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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.

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Some Airmen Criticize Decision to Promote Train Hero from E-3 to E-5


Some Air Force members and veterans have turned to Facebook to vent their frustration with the service's decision to promote the heroic airman of the European train attack and have him skip a grade. Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh this week announced that Spencer Stone, who along with his two childhood friends helped foil a terrorist attack last... more

Air Force Delays Decision on Whether to Let Enlisted Airmen Fly Drones

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The U.S. Air Force has delayed until possibly next year a decision on whether to let enlisted airmen fly drones. A decision on the matter was expected in November, but will probably be pushed back until January, officials said this week at the Air and Space Conference near Washington, D.C. No explanation was immediately available. "We'll b... more

Early Tests Show Female Airmen Can Perform Many SpecOps Tasks: General

Airmen with the 552nd Air Control Wing and 513th Air Control Group pose for a photograph prior to making an historic all-female flight on Aug. 23. (Air Force photo by Darren D. Heusel)

Preliminary tests show female airmen can perform many of the same battlefield tasks as their male counterparts in Special Operations positions, a general said. The Air Force ran a series of tests involving 170 airmen, including about 70 women, between May and July at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, to predict how they would perform o... more

Airman Hero on Train Attack: 'I'm Not Going to Leave Everyone to Die'

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone meets Chief Master Sgt. Phillip Easton, 86th Airlift Wing command chief, upon his arrival to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 24. 2015. (Sara Keller/U.S. Air Force)

The U.S. airman who charged a gunman on an Amsterdam-to-Paris train believed that might be his last act in this world, but said there was no other option. "I'm not going to run away. I'm not going to leave everyone to die," Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone told reporters Tuesday at the Air and Space Conference outside Washington, D.C. "I woul... more

Air Force Must Do More to Curb Record Number of Suicides, Cody Says

When life gets difficult, suicide can seem like the only way out. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Steven White)

The Air Force has to do a better job of curbing suicides and dealing with quality of life issues that add to stress in the ranks following the worst year on record for suicides, the top enlisted airman said. When asked what the service was doing to bring down the suicide rate, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Cody said "Obvio... more

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