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Happy 74th Birthday
U.S. Air Force

On September 17th, 2021, the Air Force celebrated its 74th birthday with the release of a video salute to the airmen of today who carry on its proud traditions. Planning for the 75th birthday celebration is already underway, and details will be announced soon.

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The Path Forward:
US Air Force
Chief of Staff
Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr.

On January 25th, 2021, Washington Post columnist David Ignatius interviewed Air Force chief of staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. as part of "The Path Forward" program on "Washington Post Live". They discussed what it means to be the first Black chief of a U.S. military service, how AI will reshape air combat and countering the China threat. The interview runs for approximately 32 minutes.

The Path Forward:
US Space Force
Chief of Space Operations
Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond

On April 30th, 2021, Washington Post columnist David Ignatius interviewed US Space Force Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond as part of "The Path Forward" program on "Washington Post Live". They discussed the biggest threats to the nation in space since the USSF was established in 2019. Prior to assuming his current position, Gen Raymond was the commander of US Space Command. You can read his official biography here. The interview runs for approximately 33 minutes.

Red Tail Angels
The Story and Legacy
of the
Tuskegee Airmen

From SAF/PA and AFNS -- In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of World War II, the U.S. Air Force video production team produced an Emmy® Award winning video series to highlight the Tuskegee Airmen and their impact on the war, and society as a whole.

“The Red Tail Angels” documentary series showcases the hardships, struggles and ultimately the successes of the Tuskegee Airmen.

“The Tuskegee Airmen represent a part of American history, which for far too many years languished in obscurity after WWII,” said Anthony Young, Air Force Television senior producer. “This documentary is an attempt to tell their story through the words of those who lived it, highlighting not only the obstacles they faced, but the perseverance they exhibited in overcoming it. Though they have been revered for their exploits during the war, I think their legacy is evident not only throughout the U.S. armed forces, but within society as a whole, given the many doors their success has led to the opening of.”

With a salute to the Tuskegee Airmen for their sacrifice and courage, and a well done to the Air Force Television team for their Emmy® winning work telling the story of these brave men, AFPAAA is pleased to present all three episodes of "Red Tail Angels" here. Each epidode runs between 24 to 30 minutes in length.

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Around the Air Force

The October 22nd look "Around the Air Force" highlights a milestone test for the new GBU-72 bomb, the VIPER refueling kit expands the type of aircraft it can service, the KC-46A Pegasus adds two fighter jets to the list of aircraft it can now refuel for missions, and the MyVector mentorship platform improves its search functions, advancing diversity efforts and providing better matches.

The October 15th look "Around the Air Force" includes a new Promotion Recommendation Score that focuses on the experience of Airmen and sustained performance when it comes to promotions, placing greater value on recent over past performance, Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall discusses what he hopes to get done for Airmen and Guardians, and Air Mobility Command welcomes a new commander.

The October 8th look "Around the Air Force" features Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall talking about getting meaningful military capabilities into the hands of Airmen and Guardians, RAF Lakenheath activates the first Europe-based F-35A Squadron, and the official website of the United States Air Force gets a redesign that offers new user experiences.

The October 1st look "Around the Air Force" highlights Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall talking about COVID Vaccine deadlines, the fighter roadmap outlines the need for change in a new threat environment, and Air Force leaders and their spouses answer questions about leadership and families.

The September 24th look "Around the Air Force" highlights the speeches and policies discussed by the Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. CQ Brown, Jr. and the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass, during their appearances at the Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Maryland.

The September 17th look "Around the Air Force" highlights the latest updates on the Air Force’s racial disparity review, a meeting of top leaders to bolster regional stability in the Indo-Pacific region, and honoring the last of the Doolittle Raiders.

The September 10th look "Around the Air Force" includes the Department of the Air Force establishing deadlines for mandatory COVID 19 vaccines for Airmen and Guardians, the screening process for family members scheduled for permanent change of station becomes automated, and the annual report on states’ support of military families is released.

The September 3rd look "Around the Air Force" highlights the Afghan evacuation efforts at Ramstein Air Base, Grand Forks Air Force Base will continue to lead the Air Force’s ISR capabilities into the future and the 38th Rescue Squadron practices astronaut recovery.

