The United States Air Force (USAF) is the aerial warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven American uniformed services. Initially part of the United States Army, the USAF was formed as a separate branch of the military on 18 September 1947 under the National Security Act of 1947. It is the most recent branch of the U.S. military to be formed, and is the largest and one of the world’s most technologically advanced air forces. The USAF articulates its core functions as Nuclear Deterrence Operations, Special Operations, Air Superiority, Global Integrated ISR, Space Superiority, Command and Control, Cyberspace Superiority, Personnel Recovery,Global Precision Attack, Building Partnerships, Rapid Global Mobility and Agile Combat Support.

Vietnam War Era:  A great story about the “Ravens of Long Tieng, Loas.”  In the remote highlands of Laos, U.S. Air Force pilots fought a secret war.  Capt Fred Platt is mentioned to include a description of his last flight.

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The A-37 Dragonfly Story

Thank you to Col. Hank Hoffman for this presentation. This briefing is not really going to be about me.  It’s about history and money and engineering, and I understood very damn little of it when I reported to the A-37 in 1970. Let me take you back to 1967.  The Vietnam War was still expanding with […]

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Caffeine Does Not Kill…CQ, Watch, Duty NCO, Staff Duty Proves That.

In the military, we all have had the honor or joy or horror to stand 24-hour duty. This normally starts at the end of the work day. Yes, you also had the honor of working that day also. This can test the human body and the crutches we use to excel on this duty, which for most of us are some form of caffeine.