By unitedweroll on Apr 23, 2014 | In Military News and Support
Deployed Airmen return to families, jobs in Utah
4/23/2014 - HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- More than 130 Airmen from the 419th and 388th Fighter Wings returned home Tuesday after a four-month deployment to Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea.
About 70 other Reserve and active-duty personnel, including 10 F-16s, returned to Hill over Easter weekend.
During the deployment, pilots, maintainers and personnel provided F-16 air support in the region as part of a routine U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package rotation.
"This deployment enabled the Airmen from both the active duty and Reserve to provide for our nation's continued commitment to stability and security in the Asia-Pacific region," said Col. Lance Landrum, 388th FW commander. "Our nation's Air Force has been deploying constantly around the globe since August 1990 and this is just another example of their dedication and their families' sacrifice. We're eager to welcome them home."
"It's always great to welcome our Airmen home and there's nothing better than seeing people reunite with family and friends," said Col. Bryan Radliff, 419th FW commander. "Here on the Reserve side of the house, we also look forward to our folks getting back to work at their civilian jobs out in the community. We owe their employers a great debt for the sacrifices they make in support of their employee's Reserve service."
By unitedweroll on Apr 23, 2014 | In Military News and Support
Air Force Announces Bases to House New Tanker Refueling Aircraft
Air Force News Service
WASHINGTON, April 23, 2014 - Air Force officials today announced two bases selected to house and operate the KC-46A Pegasus aircraft, which will replace the KC-135 refueling tanker.
Altus Air Force Base, Okla., has been selected as the KC-46A's formal training unit, and McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., is the first active duty-led Pegasus main operating base.
The KC-46A provides improved capability, worldwide navigation and communication, airlift capability on the entire main deck floor, receiver air refueling, improved force protection and survivability, and multipoint air refueling capability.
Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said the KC-46A remains one of the service's top three acquisition priorities.
"Making a final basing decision is an important step in recapitalizing the tanker fleet," she said. "We will begin to replace our aging tanker fleet in 2016, but even when the program is complete in 2028, we will have replaced less than half of the current tanker fleet and will still be flying over 200 half-century-old KC-135s."
Air Force officials noted they analyzed operational considerations, installation attributes, and economic and environmental factors for each location before making a final basing decision.
"The Air Force chose these bases using operational analysis, results of site surveys, and military judgment factors," said Timothy Bridges, Air Force deputy assistant secretary for installations.
Altus was selected as the formal training unit because it provides great training opportunities, and there is significant benefit of locating KC-46A trainers with both tanker and heavy receiver aircraft for training purposes, he said.
Bridges also explained that Altus was chosen due to better infrastructure capacity and considerably fewer new construction requirements. Since a formal training wing already is based there, he added, less active-duty manpower will be required to stand up the KC-46A training operation.
A final basing decision for the first Air National Guard main operating base is expected this summer, with the first aircraft scheduled to arrive in fiscal year 2018.
"The Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve are vital to accomplishing our air refueling mission," Bridges said.
"Therefore, the Air Force will also build on the existing classic association with the Air Force Reserve.
Air Force officials noted that McConnell was selected as the first active duty-led operating base for the KC-46A because it has the lowest military construction costs and is located in a region of high air refueling receiver demand. Additionally, officials said, McConnell already has 44 KC-135 refueling aircraft assigned, and replacing those aircraft with 36 KC-46A aircraft will require the lowest manpower adjustments of the candidate installations.
McConnell also is an ideal central location for the new KC-46A Regional Maintenance Training Center, officials added.
"Tankers are the lifeblood of our joint force's ability to respond to crisis and contingencies," said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III. "The Pegasus will be capable of day and night operations and enable a rapid, global capability that will support U.S., joint, allied and coalition forces. The aircraft will also underpin our humanitarian missions."
Welsh said he is committed to ensuring continued support of combatant commander tanker requirements during a tanker recapitalization effort that will last decades by continuing to fully fund upgrades and improvements to the KC-135 fleet.
Deborah Lee James
Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III
Timothy K. Bridges
KC-46A Pegasus Fact Sheet
Statement: Altus, McConnell selected to receive KC-46A Pegasus aircraft
KC-46A Fact Sheet
The KC-46A is intended to replace the U.S. Air Force's aging fleet of KC-135 Stratotankers which has been the primary refueling aircraft for more than 50 years. With more refueling capacity and enhanced capabilities, improved efficiency and increased capabilities for cargo and aeromedical evacuation, the KC-46A will provide aerial refueling support to the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps as well as allied nation coalition force aircraft.
