Getting Ready

The first Air Force C-27J transports will not deploy to Southwest Asia until about one year from now, but the service is already testing its concept of employment for them in Iraq using C-130s as stand-ins, Air Mobility Command spokesman...

It’s Official

Lockheed Martin announced Monday that its JASSM cruise missile performed successfully in 15 of 16 recent tests shots from Air Force B-52s and F-16s at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., as officially tallied by an independent scoring board. “This successful...

Return to Blue

The Air Force has instituted a new policy so that former Air Force employees who were realigned under the Army or Navy because of BRAC or joint basing initiatives will now have an avenue to return to the Air Force,...

Greening in the Sand

The 380th Air Expeditionary Wing on Monday became the first wing under Air Forces Central and the first US military unit in Southwest Asia to convert to a more energy-efficient fleet of ground vehicles per a White House green initiative...

Building a Better Future

By next June, the headquarters renovation of 17th Air Force, the air component to US Africa Command, should be complete at Ramstein AB, Germany. But for now, work continues on the $6.3 million project, which began in October 2008. This...

Airmen Remembered

The 45th Space Wing at Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla., held a ceremony on Oct. 23 to dedicate a memorial on the base to the 13 airmen who died in a C-130 crash in May 1962 in Kenya while supporting NASA’s...

Young and Restless

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research has selected the 38 scientists and engineers who have won grants this year under the service’s Young Investigator Research program. In total, these researchers, all of whom have received a Ph.D. or equivalent...

Hunting for Pirates

Navy-operated unarmed MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted surveillance aircraft have begun patrolling the waters off of Somalia to stem the threat of pirates to commercial shipping in the western Indian Ocean. The Associated Press reported Oct. 23 (via the Kansas City...

Hunk of Burning Love

Bradley Myers, a firefighter with the 99th Civil Engineer Squadron stationed at Creech AFB, Nev., is the Defense Department’s civilian firefighter of the year for 2008. “This award wouldn’t have been possible without my fellow firemen at Creech, my family,...

A Mighty Loss for the Mighty Eighth

Harold “Buck” Rigg retired Oct. 18 as curator of the 8th Air Force Museum at Barksdale AFB. La., a job he held for three decades. In fact, Rigg was the founding curator of the museum, which opened in 1979. Throughout...

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia

Oct. 21, 2009 Sortie Type OIF OEF OIF/OEF Total YTD ISR 28 33 61 13,545 CAS/Armed Recon 24 82 106 28,639 Airlift 149 149 39,228 Air refueling 46 46 14,143 Total 362 95,555 OIF=Operation Iraqi Freedom OEF=Operation Enduring Freedom ISR=Intelligence-surveillance-reconnaissance...