The August 27th look "Around the Air Force" highlights the the support Ramstein Air Base, Germany is providing for Afghan evacuees, Special Ops Airmen supporting earthquake relief in Haiti, and California Air National Guard Airmen joining the fight against wildfires.

The August 13th look "Around the Air Force" highlights Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr.’s comments at the National Press Club about the challenge China presents, new uniform and dress and appearance updates for the service are coming this Fall, and aircraft, including A-10s, make a historic landing on a U.S. highway as part of readiness exercise Northern Strike 21.

The August 6th look "Around the Air Force" highlights a test to update the F-16’s Electronic Warfare System through an in-flight software update, Talisman Sabre 2021-2 wraps up with Australia and other allies in the Indo-Pacific region, and submissions open this month for the Spark Tank 2022 competition.

The July 30th look "Around the Air Force" highlights the 26th Secretary of the Air Force, Frank Kendall and new Under Secretary of the Air Force Gina Ortiz Jones, and exercise Thracian Star 21 brings Airmen from Aviano Air Base, Italy to Bulgaria so they can work with the Bulgarian, Romanian and Hellenic Air Forces.

The July 23rd look "Around the Air Force" highlights the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, General C.Q. Brown Jr.'s recruiting message that emphasizes diversity, Civil Engineering Airmen from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany aid local communities before and after area floods, and the Air Force Research Lab's DSX Satellite completes its record breaking mission.

The July 16th look "Around the Air Force" highlights a special ceremony honoring the U.S./French victory at Yorktown, VA, NATO’s Icelandic air policing mission, and Pacific Iron kicks off in the Indo-Pacific theater of operations.

The July 9th look "Around the Air Force" highlights upcoming additions to the physical fitness assessment and the MyFitness website, a collaborative exercise between the U.S. and Colombian Air Forces, and a first glimpse at the new B-21 Raider.

The June 25th look "Around the Air Force" highlights the modernization of the ground based strategic deterrent of the nuclear triad, Exercise Amalgam Dart 21-2 with the Royal Canadian Air Force across the Arctic in support of NORAD and Operation Noble Eagle, and flight crews test new protective gear designed to protect them from CBRN hazards.

The June 18th look "Around the Air Force" highlights the COVID-driven shortage of shipment and delivery options for military families moving this summer, updates to female hair grooming standards based on feedback from the force, and the Tactical High-power Operational Responder, or THOR, will destroy swarms of drones at the speed-of-light, at long range, in its base defense mission.

The June 11th look "Around the Air Force" highlights how the service is studying the use of cargo rockets to speed up logistics needs around the world, the Arctic Challenge Exercise 2021 is underway in northern Europe, and there are two new Combat Weather Squadrons in the Indo-Pacific region.

The June 4th look "Around the Air Force" highlights the first Air Force Academy graduation held at Falcon Stadium in two years, bomber task force mission Operation Allied Sky flying with NATO Allies, and the fiscal year 2022 budget proposal by the Department of the Air Force.

The May 28th look "Around the Air Force" highlights the Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing for Secretary of the Air Force nominee Frank Kendall, the Advanced Battle Management System moves from the drawing board to the hands of warfighters, and Air Force Hurricane Hunters get a major upgrade in storm detection equipment.

The May 21st look "Around the Air Force" highlights the USAFE-AFAFRICA led joint, multinational exercise Astral Knight 2021, a new talent management system for officers, and potential locations for the Air Force’s new KC-46A.

The May 14th look "Around the Air Force" highlights the Air Force’s Budget Proposal to Congress for the Fiscal Year 2022, the first testing of Skyborg’s autonomy core system, or ACS, and airmen put the Lead Wing Concept into action during exercise ROCKI 21-02.

The May 7th look "Around the Air Force" highlights a mission to help combat Covid-19 in India, development of a new manned electric aircraft hits a milestone, and as the Installation of the Future, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida unveils its Installation Resilience Operation Center that will enhance base security and emergency response.

The April 30th look "Around the Air Force" highlights the multinational joint-force training exercise INIOCHOS 21, hosted by the Greek Hellenic Air Force, the MQ-9 Reaper’s suite of new upgrades and its evolving role, and the latest Tuskegee Airmen-inspired race cars honor the paint design of the famous Red Tail P-51 Mustangs flown by the first Black Airmen in World War Two.

