Betas Join the Fight

Members of the Air Force’s first beta class of officers with no previous flying experience who learned last year how to operate MQ-1 Predator remotely piloted aircraft are now flying combat missions over Southwest Asia from control consoles at Creech...

Nothing Glaring

A little more than one year from its inception, the nascent training program designed to field remotely piloted aircraft operators from the ranks of junior non-pilot officers is progressing well, says Gen. Stephen Lorenz, the Air Force’s top trainer. “At...

Fine Line

The Air Force wants to increase the flow of trained battlefield airmen like joint terminal attack controllers to the fight, since they are so vital to the success of operations. However, says Gen. Stephen Lorenz, head of Air Education and...

Training Scrub

Air Combat Command has launched a sweeping end-to-end review of its training activities to better align them with current warfighting priorities, Gen. William Fraser, Air Combat Command boss, said Feb. 19 at AFA’s Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando. “I want...

Moral Imperative

To stem a rise in airmen suicides, Air Combat Command has launched a Comprehensive Airman Fitness Program, a proactive, multifaceted initiative to support those who feel weighed down by the physical burdens and emotional stresses of the enduring wars. “We...

Avoiding Gridlock

Gen. Douglas Fraser, US Southern Command boss, said that airmen, soldiers, and marines on the ground in Haiti, following the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake, joined forces to help unload the hundreds of aircraft arriving daily to get them back in...

Needed Security for More Airdrops

Gen. Douglas Fraser, head of US Southern Command, says Joint Task Force-Haiti could not provide more airdrops during relief operations in earthquake-ravaged Haiti simply because there wasn’t enough security on the ground. Talking about lessons learned during AFA’s Air Warfare...

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia

Feb. 16, 2010 Sortie Type OIF OEF OIF/OEF Total YTD ISR 29 37 66 2,652 CAS/Armed Recon 20 81 101 4,110 Airlift 182 182 7,418 Air refueling 43 43 1,949 Total 392 16,129 OIF=Operation Iraqi Freedom OEF=Operation Enduring Freedom ISR=Intelligence-surveillance-reconnaissance...