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  • Assumption of Command

    Col. Roger R. Stoeckmann, commander of the 459th Mission Support Group, passes the guidon to Maj. Billy J. Ancheta, commander of the 459th Force Support Squadron, during an assumption of command ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, Feb. 9, 2019. Ancheta’s previous assignment was with the Force Visibility Branch for the Generation Center where
  • Applying Irregular Warfare Principles to Cyber Warfare

    Cyberspace is a relatively new warfighting domain which does not conform to the physical limitations of land, sea, air or space. The faceless, borderless and sometimes nationless actors in cyberspace are unrestricted by natural geographic boundaries and traditional rules of war. However, by applying the principles of Irregular Warfare and integrating cyberspace operations across other domains, the Joint Force can optimize resource allocation and improve the effectiveness of cyber power. As cyberspace continues to evolve and expand as a warfighting domain, military leaders and cyber strategists should incorporate unconventional approaches and hybrid warfare in support of national objectives.
  • 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