USAF Breaks Airdrop Record, Again

Air Force transport aircraft dropped 3,800 container delivery system supply bundles in August to troops at remote forward operating bases in Southwest Asia, establishing yet another airdrop record. The August airdrops topped July’s mark of 3,600 bundles delivered, the previous...

Virginia Lawmakers Move to Stymie JFCOM’s Closure

Rep. Glenn Nye (D-Va.) has introduced a bill to block the closure of US Joint Forces Command that Defense Secretary Robert Gates mooted in August. The Virginian-Pilot reported that Nye’s legislation, if adopted, would prevent JFCOM from shuttering until Gates...

Launch Success

Air Force Global Strike Command crews successfully launched a Minuteman III ICBM last week about 5,300 miles from Vandenberg AFB, Calif., to a predetermined aimpoint in the Pacific Ocean about 200 miles southwest of Guam. It was the third and...

Strength in Numbers

The 418th Flight Test Squadron at Edwards AFB, Calif., is conducting flight tests with seven C-17s to see how well Globemaster III pilots can fly their aircraft in proximity to other C-17s using the airplane’s newly modified formation flight system....

And the Winners Are

A record number of runners—12,000—from all 50 states and six nations participated in last weekend’s 2010 Air Force Marathon events at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. Capt. Brian Dumm, 27, an Air Force Academy professor, won the full marathon on Sept. 18...

New Dawn for Iraqi Air Force College

On the same day that US troops closed the door to combat operations in Iraq earlier this month, 157 Iraqi air force cadets began the first class at the newly re-built Iraqi Air Force College, which is modeled after the...

New Name for Afghan Air Training Mission

The Combined Air Power Transition Force that has been training the fledgling Afghan air force since 2007 has been renamed the NATO Air Training Command (NATC-A). The new title recognizes the increasing involvement of partner countries in these activities. Britain,...

Another On-orbit Success for STSS

A Space Tracking and Surveillance System demonstration satellite autonomously transferred target track data from its acquisition sensor to its tracking sensor for the first time during a recent exercise, prime contractor Northrop Grumman announced Monday. “This is a major success...

Sunny Forecast for Portable Weather System

Electronic Systems Center officials at Hanscom AFB, Mass., expect to field new, transportable weather equipment in Southwest Asia as early as December. The portable Doppler radar system, developed by LaPoint Blase Industries of St. Louis, will allow operators to forecast...

Holding the King’s Court at Hurlburt

The Miami Heat professional basketball team will hold its preseason training camp at Hurlburt Field, Fla., starting Sept. 28, according to a base release. “We at Hurlburt Field have a proud tradition of excellence and commitment,” said Col. Michael Plehn,...

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia

Sept. 10, 2010 Sortie Type OND OEF OND/OEF Total YTD ISR 25 67 92 18,342 CAS/Armed Recon 14 73 87 24,430 Airlift 162 162 43,886 Air refueling 61 61 12,078 Rescue 21 21 5,576 Total 423 104,312 OND=Operation New Dawn...