“Everything in my Power”:

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told the Mobile (Ala.) Press-Register Monday that he can’t tell Northrop Grumman-EADS what to do regarding the Air Force’s tanker competition, but “I will do everything in my power to make sure it is an open...

Airlift to the Horn:

The Air Force’s in-demand C-130 tactical airlifters are making vital weekly runs to three remote contingency operating locations in the Horn of Africa, calling the missions HOA Flex. The C-130s and their crews are based in Southwest Asia but deliver...

Assembly Line Fighter?:

Harking back to World War II’s mass-produced fleets of fighters, bombers, and cargo aircraft, the Los Angeles Times reports that the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will be the first assembly line produced military aircraft in a generation. Northrop Grumman...

Out With the C-21:

The Air Force plans to shed more than half its active duty force of 74 C-21 executive jet transports to aid its cost cutting efforts, reports Stars and Stripes. Some Air National Guard units—like North Dakota’s 119th Fighter Wing—will pick...

More Precise Joint STARS:

Northrop Grumman has received a contract for $56 million to add a new mobile target precision tracking and engagement capability to the Air Force’s E-8 Joint STARS fleets of ground radar aircraft. The Enhanced Land/Maritime Mode system will “improve overall...

Four EOD Airmen Earn Bronzes:

The Air Force has awarded Bronze Medals to four airmen from Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, who served on explosive ordnance disposal teams in Iraq. They are Capt. Stephanie Root, TSgt. David Fitzgerald, SSgt. Michael Pray, and SSgt. Sjon Higgins. Fitzgerald...

Reserve Chief Gets Bronze Star:

Air Force Reservist CMSgt. Kenneth Thompson has received a Bronze Star medal for his service over one year at a Joint Interrogation and Debriefing Center in Iraq. Thompson, who is the first sergeant with Air Force Reserve Command’s 512th Equipment...

Giving Voice to Vets, Later:

Top Senate and House Democrats decided to restore the joint hearings of the Senate and House Veterans’ Affairs Committees for veterans service organizations axed last year by the Republican majority. The joint hearings also will be held at the traditional...

Most Still Not Moved:

The American majority that shuns the Administration proposal to increase the number of US military forces in Iraq still holds the same negative view even after the President’s speech last week, according to a new USA Today/Gallup Poll. The Jan....

All About Lasers:

Northrop Grumman has opened the “first of its kind by private industry in the US” high-energy laser facility dedicated solely to military systems, states a company release. The Directed Energy Production Facility at Redondo Beach, Calif., will produce “powerful military...

Cigs Down, Alcohol and Fat Up:

According the just released 2005 survey of military health behaviors, young servicemembers in particular are prone to heavy drinking but overall smoking and use of illegal drugs is down. And, more military members are overweight. However, top Pentagon health official,...

Looking at Jet Fuel Exposure:

Military and civilian researchers will descend upon Grand Forks AFB, N.D., this month to begin a study of the effects of exposure to jet aviation fuel in cold weather. In this first phase of the two-part study, researchers plan to...

Air Sorties in the Global War on Terrorism

Jan. 13-15, 2007 Sortie Type OIF OEF OIF/OEF Total ISR 36 15 51 CAS/Armed Recon 88 95 183 Airlift 425 425 Air refueling 87 87 Total 124 110 512 746 OIF=Operation Iraqi Freedom OEF=Operation Enduring Freedom ISR=Intelligence-surveillance-reconnaissance