Daily Report

Sept. 23, 2014

Airstrikes Begin Against ISIS in Syria

US aircraft—reportedly including Air Force F-22s in their combat debut—and cruise missiles, along with partner-nation airplanes, commenced strikes on ISIS targets in Syria on Monday. “I can confirm that US military and partner-nation forces are undertaking military action against [ISIS]...

Blending In

? Adopting a blended learning approach—combining distance learning and in-residence instruction—will allow the Air Force to deliver the highest quality education to airmen, stated CMSAF James Cody in the September 2014 Roll Call released on Monday. “The model is used...

Up-armored Ospreys

Air Force Special Operations Command is fielding lightweight armor for its fleet of CV-22s tiltrotor aircraft to provide better protection for crewmembers and passengers in the airplane’s aft section, said Lt. Gen. Bradley Heithold, AFSOC commander. “It comes in certain-sized...

Line of Demarcation

The Air Force expects next fiscal year to finish determining which components of its ICBM infrastructure will fall under the Minuteman III weapon system under a new sustainment model, said Maj. Gen. Sandra Finan, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center commander....

Branching Out

Air advisors from the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing at Ramstein AB, Germany, conducted five outreach missions in one week earlier this month, setting a unit mark for simultaneous engagement, according to a release on Monday. “We have never executed...

Portland Gets Aircraft Shelters

? The Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Fighter Wing at Portland ANG Base recently added nine aircraft shelters to protect the unit’s F-15 fighters from weather, according to a release. “They definitely are going to make our jobs easier and...

Australia Deploys Air Assets to Fight ISIS

? The Royal Australian Air Force dispatched aircraft and personnel to the Middle East to support the US-led international effort against ISIS terrorists in Iraq, announced the Australian defense ministry. The main contingent of personnel and aircraft departed on Sept....