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Basic Training
Surviving Air Force Basic Training is an informative comprehensive article about preparing for, and completing Air Force Basic Training (AFBMT) at Lackland Air Force Base, in Texas.

Enlisted Job Descriptions
Detailed job descriptions and qualification criteria for all Air Force enlisted AFSCs (Jobs).

Aerial Gunners
The Evolution of Aerial Gunners -- From World War I to Operation Iraqi Freedom, U.S. bombers and helicopters have been the targets of enemy fighter warplanes and surface-to-air weapons. Against heavy odds, aerial gunners fight with loyalty and grit in a Herculean effort to keep their aircraft in the sky.

Aeromedical Evacuation Team
An Air Force Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Team is a specialized team whose primary work center is the cabin or cargo hold of an airplane flying several miles high.

AFSCs (Air Force Specialty Code Explanation)
A brief explanation about AFSCs, or Air Force Specialty Codes. AFSCs are, to the Air Force, what MOS's are to the Army and Marine Corps.

Pilots of the 64th Aggressor Squadron are air-to-air threat experts and replicate the tactics used by enemy forces in combat situations. This mission began more than 30 years ago when the squadron was activated as a result of the high air combat loss rate suffered by the U.S. during the Vietnam War.

Air and Space Expeditionary Force (AEF) Concept
The Air Force has created 10 deployable AEFs. Two AEFs, trained to task, are always deployed or on call to meet current national requirements, while the remaining forces train, exercise, and prepare for the full spectrum of operations.

Air Defense Mission -- Operation Noble Eagle
Before 2001, 1st Air Force was charged with keeping an eye on the nation’s borders, usually looking for threats in the form of Russian aircraft skirting too close for comfort to the mainland. In those few hours, the command’s mission went from looking outward to looking inward. Now 1st Air Force watches the nation’s skies for the threat from within. Operation Noble Eagle was born.

Air Field Managers
An airfield manager’s job encompasses almost anything that deals with the airfield. Their primary job is to ensure the safety of the airfield.They make sure that obstructions are not interfering with operations, clear zones around the runway and taxiways, and make sure there’s ample lighting to complete the mission. And that's just the start...

Air Force Extends Deployment Lengths
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz announced a change to the air and space expeditionary force rotational baseline from 120 to 179 days for most active component Airmen.

Air Force General
The rank of general is the most senior in the U.S. Air Force. It is designated as O-10 on the military pay scale. The insignia for a general, worn on the shoulder, consists of a row of four stars.

Air Force Lieutenant General
A lieutenant general in the U.S. Air Force holds the second-highest rank. The rank is designated as O-9 on the military pay scale. A lieutenant general wears a row of three stars as an insignia on his or her shoulder.

Air Force Major General
Major generals rank below lieutenant generals but above brigadier generals in the U.S. Air Force. Third from the top, they wear an insignia on their shoulder bearing two stars and are sometimes referred to as two-star generals.

Air Force Song
Be prepared for that next dining-in with the lyrics to the official song of the Air Force.

Airborne RED HORSE
Airborne RED HORSE teams are significantly different than the rest of traditional RED HORSE combat engineer squadrons in that members are airborne qualified and use much lighter specialized equipment.

Ammo Troops
Bombs, bullets and explosives are hazardous to friend and foe alike but are handled with care by the men and women who work in Air Force Munitions Flights. Known as "ammo" troops, the airmen of the munitions flight handle all of the bombs, ammunition, defensive ordnance, explosives and bullets used by the Air Force.

Graphic pictures and award criteria for United States Air Force occupation & aeronautical badges.

Basic Training (Email Training Course)
This FREE online "e-course" covers all the major academic areas that Air Force recruits are required to study while in Air Force Basic Military Training (AFBMT). Those who sign up for the FREE course will receive one lesson per day, via email, for 21 days.

Listing of benefits available to active duty Air Force personnel.

Beret History
Military forces have worn distinctive uniform items for centuries to create a psychological advantage and boost their esprit de corps, but the military use of berets is a relatively recent phenomenon.

Bike Test (Old Air Force Fitness Test)
The Air Force bike test. Cycle ergometry. Ergo’s been the Air Force cardiovascular standard since 1992. Yet, somehow, it still makes people nervous. Nervous enough, in fact, to look for ways to cheat on the Air Force fitness test. Here's the truths and myths about the test.

