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#PearlHarbor
12/07/2019

#PearlHarbor

We honor and remember the sacrifice of #PearlHarbor heroes who faced uncertainty and death on this date in 1941. #HonorThem #PearlHarbor78

"We remember those who were called upon to give all a person can give, and we remember those who were prepared to make t...
11/11/2019

"We remember those who were called upon to give all a person can give, and we remember those who were prepared to make that sacrafice if it were demanded of them in the line of duty, though it never was. Most of all, we remember the devotion and gallantry with which all of them ennobled their nation as they became champions of a noble cause." -
President Ronald Regan

Happy Veterans Day to ALL !

HERO OF THE WEEK | Maj. Louis J. Sebille (November 21, 1915 – August 5, 1950)Maj. Sebille, distinguished himself by cons...
11/08/2019

HERO OF THE WEEK | Maj. Louis J. Sebille (November 21, 1915 – August 5, 1950)

Maj. Sebille, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. During an attack on a camouflaged area containing a concentration of enemy troops, artillery, and armored vehicles, Maj. Sebille's F-51 aircraft was severely damaged by antiaircraft fire. Although fully cognizant of the short period he could remain airborne, he deliberately ignored the possibility of survival by abandoning the aircraft or by crash landing, and continued his attack against the enemy forces threatening the security of friendly ground troops. In his determination to inflict maximum damage upon the enemy, Maj. Sebille again exposed himself to the intense fire of enemy gun batteries and dived on the target to his death. The superior leadership, daring, and selfless devotion to duty which he displayed in the execution of an extremely dangerous mission were an inspiration to both his subordinates and superiors and reflect the highest credit upon himself, the U.S. Air Force, and the armed forces of the United Nations.

HERO OF THE WEEK| Lt. Col. William Schroeder (1977 - 2016)On the morning of April 8, 2016, Lt. Col. William Schroeder, a...
11/01/2019

HERO OF THE WEEK| Lt. Col. William Schroeder (1977 - 2016)

On the morning of April 8, 2016, Lt. Col. William Schroeder, a career special operations weather officer, saw an armed individual enter his squadron. He reacted swiftly by putting himself between the armed individual and his first sergeant. After Schroeder ordered her to run, the first sergeant heard three shots fired as she bolted from the room, followed by more shots after she left.

During the intense struggle with the gunman, Schroeder suffered several significant defensive wounds prior to succumbing to a fatal shot. His swift, heroic and selfless actions prevented the perpetrator from shooting anyone else in the squadron.

Schroeder was much more than an Airman, a special operations weather officer and a commander. He was also a dedicated husband and father of two young sons.

“Bill was the finest example of commander, leader, husband, father, and friend. He was amazing in all those roles. Bill always did the right thing the right way—especially when it was a tough decision,” said Maj. Jonathan Sawtelle, who served as Schroeder’s director of operations at 10th Combat Weather Squadron. “Bill was patient, never vindictive, slow to anger.”

As an elite Air Force Special Operations Weather Officer, Schroeder led other Special Tactics Airmen in the world’s only tactically trained meteorological force.

Schroeder, who had previously earned a Bronze Star, was posthumously awarded the Airman’s Medal, given to those who distinguish themselves by a heroic act. Schroeder was laid to rest with full military honors June 16, 2016, at Arlington National Cemetery, Va.

HERO OF THE WEEK | Master Sgt. Tara R. Brown (Jul 1977 - Apr  2011) In January 2011, she deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan,...
10/25/2019

HERO OF THE WEEK | Master Sgt. Tara R. Brown (Jul 1977 - Apr 2011)

In January 2011, she deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, as a communications squadron advisor for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Air Training Command- Afghanistan. In that role, she served as an international trainer on the basic fundamentals of desktop computers and computer networking to Afghan Air Force Technicians.

