Operational

U.S. Air Force operations

  • Closing the Gap

    By the end of 2015, after decades of unpredictable budgets, a period of sequestration, forced personnel reductions and a relentless operations tempo, the Air Force was facing a huge hurdle to achieving its operational readiness goals – a shortage of roughly 4,000 aircraft maintainers across the service. In response, the Air Force began to move its […]

    Peter Ising No responses September 23, 2019
  • Guarding the Nation’s Skies

    Following the events of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Department of Defense identified flaws in its security procedures within the airspace surrounding the National Capital Region. In response, Operation Noble Eagle was created to protect the skies of North America. An important training element of Noble Eagle, Fertile Keynote exercises utilize the Air Force’s civilian […]

    Airman Magazine No responses August 19, 2019
  • Building A Power Base

    John W. Henderson, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Energy, is responsible for the formulation, review and execution of plans, policies, programs and budgets to meet Air Force installations, energy, environment, safety and occupational health objectives. Henderson was commissioned in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in May 1994, upon graduation […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses August 5, 2019
  • Gateway To Readiness

    Story by Dan Hawkins, Air Education and Training Command Public Affairs After listening to feedback from the field, a few changes to the Air Force Basic Military Training curriculum will transform trainees into more combat-ready Airmen. See more BMT photos on Flickr The changes, which began Sept. 4, 2018, are entirely focused on readiness and lethality, […]

    Staff Sgt. Marianique Santos No responses July 22, 2019
  • Looking Down Range

    There is no set-in-stone future for Air Force ranges, but some pilots, range managers and planners have a vision for the way ahead. One potential future for Air Force ranges combines the capabilities of live, virtual and constructive elements to seamlessly create an immersive training experience. Live aircraft will fly in actual airspace boundaries while […]

    MSgt Greg C. Biondo No responses July 8, 2019
  • The New Deterrent

    Military doctrine identifies five domains of warfare—land, sea, air, space and information. While borders and barriers define the four natural domains, the fifth dimension, with the advancements of artificial intelligence, is rapidly expanding with the potential to destabilize free and open international order. Nations like China and Russia are making significant investments in AI for […]

    Bennie J. Davis III No responses July 1, 2019
  • Civil Air Patrol Podcast

    At Altitude podcast of interview with Maj. Gen. Mark E. Smith, the Civil Air Patrol’s 24th national commander. Smith 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 […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses June 24, 2019
  • CV-22 OSPREY

    The CV-22 Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft that combines the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing qualities of a helicopter with the long-range, fuel efficiency and speed characteristics of a turboprop aircraft. Its mission is to conduct long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for special operations forces. Design and Development The CV-22 Osprey is the […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses June 15, 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 […]

    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