Bike Test is No More
A memo from the Air Force Chief of Staff, detailing the new Air Force Fitness Test Program, which is scheduled to begin in Jan 2004. The new program eliminates the controversial Cycle Ergometry Test, and includes running, sit-ups, and pushups.

Board of Records Correction
Information about appealing information in your Air Force military records, such as performance reports, decorations, promotions, etc.

Boom Operators
Lying on their stomachs in the tail section of a Stratotanker, boom operators peer through a small window while maneuvering a refueling boom into an awaiting aircraft thirsty for fuel. At more than 20,000 feet, even the smallest offloading obstacle can become a sky-high challenge to keep the boom connected to the customer aircraft.

Chain of Command (Organization)
I'm often asked what the elements of command are for the U.S. Air Force. While this can change somewhat based upon the type of unit, the basic elements for the Air Force can be found here.

Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station - A Look Inside NORAD
Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station doesn’t look like much from above. That’s because the combat operations center — the installation’s nerve center — is hidden beneath more than 2,000 feet of granite.

Civil Air Patrol (CAP) - The Search Masters
The Civil Air Patrol is the official Air Force auxiliary — a nonprofit and federally chartered corporation of nearly 60,000 people age 12 and up. Their storied and aggressive start was in 1941.

Combat Controller Training
Combat controllers set up air traffic control and perform close air support in remote locations. And it takes some time to groom them more than 24 months from start to finish. Trainees go from basic to advanced special operations skills. Physical, mental and emotional toughness are essential.

Combat Controllers - Shoot, Move, Communicate
For Air Force combat controllers, a 'day at the office' isn’t a cup of coffee and the morning paper — it’s more like a jump in the drink and making the news.

Combat Controllers Play a Key Role
The largest-ever class of future Air Force combat controllers is training at Pope Air Force Base, N.C., to provide critical skills required in the war on terror. The current class of 32 students will help bolster the Air Force's cadre of 360 combat controllers.

Combat Weather
Slashing through Burmese jungles with Maj. Gen. Orde Wingate’s Chindits; hunkering down far above the DMZ in Vietnam; infiltrating into Northern Iraq to ensure the success of a thousand-man airborne jump -- not the average day at the office for most weather forecasters. But those missions and many more have been business as usual since 1942 for the Air Force special operations weather teams.

Combat Weather
Air Force Combat Weathermen are weather forecasters with forward ground combat capabilities. It's a special duty assignment that Air Force weather personnel (AFSC 1W0X1) can apply for.

Command Post Controllers
Airmen in the command post do much more than just pass along information, especially in a combat zone. Air Force Emergency Action Controllers are the eyes and ears of the base.

Convoy Airmen
More than 150 Airmen assigned to Det. 2632 provide convoy protection to civilian contractors and Army units delivering supplies throughout Iraq. The unit comprises a variety of Air Force specialties including transporters, security forces, vehicle mechanics, supply Airmen, communications specialists, armory Airmen and logistics readiness officers.

The Air Force Countersniper School at Camp Joseph T. Robinson in Arkansas. The 15-day course, taught at the National Guard Marksmanship Center, gives security forces a boot camp on countersniper tactics and procedures. It also introduces them to the life of one of their key adversaries — the military sniper.

Customs and Courtesies
Air Force military customs and courtesies go beyond basic politeness; they play an extremely important role in building morale, esprit de corps, discipline, and mission effectiveness. Customs and courtesies ensure proper respect for the chain of command and build the foundation for self-discipline.

Deployment Rates - Enlisted
Average number of days deployed from the time period of September 11, 2001 to 1 October 2003 for most Air Force enlisted AFSCs (jobs).

Dining In/Dining Out Planning Guide
Formal military dinners are a tradition in all branches of the United States Armed services. In the Air Force and Navy, it is the dining-in; in the Army, the Regimental Dinner; in the Marine Corps and Coast Guard, Mess Night. The dining-in has served the Air Force well as an occasion for military members to meet socially at a formal military function.

Discharge Review Board
Information about appealing type and characterization of a discharge.

