Pain Metrics

: Air Force Secretary Michael Donley offered some numbers on July 25 to gauge the pain of implementing sequestration on the Air Force’s budget in January, should Congress fail to steer away from that fiscal cliff. Operations and maintenance accounts...

It Only Gets Harder

If Congress doesn’t go along with the Air Force’s proposed force structure changes in Fiscal 2013, it needs to pony up the money to pay for the larger force, said Secretary Michael Donley on July 25. Speaking at a Capitol...

Not the OCO Funding Endgame

The Pentagon’s overseas contingency operations accounts that have paid for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq for more than a decade may not go away very quickly, despite the Defense Department’s push to wean itself off such funding, said Air...

Can’t We All Get Along?

Reflecting on the fact that the Air Force—and no other service—has seen three top leaders fired, one resign early, and one publicly reprimanded over the last 20 years, outgoing Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz said he doesn’t think the...

Eighth Super Galaxy Completed

Lockheed Martin delivered the 8th C-5M Super Galaxy transport to the Air Force, announced the company. This aircraft completed the Reliability Enhancement and Re-Engining Program upgrade at the company’s plant in Marietta, Ga., and Lockheed Martin turned it over to...

Snug as Two Bug Squadrons

The 52nd Airlift Squadron and Air Force Reserve Command’s 731st AS cemented their units’ association at Peterson AFB, Colo., with the opening of a new, shared operations building. The 12,500 square-foot, $5.6 million facility will host maintenance and administration for...

Turkey Tumult

Units from all three Air Force components competed earlier this month in the 3rd Wing’s “turkey shoot” combat flyoff at JB Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. F-22 fighters and C-17 transports operated and maintained by the wing’s Active Duty, Air National Guard, and...

Pentagon Launches Valor Website

The Defense Department launched a new website on July 25 aimed at honoring service members who have received top military honors and deterring those who falsely claim to be recipients of such awards. Eventually, the site will include a listing...

Sally Ride, America’s First Female in Space, Dies

Sally Ride, the first American female in space, died July 23 at her home in La Jolla, Calif., following a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer, reported the Los Angeles Times. She was 61. The Los Angeles native broke the gender...

Correction

The Air Force’s $199.3 million foreign military sales contract to Lockheed Martin on July 24 was the second installment on the Iraqi air force’s first batch of 18 F-16 Block 52 fighters. The contract was not for the second group...