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  • Contingency response dominates ACE exercise during Southern Strike

    AVON PARK AUXILIARY AIRFIELD, Fla. (AFNS) -- An F-16 Fighting Falcon escorts a C-17 Globemaster III into a simulated austere environment. The engines are running, the personnel deplane the C-17, cargo is downloaded, the airfield is prepped for more aircraft to land, and within minutes, a security

  • 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

  • Thunder air show draws large crowds for 75th Air Force celebration

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AFNS) -- Hundreds of thousands of spectators lined the banks of the Ohio River April 23 for the annual Thunder Over Louisville air show, which marked its return with more than 30 aircraft to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Air Force.Featured performers included the U.S. Air

  • 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,

  • Civil Air Patrol celebrates 80th anniversary

    MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. (AFNS) – Civil Air Patrol members throughout the United States and in overseas squadrons are celebrating the organization’s commitment to community service today — a commitment that began Dec. 1, 1941, and has continued for 80 years.

  • 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