An aerial gunner at Kirtland AFB, N.M., on Jan. 13 received the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor for his role in a 2011 high-risk rescue mission in Afghanistan. MSgt. Gregory Gibbs, 512th Rescue Squadron operations superintendent, was a gunner on the rescue mission near the Pakistani border, where US Army soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division were dropped in an area covered in landmines. The soldiers immediately began taking casualties, and Gibbs along with his “Pedro 55” HH-60G Pave Hawk crew, flew to the area to rescue the soldiers. The aircrew needed to use a hoist recovery to retrieve the soldiers, who were near five remote trigger improvised explosive devices, according to a Kirtland news release. During the final extraction, the helicopter lost power and began to fall. Gibbs provided the pilots with positioning and altitude calls, letting the pilots fly backwards down a valley to avoid the minefield by two feet, the release states. The crew was able to recover the aircraft and fly back to Kandahar Airfield with just five minutes of fuel remaining. “It gives me a huge sense of pride to be able to have aerial gunners, as well as enlisted, recognized for something like this,” Gibbs said at the ceremony. “This is just one of several things that people in my community have done so it feels good to tell the rescue story.”
Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. provided a keynote address at AFA's virtual Air, Space & Cyber Conference on Sept. 14, 2020. Here is a transcript of his speech and the following interview with Air Force Magazine Editor-in-Chief Tobias Naegele.
The "Industry Perspectives: How to Align Private Sector with Requirements of the USSF" panel held as part of the Air Force Association's virtual Air, Space & Cyber Conference featured a discussion with Tory Bruno, Bruce Chesley, Blake Larson, and Rick Ambrose.
This video features Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Matthew P. Donovan's "Strategic Plan for Personnel and Readiness" session from the Air Force Association's virtual Air, Space & Cyber Conference.
This video captures a panel entitled "An Effects-Based Approach to Force Structure Decisions: A Mitchell Institute Session" featuring Lt. Gen. David S. Nahom, Lt. Gen. S. Clinton Hinote, Lt. Gen. William J. Liquori, Jr., and William LaPlante from the Air Force Association's virtual Air, Space & Cyber Conference.
This video captures the panel entitled "The Right Mix of Stand-in/Stand-off Capability: A Mitchell Institute Session" with Gen. Timothy M. Ray, Gen. Kenneth S. Wilsbach, and Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian that was held during the Air Force Association's virtual Air, Space & Cyber Conference.
Sept. 30, 2020
"The New Ops Normal for Families" panel at the Air Force Association's 2020 virtual Air, Space & Cyber Conference featured Sharene Brown, wife of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr.; Mollie Raymond, wife of Space Force Chief of Space Operations John W. "Jay" Raymond; Rahn Bass,…
Air Force Secretary Barbara M. Barrett provided a keynote address at AFA's virtual Air, Space & Cyber Conference on Sept. 14, 2020. Here is a transcript of that speech.
Sept. 30, 2020
Chief Master Sgt. Nathaniel M. Perry Jr., Chief Master Sgt. Mary Polanco, Chief Master Sgt. Brian P. Kruzelnick, and Chief Master Sgt. Tony Whitehead joined a discussion on "Leading During a Pandemic: What Our Airmen Need to Excel" during the Air Force Association's virtual Air, Space & Cyber Conference. The…
Sept. 30, 2020
An MQ-9 on Sept. 10 doubled its missile capacity, carrying eight AGM-114 Hellfires for the first time, thanks to a new software upgrade. The 556th Test and Evaluation Squadron flew the Reaper at Creech Air Force Base, Nev., demonstrating the new capability, which is part of the MQ-9 Operational Flight…