Eureka, ABL Works

On Feb. 11 around 8:44 p.m. (PST), the Airborne Laser (ABL) successfully destroyed a boosting ballistic missile. The long-awaited shootdown, conducted at Point Mugu Naval Air Warfare Center’s Sea Range off the central California coast, serves as a “proof-of-concept demonstration...

Seeking Unmanned CAS

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has issued a request for information to support its work on a Next Generation Close Air Support (NGCAS) system, and for this RFI, it said, the response “should only focus on [unmanned aircraft system]...

Providing Avalanche Help

As if they don’t have enough to do in the war theater, USAF and Army medics joined with Afghanistan counterparts to aid some 276 individuals injured during an avalanche Feb. 9 in Parwan Province. In the early morning hours, helicopters...

Combat Controllers Receive Medals

Among 10 Bronze Star medals presented Feb. 5 to Air Force Special Operations Command combat controllers with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla., were two, including one for Valor, to TSgt. Christopher Grove. According to the citation...

Thanks from 18th Airborne

The commander of the 18th Airborne Corps, Lt. Gen. Frank Helmick, presented an “Iron Mike” statuette to Air Mobility Command boss Gen. Raymond Johns for AMC’s transport of the 82nd Airborne Division to Haiti for relief operations following the devastating...

First Afghan Medevac

Afghan National Army Air Corps personnel last week flew their first medical evacuation mission, transporting via a Mi-17 helicopter an Afghan national from the Craig Joint Theater Hospital at Bagram Airfield to FOB Lightening, Gardez, from which the patient went...

Making 4K in F-16

South Dakota Air National Guardsman Lt. Col. Gary Middlebrooks amassed 4,000 flying hours in an F-16 during a close air support sortie over Iraq Feb. 5. Middlebrooks, deployed from the 114th Fighter Wing, is the 33rd F-16 pilot to have...

Looking for Original, Got Copy?

For the record, Air Force Reserve Command officials responding to allegations that a new recruiting ad used a copyrighted song without permission say they have pulled the ad and say they thought they had commissioned a new song. Instead, according...

Waning Days for Aussie F-111s

The US Air Force stopped flying the F-111 nearly 15 years ago, while the Royal Australian Air Force has continued flying its F-111s and expected to do so until the end of this year. However, according to media reports, the...

Air Sorties in SWA, 020810

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia, Feb. 8, 2010 Sortie Type OIF OEF OIF/OEF Total YTD ISR 25 26 51 2123 CAS/Armed Recon 24 42 66 3,343 Airlift 129 129 6,101 Air refueling 32 32 1,614 Total 278 13,181 OIF=Operation Iraqi...