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The Lesser Antilles Medical Assistance Team mission is underway for a second year of health engagements across four nations, beginning in Suriname, 19 Feb.Further medical assistance teams under the LAMAT 2024 mission will travel to St. Lucia, St. Vincent, St. Kitts and Nevis through March 29.
In the modern interconnected world of cyberspace and AI, it might seem like everything can be done with a click of a button. Yet when faced with the realities of Agile Combat Employment (ACE) and collaboration with global partners or adversaries in distant and austere locations, the significance of
NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION, N.Y. - The New York Air National Guard’s 222nd Command and Control Squadron, charged with helping to control and monitor U.S. military satellites, hosted four Brazilian officers during a week-long space training workshop Dec. 4-8.The Brazilian Navy and Air Force
12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) hosted the South American Air Chiefs and Senior Enlisted Leaders Conference in Tucson Ariz. Dec. 5-8.
Approximately 200 students from 11 partner nations and the U.S. Air Force are the latest members to earn their wings, a highly-coveted honor symbolizing graduation from the Inter-American Air Forces Academy.
12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander, Maj. Gen. Evan Pettus, joined top representatives from the Honduras Ministry of Education to inaugurate the expansion of a school dining facility in Comayagua, Honduras, on Aug. 4.On behalf of U.S. Southern Command’s Humanitarian Assistance Program, a
A 302nd Operations Group reservist participated in the 2023 Mexican Aerospace Fair as a panelist on the Women, Peace and Security conference at Santa Lucia Air Base, Mexico, Apr. 26-29, to speak about her experiences as a woman in the Air Force Reserve.
This article examines the growing influence operations conducted by the Chinese Communist Party–led government in Latin America, presenting strategic risks to US national security and global order. The author highlights the surprising breadth and scale of China’s influence, encompassing
The U.S. military recently teamed up with the Colombian Aerospace Force to showcase bilateral cooperation and a commitment to enhancing military readiness in the Ángel de los Andes and Relámpago VIII exercises, hosted in Colombia in August and September 2023. Teams from the U.S. Air Force, Army,
A recent medical training mission became an opportunity for one U. S. Airman to give back to the country of her birth.Senior Airman Oshin Mullings, a physical therapy technician with the 633rd Operational Medical Readiness Squadron at Langley Air Force Base, Va., recently traveled to Jamaica as part
In late June, 2023 a contingency response team, a group of Airmen specifically tasked with setting up an airfield, landed at Chiclayo and began to establish the basis of what would be required to stand up the first entirely U.S. Air Force Reserve air expeditionary wing (AEW), which operated out of
1st Special Operations Wing participates in Exercise Southern Star 23, an annual special operations forces exercise led by Chile, from July 24 to Aug. 10, 2023. The training event, organized by Special Operations Command South, aims to strengthen relationships between partner forces, enhance
More than 47,000 people attended the biennial F-AIR Colombia International Aeronautic Fair at the José María Córdova International Airport in Rionegro, Colombia, July 12-16.
OPERATION HARPY SUR, a space exercise nested under Exercise RESOLUTE SENTINEL 2023, has opened a new chapter in international space collaboration at the Centro Nacional de Operaciones de Imágenes Satelitales, or CNOIS, in southern Peru. The space exercise aims to bolster the region's emerging space
A coalition space team made history during exercise Resolute Sentinel 23, executing the first-ever defensive space control operation in U. S. Southern Command history and demonstrating the real-world impact of Agile Combat Employment operations for space.
Joint Task Force-Space Defense Commercial Operations Cell (JCO) personnel provide briefings to Colombian Air Force (COLAF) and 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) personnel during a space operations subject matter expert exchange in Colorado Springs, Colorado, June 21, 2023.
As flying units from around the globe converged at Nellis Air Force Base for RED FLAG 23-1, the 505th Command and Control Wing welcomed the 355th Wing’s Command and Control Force Element, or C2FE, from Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, to execute as the first Lead Wing C2FE in a Tier 1 Large Force
The dental team of the Lesser Antilles Medical Assistance Team (LAMAT) was the first to see patients in a newly opened dental clinic in Redi Doti, Suriname on Monday. The Youth Dental Care Foundation’s (JTV) Redi Doti clinic will serve patients in rural communities, making dental services and
B-1Bs conduct CONUS to CONUS Bomber Task Force Mission in support of SOUTHCOM
Members of the 774th Expeditionary Operational Medical Readiness Squadron, under the command of the 474th Air Expeditionary Group, conducted an evidence-based knowledge exchange with local healthcare providers on the installation and use of a diagnostic ultrasound system in Orocuina, Honduras, June
Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) personnel participated in a Planning in Crisis (PIC) conference June 22-30, in Panama City, Panama, in which air component planners from 10 Caribbean and Latin American countries coordinated air force operations for the upcoming PANAMAX 2022 exercise. The
Taking advantage of the reprieve from COVID-19 restrictions, the 429th Expeditionary Operations Squadron at Forward Operating Location Curacao reinvigorated their community outreach efforts and key leader engagements.In September 2021, the Prime Minister and the Minister of Transport visited with
“The War is Won in the Air.” That is the title of Chapter 23, of Juan Manuel Santos’ book, Jaque al Terror, in which the former President of Colombia outlines the military planning and operations that broke the Marxist guerrilla organization, known as the FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de
Chile joins JTF-SD SACT and JCO experiments advancing space situational awareness partnering.
