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Contracts For Sept. 14, 2016

DoD Contract Announcements - Wed, 09/14/2016 - 1:00pm
CONTRACTS DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative Inc., De Funiak Springs,

BRIGADIER GENERAL HEATHER L. PRINGLE

AF Bios - Wed, 09/14/2016 - 8:37am
Brigadier General Heather L. Pringle, Commander, 502nd Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, which unifies 11 geographically distinct locations including JBSA-Randolph, JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, JBSA-Lackland, and JBSA-Camp Bullis.

Contracts For Sept. 13, 2016

DoD Contract Announcements - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 1:00pm
CONTRACTS AIR FORCE The Boeing Co. - Defense, Space and Security, St. Louis, Missouri, has been

AFCENT briefs OIR effort in fight against ISIL

AF News - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 12:57pm
With significant progress and momentum in the U.S.-led coalition’s fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the enemy will try to challenge the coalition in Mosul, Iraq, and Raqqa, Syria, the commander of Operation Inherent Resolve’s combined force air component told reporters today.

BRIGADIER GENERAL WILLIAM J. LIQUORI JR.

AF Bios - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 7:40am
Brigadier General William J. Liquori, Jr. is the Director, Space Policy, National Security Council, Executive Office of the President, Washington, D.C.

Contracts For Sept. 12, 2016

DoD Contract Announcements - Mon, 09/12/2016 - 1:00pm
CONTRACTS ARMY Visionary Products Inc.,* Draper, Utah, was awarded a $165,152,609

PAR program issues EMD request for proposal

AF News - Mon, 09/12/2016 - 11:00am
On Sep. 12 the Air Force officially requested a proposal from Boeing to complete detailed design, modification, test and fielding of two aircraft that will provide presidential worldwide airlift support starting in the 2024 timeframe. A third production representative aircraft is still under consideration for future procurement.

Contracts For Sept. 9, 2016

DoD Contract Announcements - Fri, 09/09/2016 - 1:00pm
CONTRACTS NAVY Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, California, is being issued a $108,118,000

Caribou Vietnam vets honored at Pentagon

AF News - Fri, 09/09/2016 - 12:44pm
The assistant vice chief of staff of the Air Force unveiled a scale model C-7A Caribou during a ceremony acknowledging the service of Vietnam War Caribou crewmembers and support personnel at the Pentagon Sept. 9. <br /><br />Lt. Gen. Stayce D. Harris officiated the ceremony, which was held as part of the Defense Department’s United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration’s Vietnam War 50th anniversary tribute. <br /><br />“You are truly American heroes,” Harris said to the more than 30 Vietnam veterans from the Caribou Association in attendance. “There are Vietnam veterans alive today only because of C-7A aircrews.” <br /><br />The Vietnam War era model C-7A will be included in the Pentagon’s Wings Through Time display. The model was handcrafted and donated by retired Master Sgt. John Schuepbach, a former Caribou administrative specialist and current Caribou Association member.<br /><br />After touring the Pentagon several years ago, Schuepbach noted the absence of the Caribou in the Vietnam War-era section. He decided he would remedy the absence by creating a scale model of the aircraft and donating it to the Pentagon for future display. <br /><br />“Our story needed to be told and our sacrifice represented,” Schuepbach said. <br /><br />The Caribou was a critical component of the Vietnam tactical airlift world, with its ability to maneuver at low altitude and slow airspeeds, enabling it to make precision airdrops into tight spaces. <br /> <br />At the peak of the Vietnam War in 1968, the Caribou accumulated a solid reputation as a reliable short takeoff and landing aircraft. It delivered more than 2.75 billion pounds of cargo and transported roughly 4 million people in a 12-month period and conducted around-the-clock takeoffs and landings every 38 seconds. <br /><br />“It wasn’t the prettiest aircraft,” Harris said. “But to troops under attack in the middle of the jungle, seeing it roll out on an 800-foot dirt strip or pop up above the treetops overhead, it had to be the most beautiful sight in the world.”<br /><br />For the veterans in attendance, the ceremony was more than an unveiling of a model aircraft, it was a long-awaited thank you from a grateful nation.<br /><br />“The ceremony today is closure from the war,” Schuepbach said. “Our story is finally out there, and we can get recognition for what we did because we did amazing things over there.”

