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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.
ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) --
In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of World War II, the U.S. Air Force video production team produced a 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 thank you to the Air Force Television team for their great 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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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.
The December 25th look "Around the Air Force" highlights the long standing tradition of Operation Christmas Drop.
The December 11th look "Around the Air Force" highlights changes to the Air Force Fitness Assessment timeline along with the removal of the waist measurement requirement, the continuing innovation of AFWERX, and the annual DoD housing surveys are now available.
The December 4th look "Around the Air Force" highlights the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office as they work to speed development of the Advanced Battle Management System, the Air Force selects four new C-130J locations, and the Air Force Services Center launches an E-Sports program aimed at inclusiveness, resilience, and mental well-being.
The November 27th look "Around the Air Force" highlights the reinstatement of full tuition assistance for Air and Space Force professionals and possible relocations of both the MH-139 Grey Wolf and the AC-130J Ghostrider.
The November 20th look "Around the Air Force" highlights the service’s new Vice Chief of Staff, Gen. David Allvin, the retirement of the longest serving Vice Chief of Staff, Gen. Stephen Wilson, a collaboration with Tesla towards an innovative future, and the implementation of computerized canines for advanced security operations.
The November 13th look "Around the Air Force" highlights Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett’s message to Airmen about the impact language and cultural competence have on Air Force capabilities, and Air Force Cadets get to talk to two Tuskegee Airmen during a roundtable hosted by Air Force Chief of Staff General CQ Brown marking the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.
The November 6th look "Around the Air Force" highlights Air Combat Command’s “Agile Flag” exercise, incorporating the “Lead Wing” concept for agile combat employment, a test run of modified ATAGS “G-suits” for female pilots, and an ICBM test launch by Global Strike Command for increased global readiness and lethality.
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:
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!
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!
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!
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.