Dormitories - Moving Off Base
A change in how the Air Force figures unaccompanied housing requirements will call for fewer dormitory rooms -- meaning more airmen could move off base and receive a monetary housing allowance, in the future.

Down-Sizing (2010/2011)
The Air Force has announced that it needs to cut around 3,700 enlisted airmen and officers in 2010 and 2011.

Dress and Appearance
Wearing the Air Force uniform means carrying on a traditionone that identifies the person as a member of a historical unit, a close-knit society, quietly assured of his or her competence and professionalism.

Drug and Alcohol Program
Substance abuse prevention and treatment policies and programs are thoroughly integrated into every facet of Air Force core values, quality of life, and force management. These policies have been in place for over two decades and have evolved to meet changing conditions within the Air Force.

Drug Test Targeting
The Air Force began its Smart Testing program Oct. 1 (2004). Under the program, individuals in the group shown to most likely use illicit drugs are being tested at a higher frequency than the rest of the population. That target group includes those in the ranks of airman basic through senior airman and first and second lieutenants

Enlisted Rank
The Air Force enlisted force is comprised of distinct and separate ranks. Each correlates to increased levels of training, education, technical competence, experience, leadership, and managerial responsibilities. Here are the general descriptions and average promotion times for each Air Force enlisted rank.

EOD in Iraq
Some might call a bomb squad living in a bunker ironic; the 332nd Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron’s explosive ordnance disposal flight airmen at Tallil Air Base in Iraq call it practical. The EOD airmen are on alert 24-hours a day, seven days a week, and respond to an average of 25 to 30 calls each week.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)
Each time a member of the Air Force explosive ordnance disposal team at Sather Air Base, Baghdad, Iraq, pushes a red tack in on the map, it means they destroyed another Improvised Explosive Device that could have potentially killed someone.

Eye Surgery (Aviation Applicants)
After years of study, the Air Force has decided to change their long-standing policy which disqualified applicants who have had LASIK surgery from flight training and navigator training. The change became effective May 21 (2007).

Eye Surgery (Laser) Policy
Air Force Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Paul K. Carlton Jr. recently signed a memorandum allowing Air Force members who are designated as priority two in the Air Force's Warfighter Photorefractive Keratectomy Program to receive the procedure at one of the Air Force's laser centers.

Eye Surgery (LASIK) Policy
The Air Force’s 'warfighter' corneal refractive surgery program expanded its services to include laser-in-situ-keratomileuis, or LASIK, for qualified people at its centers. Gen. T. Michael Moseley, Air Force vice chief of staff, approved a memorandum written by Lt. Gen. George “Peach” Taylor Jr., Air Force surgeon general, announcing the immediate start of the expanded program.

Fact Sheets
Facts and photos about Air Force aircraft, missiles, space equipment, commands, and weapon systems.

Financial Responsibility
Air Force members are expected to properly manage their financial affairs. Here are the basic rules for Air Force Financial Responsibility.

First Sergeant -- Is it Time for a Change?
In the Army and Marine Corps, First Sergeant is a rank (E-8). In the Air Force, First Sergeant is a special duty position, staffed by selected Senior NCOs. Should the Air Force change their First Sergeants to specific first-sergeant ranks?

First Term Airman Centers (FTAC)
FTAC is designed to aid all first-duty-stationed airmen with their transition from a systematic and regimented environment into a hands-on employment of the airmen's skills, knowledge and training gained from technical school. FTAC is a 'one-stop-shop-program' that greatly benefits the airmen and allows them to focus on their job without being tagged for various appointments.

Fitness Test (New)
The Air Force Chief of Staff has approved several changes to the Air Force Physical Fitness Test (AFPFT), which will be effective in January 2010.

Flight Nurses
Air Force Nurses do more than work in military hospitals and clinics. Some turn in their hospital whites for green flight suits. These are the Air Force Flight Nurses.

Flight Nurses
Air Force Nurses do more than work in hospital wards. A prime example is 1st Lt. Charlie Thomas, a flight nurse. At Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, he was a flight clinical coordinator. He set up the aeromedical evacuation of American and allied troops injured in the war on terrorism.

Flying Physicals
Qualification requirements for Air Force Flight Class I, Flight Class II, and Flight Class III Flying Physicals.

