Senate Ratifies New START

The Senate on Wednesday ratified the New START arms reduction treaty with Russia by a margin of 71 to 26, delivering President Obama a key foreign policy victory. “I’m glad that Democrats and Republicans came together to approve my top...

Obama Signs DADT Repeal into Law

President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010 into law. Approximately 500 people, including former troops and repeal advocates, attended the signing ceremony at the Department of Interior headquarters in Washington, D.C. “No...

Senate Ready for New START Ratification Vote

The Senate is poised to hold a ratification vote on Wednesday on the New START arms control agreement. After days of intense lobbying, it appeared on the eve of the vote that President Obama had won over enough Republican Senators—he...

Senator: F136 Funding Continues

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) announced Tuesday that he has “received confirmation” from the White House’s budget director that the continuing resolution designed to keep the government afloat through early next year “will continue funding” the F136 engine program. Proponents of...

Schwartz: AirSea Battle Must Outlive Creators

The classified AirSea Battle plan is intended to be a permanent strategic relationship between air and naval forces that must outlive its creators, said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz. Speaking at the National Defense University in Washington,...

The STIC Stands Up

Officials with the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Kirtland AFB, N.M., have opened the Sustainment and Integration Center to monitor activities within the service’s nuclear enterprise and track the location and status of USAF’s nuclear weapons and related materials....

Multinational C-17 Unit Hits 3,000 Flight Hours

The fleet of three C-17s operated by the multinational Heavy Airlift Wing at Papa AB, Hungary, has reached 3,000 flight hours, less than 18 months into its existence. Members of the wing, which the 12 participating NATO and partner nations...

Afghan Maintainers Expand Mi-17 Inspection Knowledge

Under the mentorship of US and NATO air advisors, members of the Afghan air force’s Kandahar Air Wing recently completed their first 200-hour maintenance phase inspection on an Mi-17 helicopter, achieving another milestone in the fledgling Afghan air arm’s maturation....

Dyess Airman Awarded Bronze Star

CMSgt. Christopher May of the 7th Civil Engineer Squadron at Dyess AFB, Tex., has received the Bronze Star medal for his meritorious service in Iraq. While deployed, May served as the 732nd Expeditionary Prime BEEF (Base Engineer Emergency Force) Squadron...

Luke Officer Named Top USAF Female Athlete

1st Lt. Kathy Rakel, chief of intelligence readiness for the 56th Operations Group at Luke AFB, Ariz., is the Air Force’s 2010 female athlete of the year. She is a professional triathlete who was introduced to the demanding sport when...

Navy Breaks Steam Monopoly

Navy officials said they made history with the first-ever launch of an aircraft with a catapult system utilizing electromagnetic energy and not steam, which has been the standard on aircraft carriers for the past half century. “This is a tremendous...

Air Sorties from SWA 121310

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia, Dec. 13, 2010 Sortie Type OND OEF OND/OEF Total YTD ISR 22 77 99 26,969 CAS/Armed Recon 4 83 87 34,164 Airlift 169 169 60,159 Air refueling 48 48 16,817 Rescue 23 23 7,909 Total...