Patriots Could Extend US, NATO Reach into Syria

The Patriot batteries currently based in Turkey to shield the NATO ally against Syrian ballistic missiles could also, if repositioned closer to the Syrian border, help establish a safe zone in northern Syria to protect civilians and aid opposition forces...

Weapons School is Another Sequester Casualty

The Air Force is shuttering its weapons school at Nellis AFB, Nev., for the time being due to budget sequester-related cuts, revealed Gen. Michael Hostage, head of Air Combat Command, on Thursday during a talk in Washington, D.C. “That is...

No Standdown for Air Mobility Command

Though Air Combat Command has started to stand down some of its units due to the sequester’s effect on operating budgets and flying hours, Air Mobility Command won’t be following suit, AMC chief Gen. Paul Selva told defense reporters on...

Readiness and Ranges

As the remainder of Fiscal 2013 grinds on under the budget sequester, the effect on the Air Force’s training infrastructure will have just as much impact on readiness as flying hours going away, said Air Combat Command chief Gen. Michael...

KC-46 Details and the Sequester

The KC-46A tanker design has been refined such that only “small details” are still being reworked, Gen. Paul Selva, Air Mobility Command boss, told reporters on Thursday. The KC-46 critical design review is scheduled for this summer, and the only...

Korean War Chaplain Awarded Posthumous Medal of Honor

President Obama on Thursday awarded the late Capt. Emil J. Kapaun, a Roman Catholic priest from Kansas who served as an Army chaplain during the Korean War, a posthumous Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military decoration. Ray Kapaun, nephew...

Slip the C-17 SLEP

There’s no service life extension program in the future years defense program for the C-17 transport, Air Mobility Command chief Gen. Paul Selva told defense reporters on Thursday. While “on a micro level,” there are C-17s that have dramatically flown...

Otto Tapped to Oversee Air Staff Intelligence Matters

President Obama has nominated Maj. Gen. Robert Otto for promotion to the rank of lieutenant general for his new assignment as deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance in Air Force headquarters, announced the Pentagon on April 11....

Air Force Reserve Turns Sixty-five

Sunday, April 14, marks the 65th anniversary of the modern-day Air Force Reserve. On that day in 1948, President Truman signed legislation to establish the organization. It came about some seven months after the birth of the Air Force as...

Cause of Predator Crash Remains a Mystery

Accident investigators could not determine by clear and convincing evidence why an MQ-1B Predator remotely piloted aircraft crashed last September in Southwest Asia, according to Air Combat Command. The Predator went down shortly after operators lost the satellite data link...