You Can Breathe, Now

The Air Force believes it finally understands the cause of hypoxia-like issues affecting some F-22 pilots in the last several years, and is taking a “phased approach” to retrofitting hardware and getting flight restrictions lifted on the stealth jets, said...

Alaska Impact

The finding of a likely cause of F-22 pilot hypoxia-like events hasn’t changed the Air Force’s conclusion that pilot error caused the fatal crash of an F-22 in Alaska in November 2010. Outgoing Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz, in...

Schwartz Expects New Bomber Fielded by Mid 2020s

In his final appearance for Pentagon reporters as Chief of Staff, Gen. Norton Schwartz on July 24 offered up a full-throated defense of the Air Force’s next-generation long-range strike platform, and contended that the Air Force will field assets by...

Flynn Takes Over Defense Intelligence Agency Leadership

Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn assumed directorship of the Defense Intelligence Agency on July 24 during a ceremony at JB Anacostia-Bolling, D.C. Flynn succeeded Army Lt. Gen. Ronald Burgess as the senior military intelligence advisor to the Defense Secretary and...

New Boss at 5th Air Force

Lt. Gen. Burton Field handed over the reins of US Forces Japan and 5th Air Force to Lt. Gen. Sam Angelella during a change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base. Angelella served as the Joint Staff’s vice director for...

Rescue Unit Ends Gulf Alert

The 64th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, the unit that provided personnel recovery in Iraq from the beginning of combat operations there in 2003, began its return to the United States from its current operating location in Kuwait. “It is the end...

First Wolf in Transport’s Clothing

Assembly work has begun on Air Force Special Operations Command’s first AC-130J gunship at Lockheed Martin’s plant in Marietta, Ga., announced the company. Lockheed Martin is converting an MC-130J Commando II special-mission airplane currently on Marietta’s production line to the...

Second Funding Installment for Iraqi F-16s

The Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a $199.3 million foreign military sales contract towards the purchase of 18 F-16C/D Block 52 fighters for the Iraqi air force, according to the Pentagon’s list of major contracts for July 24. This contract...

Protect Energy Innovation

A group of 350 veterans, including five retired Air Force general officers and two former heads of Congressional defense committees, sent a letter to President Obama and the Congress urging them to support the Pentagon’s alternative energy initiatives. “As long...