James Outlines USAF Charter

Orlando, Fla.—Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James has some simple marching orders from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and the Senate, she told attendees at AFA’s Air Warfare Symposium here Friday. Hagel told James he wants her to “make those tough...

Budget Preview

Orlando, Fla. The upcoming Fiscal 2015 Air Force budget will see “a greater reliance” on the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, service Secretary Deborah Lee James told attendees at AFA’s Air Warfare Symposium here Friday. James could not...

About that 58 percent Recommendation

Orlando, Fla. Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh said he’s not sure yet whether the recommendation of the congressionally established Air Force structure commission that the Active Duty component should make up no less than 58 percent of the Air...

The Task Force and Total Force Integration

Orlando, Fla. The views of the two-star generals from the Active Duty and reserve components who comprise the Air Force’s Total Force Task Force have “crystallized” around the right way ahead for Total Force Integration, said Chief of Staff Gen....

Reducing End Strength

Orlando, Fla. The Air Force is expected to reduce its end strength by up to 25,000 personnel by Fiscal 2019, but the plan is to take the “bulk of the cuts up front,” then normalize the force structure over the...

Reserve-ations

Orlando, Fla. Before deciding whether to adopt recommendations of the Air Force structure commission, senior service officials said here on Friday they want to know more about how the commission reached its conclusions. Speaking during the panel on major command...

Medal of Honor Recipient Walter Ehlers Dies

Walter Ehlers, the last living Medal of Honor recipient to storm Omaha Beach on D-Day, died Thursday at age 92, reported NBC News. Born on May 7, 1921, in Junction City, Kan., Ehlers joined the Army in 1940. He received...

Sleep Tight Tonight

Orlando, Fla. After visiting numerous missile bases and talking with many airmen in the wake of a widespread cheating scandal at Malmstrom AFB, Mont., Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said she is convinced the overall nuclear enterprise is “safe...

Wilson: Plenty of opportunity for Missileers

Orlando, Fla.—There is a “misperception” that there is no future for missileers in the service, but Air Force Global Strike Command boss Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson said that’s just not true. Speaking at AFA’s Air Warfare Symposium here Thursday, Wilson...

Finding the Right Formula

Orlando, Fla. The Air Force will more clearly define performance-assessment and promotion-recommendation processes in the upcoming changes to the enlisted performance review, said CMSAF James Cody here on Friday. Briefing reporters at AFA’s Air Warfare Symposium, Cody said the two...

Getting Personal

Orlando, Fla.—Changes to the enlisted performance review will also reflect an emphasis on feedback and relationships between supervisors and subordinates, said CMSAF James Cody. Speaking to reporters here at AFA’s Air Warfare Symposium on Friday, Cody said the process is...

Developing Cyber Weapon Systems

Orlando, Fla. The Air Force’s cyber warriors must normalize cyber capabilities in the same way USAF has other weapons systems in other domains, Air Force Space Command boss Gen. William Shelton said Friday during AFA’s Air Warfare Symposium here. As...