The KC-46A will be able to refuel any fixed-wing receiver capable aircraft on any mission. This aircraft is equipped with a modernized KC-10 refueling boom integrated with proven fly-by-wire control system and delivering a fuel offload rate required for large aircraft. In addition, the hose and drogue system adds additional mission capability that is independently operable from the refueling boom system.
Two high-bypass turbofans, mounted under 34-degree swept wings, power the KC-46A to takeoff at gross weights up to 415,000 pounds. Nearly all internal fuel can be pumped through the boom, drogue and wing aerial refueling pods. The centerline drogue and wing aerial refueling pods are used to refuel aircraft fitted with probes. All aircraft will be configured for the installation of a multipoint refueling system.
MPRS configured aircraft will be capable of refueling two receiver aircraft simultaneously from special "pods" mounted under the wing. One crewmember known as the boom operator controls the boom, centerline drogue, and wing refueling pods during refueling operations. This new tanker utilizes an advanced KC-10 boom, a center mounted drogue and wing aerial refueling pods allowing it to refuel multiple types of receiver aircraft as well as foreign national aircraft on the same mission.
A cargo deck above the refueling system can accommodate a mix load of passengers, patients and cargo. The KC-46A can carry up to 18 463L cargo pallets. Seat tracks and the onboard cargo handling system make it possible to simultaneously carry palletized cargo, seats, and patient support pallets in a variety of combinations. The new tanker aircraft offers significantly increased cargo and aeromedical evacuation capabilities.
The aircrew compartment includes 15 permanent seats for aircrew which includes permanent seating for the aerial refueling operator and an aerial refueling instructor. Panoramic displays giving the ARO wing-tip to wing-tip situational awareness.
The Boeing Company was awarded a contract for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase of the KC-46 program on Feb. 24, 2011. The initial flight of the KC-46A aircraft is scheduled for late calendar year 2014. The current contract, with options, provides the Air Mobility Command an inventory of 179 KC-46 tankers.
Primary Function: Aerial refueling and airlift
Prime Contractor: The Boeing Company
Power Plant: 2 Pratt & Whitney 4062
Thrust: 62,000 lbs - Thrust per High-Bypass engine (sea-level standard day)
Wingspan: 157 feet, 8 inches (48.1 meters)
Length: 165 feet, 6 inches (50.5 meters)
Height: 52 feet, 10 inches (15.9 meters)
Maximum Takeoff Weight: 415,000 pounds (188,240 kilograms)
Fuel Capacity: 212,299 pounds (96,297 kilograms)
Maximum Transfer Fuel Load: 207,672 pounds (94,198 kilograms)
Maximum Cargo Capacity: 65,000 pounds (29,484 kilograms)
Pallet Positions: 18 pallet positions
Air Crew: 15 permanent seats for aircrew, including aeromedical evacuation aircrew
Passengers: 58 total (normal operations); up to 114 total (contingency operations
Aeromedical Evacuation: 58 patients (24 litters / 34 ambulatory) with the AE Patient Support Pallet configuration; 6 integral litters carried as part of normal aircraft configuration equipment
By unitedweroll on Apr 22, 2014 | In Military News and Support
USAF HONOR GUARD
Since the Air Force's earliest years, the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard has led the way as representatives of all Airmen serving around the world. The men and women of the Air Force Honor Guard represent every member, both past and present, of the Air Force. Now, as one of the Air Force's oldest organizations, the Honor Guard continues to serve the Chief of Staff of the Air Force as the face of the Air Force to the American and global public. Airmen of every enlisted rank, and both company and field grade officers, volunteer and are competitively selected from their peers in more than 200 different Air Force career fields to serve in the Honor Guard, making the Honor Guard the standard for discipline and military professionalism.
The Colors Flight displays and guards the Nation's flag, U.S. Air Force flag and flags of the many visiting dignitaries' native countries. The flight presents the colors for both Air Force specific events and with other services' honor guards for joint service missions.
These teams generally consist of four individuals. The two outermost are rifle guards and serve as protectors of the colors, which are carried by the two individuals in the middle. The individual on the right carries the Nation's flag and the other carries the Air Force flag. This tradition dates back to the origins of warfare.
