Conaton Eyed for Top Pentagon Personnel Post

President Obama announced his intent to nominate Air Force Undersecretary Erin Conaton to be undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness. Conaton has been the Air Force’s No. 2 top civilian leader since March 2010. She has had a large...

Focus on Resiliency

With many air commandos racking up to 20 deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan over the last 10 years, Air Force Special Operations Command leaders are taking a hard look at resiliency. The command began placing mental health experts, known as...

And Then There was One

Boeing received $693 million to supply five C-17s to the Air Force by March 2013, announced the Pentagon on Monday. These aircraft will bring the Air Force’s total C-17 buy to date to 223 airframes, leaving only one more C-17...

Wings in Every State

Montana State Sen. Edward Buttrey (R) said the Air Force’s plan to shift F-15s currently assigned to the Montana Air National to Fresno, Calif., squanders resources and leaves the state without a flying mission. That’s why he wants the Air...

Finest Forward

Members of the 451st Air Expeditionary Wing at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, renamed the wing’s newly acquired Canada 9 compound—a forward operating base in the country—in honor of fallen joint terminal attack controller SrA. Bradley Smith. “We wanted to name the...

Airmen and Sailors Participate in Bahrain Air Show

Airmen joined Navy personnel in Bahrain to represent the United States during the second Bahrain International Air Show at Sakhir Air Base. Airmen from Air Mobility Command, Air Combat Command, and the Air National Guard made the trip, displaying the...

The Recruiting Tally Three Months In

The Air Force and its reserve components continue to post strong recruiting numbers so far in Fiscal 2012, according to the Pentagon’s newest recruiting figures, released on Monday. USAF’s active duty component brought in 7,110 accessions through December, exactly matching...

Ground-breaking for Special Operators’ New Headquarters

Senior officials from US Southern Command, along with local Miami area government representatives, broke ground at Homestead Air Reserve Base for the new headquarters facility for Special Operations Command South. The $41 million, 125,000-square-foot building is slated for completion within...

Treading Thin Air

Armed with results proving high-altitude effects on running performance, Air Force Academy officials pressed the Defense Department to reinstitute altitude-adjusted physical fitness scoring. Evaluating 55 runners from the Colorado Springs area, the Academy’s Human Performance Laboratory demonstrated a marked increase...