Preparing for the Beast

Officials with the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center at Tinker AFB, Okla., expect to install the tooling over the next few months in the shop being established there to help maintain the Air Force’s inventory of F117 engines, the turbofan...

BONE Growth

BONE Growth: Boeing announced Monday that it has received a $23 million follow-on contract from the Air Force to continue work to enhance the targeting system on the B-1B bomber. The company said software upgrades planned under this phase 2...

Building Block

The 9th Reconnaissance Wing at Beale AFB, Calif., on Nov. 24 took delivery of its first RQ-4 Global Hawk Block 30 unmanned reconnaissance aircraft. This airframe flew in from Edwards AFB, Calif., where it had completed months of developmental flight...

USAF Crew Recovers Crash Victims

Airmen and HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopters assigned to the 33rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron at Bagram Airfield. Afghanistan, on Nov. 27 recovered the bodies of three civilians killed when their MI-8 helicopter crashed four days earlier in the remote mountains...

Big Bang

Six explosive ordnance disposal technicians assigned to the Air Force’s 447th EOD unit in Mahmudiyah, Iraq, worked with members of the Iraqi Army’s 17th Bomb Disposal Company on Nov. 24 to destroy a large stockpile of captured munitions at a...

Let That Be a Lesson To You

Members of 13th Air Force’s analyses, assessments, and lessons learned directorate at Hickam AFB, Hawaii, are the Air Force’s Lessons Learned Outstanding Team of the Year for 2009. The group was recognized at an awards ceremony in late October in...

Name Dropping

Starting in January, the US military will drop the “multinational” from its unit designations in Iraq. Stars and Stripes reported Nov. 28, for example, that the top two levels of US command in Iraq—Multi-National Forces-Iraq and Multi-National Corps-Iraq—will be merged...

Fueling the Force

Defense Department nutritionists are developing a new food option for troops in the field called “first-strike rations” that provides warfighters with their daily nutritional needs in a single compact, lightweight form that is easy to carry and use on the...

Air Sorties in SWA, 11-24-26-09

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia, Nov. 24-26, 2009 Sortie Type OIF OEF OIF/OEF Total YTD ISR 84 85 169 15,602 CAS/Armed Recon 68 239 307 32,129 Airlift 462 462 44,606 Air refueling 124 124 15,775 Total 1,062 108,112 OIF=Operation Iraqi...