This fascinating guide for new airman by the USAF covers every aspect of the Air Force including current weapons systems, biographies of airman exemplars, history of air force, medal of honor recipients, flying aces, air force organization and operations, CONOPs, force structure, combatant commands, rank and insignia, and USAF vocabulary.
With the dawning of the 21st Century, America and the Air Force celebrated the Centennial of Flight, born of the vision and ingenuity of the Wright brothers. The advent of flight forever changed the world, giving us unprecedented access to air and space. From the Army Air Corps to the Army Air Forces, aviation changed the world and led to the birth of the United States Air Force.
We have a unique heritage and distinguished history. Our Air Force is the world's premier air and space power because of our professional Airmen, our investment in technology, and our ability to integrate our people and systems to meet global combatant commanders' needs. The Air Force's core values: Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence In All We Do are essential to our continued success. These core values are manifested within each and every Airman. As America's Airmen, we must exhibit the highest standards at all times. Nothing less will suffice. Air Force Handbook 1 reminds us of our past, reinforces where we are, and enables us to envision the future. As you read, take pride in being a member of the world's finest air and space force—second to none.
Contents: Foreword * Secretary Michael B. Donley Biography * General Norton A. Schwartz Biography * CMSAF James A. Roy Biography * Civilian Air Chiefs * Secretaries of the Air Force * CSAFs * CMSAFs * We are America's Airmen * AIR FORCE HERITAGE * Historical Perspective * Airman Exemplars * Medal of Honor Recipients * Special Medal of Honor Recipients * Air Force Top 10 Aces * CSAF Reading List * Quotations * NATIONAL * Air Force Senior Leadership * Commander-in-Chief * Secretary of Defense * Oaths of Office * AMERICA'S AIR FORCE * Core Values * Living the Core Values * The Warrior Ethos * Department of the Air Force * Air Force Organizations * The Thunderbirds * Human Relations Principles * Total Force * Career Fields * AIR FORCE OPERATIONS * Air and Space Expeditionary Force (AEF) * Operations * Concepts of Operations (CONOPs) * Doctrine * MILITARY * Enlisted Force Structure * The Code of Conduct * Combatant Commands * Chain of Command * Joint Staff - Air Staff * Other Services * Army * Navy * Marine Corps * Coast Guard * Department of Defense Rank and Insignia * Air Force * Army * Navy * Marine Corps * Coast Guard * Air Force ROTC * Air Force Academy * Customs and Courtesy * AIR FORCE KNOWLEDGE * Tail Flashes * Current Weapons Systems * Air Force Vocabulary * Pledge of Allegiance * National Anthem * US Air Force Hymn * The Air Force Song * High Flight