The April 23rd look "Around the Air Force" highlights acting Secretary of the Air Force John P. Roth and his visit with Airmen working at a COVID vaccination facility, a project that ramps up the F-35’s lethality and survivability, and the Rated Preparatory Program is taking applications from active duty officers and enlisted interested in aviation.

The April 16th look "Around the Air Force" highlights the second Inspector General Independent Disparity Review into gender and ethnicity, focusing on culturally diverse groups; the first Women, Peace and Security Symposium in the Indo-Pacific region; and Airmen from Hawaii go to Japan to work with U.S. Marines and their Japanese counterparts during a Dynamic Force Employment operation.

The April 9th look "Around the Air Force" highlights April being the Month of the Military Child, upgrades to Talent Marketplace to help reform the enlisted assignments process, and rescue personnel partnering with SpaceX to conduct astronaut recovery training.

The April 2nd look "Around the Air Force" highlights two historic all-female flights commemorating Women’s History Month, how Red Flag is training aircrews for tomorrow’s fight, and Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, is chosen to host three new F-35A squadrons.

The March 26th look "Around the Air Force" highlights the Air Force’s Rated Diversity Improvement Strategy to bring more diversity to aviation career fields, the debut of Chief of Staff General Charles Q. Brown Jr.’s Leadership Library, and a look at this year’s Spark Tank competition winner.

The March 19th look "Around the Air Force" highlights senior leaders joining the inaugural Women's Air and Space Power Symposium, the designation of First Air Force as the air component to U.S. Space Command and a major IT tech upgrade is set to roll out this summer.

The March 12th look "Around the Air Force" highlights the nomination of General Jacqueline Van Ovost to be commander of the U.S. Transportation Command, a CJADC2 demonstration with USAFE, joint, and allied partners, and a new start date for updated PT tests.

The March 5th look "Around the Air Force" highlights Acting Secretary of the Air Force John Roth’s priorities, the strategic approach of Air Force Chief of Staff General Charles Q. Brown, Jr., and changes to the PT uniform as well as shorts for maintainers.

The February 26th look "Around the Air Force" highlights an expansion of the Air Force’s racial disparity review, General Charles CQ Brown, Jr’s visit to Kessel Run to get a close-up look at software development and integration for the Air Force, and new virtual reality technology plays a part in suicide prevention training.

The February 19th look "Around the Air Force" highlights a change in the length of some overseas assignments, the introduction of new female body armor, and the final testing phase of a new anti-drone weapon.

The February 12th look "Around the Air Force" highlights the Red Flag 21-1 exercise, Air Combat Command’s first appointed diversity and inclusion officer, and a contest that aims to integrate robotics software into daily missions.

The February 5th look "Around the Air Force" highlights the newly established office of diversity and inclusion, new feedback for officer and senior NCO evaluations and record retention levels stand to benefit the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard.

The January 29th look "Around the Air Force" highlights the Air Force housing tenant survey extension, programs allowing early separation for Airmen due to record-high Air Force retention levels, and Air Force Recruiting Service’s new interactive online gaming system, E.C.H.O., helps identify potential recruits.

The January 22nd look "Around the Air Force" highlights SECAF Barbara Barrett’s farewell, the preferred location for USSPACECOM HQ, and a new core career field for Foreign Area Officers.

The January 15th look "Around the Air Force" highlights the Air Force Language Enabled Airman Program, military medical personnel assist civilian hospitals in their COVID response, and Department of the Air Force efforts to ensure fair and impartial disciplinary actions.

The January 8th look "Around the Air Force" highlights the Air Force’s COVID response, and Airmen mentorship takes center stage to begin the new year.

"At Altitude" Podcast
with Major General Ed Thomas

A recent episode of Airman Magazine's "At Altitude" podcast series featured Air Force Recruiting Service Commander, and former SAF/PA Director, Major General Ed Thomas. You can listen to the podcast by clicking or tapping on the "At Altitude" logo image at the left.

At Altitude Podcast Logo
Click or tap on the image to listen to the podcast.

From Airman Magazine:

"The Air Force Recruiting Service comprises more than 3,000 Airmen and civilians and approximately 1,200 recruiting offices across the U.S. and abroad. Thomas is responsible for all enlisted accessions and a variety of officer accession programs. AFRS also manages all strategic marketing for the U.S. Air Force.

