AEHF-2 Reaches Orbit

The Air Force and its industry partners on May 4 successfully launched the second Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite into orbit from Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla., said officials with the 45th Space Wing. A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket...

Hill F-16 Crashes

An F-16 fighter assigned to the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill AFB, Utah, crashed on May 4 at the Utah Test and Training Range, announced wing officials. The pilot successfully ejected and was being evaluated by medical personnel, they said....

AEHF-2 Launch Delayed

The Air Force and its industry partners scrubbed Thursday’s attempt to launch the second Advanced Extremely High Frequency communications satellite into orbit from Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla., and intend to try again on Friday, May 4. “Lack of helium flow”...

F-15E Mishap

An F-15E crashed in Southwest Asia on May 3 during a routine training mission, announced Air Forces Central officials. "Both crew members ejected safely," stated AFCENT's release. The Strike Eagle was part of an expeditionary contingent deployed to the region from the 366th Fighter Wing at Mountain Home, Idaho. "We are extremely grateful that our Gunfighters are safe," said Col. Bruce Smith, the wing's vice commander, in a release. The cause of the incident is under investigation. However, Maj. James Bressendorff, AFCENT spokesman, said in a separate release the mishap "was not due to any hostile fire or insurgent activity." AFCENT said it would release more details as they became available. (Our initial coverage)

Assistant Vice Chief Retires

Assistant Vice Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Dick Newton retired after 34 years of service during a ceremony at JB Anacostia-Bolling, D.C. Newton had served as the assistant vice chief since December 2010. “Dick Newton has exemplified effective leadership and...

Proposed Japanese F-35 Sale Announced

The Pentagon notified Congress of the potential foreign military sale of F-35A strike fighters to Japan. If Congress lets the $10 billion deal proceed, Japan would initially receive four airplanes and associated support and would have the option to purchase...

Those Crazy Ruskies

Russia’s top military official warned on May 3 that Russia would consider a preemptive strike on US and NATO ballistic missile defenses in Eastern Europe if the United States and its NATO allies did not take Russian concerns over their...

Space Wargame Ends

Schriever Wargame 2012, the seventh iteration of Air Force Space Command’s space wargame, concluded after a week of simulated activities with NATO allies and Australia. Set in the year 2023, Britain, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, and Turkey joined...

Hill, Vandy Units Win Environmental Awards

The 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., and the 75th Civil Engineering Group at Hill AFB, Utah, are among the recipients of the 2012 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards. Each year since 1962, the Defense Secretary honors individuals, teams,...

DARPA Eyes New Targeting Sensor

DARPA wants to develop an extremely high frequency targeting sensor for airborne platforms that could operate as effectively through clouds as in clear skies. It seeks industry’s support in pursuing this technology, which it intends to mature under its newly...