A “Singularly Stupid Way” of Budgeting

Planning for the Budget Control Act’s looming sequester to take effect in January is really “kind of irrelevant” because of the inflexibility in the law, said Frank Kendall, the Pentagon’s acquisition executive, reported Politico. “If you want to know what...

First Graduates of New Resilience Training Course

Nearly 80 students recently graduated from Air Mobility Command’s first-ever master resilience instructor course. The 10-day course, taught at the Air Force Expeditionary Center at JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., is part of AMC’s efforts under its 2012 resilience strategy to build...

Spotlight: TSgt. Matthew G. Stark

One of the Air Force’s 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2012, TSgt. Matthew G. Stark is an explosive ordnance disposal quality assurance section chief with the 354th Civil Engineer Squadron at Eielson AFB, Alaska. Filling a senior noncommissioned...

Air Force Gets Fourth Business Jet for BACN Role

Bombardier delivered a Global 6000 business jet to the Air Force that is slated for conversion to the E-11A standard for overhead communications relay, announced the Canadian company on Sept. 6. “The intention is to equip this new addition with...

North Carolina Wind Farm Project Faces Air Force Turbulence

The proposed Pantego wind energy project slated for 11,000 acres in eastern North Carolina has run into concerns from Air Force officials at Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C. That’s because the size of the wind turbines would likely harm training operations...

Missing Out on Their Youth

Veterans Affairs Department scientists say returning Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans’ bodies appear to be aging at an accelerated rate, reports USA Today. In addition to the psychological signs of post-traumatic stress and the effects of traumatic brain injuries, many...

NATO’s Roving Herd

A-10s of the 81st Fighter Squadron deployed this week to the Czech Republic from Spangdahlem AB, Germany, for NATO’s close air support exercise Ramstein Rover. “NATO nations come here to train and prepare for the important allied mission in Afghanistan,”...

Staying with the Training Team

The 325th Fighter Wing’s air battle management schoolhouse at Tyndall AFB, Fla., will remain with Air Education and Training Command when the F-22 wing transitions to Air Combat Command in October, according to wing officials. “We are staying with the...

Enhanced Reaper Flies for First Time

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems announced that it successfully flew the new Block 1-plus variant of its Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft during a test. There were “no discrepancies” during the inaugural flight on May 24 at the company’s facility...

Fresh Start, No Problem

Testers at Edwards AFB, Calif., validated the ability to restart the engine of the Marine Corps’ F-35B strike fighter variant in mid flight, paving the way for high-angle-of-attack handling tests with the B model beginning next year. That next phase...