On the Cusp

Providing a glimpse into the findings of the forthcoming Quadrennial Defense Review, Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn said in London on Monday that the threat of hybrid war—where even weak states and terrorists have access to sophisticated, deadly weapons—requires “significant...

New Sheriff

The Air Force is establishing a flag-level position to oversee the acquisition of its nuclear systems. This official will lead a new program executive office for strategic systems that will stand up later this year at Kirtland AFB, N.M., already...

B-2 Goes Synthetic

In early January, the Air Force conducted a flight demonstration with a B-2A stealth bomber running, for the first time ever, on the synthetic fuel blend that the service wants all of its aircraft capable of operating on next year....

First One Under the Belt

The 69th Bomb Squadron at Minot AFB, N.D., the Air Force’s newest B-52H bomber unit, has received initial certification to perform its strategic mission after undergoing its initial nuclear surety inspection last week. This evaluation was coupled with a no-notice...

Tip of the Medical Spear

Medics of the 1st Special Operations Support Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla., have performed dozens of surgeries, evacuated scores of citizens, and delivered tons of vital supplies since their arrival in Haiti on Jan. 13 as part of the ongoing...

Rocky Mountain Helping Hand

A contingent of pilots from the Colorado Air National Guard’s 200th Airlift Squadron at Peterson Air Force Base will deploy to Southwest Asia within the next several weeks to help fly C-21 distinguished-visitor transport aircraft already operating from an air...

Bronze Stars for Airmen

Capt. Jonathan Keyser and CMSgt. Douglas Meyers, both assigned to the 566th Intelligence Squadron at Buckley AFB, Colo., on Jan 15 received Bronze Star Medals for their meritorious service in support of operations in Southwest Asia. Keyser, then a first...

Check It Out

The National Museum of the US Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, on Monday opened a new exhibit on the MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft in its modern flight gallery. “We are proud to be the only place in the world...

Air Sorties from SWA 012710

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia, Jan. 22-23, 2010 Sortie Type OIF OEF OIF/OEF Total YTD ISR 58 53 111 1,328 CAS/Armed Recon 34 140 174 2,145 Airlift 350 350 3,606 Air refueling 88 88 992 Total 723 8,071 OIF=Operation Iraqi...