Hagel: Personnel Costs Unsustainable

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Wednesday the Pentagon must address skyrocketing personnel costs before they cripple the US military. In his first major policy speech since becoming the Pentagon’s boss in late February, Hagel cautioned that cuts to coveted...

Let’s Put Our Thinking Caps On

Maj. Gen. Steven Kwast, the Air Force’s representative to the upcoming Quadrennial Defense Review, has spoken publicly several times in the past few months on how he would like the Air Force to approach this installment of the congressionally mandated...

THAAD Going to Guam

The Defense Department on Wednesday announced that it would deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system to Guam in the coming weeks “as a precautionary move” to strengthen the US regional defense posture against North Korean ballistic missile threats....

Air Show Presence Demonstrates Asia-Pacific Commitment

Heidi Grant, deputy undersecretary of the Air Force for international affairs, attended the 2013 Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition in late March at Langkawi Island, Malaysia, as part of the Air Force’s ongoing efforts to build relationships in the...

Advisors Expanding Afghan Air Force Night Operations

As part of the NATO transition of combat operations to Afghan armed forces, advisors are training the Afghan air force in more sophisticated operations. At Shindand Air Base in western Afghanistan, advisors with the 444th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron have...

Air Guard-run Rescue Center Completes 5,000th Mission

The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center, located at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, completed its 5,000th mission since Alaska Air National Guardsmen began running the site some 20 years ago, according to an Alaska Air Guard release. The center hit the milestone on...

World War II Airman Laid to Rest

The remains of 1st Lt. John E. Terpning, a World War II bomber pilot who had been missing in action since 1944, were laid to rest with full military honors on Wednesday at Arlington National Cemetery. Terpning, of Mount Prospect,...

Sequestration Hits Air Force Museum

On May 1, the National Museum of the US Air Force will shutter its Presidential Gallery and its Research and Development Gallery “until further notice” due to the budget cutbacks resulting from sequestration, according to a museum release. “This was...