Daily Report

June 17, 2011

Global Hawk Program Trimmed

The Defense Department has reduced the Air Force’s planned buy of Northrop Grumman’s RQ-4 Global Hawk remotely piloted aircraft by 11 airframes, to 55, as part of a program overhaul. Pentagon acquisition executive Ash Carter notified Congress of the restructure...

Key Field Gets C-27J Training Mission

The Air Force has notified Congress that it will establish the C-27J training schoolhouse at Key Field Air National Guard Base in Meridian, Miss., home of the 186th Air Refueling Wing. The service will bed down personnel and two C-27J...

DFC for Three Nellis Airmen

Three rescue airmen assigned to Nellis AFB, Nev., received the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor for heroic actions in Afghanistan. They are: Maj. Keith Altenhofen, 561st Joint Tactics Squadron instructor pilot; MSgt. Joshua Fetters, 34th Weapons Squadron flight engineer; and...

Generals on the Move

President Obama has tapped Lt. Gen. Paul Selva to be vice commander of Pacific Air Forces at JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Selva has been assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff since October 2008. He’ll replace Maj....

Still Nest-Bound

The F-22 fleet remains grounded six weeks after Air Combat Command initiated a safety stand-down following reports of potential malfunctions with the aircraft’s onboard oxygen-generation system. ACC spokeswoman Capt. Jennifer Ferrau told the Daily Report Thursday that the ongoing investigation...

Air Force Prepares to Welcome E-11A

The Air Force has announced the purchase of a Bombardier BD-700 Global Express aircraft for use as an overhead communications-relay platform in Southwest Asia. This aircraft carries Northrop Grumman’s Battlefield Airborne Communications Node, or BACN, which allows disparate battlefield communications...

An End to RPA Incentive Pay?

House defense appropriators funded assignment incentive pay for remotely piloted aircraft operators at Creech AFB, Nev., only for the first quarter of Fiscal 2012, according to the report accompanying the House version of next year’s defense spending bill. They said...

Reaper Money Moves

The Air Force will get its wish and be able to buy 48 MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft in Fiscal 2012 under the House defense appropriators’ mark of the next year’s defense spending bill. However, the air vehicles’ configuration will...

Nellis Wing Prepares for Transition

Officials at Nellis AFB, Nev., next week will redesignate the 98th Range Wing as the Nevada Test and Training Range, a direct reporting unit to the US Air Force Warfare Center, also at Nellis. The Air Force activated the wing...

Taking the Scenic Route

A retired F-15 housed at JB Langley-Eustis, Va., is scheduled to leave the base next month on a transcontinental road trip to its new home at the Chico Air Museum in northern California. “This is the longest movement of a...