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Tanker contract cancelled

My first assignment was Fairchild AFB, home of the 92nd Air Refueling Wing and KC-135 stratotankers. I had the opportunity to fly with the crews there a dozen or so times and witness the amazing abilities to “pass gas” at thousands of feet above the globe and at hundreds of miles per hour. DOD announced yesterday that the aerial refueling tanker program, an effort to replace the aging KC-135 fleet, would hold off until the next Presidential administration. The Air Force said: “The Air Force supports Secretary Gates‘ decision to withdraw the RFP and give an incoming administration a clean start. We look forward to working with OSD to obtain a tanker for the warfighter.”

Posted by Capt. David Faggard, Air Force Public Affairs

Airmen prepare for meeting of the minds

Thousands of Airmen from around the world converge here next week for the annual non-profit Air Force Association’s Air & Space Conference. Expect blogs right here about speakers including Acting Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and General Norton Schwartz, Chief of Staff of the Air Force.

We’ll also blog on presentations from Dr. Neil Daswani of Google who will address emerging Cyber-threats on the Web and Mr. Michael Vickers, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict & Interdependent Capabilities, known for (think Tom Hanks in Charlie Wilson’s War) the operation that drove the Soviets out of Afghanistan. He’ll address Air Force challenges, QDR and the war on terrorism.

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Posted by Capt. David Faggard, Air Force Public Affairs

Welcome to Air Force Live

Air Force Live is the blog of the Air Force Public Affairs Agency’s New Media Team. Because of the predominance of new media overtaking traditional news sources, Public Affairs decided to engage in the conversation–the result is the New Media and Emerging Technology Team. The Team is charged with forwarding the U.S. Air Force’s Web 2.0 presence. That goal is being accomplished through the use of some common and popular Web 2.0 applications, such as Facebook, YouTube, social bookmarking, and now, blogging.

Regardless of whether you call it Web 2.0, new media, social media, or digital media, the goal is the same for any organization trying to present news and tell a story. It needs to be convergent, immediate, and conversational. The New Media Team welcomes your comments and looks forward to collaborating with others. We will post links to our social networks shortly. Be prepared to see news in a new way from the U.S. Air Force.