Fortifying Guam’s Infrastructure

The Air Force has a number of initiatives planned to bolster the resiliency of Andersen AFB, Guam, one of its strategic hubs in the western Pacific, Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz, told lawmakers last week. For Fiscal 2012, plans...

Multi-directional Approach

The US military is exploring ways to improve its ability to move personnel and materiel into remote parts of the world, Maj. Gen. Michelle Johnson, US Transportation Command’s director of strategy, policy, programs, and logistics, said last week. “As we...

Another Quake Rocks Misawa

A 7.1-magnitude earthquake rocked US Air Force installations in Japan last week, but there were no reports of significant damage to them. It was the second powerful earthquake to hit Japan within one month. “We have received no reports of...

Times of Little, Times of Muck

Airmen last week responded to a landslide in Afghanistan’s Balkh province by airlifting some 17,000 pounds of relief supplies to victims. Members of the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron worked with Army quartermasters at Bagram Air Base, packing 16 pallets of...

Libya Operation Inaugurated First Female Air Boss

Operation Odyssey Dawn made Maj. Gen. Margaret Woodward the first female commander to lead an air campaign in USAF history. Woodward, who’s been in charge of 17th Air Force (Air Forces Africa) at Ramstein AB, Germany, since last June, quickly...

Just Push “Auto-Land”

A Lockheed Martin F-35B short takeoff and vertical landing test aircraft last week achieved an impressive milestone, according to Warren Boley, Pratt & Whitney military engines president. “For the first time,” Boley said in an interview, “a pilot pushed a...

Just Three Things

The Marine Corps needs Pratt & Whitney to fix just three “minor” issues on the F135-PW-600 engine that powers the F-35B STOVL aircraft, according to Warren Boley, the company’s military engines president. Boley said in an interview the first fix...

Due Diligence

The in-flight depressurization of a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 over Arizona earlier this month prompted the Air Force to inspect its C-40B executive transports assigned to the 89th Airlift Wing at Andrews AFB, Md. The inspectors found these aircraft, based...

Spring Cleaning at Utah Range

Specially equipped C-130s of Air Force Reserve Command’s 910th Airlift Wing in Youngstown, Ohio, are doing battle with invading weeds at the Utah Test and Training Range near Hill AFB, Utah. Flying at a challenging low level, C-130s fitted with...