Addressing the Gaps

Overall, the Air Force continues to do extremely well in recruiting, but there remain nine career fields with high operational demand where critical manning shortages remain, said Lt. Gen. Darrell Jones, the service’s manpower and personnel chief. They include linguist,...

Air Force Sets Ground Safety Record

The Air Force has gone since Feb. 17, 2011, without an on-duty ground fatality, said service safety officials on Monday. This span of more than one year is the longest ground-fatality-free stretch in the service’s history, they said. “This wonderful...

Command Change at 5th Air Force

President Obama nominated Maj. Gen. Sam Angelella to receive a third star for his new assignment as commander of US Forces Japan and commander of 5th Air Force at Yokota AB, Japan, announced the Defense Department on Monday. Angelella has...

Surgeon General Advocates Proposed Military Healthcare Changes

Lt. Gen. Charles Green, Air Force surgeon general, told lawmakers that he supports the proposed changes to the military’s healthcare system that are outlined in the Pentagon’s Fiscal 2013 budget request. They include increased Tricare enrollment fees with a tiered...

Air Force Adopts Centralized Management of Facilities

In Fiscal 2013, for the first time, the Air Force will centrally manage its funds for facility and infrastructure restoration and modernization, said Terry Yonkers, USAF’s assistant secretary for installations, environment, and logistics. This will enable the service “to prioritize...

Combat Trucker Squadron Furls Colors

After facing sandstorms, extremes of heat and cold, improvised explosives, bullets, and countless other hazards on the roads of Iraq, the airmen and soldiers of the 387th Expeditionary Logistics Squadron formally inactivated their unit. “Today we close a chapter on...

Master Recruiters Recognized

Brig. Gen. Balan Ayyar, Air Force Recruiting Service commander, presented the first-ever Master Recruiter designation to the Air Force’s top 10 senior recruiters. “This distinct designation is the first time that we have taken the time to officially recognize these...

Experiment Gone Right

Tactical Satellite 3—an 880-pound experimental reconnaissance spacecraft that proved so successful, it was used operationally—has concluded its operational service life and is nearing its end, according to Air Force space officials. “This satellite did some amazing things during its relatively...

Summer’s Done, Gone the Sun

The last Air Force C-17 departed the ice at McMurdo Station, bringing an end to Operation Deep Freeze 2011-12 as summer drew to a close on Antarctica earlier this month. Several days later, on March 6, a Royal New Zealand...

The Cost of Losing Business

The aerospace and defense industry makes “significant economic and financial contributions” to the nation’s economy, according to a new Aerospace Industries Association-commissioned report. “The data speak for itself. America’s aerospace and defense industry is a sector that punches far above...