Operational

U.S. Air Force operations

  • 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 […]

    TSgt Perry Aston No responses June 13, 2019
  • Stewards of the Land

    Within the confines of U.S. Air Force ranges there are things that exist nowhere else in the world. Vast expanses of natural habitat containing unique plants and animals, archaeological sites and artifacts of Paleolithic Native Americans and cultures past, are contained in these, sometimes misunderstood, restricted spaces. In fact, U.S. Air Force ranges support conservation […]

    MSgt Greg C. Biondo No responses June 10, 2019
  • Talent and Total Force

    Airman Magazine: Can you recall a specific time when you failed or took a calculated risk which ultimately propelled you forward, either personally or on a specific mission? Brig. Gen. Leavitt: When I graduated from pilot training, the law had changed to allow women in combat, but the Department of Defense policy did not allow women […]

    Staff Sgt. Marianique Santos No responses April 15, 2019
  • Open Code

    Capt. Michael J. Kanaan, Air Force Artificial Intelligence co-chair, believes the Air Force needs more computer language experts in order to maintain dominance. Kanaan said the languages of artificial intelligence algorithms can, and should, be taught to Airmen as a mission-critical skill, just like Mandarin, Spanish or Arabic. “The languages of computers themselves are as […]

    Andrew Arthur Breese No responses March 11, 2019
  • Special Operations

    It started out as a boring day. Sitting in a makeshift hospital situated in an austere and hostile environment at an undisclosed location, Maj. Alexander Le and his fellow Special Operations Surgical Team, or SOST, members welcomed the monotony. After all, a busy day for the members of the surgical team would mean the worst […]

    Bennie J. Davis III No responses February 15, 2019
  • Sustaining Balance

    Lt. Gen. Robert D. McMurry, Jr. is the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center commander at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The organization is the single center responsible for total life cycle management covering all aircraft, engines, munitions and electronic systems. It is one of six centers reporting to Air Force Materiel Command. The men […]

    Bennie J. Davis III No responses February 11, 2019
  • T-6A Texan II

    For nearly two decades the T-6A Texan II has been the gateway for hopeful students to enter into the realm of becoming Air Force pilots. The Texan II is a two-seat, single-engine aircraft capable of aerobatic maneuvers and has a zero altitude/zero airspeed ejection seat for student safety. Development In the 1980s, aircraft performance and […]

    MSgt Greg C. Biondo No responses January 28, 2019
  • Serving, Saving, Shaping

    In December 2018, Airman magazine interviewed Maj. Gen. Mark E. Smith, the Civil Air Patrol’s 24th national commander. He leads CAP’s more than 60,000 members across the United States in fulfilling the U.S. Air Force auxiliary’s Congressionally chartered missions of emergency services, cadet programs and aerospace education, in addition to the organization’s steadily increasing role […]

    Airman Magazine No responses January 22, 2019
  • B-2 Spirit

    With its precision, stealth, long-range capability and payload capacity, the B-2 Spirit is one of the most versatile airframes in the Air Force’s inventory. The combination of its unique capabilities enables global reach and allows the Air Force to bypass the enemy’s most sophisticated defenses. The B-2 Spirit’s low-observable, or stealth, characteristics give it the […]

    Staff Sgt. Marianique Santos No responses January 14, 2019
  • Herding Health

    See more Veterinarian photos on Flickr (Editor’s note: The following is an encore presentation of an Airman magazine story documenting an Operation Pacific Angel mission to build international partnerships. In 2012, an Air Force veterinarian, Lt. Col. Douglas D. Riley, partnered with Mongolian veterinarians to improve the health of the livestock which provides the country […]

    Airman Magazine No responses January 7, 2019