Force Shaping -- Officers (2007)
For the past three years the Air Force has been downsizing, and Fiscal Year 2007 will be the same, with the exception that next year the primary focus will be on reducing the number of commissioned officers, rather than enlisted members. Air Force Officials say more than 8,000 officers must separate through normal attrition, retirement or force-shaping measures.

Force Shaping (2008)
The active duty Air Force intends to continue its force-shaping program (reduction in size) in Fiscal Year 2008. The Air Force intends to reach an active duty end-strength of 328,600 by September 30, 2008, which means a reduction in size of about 5,400 officer and enlisted members.

Force Shaping (Dowsizing) Program for 2007
The Air Force has announced their enlisted active duty "Force Shaping" program for Fiscal Year 2007. The active duty Air Force is currently over-manned and plans to reduce its numbers by 6.5 percent, going from 282,822 members to 264,424 members by 30 September, 2007.

Force Shaping Update (2007)
In a message dated Jan. 26, officials said the Air Force must cut 3,090 Airmen by Sept. 30 in order to meet this year's force shaping goals. The Air Force will use three personnel programs to help meet the goal.

Air Force fraternization policy is contained in Air Force Instruction 36-2909, Professional and Unprofessional Relationships. Here are the fraternization policies of the United States Air Force.

Future of Flight
Pilots maneuver aircraft by thought. Helmet-mounted heads-up displays project a virtual reality “soundscape” of the battlefield. Air Force scientists and others say the dreams of the future are only a few microchips away from reality.

Ghost Stories
Just Silly Ghost Stories? Ghosts. Some people say baloney — there’s no such thing. However, many Air Force folks swear restless spirits roam the places where they work and live. No matter. People are still trying to find plausible explanations for the paranormal.

Grooming Standards
Each of the military services impose grooming standards on their military personnel, as part of their Dress & Appearance, or Uniform Regulations. Here are the grooming standards for the United States Air Force.

Ground Radar Control Squadrons
Eyes, minds and bodies are often weary because Air Force air control squadrons travel constantly. Global conflicts, exercises and training keep wheels moving from place to place. Home is the place where the equipment is stored. It’s a relative spot for those who can be deployed as many as 250 days each year.

Honor Guard Duty
Air Force Honor Guard officials are always looking for motivated and dedicated airmen and noncommissioned officers for what they call the world's best job. Located at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington D.C, the 250-person unit seeks airmen E-4 through E-7.

Hurricane Hunters
The Hurricane Hunters are part of Air Force Reserve Command’s 403rd Wing at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. They are the only Department of Defense organization still flying into tropical storms and hurricanes on a routine basis.

IG Complaints
The primary charge of the IG is to sustain a credible Air Force IG system by ensuring the existence of responsive complaint investigations, and FWA programs characterized by objectivity, integrity, and impartiality.

Inspector General
The Air Force inspector general’s office is the ombudsman for investigating allegations of favoritism, sexual harassment and reprisal. The office handles fraud, waste and abuse concerns at the unit level in the U.S. Air Force.

International Affairs Specialist
Air Force officers can expect to gain international insight, foreign language proficiency and cultural understanding by becoming international affairs specialists. Under the old foreign area officer program, international skills were self-obtained. Within the program are two types of positions: regional affairs strategist, or RAS, and political-military affairs strategist, or PAS.

JAG Duty
People who base their perception of military lawyers on the television show 'JAG most likely think those in the judge advocate general profession are pilots, traveling from courtroom to courtroom in high performance military aircraft. They may also believe military legal professionals have the uncanny ability to solve and prosecute any case in less than 60 minutes. Here's a real look.

Jobs (Enlisted) Divided by Aptitude Areas
All Air Force enlisted jobs fall into a specific apptitude area: General, Mechanical, Administrative, or Electronic/Electric. Here are the AF enlisted jobs which fall into each aptitude category.

JROTC Instructor Duty
The Air Force needs more military retirees to take on teaching roles in high-school classrooms as the service expands its Junior ROTC program. The 744 units in high schools worldwide offer many opportunities for qualified, eligible Air Force retirees.

