Training

Training schools, excercises and efforts in the U.S. Air Force

  • Engaging the Arctic

    In 1935, Billy Mitchell, former U.S. Army brigadier general and airpower advocate, testified before Congress that Alaska was the most strategic place in the world. From there, he said, U.S. Army aircraft could reach any capital in the northern hemisphere within nine hours.  Much of that flight time was over unoccupied polar ice, as only the […]

    Robbie Arp No responses November 18, 2019
  • ASAF Henderson Podcast

    In the spring of 2019, Airman interviewed John W. Henderson, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Energy, about the current state of Air Force installations and the path forward in recapitalization. He believes that mission requirements and infrastructure readiness are intrinsically linked. Listen to the podcast HERE. Henderson is responsible for […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses October 9, 2019
  • Maintaining Success

    Airmen at aircraft maintenance squadrons around the service have begun innovating with new scheduling, accelerated hands-on training courses and virtual reality simulators to get new maintainers proficient quickly; keeping more aircraft ready to fly and improving operational readiness.  We begin a continuing series of video vignettes at Travis Air Force Base, California, highlighting Airmen who […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses October 7, 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
  • At Close Range

    Air and land are valuable training tools when it comes to Air Force ranges. Both are finite resources that are also utilized by the rest of society. Unfortunately, the demand for air and land in civilian pursuits can have an impact on the Air Force and Total Force training and testing missions. Wind farms, oil […]

    MSgt Greg C. Biondo No responses July 15, 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
  • 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
  • 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