Air Force, Navy Codify Global Hawk Partnership

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead have signed a memorandum of agreement to cooperate closely on their services’ respective high-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft fleets. Under the terms, the Air...

Fourteenth Air Force Up to Muster

Air Force Space Command officials announced Thursday that 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), headquartered at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., passed its first-ever compliance inspection held there June 20-28. “This inspection was extremely comprehensive and demanded the absolute highest standards of...

Prompt Global Strike, Without a Doubt

Former Air Force chief scientist Mark Lewis said Wednesday he thinks a hypersonic missile makes good sense to meet the Pentagon’s burgeoning desire for a prompt global strike system to take out time-sensitive targets virtually anywhere on the planet. Speaking...

Hurricane Hunters Track Alex

Members of Air Force Reserve Command’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron at Keesler AFB, Miss., played an important on-location role earlier this week in tracking Tropical Storm (formerly Hurricane) Alex as it worked its way through the Gulf of Mexico and...

Call It the Question Hawk

Call It the Question Hawk: Northrop Grumman announced Thursday that it has received a $33 million contract from DARPA to demonstrate “completely autonomous” aerial refueling for the first time ever, under a program designated KQ-X. For this demonstration, the company...

James Jones Prioritizes Modernized Export Controls

Speaking Wednesday at a meeting of the Senate Aerospace Caucus on Capitol Hill, National Security Adviser James Jones said the Obama Administration is moving ahead with a series of initiatives to modernize export controls for the US aerospace industry. In...

Tinker Reservists Expect Busy RIMPAC

More than 180 airmen from Air Force Reserve Command’s 507th Air Refueling Wing at Tinker AFB, Okla., along with four of the unit’s KC-135 tankers, are taking part this month in the Rim of the Pacific exercise in and around...

Ramstein Warehouse Adds Robots

The 86th Logistics Readiness Squadron at Ramstein AB, Germany, is now using robotic vehicles to help move supplies. Airmen in the squadron’s warehouse now work beside five laser-guided, automated vehicles that have replaced the warehouse’s old conveyor belt system. The...

Bronze Star for Tyndall Airman

MSgt. Kory Duarte, supply section chief for the 325th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Tyndall AFB, Fla., on June 23 received a Bronze Star medal for his meritorious service during a year-long deployment to Afghanistan that concluded in May. During his...

Air Sorties from SWA 062710

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia, June 27, 2010 Sortie Type OIF OEF OIF/OEF Total YTD ISR 25 52 77 11,785 CAS/Armed Recon 20 79 99 16,801 Airlift 188 188 30,516 Air refueling 46 46 7,913 Rescue 26 26 3,430 Total...