AFSOC Releases Photos of Fallen Commandos

Air Force Special Operations Command recently released the names and pictures of the airmen killed along with 27 other US troops, seven Afghans, and a civilian interpreter Aug. 6 when their CH-47 Chinook was shot down in the Maiden Wardak...

China, Pakistan Deny Reports of Access to US Helo Wreckage

According to various news reports both Chinese and Pakistan officials have denied an earlier report that Pakistan provided the Chinese access to the US helicopter wreckage following the Osama bin Laden raid. The China Daily reported Aug. 17 that China’s...

Nothing Exempt from Budget Axe

Everything has to be on the table, including the military’s coveted retirement benefits, if America is going to tackle its ballooning deficit problems, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said during an event at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., earlier...

Lynn: Cyber Pilot to Expand to Entire Defense Industrial Base

The Pentagon and Department of Homeland Security intend to expand a pilot cyber program focused on sharing classified threat intelligence with a select group of contractors in an effort to bolster industrial cyber defenses, Deputy Defense Secretary Bill Lynn announced...

New Dome on the Horizon

Air Force Space Command recently broke ground on a modernized satellite tracking station at New Boston AFS, N. H. The control station and 13-meter antenna housed in an inflatable radome will replace a 1961-vintage antenna, providing enhanced control, as well...

Air Force Implements Civilian Hiring Freeze

The Air Force has implemented a more restrictive, 90-day civilian hiring freeze in the face of deeper-than-expected reductions to the Fiscal 2012 defense budget, according to a memo signed last week by Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Philip Breedlove and Undersecretary of the Air Force Erin Conaton. Officials implemented hiring controls three months ago, but Fiscal 2012 funding levels still don't match up with the "on-board strength." As of Aug. 11, senior leaders implemented a 90-day hiring freeze for all permanent, temporary, and term vacancies, with few exceptions. "The Air Force recognizes the invaluable contributions of our civilian workforce; however, we must address the current fiscal environment affecting the nation, the Department of Defense, and the services of all federal agencies," according to the Aug. 11 memo to the major commands.

Lockheed Receives C-5 Training Contract

Lockheed Martin was awarded a $5.8 million one-year contract with four one-year options that could total up to $30 million to provide total training support to all C-5 pilots, flight engineers, loadmasters, and maintenance engine run personnel, the company announced...

Royal Luster of Old

Canada’s defense ministry restored the historic “Royal Canadian Air Force” title as the official name of the country’s air service, announced Peter MacKay, Canada’s defense minister. “Restoring these historic identities is an important way of reconnecting today’s men and women...