New End Strength Cuts on the Way

: The Air Force will come down “in the neighborhood of 10,000 personnel” across the Total Force—the active duty component, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve, and USAF civilian cadre—between Fiscal 2013 and Fiscal 2017, said Chief of Staff Gen....

BRAC is Back, and It’s Serious

If Congress goes along with another BRAC round, the Air Force anticipates that the service “would actually close bases,” said Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz. After BRAC 2005, the Air Force “had excess infrastructure in the neighborhood of 20...

Not Irreversible

The concept of “reversibility” in the Obama Administration’s new defense strategic guidance has a “different flavor” for the Air Force and Navy than the ground services, said Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz. Both the Air Force and Navy “are...

Storage Eyed for Global Hawk Block 30s

The Air Force has not yet settled on how it would dispose of the Global Hawk Block 30 remotely piloted aircraft that it seeks to divest, but likely “would place these assets into storage, usable storage, for future possibilities,” said...

Marine General Tapped to Succeed Fraser at SOUTHCOM

President Obama nominated Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John Kelly for promotion to the rank of general to assume command of US Southern Command. If the Senate approves this nomination, Kelly would replace Gen. Douglas Fraser, who has led SOUTHCOM since...

GOP Lawmakers: Defense Cuts Too Deep

House Republican defense overseers criticized the Pentagon’s planned force-structure changes and reductions outlined last week to meet the $487 billion in defense cuts over the next 10 years, saying the proposals simply go too far. “To be clear, the impacts...

Satcom’s Vigilant Vanguard

Space leaders broke ground on a new $14.3 million facility at Peterson AFB, Colo., from which airmen will help defend military satellite communications against attack and interference. Airmen from Peterson’s active duty 16th Space Control Squadron and Air Force Reserve...

2011 Sijan Award Winners

The Air Force announced the 2011 recipients of the Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award. They are: Maj. Laura Dejong, assigned to Patrick AFB, Fla., senior officer category; Capt. Gilbert Wyche II, RAF Lakenheath, Britain, junior officer category; MSgt. Timothy Sterner,...