Daily Report

April 12, 2016

Welsh to Retire July 1

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh is retiring July 1, ending a nearly 40-year Air Force career, spokesman Ed Gulick told Air Force Magazine. The service did not immediately announce his successor. Welsh took over from retired Gen....

Busy Ops Tempo in Iraq, Syria

Aircraft with the US-led coalition targeting ISIS conducted 1,982 airstrikes in March, about 300 more than this time last year. So far in 2016, aircraft have conducted 6,730 total strikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria—a rate that is expected...

RPA Changes

The Air Force has approved two more changes to the remotely piloted aircraft community: Redesignating Predator units as attack wings and allowing RPA pilots to log combat hours even though they are not physically in a combat zone, the service...

Raptors Return to Europe

F-22s Raptors from the 95th Fighter Squadron at Tyndall AFB, Fla., touched down at RAF Lakenheath, England, on April 11 to kick off a month of training across Europe. It was the second F-22 deployment to US European Command, according...

High Rollers Win MAFFS Mission

Nevada Air National Guard’s 152nd Airlift Wing will soon begin outfitting its C-130 aircraft with Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems (MAFFS). The National Guard Bureau tapped the 152nd AW to take on the fire-fighting mission from North Carolina ANG’s 145th...

GAO: KC-46 Deadline will be Tight

Although Boeing still expects to meet the August 2017 deadline to deliver 18 KC-46A tankers, it’s possible the company might miss the target by four months, according to the Government Accountability Office. While fewer than expected engineering changes reduced the...

Recruiting the Best Cyber Operators

Personnel reform is essential for the Defense Department’s cyber community to recruit the people it wants, the Pentagon’s outgoing personnel chief said. While the Pentagon has authorities it can use to get people into cyber jobs, such as being able...

Air Force, Army Partner on Energy

The Air Force and Army are partnering to develop renewable energy projects and achieve energy assurance, according to a release. The services formalized the effort April 6 with a memorandum of agreement. Under the agreement, the Air Force’s Office of...

Correction

An entry in the April 5 Daily Report incorrectly stated which USAF cargo aircraft consumes the most fuel. It is the C-17. We have corrected our original entry.