Getting Through

After initial hesitation, the Afghan leadership appears now to recognize the severity of the problem with Afghan soldiers assaulting coalition troops in so-called green-on-blue attacks, said Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey. “In the past, it’s been us pushing on...

Airmen Injured, C-17 Damaged at Bagram

An insurgent rocket attack at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, early on the morning of Aug. 21 local time injured two airmen and damaged the front of a C-17 transport and one of its engines, said officials at the base. The two...

Making FAB-T a Reality

The Air Force is expected to decide in September whether to bring on Raytheon to develop advanced communications terminals to support the US military’s nuclear chain of command under the Family of Advanced Beyond-Line-of-Sight Terminals program. Boeing, which won the...

First Fruits of the Reaper

The first class of remotely piloted aircraft operators trained from the ground up to fly the MQ-9 Reaper graduated the RPA basic flight course at Holloman AFB, N.M. These airmen, trained in the new Air Force Specialty Code 18X, have...

New Nurse Residency Program Churns Out First Graduates

The first class of nurses completed the Air Force’s new nurse residency program at the San Antonio Military Medical Center at JBSA-Randolph, Tex., announced Air Education and Training Command officials on Aug. 21. The 12 nurses graduated on Aug. 20,...

Storing Up for the Short Summer

A C-17 transport deployed to Christchurch, New Zealand, to shuttle researchers and advance supplies to McMurdo Station, Antarctica, ahead of the upcoming scientific research season. Flying into Antarctica during the winter flying season—known as WinFly—”is challenging because it is dark...

Arizona Alpha Hogs

A-10s from the 357th Fighter Squadron at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., won the biennial Hawgsmoke ground-attack competition that took place this time at Arizona’s Barry Goldwater Range Complex. “We are the first Active Duty fighter squadron to ever win Hawgsmoke, and...

RED HORSE Engineers Modernize Maxwell Training Sites

Members of the 823rd RED HORSE squadron from Hurlburt Field, Fla., spent two weeks at Maxwell AFB, Ala., renovating field training sites. The 17 visiting engineers demolished tents at Maxwell’s Vigilant Warrior and Blue Thunder cantonment areas, erected semi-cylindrical shelters,...

Rescue Radios Get Boost

Two key upgrades to the Combat Survivor Evader Locator radio will help enhance communications between downed pilots and rescue personnel, said officials at Hanscom AFB, Mass. Previously, the hand-held CSEL devices had only direct communications with rescuers through voice tools....

Tanker Perspective

The 506th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron gave a ride aboard one of its KC-135 tankers to airmen assigned to Andersen AFB, Guam, who don’t normally get the chance to fly as part of their jobs. Such opportunities are part of...

Life Cycle Management Center Gets Emblem

The Air Force Historical Research Agency approved the emblem of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, announced center officials on Aug. 21. AFLCMC is the new arm of Air Force Materiel Command that’s responsible for the cradle-to-grave management of...