Four Airmen Die in Helicopter Crash

The Defense Department on Thursday evening announced the deaths of four airmen in a HH-60G rescue helicopter crash near FOB Jackson in southeastern Afghanistan’s restive Helmand province. Some news organizations are reporting that the helicopter was brought down by hostile...

Lost in Translation?

Rumors circulating that EADS North America has found a major US partner for its KC-X tanker bid appear to be incorrect. In fact, Guy Hicks, EADS North America spokesman, along with senior company officials, say the company already has the...

Keep-Out Zone

Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Wednesday made another plea for politics to be kept out of the Air Force’s KC-X tanker competition. “We want a fair and open competition for the tanker,” Gates told reporters in London during his stop...

Paradigm Buster

The successful introduction of the C-27A transport aircraft into the Afghan National Army Air Corps is also helping the nascent air arm let go off inefficient Soviet-style operations and embrace Western ways, Air Force Brig. Gen. Michael Boera, commanding general...

Rocky Mountain High

The NATO airpower training mission in Afghanistan would like to conduct some of its Afghan Mi-17 helicopter instruction in Colorado Springs, Colo., Air Force Brig. Gen. Michael Boera, who commands this organization, said Thursday. Doing so would allow new Afghan...

TacSat-3 Completes Demo, Becomes Operational Asset

The Tactical Satellite-3 will transition from an experimental demonstration to an operational asset on Saturday, the Air Force Research Lab has announced. On that day, Air Force Space Command will assume control of the satellite from AFRL's Space Vehicles Directorate. TacSat-3 was launched in May 2009 and put through nearly 13 months of drills. One of the main goals was to see how well its primary payload, an imaging spectrometer called ARTEMIS, could be responsive to combatant commander taskings for overhead imagery. Thomas Cooley, AFRL's TacSat-3 program manager, said all key objectives were met and the satellite provided "high-quality, information-rich data." AFRL and its partners were able to transmit processed data to a ground station within 10 minutes of call up. TacSat-3 even supported earthquake relief efforts in Chile and Haiti earlier this year. (Kirtland release) (See also ARTEMIS maker Raytheon's release.)

Raptors Arrive at Andersen

Officials with the 36th Wing at Andersen AFB, Guam, have announced that 12 F-22s and a contingent of airmen from the 1st Fighter Wing at Langley AFB, Va., are now on the island for several months. The Raptors are there...

Getting the Lowdown

Six Air Force Reservists assigned to the 910th Airlift Wing at Youngstown ARS, Ohio, earlier this week briefed members of Congress in Washington, D.C., on the unit’s just-completed mission in the Gulf of Mexico to contain the massive oil spill...

Pacific Angel Starts in Bangladesh

A Hawaiian Air National Guard KC-135 tanker brought more than 55 US military personnel to Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Wednesday to participate in the latest iteration of Pacific Air Forces’ Pacific Angel humanitarian-assistance exercise. It runs June 12-16. The US contingent...

Boeing Embarks on Foxhunt

Boeing announced Thursday that it will pursue technologies that enable multiple small, remotely piloted aircraft to coordinate their activities with each other and with a manned airborne control station. The Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, has awarded...

MOH Recipients Unite to Help Today’s Warriors

Twenty-eight Medal of Honor awardees, dating back to World War II, have come together to sponsor the “Medal of Honor-Speak Out” campaign to encourage US military personnel struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, and other health problems to...

Air Sorties from SWA 052910

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia, May 29, 2010 Sortie Type OIF OEF OIF/OEF Total YTD ISR 14 53 67 9,507 CAS/Armed Recon 14 84 98 13,978 Airlift 180 180 25,533 Air refueling 48 48 6,546 Rescue 36 36 2,630 Total...