On April 27, 2011, MSgt. Brown and three computer systems personnel were working on a project to build a national
level communications network in the Air Command and Control Center on Kabul International Airport when a single
gunman opened fire, killing MSgt. Brown, seven active duty Air Force officers, and one Air Force civilian contract
employee.

MSgt. Brown was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force
Combat Action Medal, and the NATO Article Five Medal.

Honor Flight Columbus, Inc.
10/19/2019

Honor Flight Columbus, Inc.

Gray Flight enjoying lunch at the Air Force Memorial #hfc100

HERO OF THE WEEK | SrA Julian S.Scholten (17 Oct 1985 - 18 Feb 2012)SrA Julian S. Scholten, 26, of Upper Marlboro, MD, p...
10/18/2019

HERO OF THE WEEK | SrA Julian S.Scholten (17 Oct 1985 - 18 Feb 2012)

SrA Julian S. Scholten, 26, of Upper Marlboro, MD, passed away Feb. 18,2012, while serving his country near Djibouti, Africa. SrA Scholten joined the Air Force in 2007 and after Basic Military Training, SrA Scholten was assigned to various training assignments, including the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California and Goodfellow AFB in San Angelo, Texas.

SrA Scholten was assigned to the 25th Intelligence Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Florida as a Tactical Systems Operator where he completed three combat deployments and accumulated more than 900 combat flight hours as an Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Operator.

On February 18th, SrA Scholten was returning with his team from a reconnaissance mission in the U.S. Africa Command’s area of operations. Six miles from their base, their single-engine U-28 turboprop crashed, killing the entire team.

Hurlburt Field
United States Air Force
Air Force District of Washington
Air Force Special Operations Command

Welcome to DC Honor Flight Chicago !! The Air Force Memorial Team is looking forward to your visit today!
10/16/2019

Welcome to DC Honor Flight Chicago !! The Air Force Memorial Team is looking forward to your visit today!

AIR FORCE MEMORIAL'S HERO OF THE WEEK | Capt. Steven L. BennettCompany: 20th Tactical Air Support SquadronDivision: Paci...
10/11/2019

AIR FORCE MEMORIAL'S HERO OF THE WEEK | Capt. Steven L. Bennett

Company: 20th Tactical Air Support Squadron
Division: Pacific Air Forces
Born: 22 April 1946, Palestine, TX
Place / Date: Quang Tri, Republic of Vietnam, 29 June 1972

Please visit www.af.mil/medal-of-honor/bennett/ to read the full Medal of Honor citation.

AIR FORCE MEMORIAL'S HERO OF THE WEEK | Chief Master Sergeant Richard L. EtchbergerCompany: Detachment 1Division: 1043d ...
10/04/2019

AIR FORCE MEMORIAL'S HERO OF THE WEEK | Chief Master Sergeant Richard L. Etchberger

Company: Detachment 1
Division: 1043d Radar Evaluation Squadron
Born: 5 March 1933
Departed: 11 March 1968
Date of Issue: 21 September 2010
Place/Date : Phou Pha Thi, Laos, 11 March 1968

Please visit www.af.mil/Medal-of-honor/Etchberger for the full Medal of Honor citation.

YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN -- Today is National POW/MIA Remembrance Day which honors America's prisoners of war, those who ar...
09/20/2019

YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN -- Today is National POW/MIA Remembrance Day which honors America's prisoners of war, those who are still missing in action and their families.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria H. Taylor)

09/18/2019
United States Air Force

United States Air Force

WINGMEN. LEADERS. WARRIORS.
Frontiers in Blue...#ThisIs72! #HBDUSAF

Please join us in wishing a Happy 72nd Birthday to the United States Air Force! Frontiers of Blue...This is 72!
09/18/2019

Please join us in wishing a Happy 72nd Birthday to the United States Air Force!

Frontiers of Blue...This is 72!

Thank you Honor Flight Network for brining veterans to our memorials!
09/13/2019
US Navy Memorial

Thank you Honor Flight Network for brining veterans to our memorials!

