False START?

Two senior Senators aren’t satisfied with the Obama Administration’s new nuclear weapons policy so are not readily endorsing the newly signed Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia that the President would like the Senate to ratify by year’s end. “I’m...

Second F-22 Reserve Unit Activated

Air Force Reserve Command’s 44th Fighter Group was activated April 9 during a ceremony at Holloman AFB, N.M. The group, which includes the 301st Fighter Squadron and the 44th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, is Holloman’s first Reserve unit and AFRC’s second...

Air Force Gets 1,000th JASSM

Lockheed Martin announced Monday that it has delivered the 1,000th joint air-to-surface standoff missile to the Air Force. The company handed over this missile, a Lot 7 production unit, during a rollout ceremony at the Lockheed manufacturing facility in Troy,...

Full Set of Spears

Workers at Warner Robins Air Logistics Center at Robins AFB, Ga., have delivered to Air Force Special Operations Command the 12th and final C-130H2 aircraft that WRALC technicians converted to the new MC-130W Combat Spear configuration for use as covert...

Manas Tanker Unit Hits Sortie Milestone

The 22nd Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron that operates from the Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan, on April 10 flew its 16,000th sortie since it inception at the Central Asian base in 2003. The unit’s KC-135 tankers serve a vital role...

Over the Great White North

The Air Force has conducted the first operational mission of an RQ-4 Global Hawk remotely piloted aircraft through Canadian airspace, paving the way for a new northern route that will enable the more rapid ferrying of RQ-4s in and out...

There’s No Place Like Home

Two F-15s from the 3rd Operations Group at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, on April 7 conducted the unit’s first live-fire gunnery mission over a range in the state. In the process, they validated the use of a Cessna Conquest aircraft that...

Building Boom

Airmen with the 380th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron are constructing a large new hangar at one of the main US air bases in Southwest Asia in order to accommodate more of the aircraft that operate from there. This busy air...

Spreading Its Wings

The fledgling Afghan National Army Air Corps on April 2 staged its largest air assault to date. An ANAAC Mi-17 helicopter and Afghan commandos worked with US special operations forces and Army Apache, Blackhawk, and Chinook helicopters to infiltrate the...

Air Sorties from SWA 040710

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia, April 7-8, 2010 Sortie Type OIF OEF OIF/OEF Total YTD ISR 51 84 135 5,945 CAS/Armed Recon 40 173 213 8,963 Airlift 372 372 16,484 Air refueling 92 92 4,126 Rescue 63 63 988 Total...