Yesterday’s Air Force: 9/11 response

AF News - Fri, 09/09/2016 - 11:56am
<iframe width="640" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/gyxBXCorPXg?rel=0" frameborder="0"></iframe><br /> <br /> <strong>FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS)</strong> -- It wasn't long after the terror attacks of 9/11 that the Air Force responded in a big way. On Oct. 7, 2001, Operation Enduring Freedom began. In the initial months, Air Force bombers flew night and day, conducting strikes on Taliban and al-Qaida positions across Afghanistan. U.S. air superiority continued with the help of Air Force joint terminal air controllers as they called in strikes from the ground and fought to oust the oppressive Taliban government, as well as destroy the al-Qaida terrorist network.<br /> <br /> Yesterday's Air Force is a history and heritage featurette series profiling significant people and missions from the Air Force's past.<br />

BRIGADIER GENERAL EDWARD A. SAULEY III

AF Bios - Fri, 09/09/2016 - 7:58am
Brig. Gen. Edward A. Sauley III is the Deputy Director of Operations for Joint Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations, and the Mobilization Assistant to the Director of Operations, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.

AF Week in Photos

AF News - Fri, 09/09/2016 - 6:48am
<span>This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.</span>

BRIGADIER GENERAL JAMES H. DIENST

AF Bios - Thu, 09/08/2016 - 1:13pm
Brigadier General James H. Dienst is the Director, Education and Training, Defense Health Agency, Defense Health Headquarters, Falls Church, Virginia.

Contracts For Sept. 8, 2016

DoD Contract Announcements - Thu, 09/08/2016 - 1:00pm
AIR FORCE Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, has been awarded a $49,210,994 fixed-price

AF narrows locations considered for basing new RPA units

AF News - Thu, 09/08/2016 - 12:34pm
The Air Force has selected candidate bases for a potential new MQ-9 Reaper wing with units at up to two locations.

MAJOR GENERAL MICHAEL A. LOH

AF Bios - Thu, 09/08/2016 - 9:42am
Maj. Gen. Michael Loh serves as the National Guard Assistant to the Commander, Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia.

Woman WWII pilot honored among brothers, sisters

AF News - Thu, 09/08/2016 - 7:51am
More than 70 years later, as the last of “the greatest generation” dwindles and the WASPs’ male counterparts are laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery with befitting honors, a WASP is at last also being honored for her service. During a military funeral service Sept. 7, Elaine Danforth Harmon’s ashes were interred at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia.

