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Remains of fighter pilot hero return home after 10 years

This week, nearly 10 years after he was killed in combat operations in Iraq, U.S. forces brought home the remains of F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot Maj. Troy Gilbert, who died saving the lives of U.S. service members and coalition allies.


AF announces 2017 support squadron commander candidates

Air Force officials have selected 921 officers from more than 20 career fields as the 2017 support,


Around the Air Force: Sept. 4

On this look around the Air Force, senior leaders release a memorandum for diversity initiatives, assignments to Turkey become unaccompanied tours and the Air Force raises awareness for cybersecurity.


Around the Air Force: Oct. 4

On this look around the Air Force, senior leaders release a memorandum for diversity initiatives, assignments to Turkey become unaccompanied tours and the Air Force raises awareness for cybersecurity.


From England to France: Swimming the channel

After approximately two years of training and regimented swimming schedules, two Airmen swam the English Channel from Dover, England, to the western coastline of France Sept. 27 and Oct. 3.<br /><br />Majs. Simon Ritchie and Casey Bowen, both dermatologists assigned to the 59th Medical Wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, said they viewed the challenging swim as the culminating point for swimmers across the globe.<br /><br />“This is the pinnacle event in swimming,” Bowen said. “It’s been a long-term goal and just a personal challenge that I have been thinking of for a long time. We scheduled a crossing years ago.” <br /><br />After waiting for a few days for the right conditions for the swim, Bowen leaped off the support boat on Sept. 26, into the frigid salt water of the English Channel, swam to Dover shoreline and began his trek to the French coast. Ritchie had to wait a few more days to start his swim, but began Oct. 3. <br /><br />Both Airmen successfully landed on the shoreline of France. Bowen finished with a time of 12 hours and 9 minutes while Ritchie completed the event in 11 hours and 24 minutes. <br /><br />The Airmen said they felt confident in their abilities and dedication to accomplish the task, but also cognizant of the challenges they faced. The duo tackled Mother Nature’s unpredictability with wind, rain, tidal changes and cold temperatures as well as a potential encounter with jellyfish. <br /><br />Aside from the forces of nature, the Airmen coped with physical exhaustion and mental fatigue as they fought through the sea. <br /><br />“I try to lose myself in the moment; you really just have to stay in your own moment,” Ritchie said. “Look at your support boat and put your head back down in the water and keep going.” <br /><br />When they arrived in Dover, the Airmen had the opportunity to speak with several other swimmers from around the world who also completed the solo and relay swims across the channel.<br /><br />“One of my old coaches from the (U.S.) Air Force Academy had emailed me and told me that it was about the endeavor and not about finishing, try to enjoy it,” Bowen said. “So I did.”


Reserve Recruiters reach goal for 16th straight year

Air Force Reserve Command Recruiting Service has met the command’s accession goal for the 16th


Tech Report: Adaptive optics

Space will soon be a contested environment, and the U.S. Air Force is taking steps to ensure it has the best possible observation and information about what is out there. The Air Force Tech Report is a video series that gives viewers a quick look at current technology the Air Force uses to fly, fight and win.


Air Force selects 1,855 for promotion to captain

The Air Force selected 1,855 first lieutenants for promotion to captain during the Calendar Year


AF selects 1,855 for promotion to captain

The Air Force selected 1,855 first lieutenants for promotion to captain during the Calendar Year


AF launches yearlong ‘Cyber Secure’ campaign

The Air Force message is clear -- October may be National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, but with the continuous advancement of technology and evolving cyber threats, one month of cybersecurity awareness is no longer enough.<br /> <br /> In a <a href="http://www.af.mil/Portals/1/images/cybersecure/2016-09-23%20Cybersecurit... target="_self">memorandum</a> sent to Air Force personnel, Lt. Gen. William J. Bender, the Air Force’s chief information officer, said he was establishing the Chief Information Security Office (CISO) and beginning a yearlong Cyber Secure campaign in October to address cybersecurity throughout the service. <br /> <br /> “We must position cyber at the forefront of our thinking, planning, and operations,” Bender said. “Cybersecurity depends on every Airman, regardless of rank or job description. Every time you log onto a system, click on a link, download a file, or plug one device into another, we risk exposing our systems to exploitation.”<br /> <br /> In other words, when it comes to cyberspace, everything is connected. <br /> <br /> “Every Airman who plugs an unauthorized device into a network or circumvents a security control on a maintenance loader needs to understand that he or she is creating vulnerabilities for our enemies to exploit,” Bender said. <br /> <br /> Maj. Gen. Cedric D. George, the Air Force deputy chief of staff for logistics, said it’s important to emphasize at every echelon of command that data and information are primary reasons we must take cybersecurity seriously. <br /> <br /> "Data remains a strategic, operational and tactical asset,” George said. “It’s as important to logisticians as fuel. No Jet Propellant 8, no airpower; no secure and synthesized log data, no airpower -- period. We need every Airman to understand that cybersecurity awareness and the mission systems we connect to are inextricably linked, and we must be cyber secure." <br /> <br /> Air Force leadership also emphasized that the cyber domain is much more than the internet. <br /> <br /> “While the internet is part of cyberspace, it is not all of cyberspace,” Bender said. “Any computer system capable of communicating with other computer systems in some way is part of cyberspace. A desktop computer, an avionics computer on an aircraft, a smart phone, an industrial controller, and the processors on a modern car are all part of cyberspace, although only some of them are routinely connected to the Internet. Most modern military equipment -- from a humble truck to a B-2 (Raider) bomber -- has some form of processor and is thus reliant upon and a part of cyberspace.”<br /> <br /> Bender called on Airmen across the total force to start considering cybersecurity as part of their normal routine in the same way they’re accustomed to thinking about physical safety. <br /> <br /> “It is not just the cyberspace warriors who need to adapt; operators and support personnel who focus on the physical domains also need to practice operating effectively in an environment of constant change where not everything works as expected,” he said. “Everyone in the total force must learn to think of cyberspace as a war-fighting domain. Mission assurance is not something created by technical experts alone.”<br />

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