"It’s much easier to wait for something when you don’t know you are waiting."

The Navy Memorial hosted Veterans from the Honor Flight of the Ozarks as part of a surprise trip to DC to reflect upon their service.

http://bit.ly/2lNTPnk

09/11/2019
The United States Air Force Band

NEVER FORGET

NEVER FORGET | On this 18th anniversary of 9/11, we stand in solidarity with all those whose lives were changed forever on that fateful day.

NEVER FORGET - September 11, 2001"Time is passing.  Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting S...
09/11/2019

NEVER FORGET - September 11, 2001

"Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of children."
-President George W. Bush

Pentagon (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brandan W. Schulze)

World Trade Center Memorial (U.S. Air Force Photo via https://static.dma.mil/usaf/911/

Air Force Memorial's cover photo
09/10/2019

Air Force Memorial's cover photo

08/19/2019
United States Air Force

Happy Aviation Day!

The U.S. Air Force has been a part of aviation since it was formed on September 18, 1947. The P-51 Mustang was one of the first aircraft employed at that time, by the newly formed USAF Strategic Air Command. Happy Aviation Day from the U.S. Air Force.

Another Summer Concert in the books.... thank you Airmen of Note !
08/17/2019

Another Summer Concert in the books.... thank you Airmen of Note !

The United States Air Force Band
08/10/2019

The United States Air Force Band

The U.S. Air Force's premier rock band Max Impact and the United States Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team put on quite a show at the Air Force Memorial last night. Visitors gathered from all over the U.S. and beyond. Max Impact performed originals and crowd favorites. Have you come to a USAF Band performance? Tell us your favorite experience!
#AmericasAirmen
Joint Base Andrews
Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling
Air Force District of Washington
(Photos by MSgt Grant Langford)

Max Impact will be performing tonight at the Memorial at 7:30 p.m. ! We hope to see you there!
08/09/2019

Max Impact will be performing tonight at the Memorial at 7:30 p.m. !

We hope to see you there!

Our 2019 Summer Concert Series continues this weekend with performances at the Air Force Memorial and National Harbor! Join us for an evening of pop, rock, country, and patriotic favorites. You might even catch some FREE giveaways courtesy of U.S. Air Force Recruiting 😉

**All outdoor performances are subject to weather cancellation. Please check back for any updates or call our concert hotline at (703) 829-5483.

“The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.” - Jeff Mille...
08/07/2019

“The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.” - Jeff Miller

#HonorFlightChicago
#AirForceMemorial
#USAFDrillTeam

Thank you to the USAF Honor Guard for a stellar performance for Honor Flight Chicago !
08/07/2019

Thank you to the USAF Honor Guard for a stellar performance for Honor Flight Chicago !

The United States Air Force Band
08/02/2019

The United States Air Force Band

Weather permitting, the Airmen of Note will perform tonight starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Air Force Memorial. Bring your chairs and enjoy an exciting night of big band music.
Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling
Joint Base Andrews
Air Force District of Washington

**All outdoor performances are subject to weather cancellation. Please check back for any updates or call our concert hotline at (703) 829-5483.

08/02/2019
United States Air Force

United States Air Force

Our Chief of Staff, Gen. David L. Goldfein, is directing our leaders on the ground to take a day and engage their teams ... to find ways to keep Airmen from taking their own lives. This is the most important issue we face as leaders of Airmen. Please be open and share real feedback when your teams get together and when your command teams ask for help. Thank you for the support and for helping us take care of our teammates. - CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright

The United States Air Force Band
07/29/2019

The United States Air Force Band

HERITAGE TO HORIZONS | We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful evening last night at the Air Force Memorial​! As part of our Heritage to Horizons series, we celebrated the rich history of our Air Force and honored the legacy of our military and veteran service organizations. We also witnessed the bridging of our storied past to an exciting future as 16 young adults raised their right hand and took the Oath of Enlistment, administered by Gen. David L. Goldfein. What a great night! We hope you join us for our final Heritage to Horizons concert on Friday, September 13 at 7 p.m. at the Air Force Memorial.

