A U-2 crashed shortly after takeoff at approximately 9:05 a.m. Sept. 20 near the Sutter Buttes mountain range in northern California. Two pilots were onboard and ejected from the aircraft.
The success of today’s Air Force is a product of the Airmen who are willing to put themselves in harm’s way for the defense of the nation, the commander of Air Combat Command told thousands of Airmen, members of industry and airpower advocates during the Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, Sept. 20.
Following the Air Force secretary’s announcement that the new long-range strike bomber would be called the B-21 Raider, Gen. Robin Rand, the Air Force Global Strike Command commander, said during a session at the Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber Conference Sept. 19 the name brought the past and present Air Force full circle by linking a success from the past with modernization that is currently taking shape with the new bomber -- and must continue to keep the Air Force ahead of its enemies.
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Brigadier General Mott is the Deputy Director of Operations, U.S. Central Command, MacDill AFB,
Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody will retire in early 2017, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Dave Goldfein announced during the Air Force Update at the Air Force Association's Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, Sept. 20.
Brigadier General John C. Kubinec is the Commander, Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia.
Air Force leadership agree, taking care of Airmen and their families is paramount to the future of the force.<br />
During a panel session at the Air Force Association&rsquo;s Air, Space and Cyber Conference Sept. 19, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James, Air Force Chief of Staff Dave Goldfein, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody and their spouses focused on how the Air Force is supporting its members and ways Airmen can strike a balance between work and home.<br />
Additionally, James announced a spouse and family member forum scheduled for for Oct. 19 in Washington, D.C.<br />
According to James, the Air Force is taking a &ldquo;several-fold approach&rdquo; in the way it&rsquo;s currently supporting Airmen and their families, starting with Air Force senior leaders&rsquo; concerted effort to protect and improve Airman and Family Readiness Center-run programs.<br />
After expanding the Military Family Life Counselor Program in fiscal year 2016 and extending maternity leave, leadership is currently working with the Defense Department state liaison office to relieve some &ndash; if not all &ndash; of the difficulty a spouse may face when transferring their professional credentials state-to-state after a military-induced move. <br />
Regarding effectively balancing work and family, Cody said Airmen must realize the scales aren&rsquo;t going to be perfectly balanced all the time. <br />
&ldquo;We do ask a tremendous amount (from our) Airmen and their families &hellip; and that&rsquo;s just the nature of our business,&rdquo; Cody said. &ldquo;But you can&rsquo;t go home every night and not have anything left in the tank for the ones who love you more than anybody.&rdquo;<br />
This is true for a force that has been engaged in the joint fight for 25 years, and involved in a significant campaign against violent extremism for 15 years. Withstanding these challenges, Goldfein is inspired by the resiliency of Airmen and their families. He is dedicated to providing injured Airmen and their caregivers the support they need through the Invisible Wounds of War initiative.<br />
&ldquo;We are working extensively to reorganize ourselves to get this right, and every one of our Airmen who have either visible or invisible wounds are our Airmen for life &ndash; we owe this to them,&rdquo; Goldfein said. &ldquo;The resiliency our families have as they continue this long war that we&rsquo;re in and as we go into the future has certainly been an inspiration.&rdquo;
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Nearly three years into her tenure as the Air Force’s top leader, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James reaffirmed that people continue to be her top priority during her State of the Air Force address at the Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber Conference Sept. 19, in National Harbor, Maryland.
The Air Force’s long-range strike bomber has officially been named the B-21 Raider.
After a 30-minute weather delay, over 15,000 runners, walkers and spectators from all 50 states and many foreign countries gathered Sept. 17 to take part in the 20th annual U.S. Air Force Marathon at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohioj.
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When innovative ideas save the Air Force hundreds of thousands of dollars, leadership takes notice. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James presented the Gen. Larry O. Spencer Innovation Award to Master Sgt. Matthew Galinsky, who, in 2015, served as the Air Force fuels equipment manager at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and to the Electro-Chemical Milling Team from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, during a ceremony at the Pentagon Sept. 16.
As the Air Force turns a year older Sept. 18, some of the newest members of the service were asked earlier this month on their basic training graduation day why they decided to be part of the world’s greatest airpower team. Here’s what they had to say.
At the core of the Air Force, on its 69th birthday, is the diversity of more than 600,000 Airmen. Our success, past, present and future, is tied to the professionalism, dedication, skill and heroism of the total force.
Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Dave Goldfein, and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody released the following message in honor of the Air Force’s 69th birthday.
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.
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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Dave Goldfein testified to the U.S. Senate on Capitol Hill Sept. 15 emphasizing the need for fiscal stability to combat the long-term modernization and readiness challenges facing the Air Force.<br /><br />“We need the flexibility to retire aging weapon systems and reduce excess infrastructure in order to afford the technology needed to maintain our advantage,” Goldfein said. “If we don’t have stable budgets, we mortgage the future to pay for the current readiness.”<br /><br />The senior officers of the Army, Navy and Marine Corps also testified on behalf of their services. The common refrain was the crucial requirement of a stable, long-term budget to maintain a modern military force capable of defeating the nation’s adversaries. They agreed the current year-to-year budgeting policy is detrimental to comprehensive military capabilities.<br /><br />“We will be forced to continually make strategic trades to simultaneously sustain legacy fleets, while smartly investing in modernization and the future technologies required to meet combatant commander demands,” Goldfein said.<br /><br />Goldfein added readiness and morale are crucially linked components necessary to sustain an operational fighting force. He said he believes Airmen should be given every opportunity to succeed in their chosen occupations.<br /><br />“Pilots who don’t fly, maintainers who don’t maintain, controllers who don’t control will walk,” Goldfein said. “There’s not enough money in the treasury to keep them in if we don’t give them the resources they need to be the best they can be.”<br /><br />Goldfein’s written testimony presented to the Senate Armed Services Committee emphasized Air Force readiness realities triggered by funding under a continuing resolution.<br /><br />If enacted at fiscal year 2016 levels, a continuing resolution would result in Air Force funding $1.3 billion less than requested, limited procurement quantities for munitions, and delay adequate quantities on contracts -- potentially limiting the availability of air strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and other future threats.<br /><br />Goldfein called on senate leaders to secure a return to stable budgets without extended continuing resolutions.<br /><br />“Current global security demands remind us that America’s joint team must be ready to engage anytime, anywhere, across the full spectrum of conflict,” Goldfein said. “America expects it and with your support our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines will deliver it.”