Dover “More Viable” With C-5M

That’s the opinion of Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.), who like fellow lawmaker Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), believes that the future of Dover Air Force Base rests on USAF continuing to modernize the behemoth airlifter to the C-5M configuration with new...

Semantics?

Semantics: According to DOD Buzz report, an unidentified Congressional aide calls the recent F135 engine ground-test mishap “significant.” The same report quotes engine-maker Pratt & Whitney that it has a fix in hand for a suspect “worn bushing” that will...

Vipers in Afghanistan

A combined force of active duty and Reserve airmen from Hill AFB, Utah, earlier this summer deployed the first complement of F-16 fighters to support operations in Afghanistan, according to a Sept. 20 commentary. Members of the active duty 388th...

Air Force Heroes Add Battle Streamers

The Air Force held a special Pentagon ceremony Sept. 17 at which some of the service’s wounded warriors helped pin six new battle streamers on the Air Force flag. With Air Force Secretary Michael Donley, Chief of Staff Gen. Norton...

McHugh Is New Army Secretary

According to a Pentagon release, former U.S. Representative from New York John McHugh was sworn in Sept. 21 as the 21st Secretary of the Army. President Obama nominated McHugh for the post in June, and the Senate confirmed him Sept....

Researchers Develop New Magnetron

An Air Force Office of Scientific Research-sponsored group of researchers at the University of Michigan have invented a new type of magnetron that could lead to improved radar systems. According to Dr. Ron Gilgenbach at the university, “This invention should...

Major Construction to Begin at Lackland

Air Force officials say the nearly $900 million worth of construction slated to start this fall at Lackland AFB, Tex., will be the largest Milcon effort in the service. The work includes eight airmen training complexes and four dining-classroom facilities...

Living on Misawa, Full-up at Osan

Airmen assigned to Misawa AB, Japan, who bring their families along now must live on base, as DOD tries to save up to $50 million annually in housing costs. However, since Misawa currently has some 280 of its 1,956 homes...

And They Ran

Air Force Marathon officials at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, report a record turnout for the 13th running of the annual event, which hosted nearly 10,000 runners—a 35 percent bump up from last year. The winner of the men’s full marathon was...

Cleaning Up McGuire

The Air Force and EPA reached an agreement on the clean-up of the McGuire AFB, N.J., Superfund Site, according to a Sept. 18 EPA release. George Pavlou, acting EPA Regional Coordinator, called the agreement “a significant milestone” since the base’s...

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia

Sept. 17-19, 2009 Sortie Type OIF OEF OIF/OEF Total YTD ISR 86 87 173 11,691 CAS/Armed Recon 56 234 290 25,346 Airlift 413 413 34,638 Air refueling 157 157 12,482 Total 1,033 84,157 OIF=Operation Iraqi Freedom OEF=Operation Enduring Freedom ISR=Intelligence-surveillance-reconnaissance...