F-22s Deploy to South Korea for Exercises

The Defense Department has dispatched F-22s to South Korea for joint exercises, reported the Wall Street Journal on March 31. The jets arrived on Sunday at Osan Air Base, according to the newspaper. The deployment comes at a time when...

Air Force Details C-27J Divestiture Plan

The Air Force expects to complete the divestiture of its C-27J transports by the end of the fiscal year, according to the service’s newly issued plan for implementing the force structure changes that Congress mandated in Fiscal 2013. This entails...

WGS-5 Launch Set for May

The Air Force has scheduled the launch of WGS-5, the fifth Wideband Global Satellite Communications spacecraft, for May 8. The 45th Space Wing, which oversees launch operations at Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla., has placed the mission on the range schedule...

Travis Completes Runway Project

Officials at Travis AFB, Calif., held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the base’s reconstructed runway and its new landing zone. The March 28 ceremony symbolized the completion of the three-year, $68 million construction project, according to a...

Luke Reaches One Million Flight Hours with the F-16

The 56th Fighter Wing at Luke AFB, Ariz., last month reached its one millionth flight hour with F-16s since the unit began operating them at the base in December 1982, according to a base release. “This feat was quite an...

Keeping Three Extra B-1s Combat-Ready

The Air Force will maintain 12 combat-coded B-1 bombers in each of its three operational B-1 squadrons in Texas and South Dakota in order to comply with a mandate in H.R. 4310, the Fiscal 2013 defense policy act, announced service...

Airmen Introduce Aeromedical Evacuation to Kyrgyz Counterparts

US and Kyrgyz military medical personnel last month gathered at the Transit Center at Manas to discuss aeromedical evacuations as part of a broader effort to exchange information and build stronger ties. The meeting involved an overview of flight medicine,...

Commercial Flights for Rest and Recuperation Travel

Starting on April 1, US military personnel serving in US Central Command’s area of operations will receive commercial airline tickets for their travel from Kuwait to their rest and recuperation leave destinations, announced CENTCOM officials. Previously, the only option was...

New Homeland Defense Strategy Released

The Defense Department last month released the Strategy for Homeland Defense and Defense Support of Civil Authorities, the policy document that aims to position DOD to respond effectively and efficiently to threats to the United States through 2020. The 25-page...

Commemorative Painting Celebrates Unit’s Centennial

Aviation artist Kristin Hill last month presented officials at Beale AFB, Calif., with a commemorative painting honoring the centennial of the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron, the oldest flying unit in the US military. “It’s an honor to receive this work of...