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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.

Airman Killed in Fort Bragg Accident Loved his Job

Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer | Jul 23, 2014

Timothy Wright had been making final checks on his hiking equipment as he prepared to set off with his brothers for a 10-day backpacking tour through the picturesque hills of Canada. He had been looking forward to the trip, which he spent a year planning with his older brothers, Aaron and Matthew. But Wright, whose love for the outdoors was sur... more

MacDill May Get $32M in Upgrades for New Jets

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 | Jul 23, 2014

MacDill Air Force Base will likely receive about $32 million in upgrades to accommodate eight new KC-135 refueling jets scheduled to arrive here over the next few years, according to U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor. Castor, who hosted a bipartisan meeting between Tampa's Congressional delegation and a top Air Force official on Tuesday, said that the del... more

Tests May Underestimate AF Water Contamination

 | Jul 23, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Tests conducted by Air Force contractors may have frequently underestimated the levels of hazardous chemicals found in Albuquerque groundwater contaminated by a Kirtland Air Force Base fuel spill, Air Force and state officials have acknowledged in documents and interviews. The extent of the problem is unclear, but it raises... more

Court Upholds 6-figure Bail for Air Force NCO


The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville, Fla.) | Jul 22, 2014

An appeals court has said a Jacksonville judge was within his rights to set bail at $750,009 for an Air Force tech sergeant charged with soliciting sex online with an undercover officer posing as a 13-year-old girl. Lawyers for Dennis Edwin Mehaffie, 38, argued he has no way of paying such a sum and it unfairly punishes him. It essentially mean... more

Airman Killed in Training Exercise is Identified

Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer | Jul 21, 2014

A Fort Bragg airman who was killed Thursday in a training exercise has been identified. Senior Airman Timothy J. Wright, 30, died in a Humvee accident at Pope Army Airfield during a unit readiness training exercise, according to a Fort Bragg news release. Fort Bragg said Thursday that Wright was hit by the vehicle about 10:45 a.m. He was prono... more

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