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The Air Force Association (AFA) is a non-profit, independent, professional military and aerospace education association promoting public understanding of aerospace power and the pivotal role it plays in the security of the nation. The annual AFA Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition brings together Air Force leadership and industry experts from around the world to discuss the issues and challenges facing America and the aerospace community today. The Technology Exposition also features aerospace exhibitions displaying and demonstrating the latest breakthroughs in air and space technology.

Global Strike Airmen to See New Jobs, Cash and Responsibilities

Two maintainers work on a missile while it sits erect in its capsule. Malmstrom's first flight of Minute-man missiles went on alert Oct. 26, 1962. (U.S. Air Force/courtesy photo)

The head of Air Force nuclear forces on Tuesday said the command has bounced back from last year's scandal that saw nine officers fired and dozens of other missile officers disciplined in connection with cheating on proficiency tests. The Air Force has since responded to the cheating scandal with a string of initiatives to address what serv... more

Air Force EPR Chief: 'This is the KC-46 of Promotions'

The Air Force is changing Enlisted Performance Reports to halt the problem of so many airmen earning top ratings of “5” in all categories, often referred to as a “Firewall 5.”

A room filled with anxious airmen questioned the chief of the Air Force's Enlisted Force Policy Branch at the Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference over possible problems with the planned changes to the Enlisted Performance Reports and promotion system. Chief Master Sgt. Brandy Petzel outlined the new EPR changes that will roll out... more

Pentagon Building Case for Air Force Fleet Upgrades


The Pentagon on Wednesday called attention to the aging Air Force fleet that will U.S. commanders will depend on to play a dominant role in the air campaigns in Iraq and Syria against the Islamic State. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was scheduled to deliver a keynote speech to the Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference Wednesday morn... more

Air Force's Top NCO Lauds Force Amid Drawdown, Promotion Changes

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody speaks at the Outstanding Airmen of the Year dinner during the AFA’s annual Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition Sept. 16, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Varhegyi)

The Air Force's top non-commissioned officer on Wednesday sought to assure an enlisted force worried about the service's plans to cuts its end strength and introduce a new performance evaluation and promotions system. "If you look at all the uncertainty that's out there, it's been a challenging year," Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James... more

American Airmen Video Contest Winner Announced

Gen. Mark A. Welsh II at AFA

The American Airmen Video Contest is over and the votes are in, the winner of the video contest is Air Mobility Command finalist Tech. Sgt. Brian Williams, 87th Security Forces Squadron at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, his video received 1,814 votes. Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III recognized Williams and ... more

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