Posthumous Silver Star for Lima Site 85 Hero

The Air Force has awarded the late MSgt. James Calfee a posthumous Silver Star Medal—the nation’s third highest award for military valor—for his heroic actions during a firefight on a Laotian mountaintop on March 11, 1968. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.)...

AFRICOM Leadership Change Announced

President Obama will nominate Army Gen. David Rodriguez to succeed Army Gen. Carter Ham as head of US Africa Command, said Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Oct. 18. Panetta made the announcement during a Pentagon press briefing. Rodriguez currently is...

Bronze Stars with Valor for Alaska Air Guardsmen

The Air Force awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device to Capt. Koaalii Bailey, TSgt. Shane Hargis, and SSgt. Theodore Sierocinski for their heroic actions in Afghanistan in 2010 and 2011. The three Alaska Air National Guardsmen received their...

Contingency Response Airmen, Rescuers Partner at Soaring Angel

More than 50 members of the 621st Contingency Response Wing at Travis AFB, Calif., earlier this month partnered with airmen of the Air National Guard’s 129th Rescue Wing from Moffett Field, Calif., during Exercise Soaring Angel. These airmen helped open...

Leadership Change at Air Force Recruiting Service

Brig. Gen. John Horner assumed command of the Air Force Recruiting Service from Brig. Gen. Balan Ayyar during a ceremony at JBSA-Randolph, Tex. “I’m both excited and humbled to be entrusted with command of the Air Force Recruiting Service,” said...

US, Israel Gear Up for Large-Scale Missile Defense Exercise

US military personnel are gathering in Israel to take part in next week’s Austere Challenge 2012, the largest military exercise between the two nations to date, according to a Pentagon release. More than 3,500 Americans and 1,000 Israelis will participate...

Cyber Experts Convene for “Plan X”

DARPA officials this week outlined the agency’s new “Plan X” cyber initiative to more than 350 cyber researchers, software engineers, and human-machine interface experts. Plan X, announced in May, is the first DARPA program that aims to create “revolutionary technologies”...

Russia Building DARPA-like Agency

Russian President Vladimir Putin approved legislation to create a research agency similar to the Pentagon’s DARPA, reported Russia’s state-owned RIA Novosti. The organization, called the Future Research Fund, will fall under the defense ministry and will “sponsor high-risk scientific research...