The Multi-Domain Warfare Officer Initial Skills Training class 21B visited the 612th Air Operations Center at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, to observe real-time operations, Sept. 27-28.
Twenty-eight Salvadoran military members participated in the first-ever Women, Peace and Security seminar including all branches of the Salvadoran military from Aug. 23-27 at the Centro de Entrenamiento de Operaciones de Paz (CEOPAZ), El Salvador.Women, Peace and Security is a United Nations effort
“We enjoy lending a helping hand,” said Tech. Sgt. Samantha Miller, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron command and control air advisor. “It’s helpful for the local community and it’s rewarding for us.”During a recent mission to Panama, members of the 571st MSAS went beyond their usual charge
Five women took the stage in front of an international, Spanish-speaking audience to take part in a Women’s Peace and Security panel at the Inter-American Air Forces Academy here Aug 3.
The skies roared with the sounds of U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons. Sounds that are not usually heard in a small mountain community in South America.Far from home and familiar territory, Airmen from all over the United States journeyed to Colombia and transformed a contingency location to
Airmen assigned to the 474th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron completed an install and certification of a mobile aircraft arresting system prior to the commencement of Exercise Relampago VI on a shared runway with CACOM 5 and Jose Maria Cordova International Airport, July 9.The first ever
Approximately 44 service members battled the Central American summer heat and humidity to deliver healthcare to the local population during Resolute Sentinel 21 (RS-21).Active duty and reservist personnel from the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force administered dental, medical, and veterinary care and
How does U.S. military leadership determine which missions should be carried out? Who decides what and how much supplies are necessary? Who helps evaluate if a mission is successful or not? These questions and an endless number of others can be answered by operations research analysts. Capt.
The surgical readiness training exercise (SURGRETE) team has completed their nine days of surgeries at Hospital del Sur, May 27.Over the course of two weeks, the team of U.S. military medics have completed over 40 surgeries ranging from simple transurethral resections of the prostate (TURP) to
Plans in the military are constantly changing. The plans for the Resolute Sentinel 21 surgical readiness training exercise (SURGRETE) in Honduras has been no different.The Forward Surgical Section with Joint Task Force-Bravo (JTF-B), Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, extended their stay in Choluteca to
U.S. service members with Joint Task Force-Bravo (JTF-B), Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, concluded Resolute Sentinel 2021, a two-week long medical readiness exercise, May 22.Approximately 65 service members deployed to El Salvador to provide joint training and improved readiness of U.S. and partner
The anesthesiologists attached to the team of U.S. military medical professionals deployed to Honduras in support of Resolute Sentinel 21 play a critical role in the life-changing surgeries being provided.Without anesthesia, surgeries would be longer operations and put the patients under extreme
Security forces members have a variety of jobs from checking ID cards at the gate in garrison to patrolling at forward operating bases overseas. A select few join the Base Defense Squadron (BDS), which specializes in force protection in austere environments.Resolute Sentinel 21 utilized two BDS
Biomedical equipment technician (BMET) training takes upwards of a year to ensure the technicians are fully equipped to handle most types of medical equipment they may see in their career.U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Christopher Fonseca, a BMET with the 21st Medical Group, Perterson-Schriever
Medical professionals with the Forward Surgical Section, Joint Task Force-Bravo (JTF-B), Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, conducted a combined surgery with the local Honduran medical team and the deployed U.S. military medics at Hospital del Sur on May 18, 2021.The team of four surgeons completed a
Members of Joint Task Force-Bravo (JTF-B), Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, donated $2,254 of construction materials to the Jose Anastasio Bonilla Education Center, May 16, through U.S. Southern Command’s (USSOUTHCOM) Humanitarian Assistance Program.“The Humanitarian Assistance Program is a USSOUTHCOM
U.S. Air Force and Army medics arrived in Choluteca, Honduras, May 12, to assist the local hospital with urologic surgeries during Resolute Sentinel 21.Resolute Sentinel 21 provides joint training and improved readiness for U.S. civil engineers, medical professionals and support personnel through
It is rare in military operations for the composition of female service members to reach 20% and also increasingly rare for those 20% to occupy key leadership roles. This is precisely what took place during the 2021 Counter Drug Operational deployment to the Caribbean, with coalition service members
Core themes to the revised Air Force Doctrine Publication-1: The Air Force are the foundation and evolution of airpower and the concept of mission command.
With global competition heating up, the need to maximize the agility of U.S. Air Force operational command and control has never been more pressing. Fortunately, the USAF’s Operational Command Training Program is a foundational piece of its current C2 training architecture.
The Air Force released its new mission statement: To fly, fight, and win … airpower anytime, anywhere.
The 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Commander and Command Chief recently visited Recce Town to engage with intelligence Airmen and discuss the critical support provided to the Southern Hemisphere from the Distributed Ground Station-2 (DGS-2) located here.Maj. Gen. Barry Cornish, Commander, 12th
Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) virtually hosted the Air Force Section Chief Theater Security Cooperation Workshop for Department of Defense and Department of State participants in 21 countries Jan. 11-13, 2021. “The AFSEC workshop brings together Security Cooperation Office Air Force
Social media has become one of the most prevalent ways to communicate with our friends, family and community. Many see it as way to keep up with the lives of those who they are separated from or as a way to blow off steam by watching funny cat videos or the late night videos of the guy who builds a
Two U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress aircraft participated in “Brother’s Shield” a Colombian Air Force lead exercise and in “UNITAS LXI” an Ecuadorian Navy lead exercise in the U.S. Southern Command’s Area of Responsibility. The name of the exercise “Brother’s Shield” developed from the close
The FLO program is designed to enable service members from allied countries to share training processes and lessons learned to better align a mutual understanding of each nation’s tactics, techniques and procedures.
DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Commander Maj. Gen. Barry R. Cornish, virtually joined Air Chiefs from 19 nations across the Western Hemisphere for the 60th Conference of the American Air
KINGSTON, Jamaica – A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft transported a large mobile field hospital from Joint Base Charleston, S.C., to Kingston, Jamaica Sept. 19, where it will be donated to healthcare providers and used to support the Caribbean nation’s ongoing response to the COVID-19
Air advisors with the 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron are providing training for the first time using a virtual medium to members of the National Aeronaval Service of Panama, also known as SENAN, Aug. 31 through Sept. 11.
U.S. Space Command took another step in expanding its international space data sharing network; this time with the nation of Peru.
75 years ago, the Brazilian airmen, as part of the 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern), helped defeat Nazi and fascist tyrannies. Today again, we fight against a common enemy, COVID-19.
A team of 14 members from the 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron and leadership from the 621st Contingency Response Wing completed training February 18 through March 14 with the Peruvian Air Force, also known as FAP, at Callao Air Base in Lima, Perú.
Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) hosted the South American Air Chiefs and Senior Enlisted Leaders Conference.Air Chiefs, or a designated representative, from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay and Peru attended the conference. This year’s conference included South American
Future leaders of 11 Latin American Air Forces visited 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) on the tail-end of their visit through the United States, as part of the Latin American Cadet Initiative.The twenty-two cadets represented air forces from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic,
FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. – The Chilean Air Force accomplished many firsts with their KC-130R aircraft in Exercise Mobility Guardian Sept 19-28, 2019.“This is the first time we’ve launched the container delivery system,” said Chilean Air Force Col. Miguel Stange, Chilean delegation Mobility
Since the start of the exercise in May, the New Horizons team comprised of U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army engineers, built three community centers and a women’s shelter, as well as participated in several medical outreach events in Guyana.During the two months of medical outreach events, there were a
DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. –The 55th Rescue Squadron hosted an H-60 Subject Matter Expert Exchange between members of the U.S. Air Force and the Chilean Air Force Aug 5-9, 2019.This is the second H-60 SMEE between the two Air Forces this year. Earlier this year, four U.S. Airmen traveled to
Panama’s Darién Gap is a 10,000 square-mile remote region of mountains, swamps and rainforests, known for attracting explorers and adventurers alike. In July 2019, 11 air advisors from the 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron descended upon the Gap as part of a mobile training team with
LINDEN, Guyana -- The Medical Readiness Training Exercise team for New Horizons training exercise 2019 saw their final patient July 12, 2019 at the Egbert Benjamin Expedition and Conference Centre. The MEDRETE provided services in family health, women’s health, dental, veterinary, dermatology,
Four F-16 Fighting Falcons and Airmen from the South Carolina Air National Guard flew down to Colombia to participate in Relámpago IV, a training exercise with the Colombian Air Force Kfir fighter jets, July 15-18, 2019.The exercise allowed the U.S. and Colombian Airmen to enhance their
For the first time in 50 years, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbird Demonstration Team performed in Colombia, displaying their unique flying capabilities to over 250,000 Colombians during the Feria Aeronáutica Internacional - Colombia (F-AIR), June 11-14.
U.S. and Brazilian Air Force joint terminal attack controllers (JTAC) had the unique opportunity to work together during exercise Green Flag West, June 3-14, 2019.Held jointly by the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army, Green Flag West is an air-land integration exercise designed to mirror current
Pilots and aircrew from the U.S. and the Brazilian Air Force worked and trained together during exercise Green Flag West, June 3-14, 2019.Aircrew from the 124th Fighter Wing, Idaho Air National Guard, partnered with members of the Brazilian Air Force for the air-land integration exercise, which gave
The 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron conducted a first-ever air, land and sea training mission with the Belize Air Wing, Belize Defence Force, and Belize Coast Guard from May 3-18.
