Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James joined the secretaries of the Army and Navy for a “conversation with the service secretaries” panel hosted by the Center for a New American Security here Oct. 24.
CONTRACTS ARMY General Electric Co. – GE Aviation, Lynn, Massachusetts, was awarded a $45,837,517
Rowayne A. “Wayne” Schatz, Jr., a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Associate Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
CONTRACTS DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, has been awarded a maximum
Air Force officials have selected 21 senior civilians to participate in the 2017 Air Force Civilian Strategic Leader Program.
The 1st Expeditionary Civil Engineer Group arrived in northern Iraq to conduct a reconnaissance mission for what would become a historic undertaking. Their mission: mitigate runway damage caused by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
CONTRACTS ARMY General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Poway, California was awarded a $310,000,000
(This feature is part of the "Through Airmen's Eyes" series. These stories focus on individual
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.
CONTRACTS NAVY Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., Sunnyvale, California, is being awarded a
Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James hosted a Spouse and Family Forum in the Smart Center Auditorium on Joint Base Andrews Oct. 19.
CONTRACTS DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY Rocky Brands Inc., Nelsonville, Ohio, has been awarded a maximum
Brigadier General Kenneth P. Ekman is the Vice Chief, Office of the Defense Representative, Pakistan.
CONTRACTS NAVY Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Connecticut, is being awarded $120,063,189 for contract
Michael Dickey is Chief of the Space Enterprise Vision at Air Force Space Command Headquarters, Peterson AFB, Colorado.
CONTRACTS NAVY Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
Since arriving Oct. 5, U.S. service members assigned to Joint Task Force Matthew have been operating around the clock, providing aid to citizens of western Haiti.<br /><br />The team has been conducting 24-hour operations at the request of Haiti&rsquo;s government to support the U.S. Agency for International Development&rsquo;s disaster relief efforts in the critical early stages of the response.<br /><br />&ldquo;USAID requested the unique capabilities of the military because we needed to transport critically needed relief supplies to the affected areas,&rdquo; said Tim Callaghan, the leader of the USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team. &ldquo;Because of the airlift they provided, we were able to move food, water and other supplies -- things that helped save lives -- to communities that needed it most.&rdquo;<br /><br />U.S. Southern Command established JTF Matthew under the command of Navy Rear Adm. Cedric Pringle, the deputy director of Joint Interagency Task Force South, to oversee U.S. military efforts in Haiti. To date the JTF has moved more than 480 metric tons of relief supplies to Haitians whose communities were devastated by Hurricane Matthew on Oct. 4 causing more than 1,000 deaths.<br /><br />&ldquo;This is an opportunity to make a difference for someone else,&rdquo; Pringle said.<br /><br />The task force is comprised of more than 400 military members and 20 aircraft, utilizing assets from all four branches of the military and the U.S. Coast Guard to ensure aid reaches those in need. Supplies such as rice, cooking oil, hygiene kits and medical supplies arrive to an aerial port established by 134 Airmen from the 621st Contingency Response Wing based out of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey.<br /><br />&ldquo;We brought the newly formed Contingency Response Group-Rapid Port Opening Element-Defense Logistics Agency team into an operation for the first time, and we had the right team to make it work,&rdquo; said Air Force Col. Leslie Maher, the JTF Port Opening commander. &ldquo;We have been thrilled with the group we have here. From the logistical side of the operation we have been the glue to make things happen.&rdquo;<br /><br />The supplies are accounted for and loaded for transport to communities in need. Due to the remote geography of Haiti&rsquo;s Tiburon Peninsula, the materials are loaded into Army CH-47F Chinook, UH-60 Black Hawk, and Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters for delivery.<br /><br />&ldquo;The amount of time, effort and planning that these guys put into this relief operation is astonishing,&rdquo; said Navy Cmdr. Reggie E. Johnson, the JTF Matthew Future Operations officer. &ldquo;They are truly making a difference for the people of Haiti who were most impacted -- it was a rapid response with results.&rdquo;<br /><br />The task force will continue to support USAID as necessary.<br />
CONTRACTS DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY The Wornick Co., Cincinnati, Ohio, has been awarded a maximum
For the last decade, the Air Force Memorial stood boldly in the skyline of the nation&rsquo;s capital, inciting pride and honor, and recognizing the dedication and sacrifices of Airmen who have served. Members of industry, Airmen and media attended a ceremony in celebration of the monument&rsquo;s 10th anniversary under its spires in Arlington, Virginia, Oct. 14.<br /><br />Depending on one&rsquo;s perspective, the towering memorial -- made of three spires reaching 270 feet -- can symbolize the Air Force core values, a bomb burst maneuver or the three of four planes performing a missing man formation.<br /><br />Air Force senior leaders spoke during the ceremony &ndash; themed &ldquo;past, present and future&rdquo; &ndash; paying homage to veterans who paved the way, those who are currently serving, and the Airmen of the future.<br /><br />Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James, who was also named an <a href="http://www.af.mil/News/ArticleDisplay/tabid/223/Article/974596/james-named-honorary-tuskegee-airman.aspx" target="_self">honorary Tuskegee Airman</a> at the event, spoke to the bright future of the Air Force.<br /><br />&ldquo;Airmen of today and those of tomorrow are all standing on the backs of the giants of the past,&rdquo; James said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s now up to all of us, and those who follow us, to preserve and carry forward that legacy into the future, and that is precisely what we will do.&rdquo;<br /><br />According to Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, the Airmen of today stand watch for America across the globe, delivering global reach, global vigilance and global power.<br /><br />&ldquo;Standing watch &hellip; is what we do,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;So, how appropriate that this powerful, moving memorial stands watch over our fallen at Arlington Cemetery.&rdquo;<br /><br />The solemn place to honor the pioneers of the past inspired Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody to reflect on the freedom it represents.<br /><br />&ldquo;It is truly an honor as you think about celebrating the history of it all,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;You think about two brothers with big dreams at the turn of the 20th century to the Doolittle Raiders, to the Tuskegee Airmen, to all the legends who have gone before us and shoulders we stand on that make this Air Force so great.&rdquo;<br /><br />Since its dedication, over 2 million people have visited the memorial in reverence of tradition, heritage and esprit de corps, stated the memorial&rsquo;s director.<br /><br />&ldquo;The Air Force memorial is a living, breathing monument,&rdquo; said retired Chief Master Sgt. Barbara Taylor, the Air Force Memorial managing director. &ldquo;This isn&rsquo;t something you just drive by and say it&rsquo;s nice; it is a place where Airmen come to celebrate Airmen.&rdquo;<br /><br />From history to resiliency, the majestic site is in the crossroads of heritage and the future, inspiring today&rsquo;s Air Force mission.<br /><br />&ldquo;The spires of our memorial reach to the sky, just as our Airmen reach for the sky everyday as we fly, fight and win,&rdquo; James said.
Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James was named an honorary Tuskegee Airman and was presented the Tuskegee Airman red jacket during the Air Force Memorial’s 10th anniversary ceremony in Arlington, Va., Oct. 14.