Pilots Uninjured After F-16 Crashes Outside Luke

An F-16 assigned to the 309th Fighter Squadron at Luke AFB, Ariz., crashed in field just west of the base around 7 p.m. on June 26. Both pilots safely ejected; neither was injured, according to a base release. The pilots...

Boeing Begins Assembly of First KC-46A

Boeing began production of the first KC-46A aerial refueler on June 26 as workers at the company’s Everett, Wash., plant loaded the first wing spar—a main structural component of the wing. Measuring 82 feet and 5 inches, the wing spar...

Obama Nominates Dempsey, Winnefeld for Second Term

President Obama has nominated Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Vice Chairman Adm. James Winnefeld for a second two-year term. At a June 26 Pentagon news conference, Hagel supported Obama’s decision by saying, “I’m...

Taking Reaper Farther

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems is under contract to provide the Air Force with “a limited number of kits” to extend the flight endurance of MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft, said Frank Pace, president of the company’s Aircraft Systems Group. The...

In for the Long Burn

Pratt & Whitney is gearing up for ground tests later this year of a demonstrator engine featuring technology that would increase the performance of the company’s F135—the engine that powers the F-35 strike fighter, said Bennett Croswell, president of the...

AETC Stand Down Focuses on Mitigating Sexual Misconduct

Air Education and Training Command implemented a “command-wide” stand down day during the month of June to focus on mitigating “an ongoing trend of sexual misconduct” across the Defense Department, states a base release. In May, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel...

Force Structure Commission Holds Public Hearing

The congressionally mandated commission tasked with determining the appropriate Air Force Total Force mix held its third public hearing in Arlington, Va., on June 26, according to a commission release. During the hearing, retired Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro, chairman of...

State Attorneys General Call for Improvements to MLA

Military service members are “disproportionately targeted by predatory lenders,” according to a June 24 letter from 10 state attorneys general, which encourages the Defense Department to modify regulations under the Military Lending Act. The MLA is intended to protect troops...

Israel Receives First C-130J

Israel received its first C-130J Super Hercules from Lockheed Martin during a June 26 ceremony at the company’s Marietta, Ga., facility, according to a release. “Israel’s new C-130J builds on the tradition of its predecessors and offers the IAF unique...

Wounded Airmen Attend First Adaptive Sports Camp

Air Force wounded warriors took part in a two-day sports camp designed to help them adapt to their new lives, according to an Air Force release. Over 30 airmen attended the first Air Force Wounded Warriors Adaptive Sports Camp, held...