PORT MOURANT, Guyana -- U.S. military ophthalmology teams deployed in support of New Horizons training exercise 2019 and partnered with Guyanese doctors at the Port Mourant Hospital in Port Mourant, Guyana, May 6-16, 2019.The ophthalmology center at the Port Mourant Hospital was established to
With the 2019 hurricane season fast approaching, NOAA and the U.S. Air Force Reserve will host a series of events, including tours aboard the hurricane hunter aircraft, to help communities in Mexico and the Caribbean prepare for the season and the coming storms.National Hurricane Center Director Ken
NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.--The Colombian Air Force is supporting the U.S. Navy during the U.S. Air Force-led air-to-air combat exercise Red Flag 19-2 March 11-22, 2019.The Colombian Air Force brought their Multi-Mission Transport Tanker Jupiter 767 to refuel the U.S. Navy’s EA-18G Growlers for the
Faller recently took command of the U.S. Southern Command, which is responsible for all Department of Defense security cooperation in the 45 nations and territories of Central and South America and the Caribbean Sea. The visit was meant to integrate and familiarize him with 12th Air Force (Air
GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA – Reservists from the 315th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Charleston delivered nearly 8,000 pounds of humanitarian aid to Guatemala City yesterday. The mission, part of a standard C-17 Globemaster III aircraft training mission, delivered the donated supplies consisting of
Surrounded by historic aircraft in the main hangar of the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tuscon, Arizona, the 25th Operational Weather Squadron celebrated its 75th anniversary Nov. 2, 2018. Originally known as the 25th Weather Squadron, the unit provided weather support to Army and Army Air Corps
A U.S. Air Force hydrazine Mobile Training Team traveled to Los Condores Air Base, Chile, to conduct classroom instruction and hands-on training with Chilean Air Force fuels technicians.Hydrazine is a back-up fuel used in F-16 Fighting Falcons that allows a pilot to regain control in the event of an
NATAL, Brazil -- Brazil kicked off its multinational air combat exercise CRUZEX VII Nov. 18 and invited participation from U.S. and six other partner nations.Guardsmen from the Texas and Washington Air National Guard joined the two-week long exercise and lent support by providing fighter and tanker
The active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Air Force Reserve 419th Fighter Wing conducted a combat power exercise Nov. 19, launching dozens of F-35A Lightning IIs within a condensed period of time.
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein concluded a two-day visit to Colombia on Thursday, reinforcing bonds with one of the United States’ closest allies in Latin America and pledging to accelerate joint training activities with an air force he called the “gold standard” in the region.
Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) hosted the Central American and Caribbean Air Chief’s conference with participants from Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico and Panama, Nov. 6-8, 2018.
Twenty-two cadets from 11 Latin American nations participated in the initiative that has been sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs program since 2006.
Cyber Airmen assigned to the 557th Weather Wing recently teamed together with the Defense Innovation Unit program making changes to how airborne tankers are scheduled. The changes are the direct result of a March 8, 2018, memo from Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, where he stated,
Asunción, Paraguay -- The 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron (MSAS) completed a mobile training mission (MTT) with the Paraguayan air force (FAP) in Asuncion, Paraguay from Sept. 17-28, 2018. During the MTT, air advisors focused on rotary wing aircraft water survival and twin tension rope
The 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron (MSAS) recently conducted a Building Partnerships Capacity (BPC) mission in Bogota, Colombia.The 17-member mobile training team (MTT), including members of the Wyoming Air National Guard and the Colorado Air Force Reserves, executed a four-week joint
RIONEGRO, Colombia-- Ninty-five U.S. Air Force Airmen trained with 11 partner nation air forces tallying more than 400 participants in the Colombian-led multinational search and rescue exercise “Angel de los Andes” Sept. 3-14. The U.S. and multinational participants trained together by responding to
Two U.S. Air Force aircraft and more than 90 U.S. Airmen are participating in “Angel de los Andes,” a Colombian led international search and rescue training exercise Sept. 3-14.One C-17 Globemaster III from the 14th Airlift Squadron at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina and one C-130 Hercules
The 366th Equipment Maintenance Squadron conducted in-depth F-15E Strike Eagle armament training Aug. 27-30 that will enhance the 366th Fighter Wing’s readiness down-range.
TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron (MSAS) completed training with the Peruvian Air Force at Las Palmas and Callao Air Bases in Peru, from July 31 through Aug 22, 2018.The mobile training team (MTT) consisted of nine MSAS air advisors and a maintenance
HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah, -- The 388th Fighter Wing’s 4th Aircraft Maintenance Unit and 4th Fighter Squadron were the first operational units to load and fire the F-35A’s cannon during training Aug. 13, and what they learned will influence how they train and fight.Loading and firing the cannon was
U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) signed an agreement with the Brazilian Ministry of Defense to share Space Situational Awareness (SSA) services and information.Rear Adm. Richard A. Correll, director of plans and policy for USSTRATCOM, signed the agreement as part of a larger effort to build a
HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah; -- Hill’s 388th Fighter Wing recently began standing up the last of its aircraft maintenance units, a big step toward receiving the full complement of F-35A Lightning IIs by the end of 2019. The first operational F-35s landed at Hill Air Force Base in October 2015. Since
The Colombian Air Force made history while participating in the U.S. Air Force’s premier air-to-air combat training exercise, Red Flag 18-3, July 16 to August 3.“In the last six years they’ve [the Colombian Air Force] made significant modifications to their aircraft hardware and software that has
U.S. service members from the 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) and the 612th Air and Space Operations Center participated in the U.S. Southern Command PANAMAX 2018 exercise July 30 – Aug. 10 alongside members from 12 partner nations.The Brazilian Air Force Chief of Joint Air Operations Center,
TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron (MSAS) completed academic instructor and initial assessment training with the National Air and Naval Service of Panama, also known as SENAN, across multiple locations within the Republic of Panama from June 1-26, 2018. The
Six Colombian Air Force Kfir fighter jets on their way to Red Flag 18-3 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, stopped at Davis-Monthan AFB from July 5-16, to train with A-10 Thunderbolt IIs and F-16 Fighting Falcons. “This week is very important here at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base because our pilots
Air force leaders from 19 nations in the Western Hemisphere met in Panama City June 18-22 for the 58th Conference of American Air Chiefs. Much of the value of CONJEFAMER comes from the relationships built among air chiefs that makes cooperation easier when a rapid response is needed. This year,
JUAN SANTAMARIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Costa Rica -- The 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron (MSAS) recently conducted their first-ever mission to the Central American country of Costa Rica. The nine member team, executed a three-week building partnership capacity (BPC) mission with the air
While the effects of the New Horizons exercise are humanitarian in nature, a primary objective of the program is deployment training, where each member gains experience and works with other branches and seeing the benefits they deliver in accomplish the mission.
