Composure in the Chaos

The Waldo Canyon fire was still raging in Colorado on June 28 near the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, where academy officials used the day to begin welcoming new cadets. “In-processing went well. The cadet area is at the...

Training Abuse Appears Localized, but Still Totally Unacceptable

The Air Force continues to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct by 12 of its male military training instructors at JBSA-Lackland, Tex., home of basic military training, said Gen. Edward Rice, Air Education and Training Command boss, June 28. So far,...

The Hidden Costs of Sequestration

Steep automatic cuts in defense spending due to kick in next January would have the added effect of forcing the Defense Department to break contracts for weapons systems and other equipment and services, reports Reuters. That would result in billions...

JASSM Lot 10 Contract Let

The Air Force recently awarded Lockheed Martin a $241.6 million contract for Lot 10 production of Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles, announced the company on June 28. Under the terms of the deal, the company will supply 191 JASSM baseline missiles...

Cowing the Inferno

Eighteen members of a specialized unit trained to defend structures against wildfires deployed to Colorado Springs, Colo., from Vandenberg AFB, Calif., to help protect military installations from the fires raging there. Vandenberg’s “Hot Shot” crew is the only Defense Department...

Fort Worth Union Workers Agree to Return to Work

Lockheed Martin on June 28 reached a new labor agreement with members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers who build F-16s and F-35 strike fighters at the company’s manufacturing facility in Ft. Worth, Tex. The workers voted...

Mystery Crash Solved?

Defense Department forensic scientists retrieved bone fragments, personal effects, and survival equipment from a military aircraft crash site discovered earlier this month by a National Guard helicopter crew on Colony Glacier in Alaska, announced Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command officials. JPAC...

Last Braves of the Tribe

A World War II-era A-36A Apache—an ultra-rare dive-bomber variant of the P-51A Mustang—earlier this month flew for the first time from New Smyrna Beach Airport, south of Daytona Beach, Fla., after extensive restoration and rebuild. This airplane, serial number 42-83738,...