Schwalier Files Lawsuit

Retired Brig. Gen. Terryl Schwalier has filed suit in US District Court in a bid to reverse a punishment he received after the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing. Named as defendants in their official capacities are Defense Secretary Robert Gates and...

Finding a Loophole in the CR

The continuing resolution may make it difficult to award the long-awaited KC-X tanker contract. But outside budget experts say there’s a small chance a loophole may exist. “There is something known as the Feed and Forage Act [that] allows the...

The Importance of Being Civil

The Air Force and the special operations community should build their expertise in the area of civil aviation, says Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz. After all, they’ve helped partner nations build up such capacities, for example, in Iraq over...

Passing the Jointness

The Pentagon will complete the disestablishment of US Joint Forces Command by August and conclude all associated personnel shifts by March 2012, announced Army Gen. Raymond Odierno, JFCOM’s commander. “We will retain the most critical functions and expertise for the...

Uplifting News

Activities to raise AEHF-1, the Air Force’s first Advanced Extremely High Frequency communications satellite, into its operational position are proceeding per plan, according to USAF space officials. “The satellite is safe, it continues to operate as planned, and it is...

Mobility Sweat and Tiers of Efficiency

Paired with Air Mobility Command’s initiative to cut cost through fuel efficiency, US Transportation Command uses airlift in conjunction with surface fleets for best effect, said TRANSCOM Commander Gen. Duncan McNabb. During the surge of troops into Afghanistan last year,...

C-17 Cleared for Biofuels

The Air Force has certified the C-17 to operate unconstrained on fuel blends containing biofuels known as hydrotreated renewable jet fuels, or HRJs. “This certification marks the Air Force’s first platform to be fully certified using an HRJ blend,” said...

Waging War on Winter Wonderment

Probing the skies of the northern Pacific, a lone, specially equipped Gulfstream IV aircraft operating from Yokota AB, Japan, is steadily expanding the US government’s ability to predict harsh winter weather over the United States. “By expanding our reach to...

Bronze Star for Delaware Air Guardsman

Col. Carol Timmons, director of joint forces for the Delaware National Guard, has received the Bronze Star Medal for her meritorious service during a deployment to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, from May to September 2008. She served as deputy commander of...

Missing World War II Airmen Recovered

The Defense Department announced Thursday that its forensic specialists have identified the remains of 11 airmen missing in action since 1943. It is returning their remains to their families for burial with full military honors. These airmen are: 1st Lt....