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.

Memorial Bench To Be Made for Air Force Academy Cadet, Mother

Alex Quiros shared this photo of he and his mother, Ksenia Quiros, on Facebook in August. (Facebook photo)

Jose Quiros has politely declined strangers' offers of help since his Air Force Academy cadet son died mysteriously and his wife apparently committed suicide three weeks later. Quiros said he and son Peter "are well cared for by our neighbors and friends." He suggested people could donate to the academy's astronautical engineering department, w... more

Airmen Recognized by Air Force Association

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Five airmen from the 186th Air Refueling Wing have been recognized by a local Air Force association. The officers were recognized during the 10th Annual Business Meeting of The Air Force Association, G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery Chapter 376. "Each year we use our annual business meeting as a way to recognize the young men and women who have been ch... more

Air Force Tests Standards to Open Combat Jobs to Women

A USAF basic trainee crosses the Horizontal Rope obstacle at the Basic Expeditionary Airman Skills Training site at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, April 8, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Trevor Tiernan)

The U.S. Air Force will soon begin evaluating physical standards as the service moves toward opening direct-combat jobs in special operations to women. Air Force leaders are considering opening six career fields currently closed to women ranging from para-rescue jumper to combat controller. About 99 percent of the positions within the Air... more

Tinker AFB May Get Air Force Reserve Mission for New Refueling Planes

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WASHINGTON -- Tinker Air Force Base, which has already been tapped as the maintenance center for the next generation of aerial refueling planes, also may host Air Force Reserve operations for the aircraft. Tinker is one of four finalists for the KC-46A Reserve mission, and will receive a visit next month from command officials conducting site s... more

Warbirds Soar to Promote Fly-In, My MacDill

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TAMPA -- After two passes over MacDill Air Force Base, the formation of World War II warbirds received a call from the base tower. Can you make another pass? So the planes -- a B-25, four T-6s and four Chinese-model Yaks -- banked around and flew back over the base. "They were really excited," said Todd Winemiller, pilot of the lead T-6 Texan... more

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