Operational

U.S. Air Force operations

  • KC-135 Stratotanker

    “Nobody kicks ass without tanker gas.” While it may sound cliché, it’s a common motto within the tanker community. For more than 60 years of continuous service, the KC-135 Stratotanker has been the core aerial refueling capability for U.S. operations around the world. The KC-135 provides the Air Force with its primary mission of global […]

    Bennie J. Davis III No responses August 13, 2018
  • Thawing The Middle

    Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright spoke directly to senior NCOs and junior officers during the 2018 Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Florida, about the need to free Airmen to innovate by eliminating the “frozen middle.” Quoting Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David Goldfein, Wright said, “The boss […]

    Airman Magazine No responses August 6, 2018
  • Airman to be awarded Medal of Honor

    HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AFNS) — by Staff Sgt. Ryan Conroy, 24th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs The White House announced July 27, 2018, that Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Chapman will be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor Aug. 22, for his extraordinary heroism during the Battle of Takur Ghar, Afghanistan, in March 2002. According […]

    Airman Magazine No responses July 30, 2018
  • In Perpetual Mission

    Retired Master Sgt. Dan Holmes is a man in perpetual motion. When his hands are not actively building or repairing something, the gears in his head are churning – formulating a workaround or a new piece of art. It has been decades since he has had clean fingernails or a decent night’s sleep. “I have […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses July 24, 2018
  • Stop the bleed, save a life

    When Master Sgt. Nancy Turner drops her 9 year old son off at school, she worries. Not about his grades, or if he finished his homework, or if he’ll eat a good lunch. Instead, she worries he might be involved in an active shooter incident or some other form of mass casualty event. So, she […]

    Master Sgt. Matthew Bates No responses July 2, 2018
  • 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