Jumping on the Efficiency Bandwagon

The Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles AFB, Calif., is looking at a number of initiatives to cut overhead, Lt. Gen. Tom Sheridan, SMC’s boss, told reporters Wednesday. Initiatives include pacing the buy of satellites to reduce expenditures...

“No Down Side” to Space Plan?

Lt. Gen. Tom Sheridan, USAF’s program executive officer for space, said he “sees no down side” to the headquarters-level realignment of space functions announced last week by Air Force Secretary Michael Donley. “I think it’s a good plan,” said Sheridan...

Strengthening the Housing Pillar

The Air Force has come a long way in improving housing for airmen and their families, Air Force Secretary Michael Donley said Wednesday. “We will have built or renovated over 23,000 privatized homes by the end of this fiscal year,”...

Reaper Crash in California

An Air Force MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft crashed Tuesday in southern California while flying on a test mission. USAF officials said the aircraft went down about one mile north of El Mirage Airfield in a sparsely populated area. No...

Lakenheath F-15s Take Over Baltic Mission

An expeditionary contingent of airmen and F-15s from the 493rd Fighter Squadron at RAF Lakenheath, Britain, on Wednesday assumed responsibility for NATO’s Baltic air policing mission. For the next four months, about 125 USAF airmen will operate out of Lithuania...

Happy Birthday, 688th IOW

The 688th Information Operations Wing at Lackland AFB, Tex., is now one-year old, having just celebrated its first anniversary. “While there have been cultural challenges, the professional men and women of the 688th have risen to the task and made...

Bagram Gets Enlarged Bladder

Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, has a new 200,000 gallon fuel bladder in place that doubles the fuel-storage capacity at the busy coalition air hub. “There are no fixed facilities here at Bagram. The fuel bladders allow us to store large amounts...

Troops in Iraq Retain Combat Pay

While Operation New Dawn signals the official end of combat operations in Iraq, it’s not the end of combat pay for the airmen and other military personnel still operating there. Troops deployed to Iraq are eligible for hostile fire/imminent danger...

Pacific Partnerships

Sixteen Asia-Pacific nations and non-governmental organizations came together last month during the seventh annual Pacific Endeavor humanitarian workshop at the Changi Naval Base in Singapore. As part of this 11-day event, more than 250 communication experts practiced how they would...

Common Base of Friendship

Members of the 374th Airlift Wing at Yokota AB, Japan, last month hosted a Japanese group including World War II Imperial Army veterans. The guests came to mark the 70th anniversary of the installation, which was known during the war...

Air Sorties from SWA 082310

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia, Aug. 23-24, 2010 Sortie Type OIF OEF OIF/OEF Total YTD ISR 42 110 152 16,793 CAS/Armed Recon 24 152 176 22,625 Airlift 308 308 41,029 Air refueling 115 115 11,079 Rescue 55 55 5,120 Total...