DOD Civilian Furloughs Scheduled to Start

Hundreds of thousands of Defense Department civilian personnel, including tens of thousands of Air Force civilian employees, are scheduled to begin government-mandated furloughs the week of July 8. These personnel will face one furlough day without pay each week through...

Off the Mark

The US ballistic missile defense system failed to intercept a long-range target missile during a test last week over the Pacific Ocean, announced the Pentagon. The July 5 test, the first of its kind since the previous unsuccessful shootdown attempt...

C-130Js Set Formation Mark at Exercise

Members of the 317th Airlift Group at Dyess AFB, Tex., flew the largest-ever formation of C-130J transports—20 airplanes—during Joint Operational Access Exercise 13-03 at Pope Field, N.C., according to a Pope release. “During the exercise, the 317th AG set a...

Air Force Recruiting Stays on Track

The Air Force continued to post strong recruiting numbers for Fiscal 2013 through May, according to the Pentagon’s latest recruiting statistics. The service’s Active Duty component met its fiscal-year-to-date goal by bringing in 18,695 accessions, states the Defense Department’s July...

Spangdahlem Sees STARS

Members of the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem AB, Germany, held the ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the re-opening of the base’s ground-controlled approach facility that now features a new air traffic control radar system, according to a base release. The...

Proposed Reaper Sale to France Announced

The Pentagon notified Congress of the possible foreign military sale to France of 16 MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft and associated equipment, parts, training, and logistical support. The estimated cost of the transaction is $1.5 billion, according to the Defense...

Robins Unit Beefs Up for Disaster Response

The civil engineer squadron of the Georgia Air National Guard’s 116th Air Control Wing at Robins Air Force Base took delivery of two route-clearance kits that will bolster its ability to respond to disasters in the southeast United States, according...

World War II Airman’s Remains Identified

Defense Department forensic scientists identified the remains of SSgt. James M. McKain, 25, of Philadelphia, a World War II airman missing in action since 1944, announced Pentagon officials. DOD returned McKain’s remains to his family, and he was interred on...