Category: AF Chief of Staff

Air Force integrates missions, strengthens information warfare capabilities

Sixteenth Air Force activated at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Oct. 11, integrating Twenty-Fourth Air Force, to include Air Forces Cyber, and Twenty-Fifth Air Force into a single headquarters that will provide global intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, cyber, electronic warfare and information operations.
Lt. Gen. Timothy Haugh (right) assumes command of Sixteenth Air Force from Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, during the Sixteenth Air Force Assumption of Command at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, Oct. 11, 2019. Twenty-Fourth and Twenty-Fifth Air Forces were inactivated during the ceremony to integrate into the new information warfare Numbered Air Force. Sixteenth Air Force is responsible for providing IW capabilities to combatant commanders with the speed to match today’s technological environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. R.J. Biermann)

Acting SecAF Donovan announces B-21 manufacturing, testing locations

While speaking at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference, Donovan remarked on the Air Force’s B-21 program noting, “the development of the B-21 Raider is on schedule and the first test aircraft is under production at the same production facility in Palmdale, California, as its predecessor, the B-2. The first flight of the Raider will take it from Palmdale to Edwards AFB, where the legacy of excellence will continue with the reactivation of the 420th Flight Test Squadron.”
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Air Force generals Goldfein, Brown make historic visit to Vietnam

For Americans of a certain age like Goldfein and Brown, Vietnam remains an unshakable memory even today, 44 years after the era-defining war ended. The memory and the reactions it triggers are even more pronounced for people like Goldfein and Brown – second-generation service members whose fathers fought in a war whose legacy continues to influence military thinking and strategy to this day.
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and Gen. CQ Brown Jr., Pacific Air Forces Commander, met with senior Vietnamese officials in Hanoi, Vietnam, in August 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo)

CSAF Private Pilot Scholarship Program changing face of US aviation

In 2018, almost half of all newly licensed female pilots between the ages of 17 and 19 were graduates of the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Flight Academy. This year, 150 cadets each received a scholarship from the Chief of Staff of the Air Force Scholarship Program to attend one of 11 universities across the country for an intensive eight-week program, and 45% of the class was female or minority.
Air Force Junior ROTC cadets at Southeastern University, Lakeland, Florida, study hard through the eight-week Air Force JROTC Flight Academy program for the chance to earn their private pilot certification.  The Air Force Junior ROTC Flight Academy’s mission is to increase the luster of aviation by getting teens excited about aviation, and to increase diversity in the aviation community.  Air Force Junior ROTC is one of the most diverse education programs in the Air Force, with 125,000 cadets at almost 880 units worldwide.