Rand Approved as AETC Commander

The Senate approved the nomination of Lt. Gen. Robin Rand to receive a fourth star to lead Air Education and Training Command at JBSA-Randolph, Tex. President Obama nominated Rand for the post in late June; the Senate’s confirmation came on...

Two F-16Cs Collide in Midair

Two F-16Cs assigned to the District of Columbia Air National Guard’s 113th Wing last week collided in midair during a routine training mission off the coast of Chincoteague, Va., about 70 miles southeast of Washington, D.C. The Coast Guard recovered...

Embassies Close Amid Terrorist Threats

The State Department closed 20 US embassies and consulates in the Mideast, North Africa, and South Asia starting on Monday local times, citing the potential for terrorist attacks emanating from the Arabian Peninsula, according to a travel alert. They will...

Senate Approves Haney to Lead STRATCOM

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Adm. Cecil Haney to lead US Strategic Command, succeeding Gen. Robert Kehler, who has overseen the combatant command since January 2011. The Senate action came on Aug. 1, according to the body’s list of...

Wilson, Handy Nominations Get Nod

Maj. Gen. Stephen Wilson received the Senate’s nod for promotion to the rank of lieutenant general to head Air Force Global Strike Command at Barksdale AFB, La. He’ll fill the vacancy created with the planned departure of Lt. Gen. James...

Klotz Tapped to Oversee Nuclear Weapons Stockpile

President Obama last week nominated retired Lt. Gen. Frank Klotz to be undersecretary of energy for nuclear security. In this position, Klotz would also lead the National Nuclear Security Administration, which is charged with maintaining the safety, security, and effectiveness...

Back to Work

The Air Force has recertified 17 of the 19 launch control officers assigned to the 91st Missile Wing at Minot AFB, N.D., who earlier this year lost their certification, said Lt. Gen. James Kowalski, head of Air Force Global Strike...

Weather Satellite Transferred to Launch Site

The Air Force’s 19th Defense Meteorological Satellite Program weather satellite arrived at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., in preparation for its scheduled launch into orbit next year, announced prime contractor Lockheed Martin. The satellite touched down at Vandy on Aug. 1 aboard...

Not All Dysfunctional

The section of the Defense Department’s Joint Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Command responsible for going out worldwide and collecting the remains of fallen US service personnel “has been and continues to be dysfunctional,” said Paul Cole, a fellow...

In Need of More Attention

Top-level leadership attention is needed to resolve long-standing challenges in accounting for US military personnel missing in action from past conflicts, said Brenda Farrell, director of defense capabilities and management for the Government Accountability Office. Testifying at an Aug. 1...

Off to a FAST Start

Hundreds of depot workers at Robins AFB, Ga., already have visited a first-of-its-kind Air Force medical facility on the base’s flight line since its opening in June, and their feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, according to a base release. The...