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  • Vermont ANG F-35s join NATO’s enhanced air policing mission

    SPANGDHALEM AIR BASE, Germany (AFNS) -- Eight F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation fighters from the Vermont Air National Guard’s 158th Fighter Wing recently arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base to continue NATO’s enhanced air policing mission along the eastern flank.As part of NATO’s plan to bolster its

  • Reaper Smoke 2022 exercise, crowning ‘best of the best’ MQ-9 aircrew

    CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFNS) -- Nearly 45 MQ-9 Reaper crews from across the United States entered Creech Air Force Base’s flight simulators April 6-7: only one crew emerged on top.Testing remotely piloted aircraft pilots and sensor operators, exercise Reaper Smoke 2022 pitted dozens of

  • US Airmen arrive at Chilean Trade and Air Show, FIDAE

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AFNS) -- Over 130 Airmen and Guardians have touched down in Santiago, Chile, to participate in the Feria Internacional del Aire y del Espacio, or FIDAE, Latin America’s largest aerospace, defense and security exhibition April 5-10.Among those representing the U.S. Air Force are 12th

  • AMC approves 4th KC-46A Pegasus ICR milestone 

    SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. (AFNS) - Gen. Mike Minihan, commander of Air Mobility Command, approved a fourth Interim Capability Release (ICR) mission set for the KC-46A Pegasus, Dec. 6.This ICR decision allows the KC-46A to refuel the AC-130J Ghostrider, HC-130J Combat King II, MC-130J Commando II,

  • Myths and facts about the vax — debunking common COVID-19 vaccine myths

    The COVID-19 vaccine has been mandated across the Department of Defense and despite its demonstrated effectiveness and safety, a host of myths have left some Airmen and Guardians hesitant to receive it. While social media posts and some news outlets may make it harder to keep up with what is fact or

  • Airmen hone expeditionary skills at Rally in Rockies exercise

    RIFLE, Colo. -- Active duty, Air National Guard and Reserve Airmen gathered in Colorado and Wyoming for 22nd Air Force’s flagship exercise Rally in the Rockies Sept. 12-17. The exercise is designed to develop Airmen for combat operations by challenging them with realistic scenarios that support a

  • Air Force selects next C-130J locations

    The Air Force has selected Louisville Air National Guard Base, Kentucky; McLaughlin ANGB, West Virginia; Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, Texas; and Savannah ANGB, Georgia as the preferred locations to receive C-130J Super Hercules aircraft to replace their aging C-130Hs, pending the outcome of

  • Kingsley Field firefighters save local homes from catastrophic fire

    In the late evening of Sept. 7, the Kingsley Field Fire Department, part of the 173rd Fighter Wing of the Oregon Air National Guard, received a dispatch call for assistance for a wildland fire burning near Chiloquin, a neighboring community north of the small town in the southwest corner of Oregon.