One Under the Belt

Some 250 airmen and six B-52s from the 69th Bomb Squadron at Minot AFB, N.D., are returning home after completing a five-month deployment to Andersen AFB, Guam. It was the first-ever deployment for the unit, which is USAF’s newest B-52...

Be Proud of the Positive Change

Air Force Secretary Michael Donley and Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz thanked airmen in the nuclear deterrence mission for their part in reinvigorating the service's nuclear enterprise. "Today, we are continuing to strengthen our ongoing efforts. You should be proud that your professionalism and hard work have produced such positive change," they wrote in a letter to these airmen. Donley and Schwartz said a recent Defense Science Board assessment "praised the steps taken to date," but also reminded that "much work remains," particularly in fielding fixes expeditiously. They highlighted some of the improvements taking place now such as ICBM re-entry system test cables making their way to missile maintainers and bomber crew chief manning rising. "Know that your sharp focus on excellence and unwavering adherence to precision and reliability are providing tangible results and making a difference," they wrote. (Barksdale release)

How Far the Cyber Threat and Conversation Have Come

The government and private industry must become more active in combating infiltration of their cyber networks, said Greg Schaffer, assistant secretary for cyber security and communications in the Department of Homeland Security. Speaking at AFA’s CyberFutures Conference last week, Schaffer...

Hoffman Nominated for Order of the Sword

Air Force Materiel Command’s enlisted corps last week surprised Gen. Donald Hoffman, AFMC boss since November 2008, by informing him that it will induct him into the command’s Order of the Sword in October. CMSgt. Eric Jaren, AFMC’s command chief,...

Ellsworth Activates RPA Detachment

Officials at Ellsworth AFB, S.D., have activated Det. 1 of the 28th Operations Group. The new detachment will help coordinate the ramp up to activating an MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft squadron at the base next year. “The base itself...

Luke F-16 Pilot Reaches 5,000 Flying Hours

Col. Robert McCutchen Jr., special assistant to the commander of the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke AFB, Ariz., reached his 5,000th flying hour in the F-16 late last month. Only two other Viper pilots have reached this milestone. “Being a...

Afghan C-27s Set Mark

The Afghan air force’s C-27 transport fleet flew more than 304.6 hours in March, shattering the previous monthly high of 190.5 hours set last December. “The time spent flying is really helping; it is a very positive building experience that...

Global Observer Crashes at Edwards

A Global Observer high-flying, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft crashed last week at Edwards AFB, Calif. The RPA, manufactured by California-based AeroVironment, was about 18 hours into its ninth test flight at the time of the incident. “Flight testing an innovative...