WWII female pilot honored among brothers, sisters

AF News - Thu, 09/08/2016 - 7:51am
In 1943, Mabel Rawlinson, a Women Airforce Service Pilot, died in an aircraft crash. The government would not pay for her remains to be sent back to her family, nor allow her to have a flag draped over her casket.<br /> <br /> Her fellow WASPs passed around a hat, pitching in to have her casket shipped back to her family – flag-draped in defiance, and escorted home by her service sisters.<br /> <br /> She was one of 38 WASPs to die in service to her country.<br /> <br /> More than 70 years later, as the last of “the greatest generation” dwindles and the WASPs’ male counterparts are laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery with befitting honors, a WASP is at last also being honored for her service. During a military funeral service Sept. 7, Elaine Danforth Harmon’s ashes were interred at Arlington National Cemetery.<br /> <br /> Along with Rawlinson, Harmon was one of 1,074 women to serve as a pilot during World War II, fulfilling what the Air Force Historical Research Agency called a “dire need” to train male pilots and ferry aircraft overseas.<br /> <br /> She is the first WASP to be buried in Arlington since the passing of HR-4336, a bill introduced by Arizona Representative Martha McSally to ensure WASPs eligibility for interment at Arlington National Cemetery. When Harmon passed away April 21, 2015, her family applied for her interment at Arlington per her final wishes. The request was denied based on a legal decision that “active-duty designees,” such as the WASPs, did not meet eligibility requirements for the cemetery, which is quickly running out of burial space.<br /> <br /> Since then, her ashes had remained in the black box provided by the funeral home, sitting amidst folded sweaters, old photos and hanging clothes in her granddaughter’s closet.<br /> <br /> “Gammy doesn’t belong on a shelf,” said Tiffany Miller, Harmon’s granddaughter.<br /> <br /> Since her death, her family fought to secure a place for the WASPs in Arlington, aided by members of the self-proclaimed “Chick Fighter Pilot Association,” female pilots who owe their success to the trailblazing efforts of the WASPs.<br /> <br /> After the passing of the bill, several of the female aviators proudly flew the burial flag during their missions. They documented the flag’s travels in a journal read during the memorial service.<br /> <br /> The flag “went on a journey worthy of a WASP,” according to Lt. Col. Caroline Jensen, an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot who aided the family’s campaign.<br /> <br /> “Because of the legacy of the WASPs and the service of women like Elaine, I stand before you,” she said. “I’m a reservist on active duty, 22 years in the Air Force, 3,500 hours flying fighters, 1,700 in an F-16, 200 in combat, three years as a right-wing pilot for the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and eight of those while being a mom. So we owe a lot to Elaine and the women like her.”<br /> <br /> Jensen was joined by McSally and retired Maj. Heather Penney, each of whom credited their success as female pilots to the WASPs. They gave their remarks alongside beaming photos of Elaine – decked out in her flight suit at the ages of 22 and 85, demonstrating her continued love of flying.<br /> <br /> “You could tell that the time they were WASPs was one of the best times of their lives and they were very proud to have served their country,” Elaine’s daughter, Terry Harmon said.<br /> <br /> Retired Gen. Henry “Hap” Arnold once spoke to a class of graduating WASP and said that initially he hadn’t been sure “whether a slip of a girl could fight the controls of a B-17 in heavy weather. Now in 1944, it is on record that women can fly as well as men.”<br /> <br /> “It was a man’s world, but we did something really great that was needed for the war effort,” Elaine had said during an interview for Library of Congress historical archives.<br /> <br /> Elaine wanted people to remember that effort, and in her handwritten will, beseeched her family to place her ashes in Arlington National Cemetery.<br /> <br /> “To her, Arlington is more than a cemetery, it’s a memorial for all the people that have served their country,” said her granddaughter, Erin Miller.<br /> <br /> Seventy-two years after her fellow WASP died in service of country and was denied military honors, Elaine Harmon died among her family. More than a year later, her children and grandchildren, her fellow WASPs and her service daughters escorted her home.<br /> <br /> “For generations to come, when they come to these hallowed grounds that honor our heroes and educate people about their service and sacrifice … these women will be in that history book on their own merit, on their own right,” McSally said.<br /> <br /> Another trailblazer was laid to rest among her brothers and sisters-in-arms. Her urn was placed in a niche of the columbarium wall between her fellow veterans, she left her final mark on the white marble: “Elaine Danforth Harmon, WASP.”

Contracts For Sept. 7, 2016

DoD Contract Announcements - Wed, 09/07/2016 - 1:00pm
CONTRACTS U.S. TRANSPORTATION COMMAND International Auto Logistics LLC, Brunswick, Georgia, has been

Yesterday’s Air Force: The president’s pilot

AF News - Wed, 09/07/2016 - 11:48am
<iframe width="640" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/0_VE9qobrWY?rel=0" frameborder="0"></iframe><br /> <br /> <strong>FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) </strong>– 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.<br /> <br /> Yesterday's Air Force is a history and heritage featurette series profiling significant people and missions from the Air Force's past.<br />
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