Operational

U.S. Air Force operations

  • Power Conductor

    Gen. Darren W. McDew is the commander, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. USTRANSCOM is the single manager for global air, land and sea transportation for the Department of Defense. McDew was commissioned in 1982 following his graduation from Virginia Military Institute. He began his flying career at Loring AFB, Maine. His staff […]

    Airman Magazine No responses June 25, 2018
  • Speed and Fusion

    On Oct. 14, 1947, then-Capt. Chuck Yeager flew the Bell X-1 rocket plane at Mach 1 and broke the sound barrier. Since then, the Air Force has continually stretched and pushed the limits of speed – finding new ways to make its aircraft fly faster and farther. However, the U.S. is not alone in this […]

    Bennie J. Davis III No responses June 15, 2018
  • EC-130H Compass Call

    The EC-130H Compass Call is an airborne tactical weapon system with a primary mission to disrupt enemy command and control infrastructures limiting adversary coordination and force management. The aircraft is a heavily modified variant C-130 Hercules, one of the most important and longest flying airframes in Air Force history. From the outside the aircraft may […]

    Bennie J. Davis III No responses June 11, 2018
  • B-1B LANCER

    For more than 30 years the B-1B Lancer has proven itself as an essential part of America’s long-range strategic bomber force. Capable of carrying the largest conventional payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force, the B-1 can rapidly deliver massive quantities of precision and non-precision weapons against any adversary, anywhere in […]

    TSgt Greg C. Biondo No responses May 17, 2018
  • No detail too small

    You’re sitting in a pizzeria enjoying a slice with aromas of melting mozzarella cheese, fresh basil and pizza dough baking in the wood-fired oven filling the air. Then, the sound of tires skidding to a halt outside is quickly followed by two men barging through the front door, firing a pistol into the ceiling and […]

    Bennie J. Davis III No responses April 9, 2018
  • Forecasting Success

    From flying operations to special tactics missions to deciding whether or not to wear a jacket with a uniform, weather plays a large role in everyday activities around the Air Force. “In military operations, weather is the first step in planning and the final determining factor in the execution of any mission,” said Gen. Carl […]

    Bennie J. Davis III No responses March 26, 2018
  • Citizen Cyber

    See more Citizen Cyber photos on Flickr Embracing rapid continuous change in the cyber environment and having the willingness to consider new ideas in organization, procurement and operations, regardless how “out of the box,” are key to the Air Force’s advancement in the cyber realm, according to Adm. Michael Rogers, U.S. Cyber Command commander, National […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses March 13, 2018
  • Care in the Air

    See more Care in the Air photos on Flickr At 1420, Jan 29, 2018, the situation aboard a C-130H, configured for Aeromedical Evacuation and cruising at 20,000 feet was uneventful. The two teams, each comprised of two flight nurses and three technicians, attended to their six patients varying needs in the dim green glow of […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses March 2, 2018
  • Initial Defense

    See more Initial Defense photos on Flickr In an austere location on the other side of globe, unrest breaks out between rival factions and the situation quickly becomes hostile. The U.S. Air Force and its Global Response Force squadrons are called into action. In less than 96 hours, more than 40 uniquely trained Airmen parachute […]

    Bennie J. Davis III No responses February 26, 2018
  • MAFFS Activate

    See more MAFFS photos on Flickr Staff Sgt. Timothy Dawson was trying to get some rest before work the next day. The phone rang twice before he answered it. His neighbor, who lives just above his apartment complex on the hill, told him the fire was really close and they were evacuating. That neighbor was […]

    Master Sgt. Brian Ferguson No responses January 25, 2018