Crying Foul

Boeing’s not happy with rival EADS’ efforts to secure a deadline extension for submitting KC-X tanker bids. In a statement issued Thursday, Boeing officials said they’re “deeply disappointed” that EADS, parent of aircraft maker Airbus, is attempting “to further delay”...

Two Sides to Every Story

Two Sides to Every Story: Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) relished the Pentagon’s announcement Wednesday that it’s willing to extend the KC-X proposal deadline by 60 days if EADS is serious about bidding. He said the Defense Department made “the right...

Making a Difference

Air Force rescue personnel sprang into action Wednesday to help the Afghan victims of a massive blast caused by an improvised explosive device detonating at a local market in Nahr-e Saraj in Helmand Province. These members of the 41st Expeditionary...

Last Hurrah

F-15s and airmen of the 19th Fighter Squadron at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, on March 29 returned home from temporary duty assignments in Hawaii and Thailand to participate in the Cope Thaw and Cope Tiger exercises, respectively. These were the last deployments for the unit, which is slated for decommissioning later this year as part of the Air Force's drawdown of more than 250 legacy fighters. The first of the squadron's F-15 will depart Elmendorf for good in April and the final ones should leave by September. (Elmendorf photo caption by A1C Christopher Gross)

Library Excursion

Gen Norton Schwartz, Chief of Staff, on Thursday issued his 2010 reading list, a selection he says “provides valuable ways for all airmen to further their professional education and augment their leadership skills.” This year’s CSAF reading list contains 13...

Socializing

The Air Force on Wednesday began to implement a phased-plan to open access on the Air Force network (AFNET) to Internet-based social-networking sites based on a new policy change. During the initial phase, five Pacific Air Forces bases (Andersen AFB,...

Pass This Along

A government-academia-industry team led by Air Force specialists from the Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom AFB, Mass., in early March conducted a series of flight tests to gauge the performance of a prototype communications waveform. It holds the promise of...

Desert Homes

Officials at Edwards AFB, Calif., held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 26 to celebrate the completion of a five-year, $100 million construction project that brought 291 new energy-saving homes to the desert base. “The houses we deliver today will, for...

Cracking Intermediate Ground

Members of the Connecticut Air National Guard’s 103rd Airlift Wing at Bradley ANG Base in East Granby in early March broke ground at the site where the unit’s new centralized intermediate repair facility will be erected under an $8.3 million...

Calling the Buckeye State Home

Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, has been selected to host a new unit that will be responsible for strategically sourcing installation-level purchasing for Air Force facilities across the continental US. The unit’s formal name is the installation acquisition transformation enterprise sourcing group,...

Air Sorties from SWA 032810

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia, March 28, 2010 Sortie Type OIF OEF OIF/OEF Total YTD ISR 28 35 63 5,189 CAS/Armed Recon 16 80 96 7,860 Airlift 174 174 14,393 Air refueling 47 47 3,620 Rescue 11 11 649 Total...