Obama Certifies that Pentagon Ready to End DADT

President Obama last week signed the document certifying to Congress that the Defense Department has met the requirements for repeal of the 1993 “Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell” policy. This started the 60-day countdown that, on Sept. 20, will end the ban...

Pearl Harbor-Hickam Breaks Ground on F-22 Facility

Active duty airmen and Hawaii Air National Guardsmen assigned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam last week broke ground on a maintenance hangar and operations facility for the base’s new F-22s. Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie (D) and additional guests attended the...

Whitemen Airmen Set Record During B-2 Exercise

B-2s completed a record-setting, week-long airborne nuclear alert exercise at Whitemen AFB, Mo. Airmen of Whiteman’s active duty 509th Bomb Wing and Missouri Air National Guard’s 131st BW generated a record 21 sorties during the exercise’s peak day, and logged...

Eglin Prepares for First Day of F-35 School

With last week’s arrival of the second F-35A at Eglin AFB, Fla., the joint-service F-35 Integrated Training Center there is gearing up for the first regular pilot training course to begin next January, according to officials with the 33rd Fighter...

It’s Official Now

Vice President Joe Biden last week swore in Leon Panetta as the 23rd Defense Secretary, three weeks after the former CIA head took the Pentagon helm from Robert Gates in a private ceremony. US military personnel, Obama Administration cabinet members,...

Planning for a Better Future

Air Force Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Charles Green spoke of the need to invest in training and education, leverage new technologies, and partner more closely with other nations in his keynote address at last week’s US-led international symposium on in-flight...

Building Partner Capacity in Africa

The 621st Contingency Response Wing at JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., will soon take on the new mission of helping African militaries establish their own air mobility systems. The wing stood up the 818th Mobility Support Advisory Squadron in April to perform...

Air Force Moves Forward with Radio Enhancement

The Air Force authorized Northrop Grumman to begin producing the wireless distribution module for the theater deployable communications system, the service’s ground-to-ground communications infrastructure for providing network capability to deployed troops. WDM is a new component of the TDC, which...

Euro Hawk Arrives in Germany

The first Northrop Grumman-built Euro Hawk remotely piloted aircraft last week arrived in Germany after concluding flight testing at Edwards AFB, Calif. The high-flying electronic eavesdropping aircraft made the 22-hour transatlantic flight, touching down at Manching Air Base, a German...