Cyber Organization Reaches Maturity

US Cyber Command, established at Fort Meade, Md., to operate and protect the Pentagon’s networks, is now fully capable of executing its mission, the Defense Department announced Wednesday. “I am confident in the great service members and civilians we have...

McKeon Leaves No Doubt He Wants HASC Chair

Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), House Armed Services Committee ranking member since 2009, announced he “is seeking the chairmanship of the committee” when the Republicans take control the House in January. McKeon said his priorities for the next Congress, the 112th,...

Enlisted Cyber Career Field Launched

The Air Force has added an enlisted career field for cyberspace defense operators. This new specialty code, 1B4X1, is designed to retrain airmen on computer network operations. Twelve airmen comprising the first class destined for this undergraduate cyber training will...

US, Canadian JTACs Train

US and Canadian joint terminal attack controllers practiced directing air strikes side-by-side at the Powder River Training Complex near Ellsworth AFB, S.D. JTACs of Ellsworth’s 37th Bomb Squadron are due to deploy to Afghanistan in January. They invited five of...

A Friendly Hercules vs. Transall

A week-long partnership at Ramstein AB, Germany, between Ramstein’s C-130Js and German air force C-160s from Lufttransportgeschwader 62 gave aircrews a first-hand comparison of their respective airlift procedures and capability in order to enhance future interoperability. “We work things very...

A Moody Warthog’s Working Retirement

Instead of heading to the boneyard, an A-10A ground-attack aircraft recently retired at Moody AFB, Ga., will enter a second career as a maintenance trainer for members of Moody’s 23rd Component Maintenance Squadron. “Normally what we have to do when...

BASHing Birds at Hickam

Just off the end of the main runway at JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, airmen cut loose a cascade of objects resembling softball-sized caviar down a concrete embankment, coating the surface of an adjacent 23,560 square-foot reservoir. The more than 70,000...

Metzger Back on Active Duty

An Air Force officer who disappeared from Manas AB, Kyrgyzstan, (now called the Transit Center at Manas) on a September day in 2006 and then reappeared several days later claiming she had been kidnapped, has returned from sabbatical. Maj. Jill...

Air Sorties from SWA 102710

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia, Oct. 27-29, 2010 Sortie Type OND OEF OND/OEF Total YTD ISR 53 177 230 22,856 CAS/Armed Recon 41 249 290 29,501 Airlift 504 504 52,455 Air refueling 152 152 14,658 Rescue 42 42 6,781 Total...