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  • A Cyber Force for Persistent Operations

    Persistent engagement and forward defense are two key concepts in this article by General Paul Nakasone, Commander of USCYBERCOM. This means remaining in constant contact with adversaries while operating as close to them as possible. The idea is to support the National Security Strategy and protect the DOD Information Network while denying advantage to adversaries so the Joint Force can conduct secure operations. Although cyberspace represents a new strategic environment, Nakasone says USCYBERCOM is maturing as a combatant command, transitioning from force generation to sustained readiness for persistent engagement with cyber adversaries.
  • National Museum of the U.S. Air Force announces 36th Annual Student Aviation Art Competition

    The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force’s 36th Annual Student Aviation Art Competition will be open on March 1 to students from around the country.The theme for this year’s competition focuses on the fact that July 2019 marks 50 years since humans first walked upon any surface other than planet Earth. On July 20, 1969, as part of the Apollo 11
  • 459 ARW Commander, Col. Douglas E. Gullion, letter on recent loss of Wing member

    Liberators,It is with great sorrow that I must inform you we lost a member of the 459 ARW family this past weekend.  While each of us manages loss in our own way, grief is a natural response.  Please assist me in ensuring that we’re vigilant and supportive of one another during this difficult time.   When confronting loss, as well as life’s other
  • The Importance of the Air Force Core Values

    From time to time we are all reminded of the Air Force’s three Core Values - Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do.  Whether in a Commander’s Call, a Professional Military Education graduation, or a retirement ceremony, it is common practice to discuss the words and the meanings of each. This level of discussion works to
  • Latest Operational Camouflage Pattern guidance approves current subdued patches

    Airmen wearing Operational Camouflage Pattern, or OCP, uniforms are authorized to add their former Airmen Battle Uniform subdued patches until the mandatory brown subdued ones go into effect.
  • Air Force’s Officer Training School restructures program to increase quality, quantity of officers

    The Air Force’s Officer Training School is changing the paradigm for building officers, pivoting away from separate programs for line and non-line officers and conducting merged classes beginning in January 2019.
  • First GPS III satellite successfully launched

    The Air Force and its mission partners successfully launched the first Global Positioning Systems III satellite Dec. 23 from Space Launch Complex-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The Lockheed Martin-built satellitewas carried to orbit aboard a Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, or SpaceX, Falcon 9 Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle.
  • Radicalism and Cultural Homelessness

    Sarah Lyons-Padilla and Michele J. Gelfand
  • How the Air Force got smarter about its aviation fuel use in 2018

    Did you know the Air Force is the largest consumer of fuel in the Department of Defense? This may not surprise you, if say, you’ve ever watched a sortie of F-35s complete an aerial refueling, or witnessed a C-5 lift (seemingly) effortlessly into the sky. In fact, the Air Force consumes approximately 2 billion gallons of aviation fuel annually – which is about 81 percent of the total Air Force energy budget (with about 17 percent used for facilities and 2 percent for ground vehicles). Operational energy, or aviation fuel, is critical to mission success – but getting fuel to the warfighter involves complex logistical and technical challenges, intricate planning, and more importantly, poses safety risks to the troops transporting it. As the battlefield becomes increasingly multifaceted, energy resilience is a top concern for the Air Force, and optimized operations are an essential component to maintaining it.
  • Put STEM toys on the shopping list to entertain, inspire

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – From programmable drones and growing crystals to coding robots kids build themselves, toys based on science, technology, engineering and math are expected to grow globally close to 10 percent in the next few years, according to a report by Technavio. Besides making fun holiday gifts this year, STEM toys can