Fire Contained on Academy Grounds

Air Force Academy officials announced early morning on June 28 local time that academy firefighters, supported by US Forest Service aircraft, had contained a 10-acre fire on the academy’s southwest corner, near Pine Valley. They said the fire did not...

Learning Hot Spot

Air Force Academy cadets and personnel deemed mission-critical were holding their ground, as of midday on June 27 local time, as the Waldo Canyon fire raged in Colorado Springs, Colo., according to academy officials. At the time, “no structures” on...

Firefighting C-130s Busy over Colorado

Another fire in northern Colorado is forcing airmen to spread their firefighting efforts across the state. Four C-130s specially configured with the Modular Airborne Firefighting System are staging from Peterson AFB, Colo., to help helicopter crews contain the Waldo Canyon...

Double Triple Threat

It costs three times more to ship materiel in and out of land-locked Afghanistan via the Northern Distribution Network than it did along the Pakistan ground routes that have been politically frozen since last fall, Defense Logistics Agency Director Vice...

Looking for 10 Percent

Defense Logistics Agency chief Vice Adm. Mark Harnitchek has given his organization marching orders to find $10 billion in efficiencies over the next five years. Speaking with defense reporters in Washington, D.C., on June 27, Harnitchek said the savings would...

Fuel Figuring

The Defense Logistics Agency is studying the commercial practices of the airlines and trucking industry to see if it could use some of their methods to get fuel costs down, said Vice Adm. Mark Harnitchek, DLA director, on June 27....

Sequestration is Already Here

It’s too late to completely avoid sequestration’s wrath, said panelists during a Senate Aerospace Caucus staff discussion on Capitol Hill June 27. Faced with fiscal uncertainties on multiple fronts, companies already are starting to lay off employees, they said. “Soft...

Era of Uncertainty

There is no doubt sequestration would “immediately” lead to a severe disruption of the defense supply chain and significantly higher costs—a double-edged sword that may inevitably dog essentially all Defense Department acquisition programs, said Steve Cortese, senior vice president of...

Schriever Welcomes New Medical Squadron

Officials at Schriever AFB, Colo., activated the 21st Medical Squadron during a ceremony. The squadron, which resides under the 21st Medical Group, will provide comprehensive medical care to more than 5,000 beneficiaries annually, according to a June 26 Schriever release....

New Missile Defense Interceptor Scores Hit in Test

A Raytheon-supplied Standard Missile-3 Block IB interceptor fired from the Navy cruiser USS Lake Erie off the coast of Hawaii successfully collided with and destroyed a target missile over the Pacific Ocean, announced the Missile Defense Agency June 27. The...