No Fundamental Change

Support for the nuclear triad remains strong within the Pentagon, said Maj. Gen. William Chambers, assistant chief of staff for strategic deterrence and nuclear integration. “I don’t think the fundamental change that would call for us to reconsider the three...

Getting to 2030

The Air Force has “a very solid master plan” in place to keep the Minuteman III fleet viable out to 2030, said Maj. Gen. William Chambers, who oversees nuclear matters on the Air Staff. The Minuteman’s “propulsion is going to...

Boomtown

Boeing opened its KC-46 Boom Assembly Center at Boeing Field in Seattle on Oct. 16, announced the company. Assembly of the first boom for an Air Force KC-46A tanker is scheduled to commence this week at the facility, marking the...

Intelligence Squadron Stands Up at Beale

Officials at Beale AFB, Calif., activated the 306th Intelligence Squadron to train tactical systems operators for the MC-12W Project Liberty ISR aircraft. The unit, which falls under the 361st Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Group at Hurlburt Field, Fla., will instruct...

Air Force Completes 500th Deep Freeze Mission

Airmen with the 62nd Airlift Wing and Air Force Reserve Command’s 446th Airlift Wing from JB Lewis-McChord, Wash., completed the 500th C-17 airlift mission into Antarctica as part of Operation Deep Freeze, the US military’s logistical support of US scientific...

Missing Airmen’s Remains Identified

Defense Department forensic scientists identified the remains of two airmen who had been missing in action since their F-4D Phantom II aircraft crashed during the Vietnam War, announced Pentagon officials on Oct. 16. Col. Wendell Keller of Fargo, N.D., and...

Northrop Grumman Marks AWACS Milestone

Northrop Grumman hosted a special event at its facility in Linthicum, Md., to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Airborne Warning and Control System air surveillance radar that sits atop the Air Force’s E-3 air battle command and control aircraft,...

B-17 Navigator Gets Another Ride in Flying Fortress

Earlier this month, for the first time in 68 years, Don Nicholson climbed into a B-17 bomber for a seat in his old navigator’s perch and a half-hour flight from Chesterfield, Mo., to St. Louis. The flight in the Liberty...