Air Force

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The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win in the air, space, and cyberspace.

World War II had been over for two years and the Korean War lay three years ahead when the Air Force ended a 40-year association with the U.S. Army to become a separate service. The U.S. Air Force thus entered a new era in which airpower became firmly established as a major element of the nation’s defense and one of its chief hopes for deterring war. The Department of the Air Force was created when President Harry S Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947.

The Air Force has three core competencies: Developing Airmen, Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations. These core competencies make six distinctive capabilities possible: 

Air and Space Superiority:  With it, joint forces can dominate enemy operations in all dimensions -- land, sea, air and space. 

Global Attack:  Because of technological advances, the Air Force can attack anywhere, anytime -- and do so quickly and with greater precision than ever before. 

Rapid Global Mobility:  Being able to respond quickly and decisively anywhere needed is key to maintaining rapid global mobility. 

Precision Engagement:  The essence lies in the ability to apply selective force against specific targets because the nature and variety of future contingencies demand both precise and reliable use of military power with minimal risk and collateral damage. 

Information Superiority:  The ability of joint force commanders to keep pace with information and incorporate it into a campaign plan is crucial. 

Agile Combat Support:  Deployment and sustainment are keys to successful operations and cannot be separated. Agile combat support applies to all forces, from those permanently based to contingency buildups to expeditionary forces.

The Department of the Air Force is headquartered in the Pentagon, Washington D.C. The service is organized in nine major commands throughout the world which provide combat aircraft, airlift, refueling, reconnaissance and other support to the Unified Combatant Commands. 

The Air Force also has more than three dozen field operating agencies and direct reporting units which directly support the mission by providing unique services.

There are approximately 332,000 airmen currently serving across the globe.

AF Enlisted Attaché Applications Due

Applications are being sought from active duty staff sergeants through senior master sergeants to serve as enlisted defense attaché specialists at 23 locations with tour lengths ranging from 12-36 months. Applications are due by June 15. Support positions include operations coordinator and operations NCO. Applicants and all immediate family memb... more

Tuition Assistance for Airmen

Tuition assistance is available to service members who are serving on active duty, if they satisfy management requirements and are approved by their chain of command. Airmen planning to attend college should first discuss their interest with their supervisor, and then make an appointment with their local education office. There, they will meet w... more

Air Force Recruiter Sentenced to 55 Months for Sexual Assault

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WRIGHT-PATTERSRON AIR FORCE BASE -- An Air Force recruiter convicted of sexual assault apologized to the teenage victim and family members Thursday before he was sentenced 55 months in a military prison. Staff Sgt. Corey J. Campbell, 28, an Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran, also was reduced in rank to E-1, the lowest enlisted military rank. He ... more

HYT Extension Possible for Some Airmen

Eligible senior airmen, staff sergeants, technical sergeants and master sergeants in 35 Air Force specialties will be able to apply for a high year of tenure extension and, if approved, will be able to extend between 12 and 24 months past their current HYT. A matrix of eligible Air Force specialty codes and eligible grades has been posted to myP... more

AF High Year of Tenure Programs

The Air Force is offering targeted voluntary high year of tenure (HYT) extensions, Voluntary Limited Period of Active Duty Program affording opportunities to members of the Air Reserve Component to serve an active-duty tour, and Direct Duty Prior Service Enlistment Program opening doors for prior-service enlisted members to return to active duty... more

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