JSTARS - Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System
The joint surveillance target attack radar system flies overhead to give Army ground commanders an aerial view of the battlefield. The canoe-shaped radome on the underside of the plane offers a unique capability to see through cover of darkness in all kinds of weather.

Working as a team, a dog and handler’s typical day averages 13 to 14 hours working air-base defense and force protection. The military working dog teams search vehicles daily at the Air Force checkpoints in Iraq.

Letters from Santa
Combat weather flight airmen stationed at EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska each year help Santa send out thousands of signed, North Pole-postmarked letters to children worldwide. The Santa’s Mailbag program started in 1954 by 58th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron airmen, and has been carried on by those of the 354th Operations Support Squadron.

Air Force Loadmasters play a critical role in the C-130 Hercules mission. They accomplish preflight checks of aircraft, making sure all equipment is working. Then they supervise the loading of the aircraft, including cargo and passengers. Most importantly, they calculate the weight and balance of the cargo so the aircraft can safely fly.

Military Equal Opportunity (MEO) and Sexual Harassment
The purpose of the MEO program is to improve mission effectiveness by promoting an environment free from personal, social, or institutional barriers that prevent Air Force members from rising to the highest level of responsibility possible based on their individual merit, fitness, and capability. Air Force policy is to conduct its affairs free from unlawful discrimination and sexual harassment.

Missile Combat Crews
For 24 hours at a time, commonly known as missileers, safeguard the launch facilities during their tour of duty beneath the Earth’s surface. Located 60 feet below is the most important part of the facility -- a steel-reinforced capsule no larger than a tractor trailer.

New Air Force Uniform Finalized
The new Airman Battle Uniform is ready for production and will be available in fiscal 2007. The new uniform design is a pixilated tiger stripe with four soft earth tones consisting of tan, grey, green and blue. The ABU will have a permanent crease and will be offered in 50-50 nylon-cotton blend permanent press fabric eliminating the need for winter and summer weight uniforms.

New Service Dress Uniform in the Future?
Based on feedback received during visits with Airmen across the Air Force, the Air Force Uniform Board is reviewing several concepts that Airmen have suggested regarding the appearance of the service dress uniform.

New Uniform Design Finalized
The Air Force has pretty much finalized the design of their proposed new utility uniform. Blue and green tiger stripes are out; the digitized pattern with subdued green, tan, blue and gray is in.

New Uniform Unveiled
Air Force officials announced Aug. 6 plans for the wear test of a new utility uniform to possibly replace the current battle dress uniform. The blue, gray and green tiger-stripe camouflage ensemble is a departure from the current woodland pattern uniform and includes many new features that are intended to increase functionality and provide a distinctive look for airmen of the 21st century.

Non-Citizen Jobs
Air Force AFSCs (Jobs) which do not require United States Citizenship.

Nontraditional Fighter Missions
The convoy travels down the dusty desert road. Soldiers keep watchful eyes, surveying the barren landscape surrounding them. Today, their minds are slightly at ease. Overhead, an armed F-16 in direct contact with their team is watching the road ahead. No one will be lost today.

Number of Enlisted Assigned in Each Career Field
Number of Air Force enlisted personnel assigned in each career field.

Number of Officers Assigned in Each Career Field
Number of Air Force commissioned officers personnel assigned in each career field.

Officer Evaluation FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions about the Air Force Officer Evaulation System (OERs).

Officer Job Descriptions
Detailed description and qualification standards for all the commissioned officer job positions in the United States Air Force.

One More Roll
One More Roll is the traditional final toast given by the President of the Mess at Air Force Dining-In and Dining-Out functions.

OSI in Iraq
Most people know that OSI stands for the Air Force's Office of Special Investigations. These are the special agents who investigate major crimes in the Air Force, and perform counter-espionage. But, what exactly does an OSI agent do when deployed?

Pararescue -- A Night in New Orleans
At the heart of the helicopter rescue portion of the Air Force Reserve Command’s contribution to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort are the crews flying 10 to 12 hour missions picking up as many as 184 survivors on a single mission. At the very center of that heart pararescuemen can be found who have risked life and limb so that others may live.

Pararescue Training - Hell Night
Faced with a rigorous physical regiment and lack of sleep, Air Force pararescue trainees endure their toughest day -- and one hellish night.