U.S. medical personnel from across the Air Force held a health services administration subject matter expert exchange with the Chilean Air Force at Hospital Clínico, Santiago, June 4-8.
ANTOFAGASTA, Chile—Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) sent a Mobile Training Team to Chile to conduct training with the Chilean Air Force on Crash Damaged Disabled Aircraft Recovery, May 13 to June 8. The CDDAR Mobile Training Team consisted of four seasoned crew chiefs who have experience
SAN ISIDRO AIR BASE, Dominican Republic -- The 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron (MSAS) completed training with the Dominican Republic Air Force (FARD) near Santo Domingo from April 18 through May 5, 2018. The MSAS team trained members of the FARD on aircraft weight and balance, corrosion
Three U.S. Air Force Airmen are credited with saving the life of a local Panamanian woman after she jumped from a bridge.
As with most tasks, hands-on education remains one of the most effective training methods for both learning and maintaining skills. For some medical professionals participating in Exercise New Horizons 2018, hands-on training comes in the form of fully submerging into local clinics.
At any given time, around 200 members of the U.S. military will be housed, fed, and shuttled to and from work sites and living quarters while performing their duties as part of Exercise New Horizons 2018. Negotiating, securing, and adjusting contracts for those services and many more falls on the
When emergencies happen in the U.S., the sirens of fire trucks and ambulances coming to the rescue can be comforting. Thanks to a C-17 Globemaster III crew from Travis Air Force Base, California, indigenous Mayans in Tecpan, Guatemala, will now hear that same sound of hope and help.
Twelfth Air Force (AFSOUTH) joined with Airmen from across the United States to support the FIDAE (Feria Internacional del Aire y del Espacio) Air Show, April 3-8 in Santiago, Chile. Over 240 Airmen and nine U.S. Air Force aircraft arrived in Chile for FIDAE, the largest air show of its kind in
U.S. Air Force Col. Edgar “Felton” Davis, an RF-4C Phantom navigator during the Vietnam War, was laid to rest after 50 years deceased with full military honors April 6, 2018, in his hometown of Goldsboro, North Carolina. Davis was shot down over Laos Sept. 17, 1968 during a reconnaissance mission
The life-cycle of a munition can be easily explained—the building of the munition, transportation to the aircraft, loading to the aircraft, taking off of the aircraft, then finally putting the munition on target.
The Commander of Air Combat Command, Gen. Mike Holmes recently released a memorandum outlining his third and final priority, it discusses ACC's desire to accelerate the pace of changes to programs and policies, and it highlights ACC's development priorities in three broad areas: multi-domain
Two F-35 Lightning II's assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing have landed in South America for the 2018 Feria Internacional del Aire y del Espacio marking the first time the F-35 has been to South America.
Partner nation service members participated in a Subject Matter Expert Exchange at the 357th Fighter Squadron’s aircrew flight equipment shop, March 6-8. The exchange focused on the night vision goggles calibration, preventative maintenance and storage, as well as, the aircrew flight equipment shop
The workshop brought key personnel together to discuss strategy and to plan fiscal years 2019-2021 events in 12th Air Force’s (Air Forces Southern) Area of Responsibility.Seventeen Air Force Section Chiefs, fourteen National Guard Bureau State Partner Program representatives, as well as, air
There were moments, which through their pure magnitude galvanized the nation, inspiring those to act, forever altering the fabric of our lives. In the weeks following the attack on Pearl Harbor, one group of men would attempt the impossible and forever shift the course of history.Today, these men,
While all members of Davis-Monthan AFB have maintained our mission of sustaining attack airpower, a select group of Airmen have been preparing for an additional mission; demonstrating the capabilities of the A-10C Thunderbolt II.
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein toured Creech for an in-depth look at the Remotely Piloted Aircraft enterprise and the many Airmen who work around the clock to assure mission success Jan. 9, 2017.As a former MQ-9 Reaper pilot, Goldfein has previous experience within the RPA
A two-pronged mission over a weekend in December not only helped to keep 315th Airlift Wing aircrews current on all their certifications, but also delivered three badly-needed buses to schools in Haiti. Citizen Airmen of Joint Base Charleston’s 317th Airlift Squadron, with support from three
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB – The MQ-9 Reaper has been selected as the featured aircraft for the 2018 Air Force Marathon. Built by General Atomics Aviation Systems Inc., the Reaper is an armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely-piloted aircraft that is employed primarily against
Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) hosted Chilean and U.S. Airmen-to-Airmen talks Nov 29-30.The Chilean delegation and Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) members discussed, planned and reviewed bilateral activities between the two countries for the current and upcoming fiscal year,
The humanitarian mission, accomplished through the Denton Program, delivered 5 pallets of food, weighing 76,410 pounds, to Haiti.
Mobility Airmen are enabling international assistance through delivering equipment and personnel to aid the government of Argentina in its ongoing search for the A.R.A. San Juan, an Argentine navy submarine.
