McCain Holds Up Dempsey’s Reconfirmation

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) last week said he was placing a hold on the Senate’s process of approving Army Gen. Martin Dempsey for a second two-year term as Joint Chiefs Chairman until Dempsey provided his opinion on US military intervention...

Kowalski Nominated to become STRATCOM’s Deputy

President Obama earlier this month tapped Lt. Gen. James Kowalski to become the deputy commander of US Strategic Command at Offutt AFB, Neb., announced the Pentagon. Kowalski has overseen the Air Force’s Minuteman III ICBMs and nuclear-capable B-2 and B-52...

T-38 Crashes at Sheppard, Pilots Eject

A student pilot and his instructor safely ejected from a T-38 that crashed south of Sheppard AFB, Tex., according to base officials. The trainer aircraft went down on July 19 at 6:48 a.m. local time, with military and civilian first...

A Truly Historical Mission

Andrew Billman is one of three Air Force historians in Afghanistan tasked with documenting the service’s role in the United States’ longest war for future generations. From his office at Kandahar Airfield, Billman collects between 5,000 and 10,000 documents a...

Franks Urges Shielding Against EMP Threat

With each passing year, the United States is “growing more and more vulnerable” to a potentially devastating attack from an electromagnetic pulse weapon, said Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.). “With growing proliferation, we have more and more people capable of exploiting...

Aviano Deployment Cements Polish Partnership

F-16 pilots and ground crews from Aviano AB, Italy, are training in realistic wartime scenarios with their Polish counterparts at Lask AB, Poland, according to US Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa officials. This training is occurring as part of...

Expanding the B-1’s Role

Testing of Lockheed Martin’s Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile on the B-1 bomber reflects efforts to give the bomber greater relevance in the maritime environment, according to an Air Force release. This activity is consistent with the Pentagon’s AirSea Battle concept that...

Making AirSea Battle Operational

While the Pentagon’s AirSea Battle Office has no official role in the testing and development of the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile design and its integration on the B-1 bomber, the office is working closely with the services and the combatant...

C-17 Training Facility Opens at Wright-Patt

Officials at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week to mark the opening of the base’s new C-17 training system facility. Air Force Reserve Command’s 445th Airlift Wing will use the facility, which opened on July 16, for...