House Armed Services Committee Passes 2021 Policy Bill

The House Armed Services Committee argued its way through its version of the fiscal 2021 defense policy bill on July 1, ultimately approving the annual legislation 56-0. The unanimous vote is a stark departure from the committee’s 33-24 vote last year, which largely fell along ...

Shaw Identifies Pilot Killed in F-16 Crash

The F-16 pilot killed in the June 30 crash at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., has been identified as 1st Lt. David Schmitz. Schmitz, assigned to the 77th Fighter Squadron at Shaw, was flying a local training sortie as his squadron is preparing to deploy ...

Air Force Streamlines Exceptional Family Member Support

A new division within the Air Force Personnel Center will provide better, more streamlined customer service to the families the Air Force Exceptional Family Member Program serves. “Your voices were heard,” said Kimberly Schuler, who heads up humanitarian, Exceptional Family Member Program, and expedited transfer ...

GE Gets Contract for First Batch of F-15EX Engines

General Electric's F110-129 engine will power the first batch of F-15EX fighters for the Air Force, under a $101.4 million contract announced June 30. The first batch was not competed because of the urgency of getting F-15EX testing underway, and the GE engine is the ...

F-16 Pilot Killed in Shaw Crash

A pilot was killed late June 30 when an F-16CM crashed upon landing during a routine training mission at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. The crash occurred at the base around 11:30 p.m., with videos posted online showing emergency crews attempting to put out a ...

Republicans, Democrats Find Common Ground with NDAA

The head of the House Armed Services Committee calls himself an optimist. This year, he also has to be a realist. Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), tried to pack Democratic priorities into his committee’s version of the fiscal 2021 defense policy bill—though not enough, according to ...

Eielson F-35A Deliveries Continue on Schedule

Three F-35A Lightning IIs arrived at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, on June 25, doubling the size of the base’s F-35A fleet. Eielson will receive 48 more aircraft by December next year, giving Alaska the highest concentration of combat-coded, fifth-generation fighter aircraft of any state. ...

Space Force Finalizes Organizational Changes

The Space Force announced June 30 it will organize its personnel into three levels: squadrons at the bottom, then newly named “deltas” instead of wings, and field commands at the top. Each will start standing up as smaller organizations this summer. The decision is an ...