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The Air Force (abbreviated AF) is a gaming clan that was founded by two cousins (Niner & Slicer) on October 25th, 2009, inspired by a wide-eyed young Niner who was very excited to hear the legends of Slicer's time in the clan {Cyborg} in the original 2004 Battlefront. The clan remained anonymous for a long period of time, as the two didn't stay active in the clan. The Air Force recruited five members in 2010, though many were never seen again after their recruitment. One loyal member, 117, remained, but eventually even he disappeared. The two cousins decided to rename the clan {Mando} hoping for a fresh start, but they got the same result.

Later, after disagreement, Slicer broke off from {Mando} to create -the400-* around his vision. This lasted for a week before the two resolved the conflict and in compromise renamed {Mando}, takig the name of Slicer's short-lived breakoff clan. After several months, they announced the clan dead on February 26, 2011, as they had lost the drive for competitive Star Wars gaming. Slicer decided to start up the clan again on August 7th, 2011, and the clan was reborn. In an homage to the original conception, he changed the name for the last time, reverting to the Air Force name. The new clan tag became -=AF=-, as Slicer felt it was reminiscent of wings. Niner quickly rejoined the fold and the clan made a successful comeback and received nearly 30 members that year.

In 2012, the clan was very inactive as Niner & Slicer became busy and shifted priorities again. The two decided that they would start recruiting again in the summer when they had more time and when more players were online. In the meantime, they maintained the site, still hosted on Webs at this time. Once the clan shifted back into recruitment mode, however, it became embroiled in Battlefront 2 clan drama. When two members of prominent =(FGR)= clan caused shenanigans and pulled all associated clans into it. -=AF=- got sucked in, as Niner was friends with =(FGR)='s leader, Nightstalker.

After Niner refused to ally with and get involved with the petty offshoot rebellion =(FGR)=, they headed to -=AF=-'s website to brigade it. Due to an oversight in site design, they were able to pose as members of the clan and announced that -=AF=- was disbanding. Even though Niner thought the whole feud silly, other allies and members took it very seriously. Half the members left the clan, including a leader. -=AF=- remained very inactive for most of the beginning of the next year, but by April the clan fell back into step, as members were coming and going. -=AF=- was growing increasingly well-known by large clans such as DarkSith.

The clan went inactive again going into 2013. Niner & Slicer once again revived the inactive clan once summer came. Ready to move along to other commitments, Slicer resigned after nearly four years of running -=AF=- alongside Niner in late June. This left -=AF=- with four five (apparently Niner can't count ~ Garuda) active members: leaders NobleSheep and Niner, coleaders Garuda and Mostimpresive, and member S.T.A.L.K.E.R. The clan decided it was time for a change, and decided to change their site to a more user-friendly domain. With the help of Garuda, the clan moved from Webs to Shivtr. It was at this time that NobleSheep, Niner, and Niner's brother JeffreyMan57 began playing Minecraft together. The clan was back on its feet, and things were running smoothly, until December came around, when NobleSheep caused an uproar.

NobleSheep had decided to quit -=AF=- seemingly out of nowhere and with a good bit of noise. While his intentions for doing so are still unknown, it seems most of his ire was directed toward Niner. As a trusted member and leader, this action was a shock, especially to Niner, who had texted NobleSheep that day to talk about playing and was promptly yelled at and blocked. Slicer, after a plea from Niner, returned to the fold and started becoming more active after a year of hiatus, which prompted lashing by NobleSheep. Niner quickly responded by erasing this abuse from the site and instituting a several-month block on NobleSheep so as not to go down a path like =(FGR)= followed. Soon Adraius joined the fold, a fellow gamer on Supreme Commander with Niner. After things calmed down, Niner began collaborating with former member Sonic on many multimedia projects, and a new member named Terrence provided new details on missing member 117. The successful production of a promotional video breathed new life into -=AF=-.

In 2014, Niner brought new blood to the clan, in the form of fireballgazer. Rumors began to spread and were soon confirmed that GameSpy's servers would be shut down, cutting off matchmaking and server list functions for many games, including -=AF=-'s alma mater of Star Wars Battlefront II. As a growing presence in the Star Wars Shivtr community, -=AF=- did not benefit from this. Many newly-allied clans died out within weeks of the shutdown. In wake of this disaster, an old Minecraft accomplice of Niner reached out for an alliance with his clan. -=AF=- accepted and became acquainted with Deadpool, a member of this clan. Deadpool quickly joined the fold and promoted the saturation of dank memes and lenny faces on the site alongside fireballgazer.

9/21/2014: Niner broke the site while trying to send 200 lenny faces in a message lolol.

By 2015, -=AF=- planned to return activity and even get some new recruits in. Mostimpresive continued to gather as much knowledge he could about technology that may help the clan, including game and web servers and development of extra game content and website design, hoping to extend this knowledge into action as his time frees up. Niner and Slicer both planned to devote more time to the clan during the summer, and wished to fully demonstrate their leadership as founders. Garuda, while fairly active already, checked in occasionally and showed the entire clan his elevated sarcasm skills. But as 2015 dragged on, it was apparent that the clan had fallen to cheap trolling tricks and inactivity. By the end of the year, neither Niner and Slicer had the drive or time to continue leading the clan. With agreement from Mostimpresive, Niner announced that the clan would retire effective of 2016. So ended the era of -=AF=-, somewhat quietly and with some sparse confetti here and there.

