MC-12 in Afghanistan

The first Air Force MC-12W intelligence-surveillance-reconnaissance aircraft destined for operations in Afghanistan arrived Dec. 27 at Bagram Airfield. That same day, Bagram’s 455th Air Expeditionary Wing stood up the 4th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron, which will operate the twin-engine turboprop aircraft....

Admiral Tapped to Head NORTHCOM/NORAD

President Obama has nominated Vice Adm. James Winnefeld to receive a fourth star and take command of US Northern Command and NORAD, the organizations responsible for defending the US homeland and protecting US and Canadian airspace. If approved by the...

National Cyber Czar Named

President Obama has chosen Howard Schmidt to be White House cybersecurity coordinator, responsible for orchestrating the activities across the US government to protect US cyber networks. Schmidt brings more than 40 years of experience in government, business, and law enforcement...

Be Patient

Cost efficiencies will come with next month’s creation of Joint Base Langley out of Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Va., and the Army’s nearby Fort Eustis in Newport News, but they likely will not be seen for several years,...

Strike Support

The Air Force is looking for an industry partner to develop mission planning exercises and tools to support the conventional strike missile demonstration that the service plans to conduct in Fiscal 2012. In a solicitation posted at the Federal Business...

Bomber Upgrade Advances

Boeing has announced that the Air Force and it have completed the first phase of flight testing for the fully integrated data link system that is being added to the B-1B bomber to increase aircrew situational awareness and targeting capability....

Another Energy First

The Air Force hospital at Aviano AB, Italy, recently became the first overseas US military installation to receive the EPA’s Energy Star rating, the national symbol for superior energy efficiency and environmental protection. “The 31st Medical Group is excited about...

Air Sorties in SWA, 122009

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia, Dec. 20, 2009 Sortie Type OIF OEF OIF/OEF Total YTD ISR 28 32 60 16,901 CAS/Armed Recon 18 74 92 34,227 Airlift 160 160 48,012 Air refueling 34 34 16,712 Total 346 115,852 OIF=Operation Iraqi...