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What you need to know about the new B-21 Raider stealth bomber

After a relatively short seven-year development period, the USAF is poised to begin testing the first new long-range bomber developed since the Northrop Grumman B-2A entered service more than 30 years ago. Tom Kaminski reports

First KC-130Js arrive in Hawaii as USMC activates VMGR-153

The USMC activated a new Lockheed Martin KC-130J Hercules tanker-transport unit when Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 153 (VMGR-153) ‘Hercules’ was stood up at MCAS Kaneohe Bay in Hawaii on January 13

‘Ironmen’ reactivate as new F-22A FTU at Langley-Eustis

In preparation for the relocation of the F-22A Formal Training Unit mission from Florida to Virginia, the USAF’s Air Combat Command reactivated the 71st Fighter Squadron under the 1st Fighter Wing/Operations Group at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton on January 6

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Why is the USAF rapidly moving to withdraw its F-15C/D Eagles from Kadena?

Barely a month after the USAF announced that Kadena Air Base in Japan would lose its F-15C/D Eagles, they are now heading home. Combat Aircraft Journal reports

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US Army moves to change Confederacy-affiliated base names

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J Austin III recently approved the renaming of nine US Army bases and eliminating more than 1,100 other assets that honored the Confederate states that fought against the Union Army during the American Civil War. Tom Kaminski explores what changes will be made in the wake of this decision

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How is the USAF's PACAF command posturing to address the China threat?

The USAF’s Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) command faces an increasing challenge amid growing tensions with China. AirForces Monthly takes a detailed view of PACAF and the vital role it plays

USAF plots withdrawal of F-15s from Kadena

According to a report released on October 27, the USAF is planning to remove all of its Boeing F-15C/D Eagle fighters from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, in 2023

US Navy launches training operations with the TH-73A Thrasher

US Navy Student Naval Aviators assigned to Training Air Wing 5 (TAW-5) at NAS Whiting Field in Milton, Florida, have begun advanced helicopter training with the service’s new Leonardo TH-73A Thrasher helicopter

193rd SOW prepares to take on new MC-130J mission

The Pennsylvania Air National Guard’s 193rd Special Operations Wing is undergoing a major transformation affecting its primary mission and aircraft

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Hercules Gunships: Fearsome firepower from above

Tom Kaminski detailed all variants of the AC-130 series of gunships in a 2021 article