Etchberger Finally Gets His Due—The Medal of Honor

CMSgt. Richard L. Etchberger will posthumously receive the nation's highest military tribute, the Medal of Honor, from President Obama on Sept. 21, the White House announced Friday. The President will recognize the conspicuous gallantry that Etchberger displayed in combat on March 11, 1968, when North Vietnamese soldiers overran Lima Site 85, a secret Air Force radar facility in the Laotian mountains. During the desperate battle, Etchberger, a ground radar superintendent, kept the enemy troops at bay with an M-16. His courageous action allowed seven of the 19 Americans there to be rescued, but Etchberger was mortally wounded as he boarded the rescue helicopter. Although he was posthumously awarded the Air Force Cross, the White House at the time declined to award him the Medal of Honor, as it did not want to attract attention to the presence of the clandestine US site in a supposedly neutral country. Etchberger's sons, Cory Etchberger, Richard Etchberger, and Steve Wilson will join the President at the White House for the award ceremony. (White House release) (For more on Etchberger's heroics, read The Fall of Lima Site 85 from the Air Force Magazine archives.) (See also Air Force Hero Authorized MOH and report from WFMZ of Allentown, Penn.)

“Mr. B-52,” Bill Eubank Dies

Retired Maj. Gen. William Eubank, who played a pivotal role in the introduction of the B-52 bomber into the Air Force’s fleet, died Friday. The Shreveport Times reported that Eubank, known as “Mr. B-52” in some circles, succumbed to a...

F-35A Testing at Lightning Speed

Testing of the F-35A, the Air Force’s version of the F-35 strike fighter, was ahead of schedule through late August, according to officials involved in the flight test activities at Edwards AFB, Calif. AF-1 and AF-2, the two F-35A test...

Chilton Retiring, Kehler Tapped for STRATCOM

Gen. Kevin Chilton, who has led US Strategic Command since October 2007, will be retiring from the Air Force after 34 years of uniformed service, USAF officials announced Thursday. To replace him at STRATCOM’s helm, President Obama has nominated Gen....

Avoiding Earl’s Wrath

Officials at Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C., moved 30 aircraft—28 F-15Es and two KC-135Rs—to Eglin AFB, Fla., Thursday morning in an effort to avoid damage from Hurricane Earl, Seymour Johnson spokeswoman SrA. Makenzie Lang told the Daily Report. SSgt. Travis Edwards,...

What’s China Doing in Space?

In a development that could have implications for the safety and security of US space assets, China has reportedly conducted a test in space recently involving two of its satellites rendezvousing and operating in proximity to one another. The Washington...

Pilot Error Cited in A-10 Crash

An aircraft accident investigation board has found “clear and convincing evidence” that human error caused an A-10C crash at Moody AFB, Ga., on May 10. The pilot was assigned to Moody’s 75th Fighter Squadron. The aircraft veered off the runway...

Giving Vipers a Safety Edge

The Air Force plans to incorporate an Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System in its F-16 Block 40 and Block 50 aircraft in 2014 in order to dramatically reduce the risk of Viper crashes. Since the Air Force fielded the F-16...

C-17 Runs on New Fuel Combo

The 418th Flight Test Squadron at Edwards AFB, Calif., recently completed a series of flight tests to see how well a C-17 transport would operate with a different combination of traditional and alternative fuels. Specifically, the aircraft flew late last...

Nearing a Super Milestone

Lockheed Martin is preparing to begin flight testing the Air Force’s fourth C-5M Super Galaxy transport, company spokesman Chad Gibson told the Daily Report Thursday. This aircraft is the first C-5 being converted to the new “M” configuration at the...

Intelligent Upgrade

The Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a $4.4 million contract to upgrade the workstations in the Distributed Common Ground System, according to a company release. The DCGS is a series of intelligence centers spread out worldwide in which USAF...

DSP Satellite Now on Display

The only full-size model of a Defense Support Program early warning satellite is now in place in the National Museum of the US Air Force on the grounds of Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, near Dayton. Northrop Grumman donated the model, which...

Air Sorties from SWA 082510

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia, Aug. 25, 2010 Sortie Type OIF OEF OIF/OEF Total YTD ISR 14 48 62 16,855 CAS/Armed Recon 24 69 93 22,718 Airlift 125 125 41,154 Air refueling 55 55 11,134 Rescue 15 15 5,135 Total...