Return of the Raptor

The F-22 fleet will probably be up and running again “soon,” said Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz. In an interview Tuesday, Schwartz said he expects a report next week from the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board task force headed...

KC-46A Clears Major Milestone

The Air Force has “successfully” completed the interim baseline review for the KC-46A tanker program, said Jennifer Cassidy, an Air Force spokeswoman based at the Pentagon. During the week-long review, completed Aug. 24, the Pentagon and the Boeing-led contractor team...

Editor’s Note

The Air Force annually recognizes 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for superior leadership, job performance, community involvement, and personal achievements. The Air Force Association will honor the airmen at AFA’s Air & Space Conference, which begins Sept. 19 in...

Spotlight: SrA. Raven S. Taylor

A medical technician journeyman currently assigned to the 354th Medical Operations Squadron at Eielson AFB, Alaska, SrA. Raven S. Taylor is one of the Air Force’s 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year. Taylor has often been called to fill in...

Promotion Testing Still on Schedule

Promotion testing will continue as scheduled even though the printed version of the 2011 professional development guide will be delayed until late December, according to Air Force personnel officials. The Air Force requires that all study materials be made available...

Strategic Diversity

The Pentagon’s Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity is working “closely” with each of the services to develop a Defense Department-wide strategic plan for diversity as directed by the White House, announced Clifford Stanley, undersecretary of defense for personnel...

Getting Medical Equipment to Wounded Warriors Faster

A five-man team assigned to the 386th Expeditionary Medical Group in Southwest Asia successfully turned an old storage room into supply space for durable medical equipment, creating a “patient movement item hub.” This hub—and the team’s new mission surrounding it—will...

Ain’t No Such Thing as a Free DOD Report

Last week’s Pentagon report to Congress on Chinese military developments cost the taxpayer $73,212. How do we know? The Defense Department said so on the report’s cover. In fact, since Feb. 1, it’s been DOD’s policy that a cost estimate...

Ramstein Gets “Snozzles”

The crash-support unit at Ramstein AB, Germany, recently received two highly capable new crash tenders. “The new trucks are far superior; they almost double our firefighting capabilities,” said SSgt. Douglas Fox, a 86th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Station 1 crew...

NATO Aircraft Collide in Lithuania

A French air force fighter deployed to Siauliai AB, Lithuania, as part of NATO’s Baltic air policing mission collided in midair with a Lithuanian light attack aircraft on Tuesday. Despite damage to its stabilizer, the French Mirage 2000-C returned safely...