MC-12 Crew Killed in Crash in Southern Afghanistan

p, .An MC-12 surveillance aircraft crashed in southern Afghanistan, claiming the lives of the four crewmembers, announced Air Forces Central Command on April 28. According to a Pentagon release, the airmen killed in the April 27 mishap were: Capt. Brandon...

Donley Stepping Down in June

Acknowledging it will be “bittersweet to say farewell,” Air Force Secretary Michael Donley announced he’ll be stepping down as the service’s leader on June 21. That will be five years to the day that he began his tenure, first as...

Wilsbach Takes Over Task Force in Afghanistan

p, .Maj. Gen. Kenneth Wilsbach, former deputy director of operations for US Pacific Command, last week assumed command of the 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force-Afghanistan during a ceremony at Kabul International Airport. Wilsbach took the task force’s reins...

Resiliency Goes Beyond Hardening

p, . .ExternalClass .s .t The Air Force’s “Pacific Airpower Resiliency Initiative” aims to give Pacific Air Forces installations the ability “to withstand attack, adapt, and have the capability to perform military operations in the face of continued enemy attacks,”...

Air Force Officials Promote BRAC

Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee’s readiness panel last week, Air Force senior officials made the case for another round of base closures in 2015, despite lawmakers’ skepticism. Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) the panel’s chair and BRAC skeptic, pressed...

Sequestration’s Impact on Defense Health

The defense health program is expected to absorb 7.95 percent, or $3.2 billion, of the Defense Department’s portion of the sequestration cuts in Fiscal 2013, said Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs. Testifying before the House Appropriations...

HASC Announces Mark-up Schedule

The House Armed Services Committee will begin marking up its version of the Fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill on May 22, announced committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.). The intelligence, emerging threats and capabilities panel; military personnel panel; seapower and...