Air Force Moves Forward on Nuclear Bomb Modification

The Air Force awarded Boeing a $179 million contract to design a new tail-kit assembly for the B61 free-fall nuclear bomb as part of the B61 Mod 12 Life Extension Program. The Air Force is pursuing the LEP to improve...

Welsh Presents Chief of Staff Excellence Awards

Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh presented the 2012 CSAF Team Excellence Award to Air Mobility Command’s electronic flight bag team from Scott AFB, Ill., during a Nov. 28 ceremony at the Pentagon. Welsh honored the 21-member team for its...

New Expeditionary Group Stands Up at Manas

The 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force-Afghanistan activated the 466th Air Expeditionary Group at the Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan, to oversee the more than 2,300 airmen serving in Afghanistan in joint expeditionary taskings or as individual augmentees. “The...

McKeon, Rogers Stay on as Armed Services, Appropriations Chairs

The House Republican Conference on Nov. 28 selected Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) and Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) to continue their present roles as House Armed Services Committee chairman and House Appropriations Committee chairman, respectively, in the 113th Congress that starts...

Becoming Badder to the Bone

The most expansive upgrade project in the history of the B-1 bomber began this week at Tinker AFB, Okla., announced officials with the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex there. Over the course of the next eight years, 76th Aircraft Maintenance...

Flight Test Museum Launches Adopt-a-Plane Program

The Air Force Flight Test Museum at Edwards AFB, Calif., recently initiated an “Adopt-a-Plane” program that allows volunteers to help preserve the museum’s aircraft so that they are looking their finest for the thousands of annual visitors to the place....

Draft Solicitation Issued for Presidential Helicopter

The Navy has issued the draft request for proposals to industry for the new Presidential helicopter. The sea service wants a survivable and dependable platform, dubbed VXX, to replace the aging VH-3D and VH-60N helicopters that have shuttled the President...

Senate Passes Korean War Resolution

The Senate approved a bipartisan resolution (S.Res.602) formally recognizing the 60th anniversary of the Korean War and designating 2012-13 as the “Year of the Korean War Veteran.” “Nearly two million Americans fought in the Korean War, and more than 120,000...