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“The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible...”—Dwight D. Eisenhower Letter to Airmen - Back to basics
Mobility Airmen,Now that combat operations in Afghanistan have officially come to a close, and we transition to new operations around the world, we must re-energize our focus on the basics essential to keeping us out of trouble.  It's time to re-evaluate how we safely accomplish our local and global mission.Like many sporting events, there are
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2015
A M-2 Treadway Bridge sections falls to the group Dec. 7, 1950 at Koto-ri, North Korea. This was one of the eight, 4,000-pound sectioned delivered to trapped United Nation ground forces by C-119s assigned to the 314th Troop Carrier Group’s 61st Troop Carrier Squadron.  (Courtesy Photo) Combat Airlift Help Dates Back to Korea
On Dec. 7, 1950, an event unique in the history of combat airlift occurred in the skies over North Korea.  For the first and only time in military history, a bridge was airdropped to ground forces below.On Oct. 19, 1950, hundreds of thousands of communist Chinese  troops of the "People's Volunteer Army" began slipping across the Yalu River into
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2014
1st Lt. Cody Hoylman and Capt. James Quon, both pilots for the 906th Air Refueling Squadron assigned to the 126 Air Refueling Wing, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., were recently selected for the initial operational test and evaluation aircrew for the KC-46 Pegasus. The active duty Air Force pilots currently fly the KC-135R Stratotanker for the Illinois Air National Guard under an Active Association. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Elise Stout) Scott pilots chosen for KC-46 Pegasus program
Two members of Team Scott are among 46 pilots and 33 boom operators from the Air Force Reserve, the Air National Guard, and active duty who were selected as KC-46 Pegasus initial operational test and evaluation aircrew.Capt. James Quon and 1st Lt. Cody Hoylman, both 906th Air Refueling Squadron executive officers and KC-135 co-pilots, were among
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2014
Gen. Darren McDew AMC Commander: Thank you for a tremendous year
The holidays present us with an opportunity to reflect on the past year, recognize the accomplishments of our incredible team, and refocus for even greater prospects in the new year.  To all of our Total Force mobility Airmen and families, thank you.  Thank you for your dedication to delivering our country's rapid global mobility, 24/7/365.  I look
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2014
Team Dover members pose for a photo on the flight line Dec. 16, 2014, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. C-5M maintenance personnel were deployed four months in support of Afghanistan retrograde missions at a forward staging location in Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Zachary Cacicia) Dover puts the M in retrograde
Keeping the gigantic C-5M Super Galaxy mission going at home station is challenging, and for Dover's deployed C-5Ms supporting the Afghanistan retrograde mission, there were some unique challenges for the deployed C-5M maintainers. Beginning in August, a 10-person C-5M maintenance team from the 436th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Dover AFB has
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2014
A U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter pilots assigned to 2-238th General Support Aviation Battalion, S.C. Army National Guard, sling-load a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from 1-171st General Support Aviation Battalion, S.C. Army National Guard. after the Black Hawk made an emergency landing in an open field Dec. 3, 2014, near Columbia, S.C., due to a main rotor blade malfunction. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brian Calhoun) 17th AS assists S.C. National Guard in locating downed Black Hawk
What began as a local training mission for an aircrew from the 17th Airlift Squadron at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., quickly turned into a search for a downed helicopter.When Maj. Matthew Scheulen and Capt. Nicholas Coblio, 17th AS pilots, climbed into the cockpit of their C-17 Globemaster III, on Dec. 3, 2014, they were prepared for a mission that
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2014
Carlton Everhart II, Lieutenant General, USAF, Commander Letter to Airmen: The Year of Rapid Global Mobility
Mobility Airmen,This was a challenging year for our command, and mission success would not have been possible without your dedication and hard work.  In the face of budget uncertainty and force management decisions you continue to effectively accomplish the mission on a global scale in an environment with insatiable demand for the capability you
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2014
Paratroopers assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C., glide to their drop zone during the U.S. Air Force Weapons School's Joint Forcible Entry Exercise 14B on the Nevada Test and Training Range Dec. 6, 2014. JFEX, as part of a restructured integration phase in the USAFWS, is a prime example of the training students get to synchronize aircraft movements from geographically separated bases, command large formations of dissimilar aircraft in high-threat airspace, and tactically deliver and recover combat forces via air drops and combat landings on an unimproved landing strip. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria Sneed) 82nd Airborne integrates with USAFWS for JFE 14B
Approximately 100 aircraft, including more than 50 C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster IIIs, teamed up with the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to execute the U.S. Air Force Weapons School's Joint Forcible Entry Exercise 14B Dec. 6 on the Nevada Test and Training Range.The Weapons School's Advanced Integration, or
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2014
Danny Wright (left), Boeing KC-46A chief mechanic, answers an Airman’s question about the KC-46A Pegasus, Dec. 4, 2014, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Wright briefed McConnell Airmen about the current status of the new tanker, which is amongst the Air Force’s top three acquisition priorities. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Tara Fadenrecht) Boeing provides updated KC-46A briefing
Representatives from the Boeing Company provided McConnell Airmen with an update on the current status of the KC-46A Pegasus, Dec. 4, here."This was a great opportunity to sit down with the people who are really going to be working on the aircraft and help them understand what's coming their way," said Danny Wright, Boeing KC-46A chief mechanic.The
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2014
Lt. Col. Christopher Garcia, 538th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron director of operations, stands in front of an Afghan Air Force C-130 Hercules at Kabul International Airport, Afghanistan. Garcia assisted in training the first Afghan C-130 crew while assigned to the 538th Air Expeditionary Wing. (Courtesy photo) LRAFB Airman assists Afghan Air Force
Recently, Airmen from Little Rock Air Force Base assisted the Afghan armed forces in making a giant step toward military independence by helping in the organization of a modern Afghan Air Force. One Airman in particular led the way in the pivotal achievement.Lt. Col. Christopher Garcia, an Airman from the 19th Airlift Wing, was selected to help in
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2014
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