Airmen Gear Up for Sandy Relief Efforts

Airmen from near and far were poised to help civil authorities in rescue and recovery efforts on the US East Coast after Tropical Storm Sandy made landfall in southern New Jersey on the evening of Oct. 29. Overall, there were...

Next-Generation GPS Ground Segment Advances

Frank Kendall, the Pentagon’s acquisition czar, has approved OCX, the Air Force’s next-generation GPS operational control system, to proceed into engineering and manufacturing development, announced service space officials. Kendall’s decision came on Oct. 11, according to the Oct. 26 release...

Max Thunder Kicks Off at Kunsan

More than 400 US and South Korean airmen began Max Thunder 12-2, an exercise at Kunsan AB, South Korea, to demonstrate their joint combat capabilities as a means of dissuading North Korean aggression. “Strong airpower sends a signal,” said Maj....

First CV-22 Hits 2,000 Flight Hours

A CV-22 assigned to the 71st Special Operations Squadron at Kirtland AFB, N.M., in mid October became the first Osprey in the Air Force’s fleet to reach 2,000 flying hours, according to a base release. This 2002-vintage airframe—tail number A0024—reached...

Think Tank Urges Dual Use of Yokota

The United States and Japan should consider making Yokota Air Base, northwest of Tokyo, open for civilian aviation, while still preserving its military readiness and enhancing its capacity for military operations, according to a new report by the Center for...

Davis-Monthan Airmen Help Validate Response Training Program

The Air Force is one step closer to bringing its hazards-response training in house instead of contracting it out, according to officials at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. Along with Fairchild AFB, Wash., and Travis AFB, Calif., Davis-Monthan is validating the Response...

Remains of Vietnam War Airman Laid to Rest

The remains of A1C Jerry Mack Wall, an airman missing in action in Vietnam since May 1966, were laid to rest during a burial with full military honors at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, according to Air...

Museum Halfway Done with Renovating Southeast Asia Gallery

The National Museum of the US Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, recently completed the second phase of renovating its Southeast Asia War Gallery, announced museum officials. The gallery pays tribute to Vietnam War veterans. During the phase II work,...

Pentagon Withholds F-35 Funds from Lockheed Martin

The Defense Department is withholding $46.5 million in reimbursements from Lockheed Martin until the company fixes deficiencies in its earned value management system that the company uses to track costs and schedules for the F-35 strike fighter, reported Bloomberg. That...

General Atomics Tests RPA Safety System

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems demonstrated a prototype GPS-based surveillance system for its Predator-series remotely piloted aircraft that allows these platforms to operate safely in the national airspace, announced the company. The Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast-based system offers enhanced situational awareness and...