Preparing for 2025

Lt. Gen. Harry Wyatt, Air National Guard director, will conduct an internal review over the next year to get an “honest assessment” from his senior leaders as he prepares the Air Guard for the demands of the future. The driving...

Global Hawk Goes Alternative

An RQ-4 Global Hawk burning an alternative fuel blend completed a 32-hour flight test from Edwards AFB, Calif., becoming the first USAF remotely piloted aircraft to run on this new fuel mixture. Initial data indicate that the high-flying Global Hawk...

Canada Eyes VH-71s for Spare Parts

Canada Eyes VH-71s for Spare Parts: Canadian Forces are in negotiations with the United States to acquire the VH-71 helicopters that the Marine Corps procured to shuttle the President before the project was axed in 2009. Canada is “certainly interested...

A Diversity Roadmap

Air Force officials have launched a Diversity Strategic Roadmap designed to help the service “attract, recruit, develop, and retain a high quality, talented Total Force.” Members of the Air Force diversity operations division wrote the document and officials in USAF’s...

Changes at Ali Air Base

The Iraqi air force has opened new facilities at Ali Air Base in Nasariyah to support Squadron 70, a CH-2000 intelligence-surveillance-reconnaissance aircraft unit that transferred to the southern base from Basra in October. They include a new dining facility. Brig....

French Airmen Visit Wyoming Missile Base

Members of the French Strategic Air Forces spent three days at F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo., visiting 20th Air Force and the 90th Missile Wing. The French contingent toured the base’s training launch facility complex, missile procedure trainers, and Warren’s museum....

Charleston Airmen Awarded Bronze Star

Capt. Nicholas Lee, a member of the 437th Aerial Port Squadron at Charleston AFB, S.C., has received the Bronze Star medal for his meritorious service during a year-long deployment to Afghanistan. Imbedded as an instructor with the Afghan National Army,...

IDEA Saves Airmen Time and Taxpayers Money

Missileers on duty in launch control centers across the Air Force are gaining Internet connectivity, increasing down-time productivity, thanks to Douglas Angell, a technical engineer with the 526th ICBM Systems Group at Minot AFB, N.D. Crewmembers can now “complete their...

Eighth Air Force Museum Founding Director Dies

Harold “Buck” Rigg, founding curator and director of the 8th Air Force Museum at Barksdale AFB, La., has died. The Shreveport Times reported that Rigg died at his home in Haughton, La., on Nov. 25 due to complications of a...

Putting Eyes on Edward’s Raptor, Maybe Even a Smile

Nine animators from Walt Disney studios recently descended on Edwards AFB, Calif., for a close-up look at the design of modern combat aircraft in order to help them for a possible feature-length animated film. “Research is what fuels our creativity....

Air Sorties from SWA 112010

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia, Nov. 20-23, 2010 Sortie Type OND OEF OND/OEF Total YTD ISR 92 304 396 25,184 CAS/Armed Recon 60 379 439 32,167 Airlift 636 636 56,766 Air refueling 189 189 15,897 Rescue 113 113 7,434 Total...