New Missile Minder

Air Force Global Strike Command at Barksdale AFB, La., on Tuesday assumed responsibility for the nation’s Minuteman III ICBM force from Air Force Space Command under a scheduled shift of authority. This move is part of the phased buildup of...

Human Error in Fatal F-15E Mishap

An incorrect assessment of elevation led to an F-15E crashing in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan on July 18, killing its aircrew, Air Combat Command announced Tuesday. Two F-15Es from the 336th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron at Bagram Airfield were practicing...

Line in the Sand

Northrop Grumman upped the pressure, potentially one last time, in the Air Force’s high-stakes KC-X tanker competition, as Northrop President Wes Bush told Pentagon acquisition executive Ashton Carter Tuesday that, “absent a responsive set of changes” in the solicitation, his...

Guardsmen Flying Reapers in Combat

As of Tuesday, airmen of the New York Air National Guard’s 174th Fighter Wing at Hancock Field ANGB in Syracuse have entered steady-state operations flying MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft in support of operations in Afghanistan. According to a wing...

A Direct Approach

Initial results of the Air Force’s ongoing test of its ability to directly support the Army’s intratheater airlift needs—a mission that C-27J transports will perform in coming years—are quite promising, according to air mobility officials. Air Mobility Command began this...

Looking Out Ahead

The Air Force is investigating the applicability of an existing radar system as a potential replacement to the current AN/APQ-166 radar used on its force of 76 B-52H bombers. In a request for information to industry posted at the Federal...

Airman Awarded Bronze Star

Maj. Kenny Harryman, an Air Force nurse assigned to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, has received a Bronze Star Medal for her meritorious service during a deployment to Afghanistan from April 2008 to November 2008. The Courier-Journal of...

Air Sorties 120209

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia, Nov. 27, 2009 Sortie Type OIF OEF OIF/OEF Total YTD ISR 27 28 55 15,657 CAS/Armed Recon 20 68 88 32,217 Airlift 153 153 44,759 Air refueling 43 43 15,818 Total 339 108,451 OIF=Operation Iraqi...