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.

Top Prosecutor Leaves Air Force to Reform Military Justice System

The Air Force's chief prosecutor, Col. Don Christensen, is going to work for the sexual assault victim advocacy group Protect Our Defenders. (Courtesy Don Christensen)

One of the military's most highly regarded prosecutors is leaving the justice system he's served for more than two decades to work for a group devoted to reforming it. Col. Don Christensen, formerly the Air Force's chief prosecutor, is retiring from the service in December and will become the president of Protect Our Defenders, an inf... more

41 Total Force Airmen Selected As KC-46 Aircrew

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RANDOLPH AFB, Texas -- Forty-one officers and enlisted members from active duty, Air Force Reserve and the Air National Guard have been selected as KC-46 tanker initial operational test and evaluation aircrew, Air Force Personnel Center officials said today. The KC-46 "Pegasus" is slated to enter the Air Force inventory, pending the results of ... more

Beale Airman Accused of Sharing Child Porn

Investigators suspect a Beale Air Force Base airman is behind a screen name that shared digital images of child pornography. Following a computer forensic investigation, a complaint was filed against Elliott Michael Burton, 20, in Yuba County Superior Court charging him with two counts of felony possession of obscene matter and possession of a ... more

WWII-Era Buildings at Hill AFB to be Demolished

HILL AIR FORCE BASE -- Make-shift office buildings that have been standing at Hill Air Force Base since the FDR administration are set to start tumbling down next week. On Dec. 1, base officials will open a new 75,000-square-foot office building that will house military and civilian workers from Hill, as well as several defense contractors. The... more

Air Force Academy Senior Named Rhodes Scholar

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An Air Force Academy senior is one of 32 students from around the country to be named as a Rhodes Scholar. Rebecca Esselstein, originally from Dayton, Ohio, is the 38th Air Force Academy student to win the scholarship, and one of only a dozen student-athletes to win the honor. She was selected from a pool of 877 applicants who received endorse... more

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