Balancing Act

Looking to the future of the Total Force, outgoing Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz said there will “continue to be a place” for both the Active Duty force and the reserve components. Airmen in the former category accept a...

Cyber is Not Yet the Answer

It’s far too early to make the case that cyber weapons—such as the so-called “Stuxnet” worm that reportedly derailed Iran’s nuclear weapons program—can substitute for kinetic force structure, said outgoing Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz. The shift from kinetic...

Uniform Religion

The Air Force has addressed the issue of religious proselytizing that was occurring when outgoing Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz assumed his post in 2008, Schwartz told the Daily Report. During a mid July exit interview, Schwartz said his...

Every Mistake is a Lesson in Disguise

The “Buckshot Yankee fiasco” of 2008, in which software carried on a thumbdrive infiltrated the Defense Department’s networks, was a pivotal moment for the Air Force because it helped shape the service’s “proactive defense posture,” said Lt. Gen. Michael Basla,...

Air Force Surgeon General Retires

Lt. Gen. Charles Green retired as Air Force surgeon general, ending 34 years of uniformed service. Green had been the Air Force’s top doctor since August 2009. Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz presided over Green’s retirement ceremony at JB...

Strike Eagle Radar Upgrade Advances

The Air Force has given approval for a Boeing-led industry team to begin production of the second lot of APG-82(V)1 active electronically scanned array radar systems for the F-15E fleet, announced the company on July 23. Under Lot 2, Boeing...

Recruiting Strong Across the Board

Air Force recruiting remained robust across the Total Force three-quarters of the way through Fiscal 2012, according to the Pentagon’s newest recruiting numbers, issued on July 23. The Air Force’s Active Duty component attracted 21,332 accessions, matching its fiscal-year-to-date goal...

Warthogs Rock the Boat

Four A-10s deployed from Barksdale AFB, La., bombed, strafed, and sank the USNS Niagara Falls, a decommissioned naval supply ship, during the massive ongoing Rim of the Pacific exercise off the coast of Hawaii. “I think they underestimated the ability...

Dacian Deliverance

A-10s from the 81st Fighter Squadron at Spangdahlem AB, Germany, flew top cover for Romanian air force helicopters in rescue scenarios during exercise Dacian Thunder, at Campia Turzii AB, Romania. In one of the combat search and rescue scenarios practiced...

Lending a Helpful Wing

Four F-16s deployed from Luke AFB, Ariz., to provide continuity training to pilots at the F-35 schoolhouse at Eglin AFB, Fla., will stay on at least through next March, according to Luke officials. “Sorties generated for Air Force, Navy, and...