* -the400- was the name of Slicer's clan that he created after leaving AF. He never recruited any members. When Niner & Slicer merged, {Mando} took the name -the400-.

History of Niner -- The Founder

Current name(s): -=AF=-Ldr.Niner (in some cases without the wings), ChesterKiwi

Current rank(s): Leader (AF), 2LDR (TKB), 2LT (RE)

Previous rank(s): Leader (AF), Manda'lor (Mando), Leader (the400), PVT (TKB)

Previous clan(s): {Cyborg}, {AF}, {Mando}, -the400-, {Coke}, {๑Ðãrk§ìᵺ๑}

Current clan(s): -=AF=-, -TKB-, {RE}

Clan affiliations: -=AF=-, -TKB-, {Coke}, {RE}

Games Played: Star Wars Battlefront series, Star Wars Republic Commando, Star Wars: Empire at War series, Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance, Team Fortress 2, Pokémon Online, Aion, Minecraft, Star Wars: The Old Republic, PokeMMO, Counter-Stike: Global Offensive, Portal 2

History of Slicer -- The Co-Founder

Previous name(s): Metal_Heart137, {Cyborg}Metal, {Cyborg}Xana, [Xana]Virus, Ben Slicer, {AF}CoLdr.Slicer, {Mando}-SC-Metal, {Mando}-SC-Slicer, -the400-(Lea)-LEGENDE, -the400-(Ldr)-Ghost, Jett Lagg, Toolbox, Hunter, Number 14, -=AF=-Ldr.Metal, ~(SC)~Gen.Slicer, Luft-Gangster, -]ṜΞ[-Ṥḹìḉḝṝ-»€₱₮«-, (TKB)Slicer(GEN), -=AF=-Ldr.Slicer,

Current name(s): Metal, Ben Slicer, Kid Draco, cyborgmetal

Previous rank(s): Agent (Cyborg), Captain (Elite), Co-Leader (Air Force), Supreme Commander (Mando), Leader (the400), 2 (Most Wanted), General (Senate Commandos), Captain (Republic Elites), General (The Killer Brothers), Leader (The Air Force)

Current rank(s): none.

Previous clan(s): {Cyborg}, {Elite}, {AF}, {Mando}, -the400-, Most Wanted, ~(SC)~, (TKB), -=AF=-

Current clan(s): none.

Clan affiliations: {Scrin}, {Cyborg}, {Death}, -RLcT-, -FBI-, WUSI, {Elite}, -=AF=-, ~(SC)~, (TKB)

Games played: Star Wars: Battlefront (2004), Star Wars: Battlefront II (2005), Star Wars: Republic Commando, Star Wars: Empire at War, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords, Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, Half-Life, Half-Life 2, Portal, Portal 2, Sid Meier's Civilization V

History: Slicer began his multiplayer experience in the summer of 2007 when he joined a server on the original Star Wars Battlefront where he met Psych, the leader of the {Cyborg} clan. Slicer, known as "Metal" at the time, quickly befriended him and protected Psych on the server from another player named Sky Lord that was hunting him from a Geonosian fighter. Psych noted Metal's dedication and skills and recruited him to his clan where he was given the rank of Agent, the highest initial rank ever given to a new member (just below Co-Leader). Metal learned from his new {Cyborg} friends and participated in casual events, but never a war (one war was scheduled but cancelled). Along the way, Metal befriended {Death}Lea.Wild, who later went on to become a prominent and legendary member of WUSI. Wild took Metal under his wing and taught him everything he needed to know, making Metal an efficient and smart player. Later on in {Cyborg}, Psych became temporarily inactive due to IRL business, and non-members began speculating in the guestbook that {Cyborg} was dead or dying. Because of this, many members left or became inactive or even joined other clans (including the other {Cyborg} leaders). When Psych returned he was furious and told everyone in the guestbook that {Cyborg} in fact was not dead. Metal then vowed to Psych that he would stick with {Cyborg} till the end, but even he was tricked when a member of another clan told him that {Cyborg} was dead. Metal left and went solo, much to Psych's disdain. Psych privately messaged Metal and berated him for breaking his vow and abandoning the clan after swearing loyalty. The friendship was over, and Metal was banished from {Cyborg} and its successors. Metal became {Xana}Virus with the intention to destroy the clans that had ended {Cyborg}. This plan never came to fruition as he moved to Star Wars Battlefront 2, where his cousin Niner joined him. Missing his old glory days of being in a clan (even if it was for a short while), Metal (who had now become Slicer) joined his cousin Niner in the creation of their own clan, The Air Force, and became {AF}CoLdr.Slicer. Advancing to Leader alongside Niner within the clan's first year, Slicer was an instrumental recruiter in -=AF=-'s early days, bringing in a good number of members in 2011. With high school and music interests taking a priority in Slicer's life, he became less and less active as the years went on, becoming more of a figurehead that would occasionally help out when most needed. Slicer retired in 2015, a year before -=AF=- officially came to an end.