Two C-17 Globemaster IIIs and a C-5M Super Galaxy are en-route to Argentina to deliver the U.S. Navy’s undersea rescue capabilities to aid in the search for the A.R.A. San Juan, an Argentine navy submarine, which went missing in the Southern Atlantic Nov. 15.Mobility Airmen launched the C-17s,
Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) hosted 24 cadets from 12 Latin American countries for their a visit on behalf of the Latin American Cadet Initiative, Nov. 7.The Latin American Cadet Initiative is an Office of the Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs program that began in
Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) hosted the South American Air Chiefs conference with participants from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay, Oct. 31 to Nov. 2. The seven South American countries participated in the three day event that focused on humanitarian
A 317th Airlift Wing C-130J crew here completed a routine global channel mission to provide sustainment and supplies to Airmen supporting U.S. Southern Command Joint Task Force-Bravo in Honduras Oct. 18.
Twenty-seven Hill maintainers and accompanying support equipment loaded into a C-17 Globemaster III Oct. 13, bound for Northeast Asia’s largest air show to support the F-35A’s first time on Asian soil.Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition, also known as Seoul ADEX 17, offers a venue
Since 1996, the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper enterprise has been engaged in continuous combat operations in multiple theaters around the world. As the demand for remotely piloted aircraft support grew, so did the U.S. Air Force’s reconnaissance and attack capabilities.This rapid expansion left the
The 26th Operational Weather Squadron (26 OWS) operates day and night to track the weather and watch for possible weather threats in their Area of Responsibility (AOR) at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana.They provide support for the Southeast region of the U.S., which includes 13 states and 151
U.S. and Argentinian Air Force medical personnel held a senior leader engagement as part of the Department of Defense State Partnership Program Sep. 20, at the National Institute of Aeronautical and Space Medicine, Argentina. Key leaders from the Secretary of the Air Force Office of International
Airmen from the 317th Airlift Wing have been supporting Hurricane Irma relief efforts since it began its destructive path through the Caribbean. The storm made direct hits on Barbuda, St. Barthélemy, St. Martin, Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands, and raked the United States Virgin Islands and
The United States Air Force A-10 demonstration team will once again display the capabilities of the Thunderbolt II at approximately 14 shows throughout the 2018 airshow season. The A-10 demonstration team last flew in 2011. The A-10 flew exclusively with the Air Force Heritage Flight program in
Service is defined as unrelenting devotion to one’s duty to his or her country. It’s one of the core values instilled into every Airman in the U.S. Air Force today. However, for one Airman, it also means giving back to his community. For the last eight years, Capt. Victor, an MQ-9 Reaper pilot
Airmen across the United States came together to support the relief effort for Hurricane Irma, September 12, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho.437th Airlift Wing C-17 Globemaster III crew members traveled to Mountain Home to transport a mobile air traffic control tower to the Caribbean
Hill AFB officially ended an era Friday at a Viper Out ceremony celebrating 38-years of the F-16 at the base. Current and former military members, pilots, maintainers, civic leaders and friends packed Hangar 37 to bid farewell to the plane dubbed the Viper, because of its appearance at take-off. The
Exercise Red Flag Nellis 17-4 served as an invaluable opportunity to the 428th Fighter Squadron of Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, the host unit of the Singaporean detachment, Peace Carvin V.
CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – The 867th Attack Squadron reflected on a remarkable heritage as it celebrated its 100th anniversary of its activation, Aug. 25, 2017, as the 92d Aero Squadron.
Hundreds of thousands of individuals, whether peering out their bedroom windows or traveling in caravans of motor vehicles to various destinations across America, watched in excited anticipation as the sun and moon traversed paths to create a total solar eclipse Aug. 21, 2017.
Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) hosted eleven partner nations during PANAMAX 2017, an annual U.S. Southern Command-sponsored multinational exercise focused on ensuring the security of the Panama Canal, held August 12-15. Service members from U.S. and partner nation air forces joined
This the final part of a three piece series article on the history of 12th Air Force in celebration of its 75th Anniversary.
This the second part of a three piece series article on the history of 12th Air Force in celebration of its 75th Anniversary.
This is a the first piece of a three piece series article on the history of 12th Air Force in celebration of its 75th Anniversary.
The Colombian Air Force conducted a multinational personnel airdrop mission from their Casa 295 aircraft during Exercise Mobility Guardian Aug. 6.The French and Pakistani Air Forces participated in the mission which the Colombians planned, led and executed with support from the U.S. Air Force.“The
While some may think that the gap between the civilian and military sectors in national security has grown over the years, an inside look at a defense factory proves how valuable they are to one another.Col. Jefferson O’Donnell, 366th Fighter Wing commander, and fellow Gunfighters were able to visit
The Colombian air force and Brazilian air force conducted their first flights for the Mobility Guardian exercise Aug. 2.Mobility Guardian is Air Mobility Command's largest realistic, scenario-driven exercise to date, with more than 3,000 personnel and 25 international partners participating from
Brig. Gen. Enrique Amrein, Argentine air force chief of staff, joined Lt. Gen. Mark Kelly, 12th Air Force commander, for a tour of Holloman Air Force base and an opportunity to meet some of its outstanding Airmen. The tour focused on Holloman’s remotely piloted aircraft training program, showing a
Airmen from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.; McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C.; Shaw Air Force Base, S.C.; Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.; and Travis Air Force Base, Calif. traveled to Rionegro, Colombia to participate in the F-AIR COLOMBIA 2017 air show July 13-16.
