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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 Tracker Helps Air Force Members Get Fit

AF Tracker Helps Air Force Members Get Fit

Physical fitness is a prime concern for those in the Air Force.  In 2010, the Air Force instituted a new and more rigorous physical fitness standard.  The new AF Tracker app will help all service members track their physical fitness status to make sure they are meeting the requirements based off Air Force Instruction.  AF Tracker is also working... more

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Air Force Pre-Boot Camp Workout

Here is the Air Force's recommended workout schedule. It's designed to prepare you for the rigors of basic training and help you to get the most out of it. We recommend that you work out at least 3-5 times per week, and at least six weeks prior to Basic Military Training. Note: for your health and safety, we recommend that you consult with you... more

An F-16D Fighting Falcon from the 18th Fighter Squadron, 354th Fighter Wing, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, flies in formation. Senior Airman Joshua Strang/Air Force

AF Grounds Two-Seater F-16s After Cracks Found

The Air Force grounded more than half of its F-16D fighter jets after it found structural cracks between the front and rear pilot seats in several aircraft, according to a statement released Tuesday in Washington. The cracks in the canopy longeron sill, a thin strip of material that fastens to the fuselage, were found in 82 of the Air Force's 1... more

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Wife of Slain Air Force Officer to Stand Trial

A state judge bound over Amy Herrera for trial on charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter, saying that prosecutors had failed to present enough evidence for first-degree murder charges in the death of Herrera's husband. Prosecutors had argued there was sufficient evidence for first-degree murder charges, while Herrera's attorneys said ... more

Maj. Liliana Henriquez and Master Sgt. Liesbeth Bowen

How Education Helped Shape Two Airman's Careers

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. (AFNS) --  For most people, getting a degree while working full time is very stressful. Two sibling service members who have faced such challenges head-on, have guided one another and found solace in each other's company during their lifelong scholastic pursuit. With the help of military tuition assistance and Air F... more

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