Force Sept. 17, during the 2018 Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor. Wilson discussed restoring force readiness, space operations and the future of the Air Force during her presentation.
  • The Air Force We Need: 386 operational squadrons

    Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson announced the results of an in-depth analysis aimed at outlining what the Air Force needs to implement the National Defense Strategy while speaking at the Air Force Association's annual Air, Space and Cyber conference Sept. 17. “The analysis says what every Airmen already knows,” Wilson said. “The Air Force is too small for what the nation is asking us to do. We have 312 operational squadrons today. The Air Force We Need has 386 operational squadrons by 2030.” The National Defense Strategy, Air Force leaders said, marks the reemergence of long-term, strategic competition with China and Russia. The Air Force’s imperative is to compete, deter, and win this competition by fielding a force that is lethal, resilient, rapidly adapting and integrates seamlessly with the joint force, allies and partners.
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