C-27J Fleet Sized Right

Air Force Gen. Craig McKinley, National Guard Bureau chief, thinks a fleet of 38 C-27J twin-engine transports will be enough to meet the Army’s needs for direct support at austere forward locations, when augmented by some C-130 airlifters. The Pentagon...

More Room for Changes

More opportunities are definitely out there to bring the Air National Guard and Air Force active duty components together, Air Force Gen. Craig McKinley, head of the National Guard Bureau, said Tuesday. “The question is going to be do we...

An Opportunity in Alabama

As the Air Force and Air National Guard search for more opportunities to work more closely together, one potential merger in Alabama might have promise, says Air Force Gen. Craig McKinley, National Guard Bureau chief. Speaking to defense reporters Tuesday...

Morale Killer

Lt. Gen Charles Stenner, Air Force Reserve chief, said Tuesday if he had more funds, he’d put it toward “seasoning” new recruits to make them deployable faster. Stenner, speaking at an Air Force Association-sponsored Air Force Breakfast Series presentation in...

BONE Shines in Climb Time

B-1B aircrews with the 7th Bomb Wing at Dyess AFB, Tex., set three unofficial time-to-climb world records during separate flights April 29-May 1 at the Texas base, which is celebrating 25 years of B-1B operations. Wing officials said these marks...

Pakistanis Complete Air Guard Training

Eight Pakistani Air Force pilots on Tuesday graduated from seven months of flight training with the Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Fighter Wing in Tucson Ariz. They learned how to fly F-16C/D fighters in preparation for the delivery in late...

Boeing Realigns Tanker, Mobility Business

Boeing announced Tuesday that is has formed a new airlift and tankers division within its military aircraft business unit in St. Louis. This division will lead the company’s fixed-wing mobility programs, in particular the C-17 transport, and its US and...

Hospitality Site Chosen Near Hill

Air Force officials announced Tuesday the selection of The Canyons ski resort in Summit County, Utah, as the potential future location of a commercial hospitality development that would offer airmen and their families access to Olympic-style skiing and other recreational activities. Robert Moore, Air Force Real Property Agency director, approved the move, which now clears the way for discussions with Wadman Corporation, the builder in line to develop the site, which is approximately 39 miles southeast of Hill Air Force Base in Ogden. Talisker Developments owns the property. "We look forward to discussions on location-specific details and trust we'll be able to reach an agreement for this facility soon," said Maj. Gen. Andrew Busch, Ogden Air Logistics Center commander. The Air Force began pursuing this project after transferred the Hill Haus recreation lodge to local communities to provide facilities for the 2002 Winter Olympics. (SAF/PA release)

Air Sorties from SWA 042810

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia, April 28-29, 2010 Sortie Type OIF OEF OIF/OEF Total YTD ISR 49 81 130 7,347 CAS/Armed Recon 44 142 186 10,998 Airlift 336 336 20,275 Air refueling 85 85 5,063 Rescue 59 59 1,644 Total...