Fraser Takes Helm of ACC

Gen. William Fraser III assumed command of Air Combat Command Thursday during a ceremony at Langley AFB, Va. Fraser, who had been serving as USAF’s vice chief of staff since last October, replaces Gen. John Corley, who formally retires Nov....

The Global Shift is Underway

Air Force Global Strike Command is on pace to have about 270 personnel in its headquarters at Barksdale AFB, La., by the end of September and be fully staffed with about 900 personnel a year from now, Maj. Gen. Donald...

Air Force Reserve Is Definitely On a Roll

The 2009 recruiting drive by Air Force Reserve Command’s 400-strong recruiting force has reached its annual enlisted accession goal for the ninth straight year, bringing in 8,800 recruits two months ahead of the end of the fiscal year—the earliest on...

Change of Command at 2nd Air Force

Maj. Gen. Mary Kay Hertog assumed command of 2nd Air Force at Keesler AFB, Miss., Wednesday, succeeding Maj. Gen. Alfred Flowers, who has been selected for reassignment as USAF’s budget director. Gen. Stephen Lorenz, Air Education and Training Command boss,...

Kadena Completes Successful Deployment Test

Most of the more than 100 airmen from the 18th Wing at Kadena Air Base, Japan, who had gone to Andersen AFB, Guam, on Aug. 31 in a test of the wing’s deployment capabilities returned home Sept. 8. During those...

Chicken or the Egg?

The rate of aircraft munitions usage in Afghanistan began to drop before US Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal issued his new tactical directive in early July. McChrystal took over on June 15 as US and NATO International Security Assistance Force commander,...

Last Breath

The full-scale wind tunnel at Langley AFB, Va., the nation’s third largest, closed its doors on Sept. 4 after 78 years of operations. Built in 1930, the 30 foot by 60 foot tunnel served a vital role in aerodynamic testing...

FAB-T Progress

A team of officials at the Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom AFB, Mass., last month wrapped up a successful series of flight tests that demonstrated the ability to move text, voice, and data messages using the family of advanced beyond-line-of-sight...

Bronze Stars for Airmen

CMSgt. Dominick Tallarida and MSgt. Shawn Williams each received a Bronze Star Medal on Aug. 31 in separate ceremonies for their meritorious service in Iraq and Afghanistan, respectively. Tallarida, assigned to Air Force Reserve Command’s 916th Air Refueling Wing at...

Keesler Facility Dedicated

Air Force officials at Keesler AFB, Miss., gathered on Aug. 28 to dedicate the consolidated aircraft maintenance facility of Air Force Reserve Command’s 403rd Wing in honor of the late Lawrence Roberts, a retired Air Force colonel who was a...

Runners’ Delight

The Air Force has unveiled a new lightweight running short at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, in time for the Air Force Marathon that takes place at the base on Sept. 19. The new short is already on sale at the base...

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia

Sept. 8-9, 2009 Sortie Type OIF OEF OIF/OEF Total YTD ISR 57 64 121 11,109 CAS/Armed Recon 42 169 211 24,370 Airlift 273 273 33,284 Air refueling 114 114 11,954 Total 719 80,717 OIF=Operation Iraqi Freedom OEF=Operation Enduring Freedom ISR=Intelligence-surveillance-reconnaissance...