• 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
  • 25th SecAF Barbara Barrett – The First Interview In her first formal interview since becoming Air Force secretary, Barbara Barrett told Air Force Television about her youth, her life’s journey, and how those experiences make the Air Force a good match. “Aviation is a big part of my life and space is too. For me the Air Force is a very comfortable home and a place that […] Airman Magazine No responses November 21, 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
  • Air Base 201 After 1000 days, and barriers including dust storms, thunderstorms, and the isolated location, US Air Force Airmen at Air Base 201 in Agadez, Niger have completed the largest troop labor project in history. Air Base 201’s 6000 foot runway will give the Air Force a constant intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance presence in a increasingly active […] Andrew Arthur Breese No responses November 1, 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
  • Maintenance Solutions Air Force Aircraft maintenance addresses key areas to readiness recovery in building a more ready, lethal force After decades of readiness decline, the Air Force is working to accelerate its recovery, ensuring the service is prepared to combat rapidly evolving threats. Today, more than 75% of the Air Force’s core fighting units are combat ready. […] Airman Magazine No responses September 30, 2019
  • 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
  • Faces on The Hill In one wing, there are 435. On the other, there are 100. Luckily, this isn’t referring to a severe weight imbalance detrimental to an aircraft’s flight. These are the number of appointed individuals responsible for making the nation’s laws on Capitol Hill and the people who some Air Force legislative liaisons and fellows engage with […] Staff Sgt. Marianique Santos No responses August 12, 2019