Pentagon’s New Strategy Poised for Release

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey are set to unveil the Pentagon’s new defense strategy later this week. USA Today reports that the new strategy, driven by projected cuts of at least $450 billion to...

Guard Chief Becomes Statutory Member of Joint Chiefs

The National Guard Bureau chief now has a permanent seat on the Joint Chiefs of Staff thanks to the Fiscal 2012 defense authorization act. President Obama signed the legislation into law on Dec. 31. Gen. Craig McKinley, NGB chief, said...

Air Forces Africa Leader Visits Uganda

Maj. Gen. Margaret Woodward, commander of 17th Air Force (Air Forces Africa), led a US delegation to Uganda for discussions with Ugandan defense officials on deepening cooperation with the US military. “Uganda is one of our key partners in Africa...

Hawkins to Lead DISA

Maj. Gen. Ronnie Hawkins will assume command of the Defense Information Systems Agency next Wednesday during a ceremony at Fort Meade, Md., the agency's headquarters. He will receive a third star for this new assignment. Hawkins has been deputy director of command, control, communications, and computer systems on the Joint Staff since last July. He was DISA's vice director from September 2009 up until then. Hawkins will replace Army Lt. Gen. Carroll Pollett, who led DISA since December 2008. Pollett is retiring after a 37-year military career. DISA is a combat support agency that provides real-time information technology and communications support to the President, vice president, Defense Secretary, military services, and combatant commands. (DISA release)

Year in Review: February 2011

Air Frame: Year in Review, February 2011: The Air Force on Feb. 24, 2011, selected Boeing's 767-based NewGen Tanker, shown here in an artist's rendering, to replace the service's oldest KC-135s starting late in this decade. The new tanker is now designated the KC-46A. Also in February, the New START agreement entered into force with Russia, with the goal of reducing US and Russian strategic nuclear forces to unprecedented levels. In mid month, President Obama asked Congress to provide $671 billion for the Defense Department in Fiscal 2012. The Air Force portion, including plans to field a new bomber in the mid 2020s, amounted to $166.3 billion. The Pentagon also released a new National Military Strategy and new National Security Space Strategy. The C-17 became the Air Force's first platform certified to operate unconstrained on fuel blends containing biofuels. Boeing illustration

All in One Stable

Members of the 557th Expeditionary RED HORSE Squadron are erecting a 9,000-square-foot complex at their undisclosed operating base in Southwest Asia so that the 1st Expeditionary RED HORSE Group may consolidate all of its headquarters assets under one roof. “This...

Outstanding Enlisted Members Get Phantom Ride

Four enlisted airmen assigned to Tyndall AFB, Fla., got the chance to fly in a F-4 Phantom fighter in appreciation of their outstanding performance. They were: MSgt. Karrie Warren, SSgt. Brett Dunning, SSgt. Stephen McGuire, and SrA. Jillian Goins. “Incentives...

Recruiting Unit Branches Out with STEM Campaign

Members of the 317th Recruiting Squadron in Oxon Hill, Md., are launching a year-long campaign to generate interest among students in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. “Throughout the year, our airmen...

Tunnel Complexes in Visor

The Air Force Research Lab seeks input from industry by Feb. 1 on innovative non-nuclear concepts and technology that could be available in the next 20 years to functionally defeat well-defended, hardened and deeply buried targets. Functionally defeat means to...