Something to Dwell On

Air Force search and rescue crews are some of the most highly taxed airmen in the force, says Maj. Gen. David Scott, operational capability requirements czar on the Air Staff. “The dwell time for these young men and women is...

Not Critical Mass Yet

Don’t expect the rollout of the Obama Administration’s nuclear posture review for several weeks, according to defense and Capitol Hill sources. Officially, the Defense Department is still saying that it will deliver the NPR to Congress this month. But it...

Revised Pecking Order

President Obama on Monday signed an executive order that restores the Army, Navy, and Air Force Secretaries to the second, third, and fourth positions, respectively, behind the deputy defense secretary in the Pentagon's order of leadership succession. (White House release) In that descending order, one of these officials would assume the leadership role at the Pentagon should the Defense Secretary be unable to perform the duties of office for whatever reason. The President's action revokes Executive Order 13394 of December 2005 that placed the undersecretaries of defense for intelligence, policy, and acquisition, respectively, ahead of the service Secretaries in the leadership chain.

Make that Eleven

Lockheed Martin announced Wednesday that the 86th Airlift Wing at Ramstein AB, Germany, has received its 11th new C-130J transports aircraft. Lt. Gen. Frank Gorenc, commander of 3rd Air Force, the component numbered air force for US Air Forces in...

B-2 Pilot Reaches 1,000 Hours

Lt. Col. Dave Anderson of the 394th Combat Training Squadron at Whiteman AFB, Mo., on Feb. 17 reached his 1,000th flight hour piloting a B-2A stealth bomber. Anderson, chief of B-2A training systems for the unit, became only the 26th...

Entering Final Approach

Members of the 853rd Electronic Systems Group at Hanscom AFB, Mass., anticipate releasing the solicitation for a deployable instrument landing system in May, awarding the contract in June, and fielding the new capability in 2013. This D-ILS is envisioned to...

Celebrating Military Flight

More than 1,500 US military personnel and civilians gathered March 2 at Ft. Sam Houston, Tex., to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of military flight. The Foulois Centennial Military Flight Celebration honored then-Army Lt. Benjamin Foulois, a Signal Corps pilot who...

Next Time You’re in Dayton

Consider taking in two displays that have just opened at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. “The Winged Angels: US Army Air Forces Flight Nurses in World War II” opened Wednesday in the museum’s Air Power Gallery....

Air Sorties from SWA 022710

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia, Feb. 27, 2010 Sortie Type OIF OEF OIF/OEF Total YTD ISR 27 31 58 3,325 CAS/Armed Recon 16 70 86 5,103 Airlift 173 173 9,236 Air refueling 32 32 2,384 Rescue 9 9 49 Total...