No Stateside AOC Consolidation

The Air Force has abandoned plans to consolidate air and space operations centers in Arizona and Florida that were targeted under the Pentagon's efficiency initiative. USAF will forge ahead with plans to merge US Air Forces in Europe's 603rd AOC and 17th Air Force's 617th AOC collocated at Ramstein AB, Germany, but the 601st AOC at Tyndall AFB, Fla., and 612th AOC at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., will remain separate. "During the detailed work and analysis . . . an enterprise-wide option emerged that is both more efficient and effective for operational command and control," stated Maj. Gen. John Hesterman, USAF's assistant chief of staff for operations, plans, and requirements. "Not only does this new option make the consolidation of the 601st and 612th AOCs unnecessary, it also achieves the savings target identified by the Secretary of Defense," explained Hesterman in a letter to Congressional representatives, Tuesday. Lauding the decision were Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Fla.), in whose Congressional districts Davis-Monthan and Tyndall are located, respectively. They said it spares roughly 600 jobs between the two bases. Air Force officials will unveil the alternative scheme in USAF's Fiscal 2013 budget request. (Giffords release) (Southerland release)

Clarke Takes Command of 1st Air Force

Lt. Gen. Stanley Clarke on Wednesday assumed command of the Continental US NORAD Region—1st Air Force (Air Forces Northern) headquartered at Tyndall AFB, Fla. He became the component numbered air force’s first three-star commander. “Taking this billet is a great...

Petraeus Retires

Army Gen. David Petraeus, one of the most well known faces of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, retired Wednesday after 37 years of uniformed service. “You’ve run the race well, swifter and surer than the rest, and you now...

Spotlight: SrA. Ulla B. Stromberg

One of the Air Force’s 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2011, SrA. Ulla B. Stromberg is a medical technician journeyman currently assigned to the 99th Medical Operations Squadron at Nellis AFB, Nev. Stromberg was selected for below-the-zone promotion...

Maliki: US Troops Will Pull Out By Year’s End

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said his country has no intention of asking the United States to extend its military presence in Iraq beyond the Dec. 31 deadline to withdraw all 46,000 remaining US troops, reported Agence France Presse. “The...

DOD Working on Sweeping New Cyber Guidance

The Joint Staff is working on a new cyber security strategy document with the aim of consolidating guidance from 16 separate publications into one cohesive work. Joint Test Publication 3-12, as the document has been dubbed so far, is designed...

Adapt or Falter

Fiscal 2011 is on track to be one of the Air Force’s best years ever for bringing in a crop of excellent recruits (see below), according to Air Force Recruiting Service officials. But once the economy strengthens, the Air Force...

Shaping Up as a Banner Recruiting Year

The Air Force and its reserve components met their recruiting goals for the fiscal year to date through July, according to the Pentagon’s newest data, released Wednesday. USAF’s active duty component brought in 23,210 recruits through the first 10 months...

Bell Boeing to Provide New, Upgraded CV-22 Trainers

The Air Force has awarded the Bell Boeing V-22 team a $34 million contract for three new CV-22 training devices and upgrades to the existing cabin part task trainer and two fuselage aircrew/maintenance trainers at Kirtland AFB, N.M. The CPTT...

AFRL Laser Test Bed in Shipboard Defense Tests

Field tests with an Air Force Research Lab laser test bed at Eglin AFB, Fla., recently proved the potential of augmenting Mk 38 naval guns with directed-energy weapons, according to BAE Systems. AFRL’s Active Targeting Resource for Integrated Experiments (MATRIX)...