Operational

U.S. Air Force operations

  • A View from the Pacific

    See more PACAF photos on Flickr We interviewed Gen. Terrence John O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces Commander and Air Component Commander for PACOM, on Sept. 15, 2017, one day after North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan. Airman Magazine: You’ve spent a lot of time at PACAF, from what I can tell. How has that […]

    Airman Magazine No responses October 3, 2017
  • Optimizing the Data Loop

    See more Data Loop photos on Flickr Col. John Boyd, an Air Force fighter pilot and military theorist, put forward the key concept of aerial combat known as the Observation, Orientation, Decision, Action (OODA) loop. Within this theory, the key adversary is not the capabilities of the opposing pilot or his aircraft, but time. He […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses September 21, 2017
  • AFOTEC Approved

    See more “AFOTEC Approved” photos on Flickr Airman Magazine: Sir, could you describe the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center mission? Maj. Gen. Molloy: The mission of AFOTEC is both clear and compelling. We test emerging capabilities in operationally relevant environments to inform both the warfighter, as well as national resource decision-making. We’re very […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses August 25, 2017
  • Polar airlift

    See more “Polar Airlift” photos on Flickr Pole to pole. These three words are the motto of the 109th Airlift Wing –at Stratton Air National Guard Base in Scotia, New York – and though short, it is an accurate synopsis of the unit’s mission. “We fly missions to Greenland, which is near the North Pole, […]

    batesm No responses August 21, 2017
  • Care Loop

    See more “Care Loop” photos on Flickr Scanning the crowd, Tech. Sgt. Mariana Carrano looks at each face intently. She’s standing outside the passenger terminal at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, looking for someone who just arrived on a recent flight. Dozens of uniformed people exit the revolving door and run, walk or collapse into the […]

    Bennie J. Davis III No responses July 31, 2017
  • Orbital Airmen

    See more “Orbital Airmen” photos on Flickr On the rare instances when Col. Tyler N. “Nick” Hague returns from a day at the office and walks through the door of his own home, the oldest of his two boys occasionally asks, “Daddy, were you in space today?” Not such a childish question when you consider […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses July 24, 2017
  • Top Guns

    See more “Capturing Space” photos on Flickr Next-generation fighter jets, simulated aerial combat and some of the best pilots from the U.S., British and French air forces – no, this isn’t a scene from the next Hollywood blockbuster. It’s the latest combined exercise testing pilots’ ability to operate, communicate and dominate in a combat environment. […]

    batesm No responses May 30, 2017
  • ACC Flight Plan

    Gen. James M. “Mike” Holmes is commander of Air Combat Command (ACC) at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, where he oversees 94,000 military and civilian personnel at 34 wings that operate more than 1300 aircraft spread among 19 bases and 70 operating locations worldwide. As the commander, Holmes is responsible for organizing, training, equipping and maintaining […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses May 22, 2017
  • The Night Watchmen

    With civilization in the rear view mirror, the long road leading to a relatively unknown compound appears to never end. The seemingly infinite landscape, nearly untouched by human hands, is all that fills the eye. The setting sun and emergence of the night sky signals the beginning of a mission for a select group of […]

    Airman Magazine No responses May 15, 2017
  • Guarding the Skies

    See more “Guarding the Skies” photos on Flickr It’s 7 a.m. and a thick fog envelops Leeuwarden Air Base in the Netherlands. A row of F-15 Eagles and F-16 Fighting Falcons lining the taxiway is barely visible in the mist. Slowly, the dim outlines of maintenance personnel and crew chiefs appear as they push tool […]

    Bennie J. Davis III No responses May 8, 2017