Etchberger to Receive 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 last week. (See our initial coverage.) After more than four decades, Etchberger is finally...

Langley Says Goodbye to Final F-15s

The last two operational F-15s assigned to the 71st Fighter Squadron at Langley AFB, Va., departed the base for good this past week, ending decades of F-15 operations there. Langley shed the 20 F-15s of the 71st FS under the...

Boots on the Ground

Almost 1,100 National Guardsmen are either training to help secure the US southwest border or already have boots on the ground in the border areas of Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas, said National Guard Bureau spokesman Jack Harrison last...

Order of the Sword for Wurster

Air Force Special Operations Command’s enlisted corps has nominated Lt. Gen. Donald Wurster, AFSOC boss since November 2007, for induction into the command’s Order of the Sword. This is the highest honor that enlisted airmen may bestow. “There is no...

USAF Relinquishes More Iraqi Airspace

Airmen in the Air Component Coordination Element-Iraq have handed over control of more Iraqi airspace to the Iraq Civil Aviation Authority. Iraqi air controllers, operating from Baghdad International Airport, are now in charge of the airspace 15,000 feet and above...

Retired Maj. Gen. William Eubank Dies

Bill Eubank, the retired major general nicknamed “Mr. B-52” in some circles for his role in introducing the B-52 bomber into the Air Force’s fleet, passed away Sept. 3. He was 98. The Shreveport Times reported that Eubank succumbed to...

Global Hawk Arrives on Guam

An RQ-4 Global Hawk remotely piloted aircraft arrived at Andersen AFB, Guam, last week to support the standup of Global Hawk operations there. Airmen with the 12th Reconnaissance Squadron at Beale AFB, Calif., controlled the aircraft during its 18-hour flight...

Tyndall Celebrates Air Guard Unit’s Activation

Officials at Tyndall AFB, Fla., recently came together to mark the activation of the Florida Air National Guard’s 101st Air and Space Operations Group. These Air Guardsmen help man the 601st Air and Space Operation Center at Tyndall, the state-of-the-art...

Retired Lt. Gen. Devol Brett Dies

: Devol Brett, a retired Air Force lieutenant general who commanded Allied Air Forces Southern Europe in the late 1970s, has died at the age of 87. According to a Naples Daily News obituary, Devol Brett, the son of Army...

Rare World War II Find in English Channel

Researchers have located a German Dornier 17 “Flying Pencil” bomber shot down during the Battle of Britain in 1940. It is buried in a sandbank about 50 feet below the surface in the English Channel off of the British coast,...

Air Sorties from SWA 082610

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia, Aug. 26-27, 2010 Sortie Type OIF OEF OIF/OEF Total YTD ISR 50 143 193 17,048 CAS/Armed Recon 26 173 199 22,917 Airlift 366 366 41,520 Air refueling 112 112 11,246 Rescue 66 66 5,201 Total...