B-52 Units Rotate in Pacific

The 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron—six B-52s and a contingent of airmen from Minot AFB, N.D.—completed a four-month deployment to Andersen AFB, Guam, as another B-52 expeditionary unit from Minot, the 69th EBS, took over at the Pacific air hub. The...

Down the Line, One Last Time

The last MC-130E Combat Talon I to enter programmed depot maintenance before the MC-130 fleet is retired has nearly finished its final refit, according to officials at Robins AFB, Ga., home of the depot. Tail No. 62-1843—the oldest Combat Talon...

CyberPatriot IV Champions Crowned

Winners of the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot IV competition are: “Team Unknown” of San Antonio’s Alamo Academies in the Open Division, and “Wolfpack” of the Civil Air Patrol’s Colorado Springs, Colo., Cadet Squadron in the All Service Division. Team Unknown...

Afghan UPT Begins at Home

Three Afghan air force Cessna 182s lifted off from Shindand Air Base on the first fixed-wing undergraduate pilot training sorties from Afghan soil in 30 years, according to their US Air Force advisors. “The main goal here is to transition...

New Eyes in the Gulf

Members of the 727th Expeditionary Air Control Squadron installed a TPS-75 air surveillance radar at an undisclosed air base in Southwest Asia to improve long-range, real-time coverage of Arabian Gulf airspace. The air base is the operating location of the...

Sailplanes Claim the Turf

The Air Force Academy’s 306th Flying Training Group inaugurated a new $3.6 million sailplane landing area near Colorado Spring, Colo. Designed to reduce wear on the academy’s newly acquired TG-16 sailplanes, the smooth, 1.4 million square foot landing field is...

NATO Continues Counterpiracy Mission

NATO member states pledged to extend Operation Ocean Shield, the alliance’s maritime interdiction mission off the Horn of Africa, for an additional two years through 2014. “This decision reflects NATO’s enduring commitment to counter the threat of piracy that exists...