No Weapons Storage Area for Barksdale

The Air Force is abandoning plans to reestablish a nuclear weapons storage area at Barksdale AFB, La., since there are higher priorities for the funding required to do this, said Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz. “The reality is that...

Buy A Lot, Save a Lot

A no-brainer way to save money on defense items in lean times is through multiyear procurements, Air Force Materiel Command boss Gen. Donald Hoffman told attendees at AFA’s Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Fla., last week. Those who object to...

Air Commandos and the Osprey

The CV-22 is probably Air Force Special Operations Command’s most sophisticated aircraft, Lt. Gen. Donald Wurster, AFSOC commander, told the audience at AFA’s Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Fla., last week. AFSOC has 16 of the 50 CV-22s that it...

Command and Control Vital to Blunting Missile Threats

Theater ballistic missiles are a fast-proliferating threat in the Pacific region, said Gen. Gary North, Pacific Air Forces commander. The only way to outwork the numerical superiority of these threats is to improve capability to detect and intercept them, he...

Gunning for the Right Solution

Lt. Gen. James Kowalski, head of Air Force Global Strike Command, anticipates that the Air Force will field a fleet of around 60 Common Vertical Lift Support Platform helicopters to supplant its Vietnam War-era UH-1N Hueys. Beyond that, Office of...

The Right Match for the Right Missions

The Air National Guard is a lean and responsive organization, both in its mission to state governors and its federal responsibilities, but isn’t meant to be all things to all missions, said Lt. Gen. Bud Wyatt, Air Guard director. “There...

Borderline Partners

The Air National Guard has opportunities to leverage the civilian employment of its members in new and emerging missions, such as cyber defense and remote piloted aircraft operations, said ANG Director Lt. Gen. Bud Wyatt last week. Air Guardsmen could...

Donation Propels Air Force Museum Expansion

The National Museum of the US Air Force has received a $5 million donation from Boeing to help fund the construction of a new 200,000 square foot addition. This new facility, slated to open in 2014, will house the museum’s...

Scott Airman Awarded Bronze Star

SMSgt. Shannon Rix received the Bronze Star Medal for her meritorious service during a year-long deployment to Afghanistan. While there, Rix served as the superintendent to the 738th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron at Kabul International Airport. As a senior leader...