(Photos by Master Sgt. Ni Santiago)

Air Force District of Washington
07/28/2019

Air Force District of Washington

STRIKE UP THE BAND | Air Force District of Washington Commander Maj. Gen. Ricky N. Rupp, and his wife, Charlotte, attended the U.S. Air Force Band’s latest Heritage to Horizons performance at the Air Force Memorial July 26. The recurring ceremonial event features a unique set of themed concerts with events scheduled to occur monthly through August.

Heritage to Horizons concerts showcase the rich history of the Air Force with impeccable demonstrations by the Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team as well as world-class music, featuring musicians from the Airmen of Note, Max Impact, Strolling Strings, Singing Sergeants, and the Ceremonial Brass Drum Line.

These unique, family-friendly, and always free performances connect America with Airmen, strengthen esprit-de-corps, and build partnerships.

For future performance dates, themes, and parking and shuttle information, visit Heritage to Horizons concerts: https://www.afdw.af.mil/.

(U.S. Air Force photos/Adrian Cadiz)

#knowyourmil

What a beautiful night for the Heritage to Horizons concert !
07/27/2019

What a beautiful night for the Heritage to Horizons concert !

07/26/2019
The United States Air Force Band
07/25/2019

The United States Air Force Band

HERITAGE TO HORIZONS | Join the Air Force Band on Friday, July 26th at 7:30 pm at the Air Force Memorial! This special concert honors the remarkable history of our Air Force and celebrates our fighting force while forging a bright reputation for precision, diversity, innovation, and air superiority. As we pay tribute to our Air Force, we also honor another legacy - that of our military and veteran service organizations, whose valuable contributions provide our Airmen and their families improved quality of life and resiliency.

Also - don't miss a special demonstration by the United States Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team!

FREE and open to the public, no tickets required! Parking at the Memorial will be extremely limited. Please plan to park on the street or nearby at the Pentagon City Metro Shuttle stop, or the Pentagon City Sheraton. More info at: https://www.afdw.af.mil/h2h/

All outdoor concerts are subject to weather cancellation. Check our Facebook and Twitter feeds for cancellation information or call 703-829-5483.

07/05/2019
07/05/2019
07/04/2019

4th of July Concert Reminders !!

-Concert starts at 8 p.m.

-Memorial is closed to all vehicle traffic (handicap parking will be on a first come first serve basis)

- Parking is VERY limited near and around the memorial grounds

-Columbia Pike will close from 8-11 pm

- Joint Base Myer - Henderson Hall Police will be searching all belongings

- There are no “official” ride sharing drop off/ pick up points

Summer Concert Series tonight at 7:30 p.m. ! See you there!
06/28/2019

Summer Concert Series tonight at 7:30 p.m. !

See you there!

If you are around the D.C. area this weekend, tonight we will be performing with The United States Air Force Band at the Air Force Memorial at 7:30 p.m. and tomorrow, Saturday, June 29th, at 7 p.m. at National Harbor as part of their "Salute the Sunset Series". It is free and open to the public. Come ready to enjoy some of your favorite American patriotic songs! See you there! 🇺🇸

REMINDER: These concerts are subject to weather cancellation. We will keep you updated if anything changes. You can also call our concert hotline number (703) 829-5483 for more info.

(Photo by Ellen James)

FOURTH OF JULY CONCERT 2019 Join the USAF Band for a special 4th of July concert featuring the Concert Band and Singing ...
06/26/2019

FOURTH OF JULY CONCERT 2019

Join the USAF Band for a special 4th of July concert featuring the Concert Band and Singing Sergeants! Stay at the Air Force Memorial after the concert to view the fireworks display over the National Mall!

The concert is FREE and open to the public.