The battle streamers hanging from the Air Force flag represent every conflict and campaign the Air Force has fought in since its birth in the U.S. Army Aeronautical Division in 1907. Their total weight is nearly 40 pounds. There are ceremonies in which additional flags are presented as well.
The Body Bearers Flight participates in U.S. Air Force, joint service, and state funerals by carrying the remains of deceased service members, their dependents, senior or national leaders to their final resting places at Arlington National Cemetery.
The bearers begin by removing the casket from the caisson used to transport the deceased to the gravesite. The caskets generally weigh from 450 to 600 pounds, but there are exceptions, when some caskets have been known to exceed 900 pounds. They then carry the fallen to the gravesite while keeping the casket perfectly level and without showing any visible signs of strain as military bearing must be maintained at all times.
The length of the carry can easily exceed 60 yards. Once the grave-site is reached, their duties continue by holding the flag taut and level at rigid attention until the service is complete.
Next, the flag is folded and presented to the next-of-kin. Additionally, the bearers serve in the Awards Bearers and Wreath Bearers capacities for many ceremonies throughout the National Capital Region.
Firing Party performs the firing of three volleys (commonly, but incorrectly, referred to as the "21-gun salute") during a funeral service at Arlington National Cemetery.
These seven-man teams fire their three rounds in perfect unison honoring the fallen.
Historically, three volleys of rifle fire were fired to indicate that the casualties had been cared for in a combat environment, and that the fighting could resume. As time passed, these volleys became an official military custom that survives to this day.
The Firing Party trains two to six hours each day depending on scheduled commitments.
The Drill Team is the traveling component of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard. Their mission is to promote the Air Force mission by showcasing drill performances at public and military venues to recruit, retain, and inspire Airmen.
The team performs drill movements with a fully-functional M-1 rifle in intricate, constantly changing formations. They support the Air Force Recruiting Service as the official Ambassadors in Blue.
The Honor Guard Drill Team is known around the world for their precision, discipline, and sheer ability to inspire awe.
For information on training, history and more, go to the link posted
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By unitedweroll on Apr 21, 2014 | In Military News and Support
Blog Note: Does patriotism run in families? It certainly can, as well as values and appreciation for one's country as were taught to these sons by their father. We salute and thank the father and his sons for their love of country and for their service.
All in the family: California ANG brothers serve together
by Senior Airman Desiree Moye
386th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs
4/18/2014 - SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Regardless of what drove them to service, one benefit of having family in the military is the rare opportunity that allows them to serve with one another in a deployed location.
It has been a major comfort to three California personnel assigned to the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing together. The Morales Talento brothers are deployed from the 146th Airlift Wing, Channel Island Air National Guard Station, Calif.
Tech. Sgt. Luis Morales Talento is a supply specialist from the 386th Expeditionary Maintenance Group. His little brothers, Senior Airman Walter Morales Talento, maintenance operations center controller, and Airman 1st Class Guido Morales Talento, a crew chief, both from the 386th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, have been close since growing up in Oxnard, Calif.
Luis and Walter immigrated with their parents to the United States from Guatemala in 1992 when they were 8 and 4. They believe that they are living out their late father's dream of serving in the U.S. Air Force.
"I'm really proud that we have fulfilled a lifelong dream our father had for himself and for his boys," said Walter.
Raised in a household that was both humble and authoritarian at times, their father was always supportive of the military. They remember him taking them to air shows each year, igniting a fire of patriotism in each of them.
"Every time we saw an American flag, my dad continuously reminded us and never failed to proclaim, 'That's your flag boys.' I did not connect the dots until I joined the Air Force and understood the powerful meaning behind the pride our flag solidified," shared Luis.
Many years after those memories, each brother decided to serve their nation by enlisting in the military. Out of five siblings, Luis, the oldest, stepped up and joined in 2004, but never lost hope that Guido and Walter would follow suit.
Before Walter enlisted, he admired Luis' amazing contributions for their state and for the nation. After hearing so many positive stories about the military, he made his decision.
"I just became inspired to follow in his footsteps. I chose the ANG over active duty because it allowed me to finish school, be able to live close to my family, and more importantly, serve with both of my brothers on the same base," Walter said.
