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Top 10 most viewed AF stories of 2016

The Air Force News Service has compiled a list of the top 10 stories on AF.mil for 2016. The stories were placed in order based on the number of views.


Around the Air Force: Dec. 28

On this look around the Air Force, Airmen from the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing prepare meals for forward deployed service members and B-52s conduct combined joint operations. Hosted by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Koetz.


FY 17 NDAA impact on Airmen

The approval of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017 provides a number of changes for Airmen, retirees, and families, to include stabilizing readiness and end strength, improving pilot retention, modernizing compensation and benefits and enhancing transparency in the Uniform Code of Military Justice.


Around the Air Force: Dec. 23

On this look around the Air Force the first Japanese F-35 arrives at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona; Edwards AFB in California is testing ways to save fueling cost for the C-17 Globemaster III; and the Air Force band performs at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Hosted by Airman 1st Class Cory Kuttler.


BLUE: Generation STEM

Air Force TV has released the latest episode of the Air Force's flagship television program, BLUE. Maintaining a technological edge in defense requires snagging the best and brightest minds for research and development. In this episode, we introduce you to some of the innovative minds working to make the Air Force's technology better, stronger and more efficient today while developing the next generation of innovators for tomorrow.


Air Force needs to grow to 350,000

In ongoing efforts to size and shape the force to current and future requirements, Air Force officials explained why the service needs to grow to 350,000 active-duty Airmen over the next seven years.


Largest military solar energy project in Northeast breaks ground on JB MDL

<p style="margin: 0in 0in 8pt;">Miranda A.A. Ballentine, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and energy, and Brig. Gen. Michael Cunniff, the adjutant general of New Jersey, helped break ground on a 98-acre solar farm at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Dec. 21.<br /> <br /> The 16.5-megawatt solar energy project will be the largest military solar installation in the Northeast and will include more than 50,000 solar panels when it’s completed in 2017.<br /> <br /> “This is a great example of a cleaner, more resilient project, and we’re going to be doing more of them,” Ballentine said. “This project demonstrates the innovative pathways our Airmen and civilians are taking to strengthen mission assurance through energy assurance.” <br /> <br /> Once completed, the solar array will produce more than 21,000 megawatt-hours of renewable energy every year – enough to power more than 2,500 homes.<br /> <br /> “Solar power is one of the most efficient and affordable energy alternatives today,” Cunniff said. “Whether you're interested in solar power because of its economic or environment impact, during these times of budgetary constraints on the federal side and the state side, I think we can all agree this joint solar project could not happen at a greater time.“<br /> <br /> Affiliates of Starwood Energy Group and Energy Management, Inc. developed the project, which is located on a capped landfill. The project is part of the Air Force’s Enhanced Use Lease program that helps create mutually beneficial commercial projects on Air Force land.<br /> <br /> “New Jersey’s leadership in solar energy policies is creating a healthier environment, greater energy independence and more stable energy costs for the region,” said Jim Gordon, the EMI president.<br /> <br /> More than 15,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions is expected to be reduced, an equivalent of 3,000 cars removed from the road.<br /> <br /> “We are pleased to contribute to the renewable energy objectives of the United States military, and appreciate all of the support for this project from the Pentagon, Air Force Civil Engineer Center and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst,” said Brad Nordholm, the senior managing director and co-head of Starwood Energy.<br /> <br /> True Green Capital and affiliates will build, own and operate the solar array in partnership with the Conti Group.</p>


Recertifications, corrections continue for Air Force Physical Fitness Assessment courses

The Air Force is nearing completion of a service-wide recertification of all installation 1.5 mile-run and 2.0-kilometer walk courses following the recent discovery of courses that were too long at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas and Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts.


The long journey home

Long rows of white marble headstones line the landscape of Arlington National Cemetery, each memorializing a fallen U.S. military member with a unique story of service to the nation. Nestled within Section 60 of the sprawling cemetery lies a marker for Air Force Maj. Troy Gilbert, an American Airman whose story and long journey home to his final resting place is an unusual one – and one which for nearly a decade lacked an ending since most of Gilbert’s remains had been missing and unrecovered somewhere in Iraq until this October.


Coalition launches largest airstrike of the year against ISIL

The U.S.-led coalition launched one of its largest airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant near Palmyra, Syria, Dec. 8, dealing a significant blow to the terrorist organization’s ability to finance and enable its means of war.

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