The Next “Next Tanker”

Even as the first KC-46A aerial tankers are taking shape at Boeing’s assembly plant in Everett, Wash., the Air Force has begun defining requirements for the next leg of its 40-year air refueling recapitalization plan, according to Maj. Gen. John...

Inside Track?

Given that the Air Force will be operating 179 KC-46As and have an organic logistics support system for them in place when it’s time to buy the next installment of tankers, does the KC-46 have an inside track for the...

Pave Hawk Pilot Awarded DFC with Valor

Capt. Charles Napier received the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor Device for his heroic actions piloting an HH-60G helicopter during a rescue mission in Afghanistan in December 2012. Col. Ginger Wallace, 517th Training Group commander at the Defense Language Institute...

Ike Skelton Dead at 81

Missouri Democrat Ike Skelton, who served in the House for 34 years and led the House Armed Services Committee from 2006 to 2010, died at an Arlington, Va., hospital on Oct. 28. He was 81. “The Department of Defense lost...

Missile Wing Aces Nuclear Inspection

Members of the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom AFB, Mont., received a perfect score during their most recent limited nuclear surety inspection, announced Air Force Global Strike Command. The inspectors, “found zero errors or deficiencies throughout the multiple evaluation scenarios,...

Jackson: Don’t Merge Guard and Reserve

Lt. Gen. James Jackson, Air Force Reserve chief, urged members of the congressionally mandated commission studying the Air Force’s structure not to advocate merging the Air National Guard and Reserve. “I believe the nation benefits from the synergistic value of...

Academy Makes God Reference in Honor Oath Optional

The Air Force Academy will no longer require cadets to recite the final clause of the honor oath that mentions God, according to an academy release. “We work to build a culture of dignity and respect, one that includes the...

Lockheed Martin Wins HH-60G Simulator Contract

Lockheed Martin received a $113 million contract from the Air Force to supply aircrew-training devices for the HH-60G rescue helicopter, announced the company on Tuesday. Under the contract’s terms, the company will deliver eight HH-60G Pave Hawk simulators, spares, and...

First National Monument for Military Working Dog Teams

Officials at JBSA-Lackland, Tex., dedicated the first national monument to US military working dog teams. The monument, unveiled on the southeast corner of Lackland’s parade grounds during an Oct. 28 ceremony, features a nine-foot-tall bronze dog handler representing all US...