TSgt Perry Aston
  • Virtual Aggression – Real World Response As cyberwarfare increasingly becomes a go-to use of aggression, the idea that “what happens in cyber stays in cyber” has no credence. In a 2015 report on cyber deterrence, the Department of Defense made it clear that the United States could retaliate against a cyber-attack with a kinetic response. For example, if a state actor […] No responses April 12, 2021
  • A Natural Partnership The Air Force owns and manages large expanses of land throughout the United States, used for training military forces to be lethal and ready for the future defense of the nation. This land is also a safe haven for some of America’s most treasured plants and wildlife. The Air Force partners with the U.S. Fish […] No responses February 1, 2021
  • Learning Some Cold Truths Hidden in the hills of Fairbanks, Alaska, the Permafrost Tunnel Research Facility is part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory. Originally the tunnels were built to be used in a Cold War experiment to test the protective capabilities of permafrost. However, scientists quickly discovered the tunnel would be […] No responses October 19, 2020
  • Training Revolution After the Vietnam War, the Air Force shifted its training capabilities to large, air-to-air exercises such as Red Flag. However, the future of warfighting is rapidly changing, and training needs to keep pace with those changes. The Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation is the center of training innovation. “Everything we are doing today […] No responses January 27, 2020
  • Foundation for Arctic Security As near-peer competitors project their power into the vast expanse of the Arctic, the U.S. Air Force is positioning the world’s only fifth-generation combat-ready fighter aircraft there – the F-22 Raptor at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, and soon the F-35 Lightning II at Eielson AFB. The DoD’s Eielson AFB regional growth plan will bring […] No responses December 4, 2019
  • Based in Trust Growing trust between the local community and U.S. service members, and fostering good relationships with the government in the area surrounding a new base increases the chance of local support for Airmen deployed there in an effort to bring stability to the region. The U.S. Army’s 411th Civil Affairs Battalion are experts in nurturing relationships […] No responses November 12, 2019
  • Operational impact Air Force ranges provide relevant and realistic training to air and ground forces to prepare for combat and contingency operations around the globe. See more RANGES photos on Flickr These ranges are where many pilots, joint terminal attack controllers and other operational personnel cut their teeth or sharpen their skills through mass exercises, joint training […] No responses June 13, 2019
  • HH-60G Pave Hawk Based on the Army’s UH-60 Black Hawk, the HH-60G Pave Hawk is a highly modified version with upgraded communications and navigation suite. The forward-looking infrared system, color weather radar and an engine/rotor blade anti-ice system, enables the Pave Hawk to fly in bad weather. The in-flight refueling probe and auxiliary fuel tanks allow the Pave […] No responses November 13, 2018
  • C-5 Galaxy Since 1969 the C-5 Galaxy has dwarfed all other airframes in the Air Force inventory. Providing the U.S. Air Force with heavy intercontinental-range strategic airlift capability capable of carrying oversized loads and all air-certifiable cargo, including the M-1 Abrams Tank. Development and Design During the Vietnam War, the USAF saw the necessity of moving large […] No responses July 16, 2018
  • E-3 Sentry (AWACS) Since 1977, the E-3 Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AWACS) has provided airborne surveillance and command and control functions over battle spaces in conflicts around the globe. Operated by four countries and NATO, the E-3 allows radar to detect low-flying aircraft over land, a capability impossible for previous airborne radars due to an inability […] No responses January 8, 2018