Libya Ops May be Coming to a Close

President Obama has called on Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi to step down, saying he needs to recognize that his 42-year “rule has come to an end.” In an Aug. 21 statement (released Aug. 22), Obama said, “The momentum against the...

LAS Announcement Expected in September

The Air Force source-selection deadline in the Light Air Support aircraft competition has come and gone, with no announcement of a winner. “With respect to when the government might announce that, we still don’t have any definitive answer,” Derek Hess,...

Nuclear Security Group stands up at Kirtland

Air Force officials last week activated the 377th Security Forces Group to unify and oversee protection of nuclear weapons, personnel, and facilities at Kirtland AFB, N.M. The unit’s stand up will “not only strengthen nuclear and non-nuclear security, but also...

Temporary Nest for History-making Flight

A C-5 from Travis AFB, Calif., made history last week by carrying a damaged Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter from Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, to NAS North Island in San Diego. This mission marked the first time that a US cargo...

Fadok Becomes First President of Air University

Lt. Gen. David Fadok became the first president and the 29th commander of Air University at Maxwell AFB, Ala., during a recent ceremony. Fadok assumed command Aug. 12 from Lt. Gen. Allen Peck, who had commanded AU since 2008. Peck...

Newest GPS Block IIF Satellite Enters Service

The Air Force’s newest Global Positioning System satellite, SVN-63, has entered operational service, announced prime contractor Boeing Monday. This satellite—the second of 12 planned Boeing-built GPS Block IIF spacecraft to reach orbit—”has been set healthy and is ready to begin...

First Afghan Spartan Simulator

A C-27A fuselage pulled from the boneyard at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., and housed at Robins AFB, Ga., for the past year will be converted into a cockpit and cargo-loading simulator for the Afghan air force. The 33,000 pound fuselage was...

A Lighter Instrument Landing System

The Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom AFB, Mass., awarded Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. an $8.8 million contract for 34 Deployable Instrument Landing Systems to support contingency and humanitarian operations. The fixed priced contract could be worth up to $58 million...

Minot Airmen Celebrate BUFF Anniversary

Airmen at Minot AFB, N.D., celebrated Aug. 19 the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the first B-52H Stratofortress at the base. In honor of BUFF’s half century of service, a B-52 named the “Peace Persuader,” was painted with nostalgic...