Ready to Go

AEHF-1, the Air Force’s first advanced extremely high frequency satellite, is ready to go for Saturday’s scheduled launch into orbit, Lockheed Martin announced Thursday. The satellite is at the launch pad at Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla., sitting atop the Atlas...

Fighter Transition Brings Reserve Changes

Several Air Force Reserve Command units in classic associations with active duty fighter wings will adopt new roles as USAF introduces the F-35A and realigns its F-22s. AFRC’s 419th Fighter Wing will continue its partnership with the active duty 388th...

Space-Monitoring Satellite Launch Slips to Fall

Air Force space officials are now targeting late September for the launch of the space based space surveillance satellite. This comes after they say they have corrected a software issue associated with the Minotaur IV launch vehicle. This is the...

Mountain Home Hosts F-22s

More than 150 airmen and 12 F-22s from the 43rd Fighter Squadron at Tyndall AFB, Fla., are at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, through early September for training. The Air Force calls this deployment the first-ever Global Gem exercise. The Raptor...

Strike Eagle Unit Gets New Cuing System

F-15Es of the 336th Fighter Squadron at Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C., have been equipped with the joint helmet-mounted cueing system over the past several months. The unit likely will be the first Strike Eagle squadron to take this capability into...

Time is Running Out

The deadline to turn in the Pentagon's "don't ask-don't tell" survey is Sunday. So far, more than 100,000 service members have completed the confidential form, a Defense Department spokeswoman told the Daily Report Thursday. But that still leaves nearly 300,000 surveys yet to be turned in. Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Wednesday made a final appeal for service members to participate. He and Adm. Mike Mullen, Joint Chiefs Chairman, have said the troops' input is critical in understanding the potential impact to unit readiness and cohesion if the Clinton-era law is repealed that bans homosexuals from serving openly in the military. DOD sent out the surveys to the active duty and reserve components July 8. Some of the questions address privacy issues, such as living conditions, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell told reporters last month. (For more on this issue, see Proceed Cautiously from the Daily Report archives.)

VIP Downwash

Air Force Two was in a minor accident this week while Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill were aboard, but there were no injuries, according to press reports. The incident occurred Wednesday as Air Force Two taxied down...

Tanker Pilot Surpasses 5,000 Flight Hours

Capt. Jeff Jacques, a KC-135 tanker pilot assigned to the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron at Fairchild AFB, Wash., has surpassed 5,000 flying hours. He accomplished this feat in early August on a mission over Afghanistan during which his tanker refueled...

Airman Graduates from New Online Engineering Program

Capt. Neil Barnas is one of the first working professionals from across the nation to complete a new online degree program offered by Pennsylvania State University. He has just earned a master of engineering degree in systems engineering. “Managing the...

Air Force Marathon Sets Registration High Mark

The Air Force Marathon on Thursday registered its 10,000th runner, surpassing a long-standing goal for the 14-year-old event. “We’re thrilled to achieve this important milestone,” said Molly Louden, marathon director. This year’s marathon features four races over a two-day period...

Air Sorties from SWA 080410

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia, August 4-7, 2010 Sortie Type OIF OEF OIF/OEF Total YTD ISR 113 219 332 15,293 CAS/Armed Recon 67 290 357 20,864 Airlift 717 717 38,008 Air refueling 218 218 10,133 Rescue 107 107 4,644 Total...