Personnel

David Blankenship, former president and chairman of the Air Force Association, died Jan. 19. Blankenship helped organize the B-1B bomber program at Rockwell International's Tulsa, Okla., facilities. He held various leadership positions in AFA culminating in is election as president from 1982-1984, and chairman of ...
Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. John Hyten, now two months into the job of second-highest ranking Pentagon officer, said Jan. 17 he will tackle three main priorities: giving sound military advice to Defense Secretary Mark Esper and President Donald Trump, revamping ...
Air Force Research Laboratory Commander Maj. Gen. William Cooley was fired from his post Jan. 15 as USAF investigators look into allegations of misconduct. Air Force Materiel Command boss Gen. Arnold Bunch removed Cooley from his job “due to a loss of confidence in his ...
Federal investigators searched the office of military housing landlord Balfour Beatty Communities at Tinker AFB, Okla., on Jan. 14, as part of an inquiry into alleged Clean Air Act violations. The Air Force Office of Special Investigations and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Criminal Investigation Division ...
Gen. Jay Raymond was formally sworn in as the inaugural Chief of Space Operations Jan. 14 at a White House ceremony led by Vice President Mike Pence. “The President and Congress have given us a great opportunity to build the force we need to respond ...
President Donald Trump nominated Lt. Gen. Thomas Bussiere, head of US Northern Command’s Alaska group, to be US Strategic Command’s No. 2 officer, according to a Jan. 13 Pentagon announcement. If confirmed, Bussiere would replace Vice Adm. David Kriete as deputy commander, and serve under ...
The Air Force plans to implement diagnostic fitness testing across the force as early as February, while Air Force Materiel Command will roll out a beta version of the no-fail trial tests on Jan. 20. Currently, airmen are tested once or twice a year, depending ...
Aviation author Walter Boyne, who wrote more than 50 books, had a noteworthy Air Force career, and was a former director of the National Air & Space Museum, died Jan. 9, at the age of 90. Boyne flew mainly bombers in the Air Force and, ...