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  • CSAF bestows Distinguished Flying Cross on Kentucky Air Guardsman

    Hourigan distinguished himself by extraordinary achievement while serving as commander of a C-130 Hercules aircraft on July 15, 2016, narrowly recovering the aircraft from a potentially fatal descent following a catastrophic mechanical failure.
  • Team Iowa Guard tackles Relay Iowa, the world’s longest relay

    The Iowa National Guard is one of 40 teams from around the nation participating in Relay Iowa, this weekend. The world’s longest non-stop relay is a 336 mile running event that begins on the banks of the Missouri River in Sioux City on Iowa’s western border and ends in Dubuque on the Mississippi River. Even though the event is celebrating its tenth year this is the first time the Iowa Army and Air Guard team is participating.
  • Love of flying: a rare reunion for pilot couple

    The Barksdale Defenders of Liberty Air and Space Show, brought together over 80,000 families and spectators from the Ark-La-Tex region May 18 and 19, 2019 to witness a full weekend of military and civilian aircraft performances and displays. For one Air Force family, a trip to the air show held more significance than just a weekend of entertainment. With duty stations more than 200 miles apart, Maj. Natasha E. Blankenship, a C-17 Globemaster III pilot with the 183rd Airlift Squadron in Jackson, Mississippi, and her husband, Maj. John R. Blankenship, a B-52 Stratofortress pilot with the 96th Bomb Squadron here, were reunited as Natasha Blankenship flew a C-17 from Jackson into Barksdale to be put on display as part of the air show.
  • JSTARS maintainers design tool saving Air Force estimated $500k yearly

    Eight Airmen from Team JSTARS at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, recently designed an innovative tool estimated to save the Air Force nearly $500k a year in cowling repairs for the E-8C Joint STARS aircraft. The cowling fixture table, an approved tool intended for field-level repairs, was a response to a challenge set by leadership. “The supply system could not meet the demand requirements for these cowlings,” said Col. Robert Nash, commander of the 116th Maintenance Group, Georgia Air National Guard. “We needed a sufficient capacity to support the warfighter.”
  • New avionics invention saves Gunfighters time, money

    Wasting time is annoying. For a company, it costs money. For the Air Force, it could cost lives. So what if you had an idea to make things better and save time? Could you make your idea a reality? The Air Force says yes.
  • Savannah ANG hosts first ACC combat comms steering group

    A combat communications steering group was hosted here January 29 – February 1. This is the first steering group since Air Combat Command assumed cyber responsibility from Air Force Space Command in July 2018.
  • Air Force makes updates to enlisted evaluation policies

    The Air Force recently updated evaluation policies for enlisted Airmen, refining the process and requirements for enlisted performance reports.
  • First Time: 173rd Fighter Wing hosts Secretary of the Air Force

    Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson visited the 173rd Fighter Wing Nov. 3-4, 2018, marking the first visit by a sitting secretary since Kingsley Field opened its gates during WWII.
  • Air Force extends high year of tenure for E-4s through E-6s

    The Air Force is extending the high year of tenure for senior airmen through technical sergeants beginning Feb. 1, 2019.
  • Poland hosts first Deployable Air Base System exercise

    Members of the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Air National Guard, U.S. Air Force Reserve, and U.S. Army participated in the first Deployable Air Base System (DABS) proof of concept exercise at 31st Tactical Air Base, Poznan-Krzesiny, Poland, July 16 to Aug. 13.
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