Daily Report

Nov. 20, 2013

Debating the Debate Process

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said the Senate must consider amendments aimed at curbing military sexual assaults, as well as those related to the Guantanamo Bay detention center, if it hopes to reach a consensus on the more than...

Senators Look to Protect A-10 Fleet

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) introduced an amendment on Nov. 19 to the Fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill, now being debated on the Senate floor, restricting the Air Force’s ability to divest the A-10 fleet until...

Home Alone 5

Acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning made a half-joking plea Monday that the Senate stop blocking the filling of long-empty vacancies in the service’s appointed leadership. As soon as USAF comptroller Jamie Morin leaves to become the new Pentagon Director...

Equality For All…Coming Soon

Even though the Defense Department’s deadline for extending benefits to same-sex spouses of service members has passed, five states have yet to comply, National Guard Bureau Chief Army Gen. Frank Grass told reporters on Nov. 19. They include, Texas, Mississippi,...

Spartans on the Move

The Air Force has transferred three of the C-27Js it is divesting to Army Special Operations Command, said Army Maj. Emily Potter, spokeswoman for the Army's special operations aviation component. The command, known as USASOC, expects to have the remaining four C-27s that it is acquiring from the Air Force in place by April, Miller told the Daily Report. USASOC will use the seven C-27Js for qualifying and training Army special operations forces at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, N.C., said Miller. For the time being, the C-27Js will be based at Pope Field, N.C., but eventually some will operate from Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz., to support the Kennedy school's military freefall training. Aircrew training is slated to begin in the second quarter of Fiscal 2014, utilizing contracted instructional support, she said. Initially, Army uniformed and civilian personnel will fly these aircraft. The C-27Js will replace the Army's legacy CASA 212s. Switching to the C-27Js will save the Army money, said Miller. Plus, they will provide "vastly enhanced capabilities," including "an increased capacity for jumpers, a pressurized cabin for high-altitude/low-opening jumps, and greater speed and range," she said.

Yokota, Kadena Join Humanitarian Efforts in Philippines

More than 90 personnel and five C-130s assigned to Yokata AB, Japan, have deployed to Clark AB, Philippines, in support of Operation Damayan following the devastating super typhoon which killed more than 3,000 people in early November. Most of the...

Attacking Decompression Sickness

The Air Force has modified 27 U-2 aircraft—at a cost of $8.7 million—in an effort to eliminate decompression sickness during high-altitude flights. The program, dubbed Cabin Altitude Reduction Effort (CARE), “beefs up the U-2s structure, replaces the legacy cockpit pressure...

US Renews Patriot Deployment in Turkey

The Defense Department announced it would continue the contribution of two Patriot missile batteries under NATO command in Southern Turkey for an additional year. The announcement follows high-level discussions between Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu...