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Enlisted corps bestows highest honor upon Welsh

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III was inducted into the Air Force Order of the Sword during a ceremony April 22 in Montgomery, Alabama. An ancient tradition adopted by the Air Force in 1967, the Order of the Sword is the highest level of honor and tribute the enlisted corps can give its leaders.


Pentagon spokesman: Up to 250 more U.S. forces to deploy to Syria

Up to 250 additional U.S. personnel are being deployed to Syria to support local forces on the ground and build on successes of U.S. forces already deployed there in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the Pentagon's press secretary said April 25.


Airman swims into university’s hall of fame

For one 96th Test Wing Airman, the wild blue yonder isn't overhead but below and in front of his gaze as he stands on the starting block waiting for his signal. Upon the alert, he blasts off and pierces his calm blue horizon to begin a competitive swim. Senior Airman Francisco Perez Castillo, a 96th Maintenance Group administrator, has been swimming since age 4. He joined his first swim team a year after that.


PACAF A-10s, HH-60s fly first air contingent missions in Philippines

A U.S. Pacific Command air contingent began flying operations at Clark Air Base on April 19 with the successful launch of four A-10C Thunderbolt IIs and two HH-60G Pave Hawks.


Top 5 facts about AF energy conservation

Earth Day, which takes place annually on April 22, serves as a day to demonstrate support for environmental protection. The Air Force's overarching Earth Day theme continues to be "Conserve Today. Secure Tomorrow."


KC-46 team wins DOD environmental award

The KC-46A Pegasus program’s Environment, Safety and Occupational Health team was named the Defense Department’s top large program in environmental excellence in weapon system acquisition April 22.


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.


US military delivers 30 tons of supplies for Japan earthquake relief

The U.S. military has delivered more than 30 tons of supplies to help the people of Japan following two powerful, deadly earthquakes there, a Pentagon spokesman said April 21.


Hill depot facility becomes first to work on all F-35 variants

The Ogden Air Logistics Complex on Hill Air Force Base, Utah, became the first depot facility to perform modifications on all three F-35 Lightning II variants after it inducted a Navy F-35C carrier version April 15.


New AF development planning effort key to third offset

To help the Air Force define and develop future capabilities, Air Force Materiel Command is standing up a multi-disciplinary Air Force team at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

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