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The most recent edition of the Afterburner is the one at the top of the left-hand column below. The Afterburner is produced twice a year when funding permits, and is mailed via U.S. Postal Service to those without Internet access.  An announcement and link to the online version of the Afterburner is emailed to those people with a myPay email address on file with the Defense Finance and Accounting Service.  (Click here to self-subscribe to the electronic version if you do not have a myPay account.)

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Whereas the printed version is sent (when funding is available) only to selected retired Air Force members and surviving spouses eligible to receive pay and compensation, anyone with computer and Internet access may read or subscribe to the Afterburnerelectronic version online. 

(Note:  There were no funds for publishing/mailing hard-copy editions of the Afterburner in 2007 and 2008. Before then, the last hard-copy edition was published in August 2006.)

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If only the Wright Brothers could see how far we've come... If only they knew the number of reasons why our pilots fly today for the United States Air Force. Why do you fly? #MotivationMonday
179th Airlift Wing Airmen know the hardest part isn't the jump, it's the preparation for the heavy drop beforehand.
This is what we do. This is #RedFlagAlaska. Whether you were in the cockpit of an A-10 or on the flightline turning wrenches, each of you played an important role in making Red Flag a success. Here's a behind the scenes, in-depth look at the partcipants that made it all happen. **We'd like to extend a special thank you to the Japan Air Self Defense Force and the Republic of Singapore Air Force for providing extensive footage from their flights.** (U.S. Air Force video by the 354th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Team)
The Lance P. Sijan USAF Leadership Award, first given in 1981, is named in honor of the first U.S. Air Force Academy graduate to receive the Medal of Honor. The annual award recognizes Airmen who have demonstrated outstanding leadership abilities. Join us in congratulating the award recipients! https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1819187/pentagon-hosts-sijan-award-presentation-first-ever-resiliency-event/
Strengthening joint leaders & teams isn't the job for just a few select career fields. It's an Air Force-wide imperative! Joint Base Langley-Eustis
Join us as we celebrate the tradition of honor & legacy of valor that defined retired Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" E. Cole's life.
ICYMI! Total Force Airmen assigned to Hill Air Force Base deploy with the F-35 Lightining II on its first mission to U.S. Air Forces Central Command. “We train together and fight together, and as the first deployment for the F-35A to the Middle East, I’m one hundred percent confident we’ll deliver," said Col. Gina Sabric, 419th FW commander. Learn more about their arrival and the interoperability this advanced aircraft can provide to the Coalition joint forces: https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1815146/hill-afb-airmen-deploy-f-35a-to-support-coalition-forces/
The Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson unveiled a new and ambitious Science and Technology Strategy designed to better identify, develop and deploy breakthrough technologies. https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1816965/new-air-force-science-technology-strategy-puts-focus-on-speed/
The first to take-off of the U.S.S. Hornet on April 18, 1942, is the last to land. One of World War II’s first truly joint operations consisted of 80 U.S. Army Air Forces aviators who were trained by U.S. Navy pilots to master taking off in a fully-loaded B-25 Mitchell bomber from the deck of an aircraft carrier. Led by Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle, their efforts resulted in the first aerial attack of the Japanese home islands by U.S. bombers in WWII. Recount with late U.S. Air Force legend Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" Cole, on his first combat mission.
An Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter crew prepares to hoist Air Force pararescuemen from the 64th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron during joint training at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, April 5, 2019. The rescue Airmen and Soldiers work and train together regularly to be prepared to save lives across the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Anna-Marie Wyant) Check out the rest of our Air Force Week in Photos: https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1812613/af-week-in-photos/
Capt. Andrew Olson, F-35 Demonstration Team pilot and commander, performs a dedication pass during the Melbourne Air and Space Show in Melbourne, Fla., March 30, 2019. During the two-day event, more than 50,000 guests attended the Melbourne Air and Space Show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexander Cook) View more of our week in photos: https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1807243/af-week-in-photos/
Capt. Andrew “Dojo Olson, F-35 Demonstration Team pilot and commander performs a high-speed pass in an F-35A Lightning II during the Heart of Texas Airshow April 7, 2019. The F-35 Demo Team performed their second show of the season bringing their new demonstration to central Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexander Cook)
As we continue to remember the life of retired Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" Cole, we share his touching interview with Airman Magazine. At the time, he was the last surviving Doolittle Raider and 101 years young.
We are Generation Space! Peterson AFB: 21st Space Wing | Schriever Air Force Base | 45th Space Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. | Buckley Air Force Base | Vandenberg Air Force Base
RT @thejointstaff: #DYK today marks the 70th anniversary of the Chairmanship? Watch recently discovered footage from the historic swearing…
This week really flew by fast. Be sure to #Follow, #Like & #RT our @AFThunderbirds for more info on the premiere a… https://t.co/5BM8N7sZTR
RT @AFSpace: Chief Towberman, AFSPC Command Chief, knows the importance of recharging, and implements it in his work-life balance. @AF_SMC
RT @AETCommand: What happened in #LasVegas...will help foster a culture of collaboration & innovation in the #USAF: the July 23 @AFWERX Fus…
RT @GenDaveGoldfein: It was absolutely impressive getting a first-hand look at the mission and innovative efforts of the 15th Wing’s Sky Wa…
.@EielsonAirForce Red Flag-Alaska is a series of @PACAF commander-directed field training exercises for U.S. & part… https://t.co/0bKkyvsVf9
RT @US_Stratcom: #24/7 #AlwaysReady 36th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron #Airmen work together to #GetErDone. #CombatReadyForc
RT @DeptofDefense: Cockpit view. Press ▶️ to ride along with the crew of an F-15 Strike Eagle from RAF Lakenheath, England 🇬🇧. The @48Figh
Exercise Agile Lightning concludes after showcasing agile operations essential to the defense of U.S. assets and p… https://t.co/vVR32kvtaP
What innovative way would you like to ease your job and the jobs of other Airmen? #InnovativeAF #USAFhttps://t.co/fKqcPisybt
RT @HAFB: Workers at #HillAFB recently installed the last of 173 new wings on A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft, finalizing a project that began…
RT @AFWERX: HAPPENING NOW: We're hosting the first-ever @usairforce #SparkCollider. Tune in live: https://t.co/gTKMNPM9fK https://t.co/xIlJ…
RT @EdwardsAFB: Fix these broken wings – part fabrication saves Air Force time, money - https://t.co/UCvLQ0fAqy #ForTheWarfighter #TheCente
RT @GenDaveGoldfein: I don't have a solution. There is no checklist. I just know finding the answers starts with listening to our Airmen. L…
#USAF's visit to the #MotorCity is almost here. Listen in as this hometown #Airman shares her experience growing up… https://t.co/h9aeMYwOhR
RT @seattletimes: Dorothy Olsen, of University Place, was one of the members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs), the long-unrecog…
RT @374AirliftWing: The presence of U.S. military intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance personnel and assets further contributes t…