The South Carolina Air National Guard wrapped up a full week in Rionegro supporting its State Partnership Program during the Colombian air force’s air and trade show, Feria Aeronautica Internacional – Colombia, July 13-16.
The men and women of the leading MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper wing welcomed their new commander during the 432nd Wing change of command ceremony July 6, 2017, at Creech AFB. Col. Julian Cheater assumed command from Col. Case Cunningham in front of a crowd of Airmen, peers and family members while
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
One of Holloman’s Airmen, Maj. John R. Widmer, 314th Fighter Squadron flight commander and an F-16 instructor pilot, was named the Air Force’s Fighter Instructor Pilot of the Year. The award is designed to recognize fighter pilots and weapon systems officers’ commitment, performance, leadership and
The latest version of the MQ-9 Reaper, the Block 5 variant, flew its first successful combat mission June 23, 2017, in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
The 34th Fighter Squadron and 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit at Hill Air Force Base accepted its final two combat-coded F-35A Lightning lls June 21, 2017.
Seven years after his brother’s death, a local Airman traveled to Washington D.C. for a reception honoring service members who have died while serving during conflicts since 2001.
The U.S. made history when two F-35A Lightning IIs arrived at the Paris Air Show to fly the first public aerial demonstrations here, this week. Pulling off a historic event such as this takes months of careful planning and preparation. This team had only 36 days to make it happen.
Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) hosted the first speaker series in their Academic Outreach Program with the University of Arizona at Club Ironwood, June 19.The intent of the speaker series is to facilitate the exchange ideas between government and academic institutions while fostering
In partnership with the 72nd Medical Group, the 552nd Air Control Wing recently opened a flightline clinic in the 960th Airborne Air Control Squadron.Providing value to the warfighter and fliers of the 552nd ACW, the new clinic meets medical needs nearest to the workplace, minimizes time spent
In 2015, a former member of the 42nd Attack Squadron saw a need to improve communications from MQ-9 Reaper aircrew to ground forces, thus, Frankenphone was created. He pieced-together the invention with scrap phone parts and headsets which aimed to improve communications clarity until a long term
Team Hill personnel participated in a ruck march here June 9 to honor the memory of fallen Air Force Office of Special Investigations Special Agent (Tech. Sgt.) Ryan Balmer.
From training to operational--bombers to remotely piloted aircraft, the Panthers of the 42nd Attack Squadron have been a key part of United States airpower for the past 100 years. On June 13, 2017, the squadron celebrates its centennial anniversary with a lineage as the 42nd Aero Squadron, part of
With a pop, whiz and disorienting bang, the action begins. The nature of an EOD Airman's career carries with it certain risks that many others may never have to face. It is important that they have basic knowledge on treating trauma-based injuries.
The 726th Air Control Squadron received its first major Control and Reporting Center weapons system upgrade in 20 years, May 30.
The Georgia Air National Guard welcomed a group of visiting Colombian Air Force officers as part of a State Partnership Program engagement, May 30 - June 2, 2017. The weeklong exchange on Ground Control Intercept consisted of a tour of the unit and discussions with subject matter experts on how to
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base leadership and local Tucson community leaders attended an Air Force Community Partnership annual update meeting at the Pima County Abrams Public Health Center in Tucson, Ariz., May 25.
As many Americans sleep soundly in their beds, Airmen in attack squadrons across the 432nd Wing flying the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper from cockpits in the continental U.S. are having decisive effects in the fight against violent extremism. In combat operations, last week, one MQ-9 squadron, in
Recently the 3,000th F-35A Lighting II aircraft sortie departed Hill Air Force Base generated by maintainers from the active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing.That sortie, and all others flown that day was carried out with the new version of the Autonomic Logistics Information
Members of the 428th Fighter Squadron gathered to celebrate the eighth anniversary of the Peace Carvin V partnership agreement.The Peace Carvin program, which brings the U.S. Air Force and the Republic of Singapore Air Force together four other RSAF detachments around the U.S. all specializing in
Nine medical and aviation personnel from the U.S. Air Force traveled to Lima, Peru as part of a subject matter expert exchange with the Peruvian air force May 15-19, 2017. During the five-day engagement, the U.S. Airmen worked closely with their Peruvian counterparts to share information on
The RQ-1 predator, later designated as the MQ-1, was the right aircraft, at the right time following the events of September 11, 2001. While the nation was recovering from the largest attack in its history since the bombings of Pearl Harbor, members of the Pentagon prepared for a war that they
Airmen of the 114th Fighter Wing participated in Exercise Northern Lightning at Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center, Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, May 1-12.What started as an annual exercise with viper aircraft from around the Midwest, has grown into an air combat exercise involving around 1,500
The Air Force Repair Enhancement Program here performs miracles all the time. Recently, the four-person shop repaired a $20,000 power supply headed for the trash by replacing a $5 resistor, the equivalent of fixing a $300 phone with an eight-cent paper clip.
The 14th Annual Team Hill Science, Engineering and Technical Management Awards Celebration was held May 9 at the Hill Aerospace Museum.
