Spaceplane Mission Gets Green Light

United Launch Alliance has cleared the next launch of an Air Force X-37B reusable spaceplane to occur this week at Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla., after concluding that it has sufficiently mitigated the chances of a booster anomaly repeating itself from...

Nuclear Assignments Shuffle

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh has assigned Maj. Gen. Garrett Harencak to become the next assistant chief of staff for strategic deterrence and nuclear integration, announced the Pentagon. He will replace Maj. Gen. William Chambers, who has...

Korean War Double Ace Ralph S. Parr Dies

Retired Col. Ralph S. Parr, one of the top aces of the Korean War and the only American aviator to receive both the Distinguished Service Cross and Air Force Cross, died on Dec. 7 in New Braunfels, Tex., northeast of...

Back to Old Montana

Montana Air National Guard F-15s last week handed over responsibility for protecting the airspace around Hawaii back to the Hawaii ANG’s 190th Fighter Wing at JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, reports Montana’s Great Falls Tribune. F-15s from the 120th Fighter Wing...

Liberation in Limbo

Trainers at JBSA-Lackland, Tex., are implementing a new program to provide opportunities for professional development to airmen held in limbo between basic training and technical school. The 324th Training Squadron’s Holdover Airman Development Program, begun earlier this year, helps airmen...

Less than Critical

The United States last week conducted a subcritical nuclear experiment to collect data to help the nation maintain a safe and reliable nuclear weapons stockpile, announced the National Nuclear Security Administration, an agency of the Energy Department. Dubbed Pollux, the...

Panetta Briefs Obama on Leadership Ethics Recommendations

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta last week briefed President Obama on the initial recommendations to come from the Joint Chiefs of Staff-led review of general/flag officer ethics, according to a Pentagon release. Panetta presented two initial findings to Obama that JCS...

Cadets Soar Above the Rest

Air Force Academy cadets, who fly primarily in TG-15A and smaller TG-15B gliders, soared to their eighth straight national sailplane racing championship, announced academy officials. They cited results released last week from the Soaring Society of America in the academy’s...