Guido, the youngest brother, required a bit more finessing before finally 'crossing into the blue' and enlisting. To help make his decision, Walter and Luis voiced some unknown opportunities that Guido couldn't find on a recruiter brochure; their individual perspectives.
"After my first brother joined, I was sad because he had never been away [from me]. I definitely have a strong sense of pride in my country, but did not want to leave home. Essentially it was my oldest brother Luis that recruited me by taking me to the base, showing me around and showing me what I could accomplish," said Guido. "It further encouraged me to join when Walter did."
Being able to talk about like-minded issues and share similar comforts from home while in a deployed location is perfect for growing resilient bonds. Though they work different shifts, they make it a priority to check up on one another as often as possible and participate in activities around The Rock.
"I really feel blessed to have both of them here with me during my first deployment overseas. I love the fact that we hang out, enjoy meals together, workout, and even joined the Base Honor Guard together," said Walter.
Luis constantly reminds his brothers of little things that can help them be the best Airmen possible and Guido pushes them all to stay physically motivated.
"I am proud to say that each of us has won 1st place in different events here around the base. We hope to come in first place in the half marathon coming up later this month," Walter stated.
One of the biggest advantages of being deployed with family is taking care of and looking out for each other. The same concept shadows the Marauder Pride we all share on The Rock.
"We just want to thank our unit back home who allowed us to deploy together," the brothers stated. "It's an honor to serve our country, our state of California and to be a part of this rich Marauder tradition along with my brothers."
By unitedweroll on Apr 21, 2014 | In Military News and Support
United We Roll World Tour Show
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Tuesday 04/22/14 1:00pm - 3:15pm Central (Live)
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Welcome Stardust Listeners -
We thank you for joining us on Tuesday, April 22nd of 2014.
During our show last week, we were able to catch up with a couple members of the USAF Band while they were on the road with their first tour in 15 months. We were able to do the same with two members of the Honor Guard Color Guard Flight that was also traveling with the USAF Band.
Our first guest from the Honor Guard Color Guard is A1C Joe Wood, who tells us about the months of training that is involved in order to perform with this unit. With a background as an EMT before volunteering with the Air Force to protect our freedom, A1C Wood is certainly looking to help others.
Our next guest from the Honor Guard is SrA Mike Flanagan, who continues to fill us in on how the members are able to remain focused straight ahead yet stay in precision form with each other as they go through their movements. SrA Flanagan will also tell us who receives the honor of holding "Old Glory". Between both of these very dedicated Airmen, we will be much better informed about the Honor Guard.
Our next two visits come from the386th AEW which is currently deployed to Southwest Asia. Both of our guests are with the 386th ELRS (Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron) though they have very different jobs. With the temperatures already up to and above 100 degrees, we will hear from each airman as to how they deal with the heat. Both of these Airmen share how much support from home means to them and to those with whom they serve.
Staff Sergeant Alan D Jones is in vehicle maintenance where they keep a fleet of 406 vehicles on the road so that planes can receive fuel, firefighters can fight fires and so on. With ten and a half years of service behind him, SSgt Jones has some interesting experiences to share along with his desire to help the younger airmen in his unit. With a lot of the work being done outside, the higher temps may figure into a schedule change.
A1C Christian A Chilcoat is in Transportation, where his duties include transporting both passengers and cargo not only to and from aircraft, but also base to base. The days are typically long and days off are not as frequent as at home base with 1 to 1 - 1/2 days off per week. With one and half years of service and already on his first deployment, A1C Chilcoat is still very upbeat about his service and is looking at a career of protecting our freedom.
The taped visits contained in this show represent our 1,254th through 1,257th interviews with our Heroes of Freedom.
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By unitedweroll on Apr 20, 2014 | In Military News and Support
If you saw the Super Bowl, then it is likely that you saw the National Anthem with Renée Fleming and the Joint Service Chorus with The Singing Sergeants and Armed Forces Honor Guard Color Guard, at the opening. If you missed it, you can see the video which has been seen by over 100 million world wide! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7etXoNrwP8c&feature=youtu.be
Did you see the Holiday Flash Mob at the National Air & Space Museum from December 2013? That was performed by the USAF Band. I just watched it again and never fails - tears of joy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIoSga7tZPg&list=TLh_bW7eHQ2MbSDK0wcyFC_9GYYzN3y5jb
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