Story and photos of Holloman RPA surge week operations
Eleven aircrew, intelligence and maintenance Airmen from Creech AFB, showcased the MQ-9 Reaper at the Wings Over Solano air show May 6-7, 2017, at Travis AFB, Calif., making it the first time the MQ-9 model has been to the West Coast.During the airshow, Creech Airmen spoke with thousands of
When the Air Force declared the F-35A ready for combat in August 2016, Airmen at Hill Air Force Base knew they could be asked to deploy overseas at any time.Since April 15 more than 200 Airmen from the active duty 388th and Reserve 419th Fighter Wings have been deployed overseas with 8 F-35As for
The 1st Fighter Wing is on its second week of ATLANTIC TRIDENT 17, an exercise at at Joint Base Langley-Eustis focusing on leveraging fifth-generation fighter capabilities with partnering nations.
With the battlefield constantly evolving Airmen must be prepared at a moment’s notice to respond to any scenario that may come their way. Airmen from 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) with assistance from the 505th Combat Training Squadron, the 183rd Fighter Wing and other partner units are
The 366th Medical Group at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, will soon begin to make what some may see as drastic changes to the services provided here. The facility will transition from an inpatient hospital to an outpatient clinic by mid-summer.“This decision was actually made approximately 17
F-35A Lightning IIs, Airmen and accompanying equipment arrived at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, today, marking the aircraft’s first overseas training deployment to Europe.
Total Force Integrated Airmen from the 489th Bomb Group and 7th Bomb Wing used the B-1 Lancer to track illicit drug traffickers, or “smugglers,” from South America to the U.S. out of Boca Chica Naval Air Station, Key West, Fla. March 20 - 24.The B-1 or “Bone” assisted the Joint Interagency Task
A team of five Airmen, two with a special experience identifier earned through the International Health Specialist (IHS) program, traveled to Tegucigalpa, Honduras to work side-by-side with their Honduran air force counterparts during a subject matter expert exchange here, April 3. Airmen with an
Five U.S. Airmen conducted a subject matter expert knowledge exchange with their Honduran counterparts to share best practices and increase partner nation capacities in aerospace medicine from April 4-6.
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein named Chief Master Sgt. Kaleth O. Wright to serve as the 18th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Nov. 16, 2016.
The 552nd Air Control Wing has been awarded the Meritorious Unit Award for the period June 1, 2015, to May 31, 2016. During this period, the 552nd ACW distinguished itself by exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service to the United States in direct support of combat
Cadets from 13 Latin American air forces spent a day with members from Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) and the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group during a visit Oct. 13. The cadets are visiting various Air Force bases throughout the U.S. as part of the Latin American Cadet
Airmen from the 19th Airlift Wing at Little Rock Air Force Base dedicated three C-130Js to the delivery of humanitarian aid and disaster relief response for Haiti on Oct. 7, 2016, after the Category 4 hurricane tore through the island. Currently, the U.S. Air Force is ferrying supplies to Haiti
U.S. Air Force heavy airlift was called upon to support approximately 200 Soldiers, Airmen and Marines from Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command and Joint Task Force-Bravo who deployed this week with two CH-53E Super Stallion, three CH-47 Chinook, and two UH-60L and two
For the third time, the 621st Contingency Response Wing will conduct a Joint Task Force Port Opening, this time in response to Hurricane Matthew.The 621st CRW sent more than 30 members assigned to the 621st Contingency Response Group from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, to Port Au
Airmen from the 621st Contingency Response Wing and interagency partners arrived at Port-au-Prince International Airport, Haiti, Oct. 6, to support the government of Haiti’s request for assistance after Hurricane Matthew.The Joint Task Force-Port Opening consisted of more than 110 CRW Airmen
The Airmen of Twelfth Air Force and Air Forces Southern welcomed a new commander during a ceremony Oct. 3 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.Lieutenant Gen. Mark Kelly received the Twelfth Air Force flag from Navy Adm. Kurt Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command, during the change of command
JTF-Bravo has been conducting MEDRETEs throughout Central America since 1993 to provide a variety of medical services to local residents who otherwise would be unable to receive regular medical care. In 23 years, more than 330,000 patients have been treated during MEDRETEs. On Sept. 22 and 23, the
Nearly a dozen Honduran PUMCIR (Personal Utilizado en Misiones Contra Incendio y Rescate – Personnel Used in Fire and Rescue) volunteers and seven U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to Joint Task Force-Bravo at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, conducted a search and rescue exercise in Comayagua National
The President of the United States nominated Air Force Maj. Gen. Mark D. Kelly for promotion to lieutenant general, and command of Twelfth Air Force and Air Forces Southern.He replaces Lt. Gen. Chris Nowland who has been selected to become the next Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations at
During the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the president was hundreds of miles away from the nation’s capital. The pilot and crew of Air Force One made sure the president stayed safe and got where he needed to be to lead the country.
The September issue of Airman magazine is now available to download and is viewable through a web browser.
On this look around the Air Force, the flu mist is not a viable vaccination for Airmen this year, and aeromedical Airmen rely on the Transport Isolation System to prevent the spread of illnesses.
AF Week in Photos
DAF members recognized during BEYA STEM awards
DAF senior enlisted advisors discuss Airmen, Guardians in the fight
SecAF Kendall AFA Warfare Symposium Q&A: Reoptimizing for Great Power Competition
AMC rises to increasing global tension
LAMAT begins in Suriname for second year of medical assistance
US Government Donates Aircraft to Dominican Republic to Combat Narcotics Trafficking
South Carolina Guard Comes to Aid of Partner Colombia
Kentucky Guard Hosts Ecuadorian Military for Leader Engagement
Strengthening the U.S.-Uruguay security partnership: Gen. Richardson meets with senior government, defense leaders in Uruguay