Paternity Leave
The Air Force has announced the implementation of their paternity leave program. The 2009 Defense Authorization Act allows up to 10 days of paternity leave for married active duty fathers, but the law allows each service to establish their own rules to implement the new law.

Air Force Photographers in Iraq are proving that a picture is truly worth a thousand words in fighting the war on terrorism. Military photographers have had a tremendous impact on history and document the horrors of war. The men and women of the U.S. military are considered heroes in the eyes of most Americans, and military photographers have played a role in that view.

Physical Ability & Stamina Test (PAST)
Requirements for the Physical Ability & Stamina Test (PAST) given for individuals who wish to become Air Force Pararescuemen, or Combat Controllers. This test is required for those wishing to re-train into Pararescue or Combat Control.

Physical Fitness Test
The Air Force fitness program was established on January 1, 2004. This program replaces the annual ergo-cycle test that the Air Force had used for several years. Under the Air Force Fitness Program, fitness points are awarded in four areas: aerobic (running), body-composition, push-ups, and crunches.

Physical Training Uniform (PTU) Requirements
The Air Force Uniform Board established an Oct. 1, 2006, mandatory wear date of the physical training uniform, or PTU, for unit fitness activities. The board also released additional guidance for Airmen wearing the uniform for personal workouts.

Possible Officer RIF Board in 2007
The Air Force will convene an officer reduction in force board in June (2007) if it fails to meet its force-shaping goal, said the service's senior most officer for manpower and personnel.

POW/MIA Presentation Table
At Air Force Dining-In's and Dining Out's, it's traditional to display a table dedicated to America's Prisoners of War and Missing in Action.

Privately Owned Vehicle Registration
Effective March 15 (2007), Air Force personnel no longer have to register privately owned vehicles on base. According to Air Force officials, the expense and administrative burden are not justified by the benefits.

Rank and Insignia
Insignia identify the rank of each member of the Armed Forces. Members of the Air Force assume a degree of responsibility equal to their rank. The Air Force insignia system is broken down into two major categories: officer ranks and enlisted ranks (the Air Force does not have warrant officers).

Rank History - Enlisted
History of Air Force Enlisted Cheverons.

Recruiter Assistance Program (RAP)
The Recruiter Assistance Program (RAP) is a way Airmen can assist in finding quality men and women to meet the challenges of today’s Air Force. Airmen can be a major influence in bringing the Air Force story to their hometown or place of previous residence by assisting the local recruiter in making contacts and developing leads. Airmen are eligible to apply for up to 12 days of non-chargeable leave for RAP.

Recruiting Duty
Becoming an Air Force recruiter can be the most challenging and gratifying job you will ever have. Recruiters are responsible for the number and quality of young men and women who enlist and begin their Air Force careers. There are few jobs in the Air Force more challenging, satisfying, and rewarding as Recruiting. A more vital enlisted profession does not exist in the USAF.

Restructure in 2004
The FY04 force structure realignment for the Air Force results in a total decrease of 5099 authorizations (2260 military authorizations and 2839 civilian authorizations), and 1055 drill authorizations.

Background, Description, and Symbolism of the U.S Air Force Seal. In September 1947 the proposed Air Force seal was exhibited in the office of the new Secretary of the Air Force, and later a panel of about thirty top-ranking Air Force officers reviewed it.

Security Forces - PHOENIX RAVEN
Air Mobility Command’s Phoenix Raven program, implemented in 1997, consists of teams of specially trained security forces personnel dedicated to providing security for AMC aircraft that transit high terrorist and criminal threat areas.

Security Forces -- Fly Away Security Teams
With daily airlift throughout Southwest Asia and the Horn of Africa, U.S. aircraft are constantly flying in and out of unsecured locations. When necessary, they bring along a two- to four-person team for security. The mission is to protect the aircraft and crew through flight deck denial and ground security.

Security Forces -- Performing MP Duties on an Army Base
The 732nd Expeditionary Mission Support Group’s Detachment 1, an Air Force detachment from Balad Air Base, Iraq, is filling the role of Army police at an Army installation at Mosel, Iraq.

