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Around the Air Force: Aug. 2

On this look around the Air Force, the F-35A Lightning II becomes combat ready; Airmen at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, revamp a C-130H Hercules for fighting wildfires; and the Air Force selects the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year. Hosted by SSgt Traci Keller.

AF declares the F-35A ‘combat ready’

The F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation fighter aircraft was declared ‘combat ready’ by Gen. Hawk Carlisle, the commander of Air Combat Command, Aug 2.

August issue of Airman magazine now available

The August issue of Airman magazine is now available to download and is viewable through a web browser.

B-1s to replace B-52s during routine bomber presence rotation

The B-1B Lancers are scheduled to deploy to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 6 for the first time since April 2006 in support of U.S. Pacific Command’s continuous bomber presence mission.

AF announces 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2016

Air Force officials have selected the service's top enlisted members, naming the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2016.

DOD begins workplace, gender relations survey for active-duty members

About 735,000 active-duty members across the services will be invited to take part in the largest Department of Defense Workplace and Gender Relations Survey to date beginning July 25. <br /> <br /> The 2016 WGRA is part of a series of studies that will help assess any experiences members may have had recently with sexual harassment, sexual assault and any retaliatory behaviors associated with reporting these incidents. <br /> <br /> "This survey is critical to our ability to understand these unwanted behaviors in the Air Force,” said Aileen Richards, an Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response operations research analyst. “The survey also includes experiences outside the workplace in order to understand the full scope of the issue and how best to support Airmen.”<br /> <br /> This is the only survey the DOD uses to measure rates of sexual assault and harassment for active-duty members, which is why participants’ survey responses will be confidential to the fullest extent permitted by law.<br /> <br /> Active-duty members who are selected will be contacted by the Defense Manpower Data Center’s contractor via postal mail and email. Interested Airmen can check DMDC’s survey <a href="" target="_self">website</a> to see if they have been selected for the survey. The survey is voluntary, and respondents can use duty time to complete the survey.<br /> <br /> The survey will help commanders at all levels evaluate current military workplace relations, professionalism and personal safety, and have important implications for how the military operates in the future, to include military training, justice and services.<br /> <br /> “If you’re selected for this survey, we strongly encourage you to participate and make your voice heard,” said Maj. Gen. James Johnson, the Air Force SAPR director. “It’s important for us to base our training and policies on solid scientific research, which includes understanding current conditions across the force. As we improve our understanding of the problem, our future response and preventions efforts will also improve, and we need your help and participation to improve both.”<br /> <br /> The survey will run until Sept. 28, and results of the survey are scheduled to be released on the DMDC website in spring 2017.<br />

AF releases new ICBM solicitation

The Air Force released July 29 a request for proposals for its Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) intercontinental ballistic missile weapon system program; up to two contract awards are expected in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017.

AF releases request for proposal for nuclear air-launched cruise missile replacement

The Air Force released July 29 a request for proposals to industry for its Long Range Standoff (LRSO) nuclear cruise missile program; up to two contract awards are expected in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017.

Tech Report: High-altitude pressure suits

Maintaining the atmosphere the human body is accustomed to has been a challenge plaguing high-altitude flight, and the Air Force has spent years developing suits just for it.

AF Week in Photos

This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.