"In the era of the COVID 19 pandemic, Thomas and his command have the daunting task of finding the best and brightest civilians, enlisting them in either the Air Force or Space Force, whose ranks Air Force recruiters are currently responsible for populating. Then, through a revamped, socially distanced basic military training, the Air Force builds them into the next generation of Airmen and the very first generation of Space Professionals.

"In this "At Altitude" podcast, produced by Airman Magazine, Thomas discusses the need for and benefits of diversity within the force, the challenges of recruiting during a pandemic and the integration of recruiting across the total force from Air National Guard to ROTC and civilian to uniform military."

Where Airmen Get Information

The social media world of today may be quite different from the information environment that many retired AFPAAA members dealt with when they were on active duty, but it hasn't changed the continuing challenge of determining how best to communicate with a target audience.

SAF/PA understands this, and in 2019 and 2020 they conducted a study to learn more about the information needs of Air Force and Space Force military and civilian personnel, and the sources they turn to for that information.

The study was conducted in two phases: an initial survey designed to learn from a representative sample of the Total Force and provide generalizable results, and a follow on program of focus group sessions to provide instructive, though not necessarily generalizable, insights into the information environment of today's Air Force and Space Force.

SAF/PA has kindly made this interesting study available to AFPAAA members. You can read the briefing slides for the study, called Where Airmen Get Information, here.

(Please note that the first ten slides may seem somewhat repetitive. They contain the introductory slides for two different audiences - unit leaders and PA professionals.)

New Air Force Song Lyrics

Final Changes to Air Force Song Announced

From: AF News Service
By: Charles Pope
Secretary of the Air Force
Office of Public Affairs
May 29, 2020

All stanzas of the Air Force song have been updated to better capture and represent the valor and heritage of the 73-year-old service while also recognizing the diversity and contributions of today’s Total Force regardless of gender.

The announcement by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, completes a two-step process in which male-only references were revised to capture the distinguished service, the high standards, and central role that women play in every facet of the modern United States Air Force.

The first step focused on changing the song’s third verse, which also serves as the official song of the United States Air Force Academy. Goldfein unveiled those new lyrics in March and suggested that additional changes to remove the remaining male-only references would be made at a later date and after further review.

The updated lyrics include subtle but important changes that more accurately illustrate the role women have played for decades.

“These new lyrics speak more accurately to all we do, all that we are and all that we strive to be as a profession of arms,” Goldfein said. “They add proper respect and recognition to everyone who serves and who has served.”

At the same time, Goldfein re-emphasized the careful consideration that went into the decision for whether, and how, to change the lyrics.

“I also know with absolute certainty and clarity that these changes are about adding to, not subtracting from, who we are,” he said. “Changing the lyrics in no way diminishes the history and accomplishments of men or dilutes our eternal gratitude for their sacrifice and bravery.”

The complete new lyrics are:

The U.S. Air Force Song

Off we go into the wild blue yonder,
Climbing high into the sun;
Here they come zooming to meet our thunder,
At ‘em now, Give 'em the gun!
Down we dive, spouting our flame from under,
Off with one helluva roar!
We live in fame or go down in flame. Hey!
Nothing'll stop the U.S. Air Force!

Verse II

Brilliant minds fashioned a crate of thunder,
Sent it high into the blue;
Valiant hands blasted the world asunder;
How they lived God only knew!
Boundless souls dreaming of skies to conquer
Gave us wings, ever to soar!
With scouts before and bombers galore. Hey!
Nothing'll stop the U.S. Air Force!

Verse III

Here's a toast to the host
Of those who love the vastness of the sky,
To a friend we send a message of the brave who serve on high.
We drink to those who gave their all of old,
Then down we roar to score the rainbow's pot of gold.
A toast to the host of those we boast, the U.S. Air Force!

Verse IV

Off we go into the wild sky yonder,
Keep the wings level and true;
If you'd live to be a grey-haired wonder
Keep the nose out of the blue!
Fly to fight, guarding the nation's border,
We'll be there, followed by more!
In echelon we carry on.
Oh, nothing'll stop the U.S. Air Force!

Lyrics printed with permission from Carl Fischer, LLC.

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