Concerns, but “No Unfinished Business”

That’s the way Gen. Gene Renuart described his attitude in a last press conference as NORAD and US Northern Command boss. He said May 13 that the “aging systems”—namely radars and air defense fighters— NORAD employs “are a concern.” Renuart...

More Money for Troops

The House Armed Services military personnel panel on May 12 opted to ignore Pentagon pleas not to increase military pay beyond the Administration request for 2011, adding 0.5 percent to the Administration’s 1.4 percent during budget markup. Pentagon comptroller Robert...

Centers of Attention

In addition to the Aeronautical Systems Center at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, every other Air Force Materiel Command center will see some kind of change as a result of the coming command reorganization announced May 11. Like ASC, the Air Armament...

Year Later, Still Waiting

Congress is still waiting for the Pentagon’s National Guard and Reserves strategic plan required by the 2009 defense authorization act. The plan, which was to take into account recommendations made in 2008 by the Commission on the National Guard and...

Top Missile Unit

The 625th Strategic Operations Squadron at Barksdale AFB, La., competing for the first time for the Phillips Award, presented to the best overall missile squadron, has taken the honor for 2009. The 625th STOS, now an Air Force Global Strike...

Last Hog Engine at Shaw

Airmen at Shaw AFB, S.C., May 11 loaded their last TF34 engine on a truck for shipment to an A-10 unit at Moody AFB, Ga., marking the end of Shaw’s Warthog engine repair work. Shaw airmen have done major engine...

Big Savings in Radar Move

The New York Air National Guard’s 213th Engineering Installation Squadron at Stewart ANGB will lead a project to move research radars at Rome, N.Y., to Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. By tapping the 213th EIS, which will lead a team of ANG...

The Pay Issue

: Norm Augustine, long-time aerospace industry executive and former senior DOD official, in a letter responding to a Washington Post article takes exception to claims military members are overpaid. Augustine wrote: "I make no judgments as to the budgetary issues raised; however, I do object to claims that our military is overpaid relative to equivalent civilian jobs. … I am unable to recall any job where one is on-call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year; where one may be expected at any moment to move anywhere in the world and often to leave one's family behind; where one's children must change schools every two or three years; where one often must live in sub-standard housing; where one can't simply quit and find another job; and where, during one's career, there is almost a certainty that someone will try to kill you. Now, let's see, what civilian job is the equivalent of that?" (Key lawmakers want More Money for Troops)

Two-War Ace Mahurin Dies

Retired Col. Walker M. Mahurin, who achieved 24.25 aerial kills over two wars, died May 11 at age 91. He served first in Europe, but after being shot down and working with the French underground for several months, he was...

Air Sorties from SWA 051010

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia, May 10, 2010 Sortie Type OIF OEF OIF/OEF Total YTD ISR 24 48 72 8,095 CAS/Armed Recon 24 91 115 12,111 Airlift 179 179 22,208 Air refueling 46 46 5,585 Rescue 23 23 1,976 Total...