Cannot Afford Not To

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, noting the “huge investment” already made, reaffirmed his strong commitment to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program during his visit Monday to Lockheed Martin’s F-35 assembly plant in Fort Worth, Tex. “It is the heart of...

Chandler in as Vice Chief

Gen. Howie Chandler last week formally became the vice chief of staff of the Air Force. He assumed USAF’s No. 2 uniformed post after an almost two-year stint as commander of Pacific Air Forces. Chandler succeeds Gen. William Fraser who...

Strike Eagle Combat Milestone

The Air Force’s F-15E fleet recently eclipsed 8,000 combat flight hours during a mission of the 336th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The F-15E on this historic mission provided overhead security during helicopter re-supply of a remote area...

Ready to Propel

Maintainers with the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom AFB, Mont., last month emplaced the last of the wing’s refurbished Minuteman III ICBMs in its silo, thereby completing the process of upgrading all of the base’s 150 missiles under the Air...

Flawlessly From Above

A C-130H aircrew from the Georgia Air National Guard deployed with the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron stationed at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, performed a high-altitude airdrop mission on Aug. 26 to deliver eight bundles of food, water, clothes, and blankets to...

Hub Talk

The Air Force Research Lab is looking to partner with the University of Dayton, as well as other local universities and industry near Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, to establish a center for unmanned aerial vehicle exploitation in Dayton, Ohio. The Dayton...

Joint Tinkering

Near the end of this month, workers from the 566th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center on the grounds of Tinker AFB, Okla., will begin a service life extension program on the Navy’s fleet of E-6B...

Welcome “Desch”

The Air Force Research Lab on Monday held a ceremony at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, to dedicate a new supercomputer called “Desch” that will be dedicated to supporting the lab’s work with next-generation overhead intelligence-surveillance-reconnaissance sensors. Desch will help provide real-time...

Presence Felt

The total economic impact of Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, on the surrounding region anchored by Dayton, Ohio, exceeds $4.4 billion, according to newly issued Air Force data. The base’s 2008 base economic impact analysis (full document; caution, large file), which incorporates...

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia

Aug. 27, 2009 Sortie Type OIF OEF OIF/OEF Total YTD ISR 29 30 59 10,353 CAS/Armed Recon 24 86 110 22,992 Airlift 143 143 31,415 Air refueling 58 58 11,229 Total 370 75,989 OIF=Operation Iraqi Freedom OEF=Operation Enduring Freedom ISR=Intelligence-surveillance-reconnaissance...