Security Forces in Afghanistan
At technical school on Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, all security forces airmen commit three general orders to memory: protect personnel and property, report all violations, and sound the alarm in cases of emergency. In Afghanistan, security forces also uphold a locally implemented General Order No. 4: "I am my brother's and my sister's keeper."

Security Forces Mission Constantly Evolving
When people think of Air Force, they don't think of guys on the ground, kicking down doors, searching buildings, doing Army-type work. However, times have changed, and the Security Forces mission has changed with it. These days Security Forces are going out and clearing buildings, helping the Army with the convoys, and patrolling cities.

Security Forces Undergoing Transformation
As the Air Force continues to adapt for the future, changes to the security forces career field will affect the total force. Essentially, security forces will focus on preparing for their warfighting mission at forward locations, as well as security at a fixed installation.

Sexual Harrassment
Official Air Force policy on sexual harassement.

Snipers in Iraq
They’re in a unique unit, the only one in the Air Force. The group’s job is to be the first to land at a bare base to establish airfield and aerial port operations — pronto. The 786th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, where Air Force Snipers work, provides the security. The cops keep airmen safe as they land, unload and launch aircraft around the clock.

Space Operations
Space is still the Air Force’s new frontier. Less than 15 years ago, relying on spaced-based capabilities to direct battles on the ground was a relatively new capability for the U.S. military. Not even in their wildest dreams would most people think it would one day be possible for a pilot to sit in an air-conditioned room at some stateside base and fly a UAV over Afghanistan.

Space Weather Troops
A 10-inch telescope is the heart of the operation at the Ramey Solar Observatory. Located on a picturesque cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the nine airmen who run the site keep an eye on the sun to track solar flares and map sunspots.

Tactical Air Command and Control -- A Close Call
Tactical Air Command and Control, AFSC 1C4X! teams train in navigation proficiency at Fort Bragg’s field training area, in North Carolina, to ensure they’re experts in talking to pilots on high and ultrahigh frequencies.

Tactical Air Control Pary Airmen in Afghanistan
"The strong will stand, the weak will fall by the wayside." For Air Force tactical air control party airmen, these words are more than just a motto; they also serve as a battle cry. Wherever American military forces are found, TACP airmen are sure to be nearby.

Tattoos, Body Art, and Piercings
The Air Force policy concerning body art, tattoos, body piercings, and body mutilations.

That Others May Live
Review of a thrilling new book all about Air Force Pararescuemen.

The Air Force's Navy
Not many people know the Air Force has a small navy. Three chartered, prepositioned ships are assigned to transport and store backup munitions for combat operations around the globe.

Thunderbirds Show Schedule
The Air Force air demonstration squadron is an Air Combat Command unit composed of eight pilots (including six demonstration pilots), four support officers, four civilians and about 120 enlisted airmen performing in more than 25 Air Force specialties. They are based at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.

Transient Alert
Unlike the old saying which goes, “jack of all trades, master of none,” the transient alert team are "airmen of all aircraft, masters of most." The team is primarily responsible for meeting the fuel, cargo and maintenance needs of military and commercial passenger and cargo aircraft as well as distinguished visitor aircraft not assigned to the base.

Uniform Wear by Retirees and Veterans
Retired military members and certain honorably discharged veterans may wear the US Military uniform on certain occasions.

There are four primary uniforms worn by most Air Force personnel -- the full service dress, the longsleeve service uniform, the shortsleeve service uniform, and the battle dress uniform (BDU).

Virtual Reality Parachuting
When you are plunging toward earth at speeds as fast as 20 feet per second there is not a lot of time to think about your next course of action. Air Force aircrew members can now practice emergency bailout procedures without actually having to jump out of a perfectly good aircraft, through the means of "virtual reality."

Weight Standards
The Air Force changed their weight standards, both for those serving, and for new accessions when they adopted their new physical fitness program on January 1, 2004.

Wild Weasels
The mentality of the F-16CJ pilot. A Scud hunter. A radar killer. A Wild Weasel. He’s an aviator who can intimidate by mere presence, and close the eyes of an enemy nation’s defenses.

Reader shares his experiences with Operation Noble Eagle

Readers Respond to AIRBORNE RED HORSE
Reader shares his experience with Combat Engineers.

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Reader shares his experience with AIR FORCE DRUG & ALCOHOL ABUSE PROGRAM

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