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.

4-Star General to Lead Nuclear Air Force for First Time

Gen. Robin Rand

WASHINGTON — The Air Force has for the first time nominated a four-star general to lead the organization responsible for its nuclear missile corps and strategic bomber fleet. It said Thursday that the nominee is Gen. Robin Rand, a career fighter pilot who has never served in the nuclear missile corps or the bomber force. Rand currently is comm... more

Robins Air Force Base Holds Summit with Local Clergy

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WARNER ROBINS -- In the past couple of years Robins Air Force Base leaders have sought more ways to partner with the community to provide services for military members, and now that is being extended to spiritual matters. At the Museum of Aviation on Thursday the base held its first summit with about 65 pastors and other local church leaders to... more

Hearing Set for Air Force Cadet on Sex Misconduct Charges

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AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — The Air Force Academy will conduct a hearing to determine whether a cadet should face a military trial on modified charges of sexual misconduct. The hearing is scheduled Monday for junior Brock W. Mangum. Mangum was charged last year with sexual assault and abusive sexual contact against a female cadet. After a heari... more

Airmen Missing from WWII Accounted For

WASHINGTON -- The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced Feb. 23, that the remains of U.S. servicemen, missing in action from World War II, have been accounted for and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors. Army Air Forces 1st Lts. William D. Bernier of Augusta, Montana; Bryant E. Poulsen of Salt ... more

A-10s Continue to Survive; Plan Calls for Facility Construction

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WASHINGTON -- Concern about what might replace the A-10 Thunderbolt II, support for improving infrastructure at Whiteman Air Force Base and a reminder about a study regarding cargo aircraft became discussion points for Sen. Roy Blunt during a press call Wednesday. Minutes before the call, Blunt met as an Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense m... more

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