Don’t Count On It

For the last 10 years, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve volunteers have filled “20 percent of the load” of overseas assignments, said Air Combat Command chief Gen. Mike Hostage during a speech last week. Addressing the Air Force...

New Boss for Air Force Reserve

The Senate approved Maj. Gen. James Jackson for a third star for his new assignment as Air Force Reserve chief. The Senate’s website announced that Jackson received the approval on April 26. A 1978 graduate of the Air Force Academy,...

AEHF-2 Encapsulated, Launch Scheduled This Week

Air Force space officials announced that AEHF-2, the second Advanced Extremely High Frequency communications satellite, is now encapsulated in its launch fairing in preparation for its scheduled launch into orbit this week from Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla. The current launch date—barring inclement weather—is May 3, stated Space and Missile Systems Center officials on April 27. A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will carry the satellite aloft. SMC said engineers at Astrotech Space Operations' facility in Titusville, Fla., completed the encapsulation procedure on April 21. "The second AEHF spacecraft will provide greater connectivity, flexibility, and control to US and international partner forces," said Col. Michael Sarchet, AEHF program manager. He added, "The AEHF constellation will augment and replace the venerable Milstar constellation, improving on many capabilities to include 10 times greater throughput."

Insatiable Desire for ISR

The Air Force has increased its intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capability by more than 4,000 percent in the last 10 years, said Lt. Gen. Larry James, deputy chief of staff for ISR at the Pentagon. Today’s airmen fly about 1,500...

Eye on Future ISR

After the Air Force recently completed a year-long intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance review, Secretary Michael Donley came up with at least five tasks that required further study, said Lt. Gen. Larry James, ISR deputy on the Air Staff. First, Air...

Senate Approves Generals’ Nominations

The Senate last week cleared the way for Lt. Gen. Burton Field to become the Air Force’s next deputy chief of staff for operations, plans, and requirements, replacing Lt. Gen. Hawk Carlisle. Succeeding Field as commander of US Forces Japan...

Personnel Chief Defends Fiscal 2013 Budget Proposal

The Air Force’s proposed end-strength and force-structure adjustments in Fiscal 2013—which weigh more heavily on the reserve components—were necessary to meet the nation’s new defense strategy, absorb significant budget cuts, and keep rotational demands at acceptable levels, said Daniel Ginsberg,...

Influential Cold War Strategist Dies

Retired Lt. Gen. Glenn A. Kent, who helped shape Cold War nuclear strategy and investment in weapon systems like the E-3 AWACS and F-15, died on April 25 at age 96, according to an Air Force release. Born in Red...

Leadership Transition at Top Defense Contractor

Lockheed Martin’s board chairman and CEO Robert Stevens has notified the company that he intends to retire after 25 years of service. Chris Kubasik, the company’s president and chief operating officer, will become CEO next January, according to Lockheed Martin’s...

Safe in the Fowler’s Net

A T-38C jet trainer snagged the crash barrier at Vance AFB, Okla., aborting takeoff at high speed due to apparent mechanical malfunction, said base officials. The 25th Flying Training Squadron instructor and student declared an emergency on April 26 while...