• Leadership Playground LRC develops future leaders by using hands-on practice in tackling both leader and follower roles Developed by a German psychologist in the 1920’s, the concept of a Leaders’ Reaction Course was used to train and evaluate candidates to become military officers. The course used a series of observed physical team-building and critical-thinking exercises to assess […] Bennie J. Davis III No responses February 19, 2020
  • Leader of the Pack AFGSC’s newest acquisition secures and safeguards Air Force nuclear launch facilities Air Force Global Strike Command has acquired its first ever aircraft, the MH-139A Grey Wolf, the command’s first major acquisition in its 10-year history. The Grey Wolf will replace the UH-1N Huey, which entered the operational Air Force during the Vietnam War in 1970. […] Airman Magazine No responses February 11, 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 […] TSgt Perry Aston No responses January 27, 2020
  • Reconstructing Tyndall In September, nearing the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Michael striking Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Airman sat down for an interview with Brig. Gen. Patrice A. Melancon, Tyndall Air Force Base Reconstruction Program Management Office executive director. More than 60% of Tyndall AFB’s facilities were significantly damaged in the hurricane and, at the direction of […] J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses January 13, 2020
  • Airman Aerials Since its early days as a service, the Air Force has embraced technological advances in air and space capabilities and played an integral role as a global airpower. Airman Magazine presents Airman Aerials, a photographic art gallery, featuring some of the best aerial photography from around the service in recent history. See more Airman Aerials […] Airman Magazine No responses December 22, 2019
  • 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 […] TSgt Perry Aston No responses December 4, 2019
  • Northern Vision Lt. Gen. Thomas A. Bussiere is the commander, Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, North American Aerospace Defense Command; commander, Alaskan Command, U.S. Northern Command; commander, Eleventh Air Force, Pacific Air Forces, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. He is the senior military officer in Alaska, responsible for the integration of all military activities in […] Airman Magazine No responses December 3, 2019
  • Arctic Challenge According to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the Arctic sea ice extent has declined by 40% since 1979. The loss is transforming Alaska’s climate while also accelerating coastal erosion. “In a diminishing ice environment in the Arctic region, we’re seeing there’s more opportunity for industry, more opportunity for resource extraction, if done in a […] Robbie Arp No responses December 2, 2019
  • 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
  • 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 […] TSgt Perry Aston No responses November 12, 2019