Avoid the Temptation

Despite the daily tangible contributions of National Guardsmen and Reservists to the US military, there is still the danger that tough economic times and scarce resources may drive some elements within the Defense Department toward funding the Reserve Components as...

Progress Report

So far, so good, says Lt. Gen. Bud Wyatt, Air National Guard boss, when asked about the prospects that the Air Guard will field F-35 strike fighters at the same time as the active duty force and in suitable numbers....

Job One for Space Force

The most important assignment of the US military space community is ensuring that there is no interruption to the critical services that on-orbit constellations provide, such as precision navigation, protected communications, and overhead sensing, says Gary Payton, Air Force space...

Let’s Get Started

2010 promises to be a busy year for military space launches, according to Air Force data. Leading off is the May liftoff of the first Global Positioning System Block IIF navigation satellite. After that, the Space Based Space Surveillance spacecraft...

Real World Substitute

The 1st Special Operations Wing has completed its operational readiness inspection that was set for this month by its participation in relief actions for earthquake-devastated Haiti, so says Lt. Gen. Donald Wurster, Air Force Special Operations Command boss. Some 220...

Predator Crash in Afghanistan

The Air Force lost an MQ-1 Predator remotely piloted vehicle when it crashed upon takeoff in eastern Afghanistan at about 1:50 a.m. local time Feb. 9, reported Air Forces Central Command the same day. AFCENT said the crash was not...

AFSOC Medic Receives Bronze Star

The Air Force has awarded a Bronze Star medal to Lt. Col. Terence Mitchell, the chief of medical staff with the 1st Special Operations Medical Group at Hurlburt Field, Fla., for his actions while deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom. He...

Canadian “Co-manners” Deploy with AWACS

According to a USAF expeditionary unit news feature about one Canadian Forces officer, Capt. Chris Horner, Canadian airmen have deployed to Southwest Asia to participate in combat operations along with US airmen of the 552nd Air Control Wing, which operates...

Air Sorties in SWA, 020510

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia, Feb. 5-6, 2010 Sortie Type OIF OEF OIF/OEF Total YTD ISR 69 23 92 2,029 CAS/Armed Recon 32 66 98 3,243 Airlift 289 289 5,842 Air refueling 73 73 1,548 Total 552 12,662 OIF=Operation Iraqi...