Less Ambiguous

The United States will not use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear weapons states that are party to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and in compliance with it, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told reporters Tuesday in the Pentagon on the...

No New Nukes

The United States will not develop new nuclear warheads, according to the Obama Administration’s nuclear policy review issued Tuesday. So say goodbye to a new design that Pentagon leaders have advocated in the past to assure the safety, security, and...

HC-130J Rollout

Lockheed Martin announced Tuesday that the Air Force’s first HC-130J combat rescue tanker left the company’s assembly facility in Marietta, Ga., on April 3 and is now being painted prior to enter flight testing. The company said this airframe will...

Ogden Finishes F-16 Upgrade

Lockheed Martin and Air Force officials on March 26 completed the installation of new avionics gear on the 306th and final F-16 Block 40/42 aircraft to be upgraded at Odgen Air Logistics Center, Utah, under the common configuration implementation program....

Temporary Home

Eighth Air Force officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in late March to mark the temporary relocation of their headquarters from Barksdale AFB, La., to the Cyber Innovation Center in nearby Bossier City. The center will serve as home for about...

Alaska Unit Wins Raytheon Trophy

The 19th Fighter Squadron, an F-15 unit at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, recently received the Raytheon Trophy for 2009, being recognized as the Air Force’s best air-to-air fighter squadron. Ironically, the award comes in the unit’s last year of operations as...

Heavy Lifting

The Heavy Airlift Wing that flies three C-17 transports out of Papa AB, Hungary, as part of the 12-nation Strategic Airlift Capability consortium recently moved 2.1 million pounds of equipment into Afghanistan in more than 30 sorties. They carried equipment...

Bagram Gets Bird-Detection Radar

Air Force officials are installing a radar system at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, to help mitigate the threat that birds pose there to the flight safety of US military aircraft. While this type of bird-detection technology has been in use stateside,...

Up Close and Personal

More than 20 civilian bosses, who employ airmen with the Texas Air National Guard’s 149th Fighter Wing got the chance to visit the unit in March at Lackland AFB, Tex., and experience first-hand the wing’s operations. This visit was meant...

Time to Recover

Air Combat Command plays host next week at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., to this year’s iteration of Angel Thunder, the worlds’ largest multinational personnel recovery exercise. It runs April 12-23. In addition to Air Force rescue teams and recovery aircraft, personnel...

Air Sorties from SWA 040110

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia, April 1-2, 2010 Sortie Type OIF OEF OIF/OEF Total YTD ISR 55 83 138 5,538 CAS/Armed Recon 44 140 184 8,357 Airlift 380 380 15,328 Air refueling 90 90 3,854 Rescue 79 79 821 Total...