Senators Call for More C-17s

A bipartisan group of 18 Senators wants the Senate to include funding in the Fiscal 2010 defense appropriations bill to buy 12 additional C-17s beyond the current program of record, aircraft that the Pentagon has not requested. Led by Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), they sent a letter on Aug. 19 to the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), respectively, requesting the additional aircraft. The Senate panel is slated to mark up its version of the defense spending measure after Congress returns from its August recess. Continue

What a Blunder

That’s how Steve Forbes, editor-in-chief of Forbes describes the Obama Administration’s efforts to end the F-22 production line. In an op-ed piece for the Sept. 7 issue of the business magazine, Forbes argues that White House officials and others “take...

Rally in the Pacific

Seventy-five mobility airmen from Yokota AB, Japan, last week joined members of 17 other Pacific air forces to participate in Pacific Airlift Rally 2009 at Subang Royal Malaysian AFB, Malaysia. The US Air Force and Royal Malaysian Air Force co-host...

New Commander for Mobility Wing

Lt. Gen. Robert Allardice formally assumed command of the 18th Air Force, Air Mobility Command’s sole warfighting numbered air force, Aug. 19 during a ceremony at Scott AFB, Ill. “I believe that, in this command, we set the conditions for...

Bronze Star for F-16 Pilot

Col. George Uribe, chief of standardization and evaluation for 1st Air Force at Tyndall AFB, Fla., received a Bronze Star Medal on Aug. 19, the same day on which he was promoted to his new rank. He was recognized with...

Maintenance Units Recognized

The Air Force’s 31st Munitions Squadron at Camp Darby, Italy, and the 6th/927th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at MacDill AFB, Fla., were among the winners of Secretary of Defense Maintenance Awards for 2009 announced last week. Each unit won a field-level...

Do the Math

US News & World Report has named the US Air Force Academy the best baccalaureate college in the western region of the US for the third year in a row in its “America’s Best Colleges” 2010 rankings. The academy also...

Looking Forward

The Air Force Research Lab sponsored a wargame earlier this month at the Air Force Wargaming Institute on the grounds of Maxwell AFB, Ala., to explore the potential military utility of future technologies and flush out concepts of operation for...

Attention All Civilians

The Air Force is now accepting applications, due by Sept, 4, to determine the next crop of its civilian employees who will take part in the professional development initiative called civilian acculturation leadership training. The CALT program, which hosted its...

Air Sorties from SWA 082409

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia, Aug. 19, 2009 Sortie Type OIF OEF OIF/OEF Total YTD ISR 24 33 57 9,892 CAS/Armed Recon 30 94 124 22,133 Airlift 144 144 30,270 Air refueling 58 58 10,781 Total 383 73,076 OIF=Operation Iraqi...