April 27, 2020
Remotely piloted aircraft crews maintain mission readiness during COVID-19
FALLS CHURCH, Va. —
COVID-19 cannot stop the dedicated Airmen who fly remotely piloted aircraft in support of global operations. COVID-19 has now increased health awareness for everyone, and RPA pilots are no exception.
March 18, 2020
Goldfein emphasizes protecting force from COVID-19 while fulfilling all missions, operational priorities
ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) —
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein said March 18 there have been seven confirmed cases of the new coronavirus to date among active-duty personnel, but that the Air Force is “still conducting global missions … which is priority one.”
Feb. 26, 2020
ACC Bridge connects Airmen worldwide
JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. (AFNS) —
Air Combat Command’s Directorate of Manpower, Personnel and Services partnered with a public affairs team to develop a new website exclusively focused on resources that will build resiliency, improve diversity and prevent violence. They chose to call it The Bridge because it will connect ACC leaders, supervisors, teammates and families when actively used.
Aug. 8, 2019
ACC defines HUR-RY, TOR-RY framework
JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. —
While specific start dates of tornado seasons vary based on region, they can happen at any time, day or night. On the other hand, Hurricane Season recently began on June 1 and will extend to Nov. 30.
Due to catastrophic weather events that took place throughout the past 12 year, including Hurricane Michael and Hurricane Florence, the Air Force Severe Weather Readiness Assessment team recently developed an action plan for all at-risk installations across the United States.
May 6, 2019
Leaders discuss Tyndall AFB rebuild at second Industry Day
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AFNS) —
John Henderson, assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and energy, reaffirmed the Air Force’s commitment to rebuild Tyndall Air Force Base during a symposium with industry representatives May 2, at Florida State University-Panama City.
July 5, 2017
MQ-9 maintainer’s innovation expedites engine training
CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. —
In order to enable airpower, the Air Force calls upon skilled and competent maintainers to perform all required functions to keep aircraft at the ready.
This means maintainers must be properly trained to keep the mission going, so when Master Sgt. Eric, 432nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Reaper Aircraft Maintenance Unit production superintendent, had the opportunity to solve a problem within the MQ-9 Reaper community, he seized it.
Feb. 23, 2017
AF prepares for all MQ-9 force
CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. —
For the past 21 years the Air Force has flown the remotely piloted MQ-1 Predator in combat, and for the last 10, the MQ-9 Reaper. Combined with a skilled aircrew, these aircraft provide consistent support in daily engagements making an impact downrange.
While the MQ-1 has provided many years of service, the time has come for the Air Force to fly the more capable MQ-9 exclusively, and retire the MQ-1 in early 2018 to keep up with the continuously evolving battlespace environment.