Daily Report

Sept. 16, 2013

Evolving Workforce

The budget sequester has stunted Air Force Materiel Command’s hopes to build a more seasoned and knowledgeable workforce, AFMC boss Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger told the Daily Report on Monday. “We have not been able to bring on the numbers of...

Broadening the Vertical Cuts

If the Air Force is compelled to make vertical cuts to live within a continuing budget sequester—such as taking out the whole A-10 or B-1 fleet, for example—Air Force Materiel Command won’t simply get rid of everyone currently working on...

Putting It All on the Table for 2015

As the Air Force runs through its Fiscal 2015 program objective memorandum build, Air Staff officials are taking a broad look at entire fleets of aircraft, specifically “single-mission” platforms, Air Force Acting Secretary Eric Fanning told reporters on Monday at...

A Good Place to Be, Sort Of

Air Education and Training Command boss Gen. Edward Rice said “everyone understands the need” for a new trainer, but it’s still not clear when the Air Force will be able to scrounge up the money to buy one. “I’m not...

AETC Considers Generalized Pilot Training

Air Education and Training Command is considering switching from specialized pilot training back to generalized pilot training, Gen. Edward Rice, AETC boss, told reporters on Monday at AFA’s 2013 Air & Space Conference in National Harbor, Md. “We are building...

Cox Tapped for Air Staff’s A1 Office

President Obama nominated Maj. Gen. Samuel Cox for promotion to the rank of lieutenant general to join the Air Staff as deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel, and services, announced the Pentagon on Monday. Cox, who has been US...

F-35 Test Case

It was just a year ago, at AFA’s 2012 Air & Space Conference, that then-newly-minted F-35 program manager Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan said the working relationship between stakeholders on the F-35 was the “worst he’s seen.” Bogdan is expected to...

How Do They Do That?

The price of the F-35 strike fighter came down four percent in both Lot 6 and Lot 7 production. How? Lorraine Martin, Lockheed Martin’s F-35 general manager, said in an interview on Monday the company and the Pentagon “spent a...

The Future Belongs to Airpower

In his opening address on Monday at AFA’s 2013 Air and Space Conference in National Harbor, Md., Acting Secretary Eric Fanning provided a full-throated defense of airpower and its importance to the joint force. Before the Wright Brothers achieved manned...

Realize Your Value

Holly Petraeus, assistant director of service members’ affairs at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, gave audience members a brief lesson on financial security on Monday at AFA’s 2013 Air and Space Conference in National Harbor, Md. At the Spouse and...

Airpower after Sequestration

Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh and CMSAF James Cody went around the Asia-Pacific region visiting airmen last month. There’s no getting around it, they repeated often: the institutional and operational Air Force will look much different than anyone had...

UN Releasing Findings of Syria Fact-Finding Mission

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday will brief the UN Security Council, and then the media, on the findings of the UN team that traveled to Syria to investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria last month,...

Security Forces Airman Awarded Airman’s Medal

Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh presented SSgt. Edward Grant, a member of the 902nd Security Forces Squadron at JBSA-Randolph, Tex., with the Airman’s Medal for his heroism during a fuel storage tank explosion at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, last year....

Spotlight: SMSgt. Ernesto J. Rendon Jr.

SMSgt. Ernesto J. Rendon Jr., an air freight superintendent with the 62nd Aerial Port Squadron at JB Lewis-McChord, Wash., is one of the Air Force’s 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2013. As a first sergeant, Rendon encouraged excellence...

Morin Tapped to Oversee Pentagon’s Cost Assessment Office

President Obama nominated Jamie Morin, the Air Force’s assistant secretary of financial management and comptroller, to serve as the Defense Department’s director of cost assessment and program evaluation. If the Senate confirms the Sept. 11 nomination, Morin would replace Christine...

Colorado National Guard Responds to Flooding

Some 200 Colorado Air National Guardsmen and National Guard soldiers are now assisting local authorities in the midst of severe flooding in parts of the state due to heavy rains. The Guard members are using helicopters and high-mobility vehicles to...

Air Force Structure Commission Visits Selfridge

Four members of the commission tasked with determining the Air Force’s best Total Force mix visited Michigan Air National Guardsmen at Selfridge ANG Base, northeast of Detroit, on Sept. 14 during drill weekend, according to a commission release. The commission...

New Arrow in MC-12 Fleet’s Quiver

The Air Force is adding a laser targeting system to its MC-12W intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft, according to a release from Beale AFB, Calif., home of the MC-12 fleet. With this “buddy lase” capability, MC-12 aircrews will be able...

Full House in Delaware

The Delaware Air National Guard is at 100 percent of its authorized manning level—currently 1,107 personnel—for the first time since the Vietnam War era, according to officials with the 166th Airlift Wing in New Castle, the state’s sole flying unit....