Air Force ISR Chief Retiring

Lt. Gen. David Deptula, the officer who has overseen the Air Staff’s intelligence-surveillance-reconnaissance office (A2) since July 2006 and been the driving force behind the Air Force’s ISR transformation, is retiring, service officials announced Thursday. As a denizen of the...

Minot BUFFs at Guam

Six B-52H bombers and nearly 350 airmen from the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot AFB, N.D., began arriving Thursday at Andersen AFB, Guam. They are deploying to the Pacific air hub for six-months as part of a normal rotation of...

UN Official Seeks End to CIA Drone Attacks

“Targeted killings,” such as CIA attacks on suspected terrorists in Pakistan with Predator or Reaper aircraft, threaten to legitimize assassinations and blur the rules of war, asserts Philip Alston, UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions. “Intelligence agencies, which by definition...

It Wasn’t the Scramjet

Air Force and industry officials are still analyzing data from the May 26 flight test of the X-51A hypersonic air vehicle in order to find out what cut short the vehicle’s flight. Initial indications are that the X-51’s supersonic combustion...

F-35, WGS Recertified

Defense Department officials on Tuesday informed Congress that work on the multi-service F-35 strike fighter and Air Force’s wideband global satcom satellite should continue despite cost growth in those programs. This process of recertification is mandated under the Nunn-McCurdy provisions...

Blending in With the Others

The Air Force is considering restructuring the 116th Air Control Wing at Robins AFB, Ga., so that it conforms to the organizational constructs established for integrating active duty and reserve component airmen. This unit was the service’s first Total Force...

A First for Homeland Defense

Air Force officials in May conducted the first-ever operational readiness inspection designed to validate the ability of USAF units to support civil authorities in protecting the American homeland from attack. This homeland defense ORI took place May 16-23 in Gulfport...

Under the Microscope

Maintainers at Ramstein AB, Germany, are in the midst of the first isochronal inspection of one of the base’s new C-130J transports. A team of about 60 active-duty airmen from the 86th Maintenance Squadron in late May began examining one...

Airman’s Remains Laid to Rest

The remains of Col. Elton L. Perrine, an airman missing in action since his F-4C Phantom fighter went down over North Vietnam on May 22, 1967, have been recovered and returned to his family, the Defense Department announced Wednesday. Last...

Air Sorties from SWA 052310

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia, May 23, 2010 Sortie Type OIF OEF OIF/OEF Total YTD ISR 25 54 79 9,054 CAS/Armed Recon 12 83 95 13,374 Airlift 173 173 24,441 Air refueling 48 48 6,234 Rescue 47 47 2,443 Total...