Road Closures: There will be multiple road closures at various times around the Air Force Memorial on July 4th. Please visit https://newsroom.arlingtonva.us/release/traffic-alert-july-4th-road-closures-2/ for more information or call 703-558-2222.

Prohibited items at AFM: No weapons (firearms and knives with blades greater thgan 2.5"), No pyrotechnics (fireworks to include sparklers), No alcohol, No drugs, No grills, No vendors on Southgate Rd or AFM property, No laser pointers, No drones, No pop-up tents or quick shades.

Authorized items: Diaper bags, strollers, blankets, seat cushions, cameras, cell phones, food and drink, coolers, backpacks.

Summer Concert Series #3 complete ! See everyone next Friday night at 7:30 p.m.!
06/15/2019

Summer Concert Series #3 complete ! See everyone next Friday night at 7:30 p.m.!

06/14/2019

Singing Sergeants

06/14/2019

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

06/06/2019
U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)

—Remembering D-Day 75 years later —

Remembering #DDay

“This operation is not being planned with any alternatives. This operation is planned as a victory, and that’s the way it’s going to be. We’re going down there, and we’re throwing everything we have into it, and we’re going to make it a success.”
-- U.S. Army Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower

#DDay75

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES -- Friday evenings are U.S. Air Force Band nights at the Air Force Memorial starting May 31, 2019 ...
05/29/2019

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES -- Friday evenings are U.S. Air Force Band nights at the Air Force Memorial starting May 31, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. Bring a chair and join this longstanding tradition with performing ensembles of the USAF Band. Concerts are FREE and open to the public.

**These events are subject to weather cancellations. To check the status of a concert, please visit The United States Air Force Band 's page or call the concert hotline at 703-829-5483.

Air Force Memorial
05/29/2019

Air Force Memorial

MEMORIAL DAY | All gave some, Some gave all.
05/27/2019

MEMORIAL DAY | All gave some, Some gave all.

An aerial view of the Air Force Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery is seen from a UH-1 Huey as members of the 1st ...
05/24/2019

An aerial view of the Air Force Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery is seen from a UH-1 Huey as members of the 1st Helicopter Squadron fly over Washington during opening ceremonies of the Joint Base Andrews Air & Space Expo, Legends in Flight, May 10. (U.S. Air Force photos by 2nd Lt. Jessica Cicchetto)

05/17/2019
United States Air Force

The first Heritage to Horizons was a huge success ! We look forward to seeing you at the next one !

ICYMI, Air Force senior leaders attended a Heritage to Horizons concert at the Air Force Memorial, Arlington, Virginia, May 15, 2019. The concert’s theme was “women in congress.” The event included a KC-46 Pegasus flyover.

McConnell Air Force Base Air Mobility Command Gen. David L. Goldfein

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Facebook just asked me to confirm whether the Air Force Memorial was a "Nazarene Church." I said, "No" because to the best of my knowledge, it isn't a "Nazarene Church" and simply is what it is: a memorial. However, I happen find this specific tag correction asked of me (specifically) to be amusingly ironic, given that I happen to be an ordained minister who's performed a wedding (a religious service) at that exact location in the past, so I'd almost consider it one of my churches, or at least, sacred places...
Does anyone have any photos of the "parade of uniforms" from the day the memorial was dedicated?
Today, I created a video for those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom. It is only a small tribute as we can never truly repay those who have died in the defense of our country.
Has a time been set yet for Monday's historic flyover and concert by the Central Band of the Royal Air Force?
Where do I go to make a donation in someones name? Please provide the link. Thanks!
Taken from Arlington Cemetery
My favorite Memorial in D.C. Husband retired AF...21 yrs..
Will the memorial be open on Monday? Will the shutdown affect the memorial?
Super full Moon over DC. Buddy Secor / Ninja Pix
Are donations through the CFC still an option? The code I’ve used for all previous years no longer works and a search on the CFC portal comes up with nothing on the AF Memorial.