Hagel’s Budget Preview

The A-10 attack jet and the U-2 reconnaissance airplane are two of the “vertical cuts” the Defense Department is offering in its Fiscal 2015 budget proposal, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters at a Monday press conference and budget preview....

Goodbye Manas, Hello MK

Mihail Kogalniceanu AB, Romania, is now the US military’s main air transit hub for supporting operations in Afghanistan, replacing the Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan. MK, as it is known, took on this lead role at the beginning of February,...

Shelton Unveils “Neighborhood Watch” Satellites

The Air Force will launch two previously undisclosed space-surveillance satellites into orbit later this year that represent a “significant improvement” in monitoring activities in near-geosynchronous orbit where the United States has some of its most valuable space assets, said Gen....

Hagel Orders Revamp of POW/MIA Accounting Efforts

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel directed the Pentagon to come up with a better way to recover and identify the remains of service personnel still missing in action from past conflicts. Reviews of this mission have shown that it is “not...

Air Force Begins Beta Test of Tablet-based Pilot Instruction

Air Education and Training Command recently began a beta test at Columbus AFB, Miss., to gauge the viability of using commercial electronic tablets as part of the curriculum for specialized undergraduate pilot training. “No other base is doing exactly what...

One Hundred Thousand Hours of Power

The fini flight of Col. Joseph Jones, vice commander of Air Force Reserve Command’s 307th Bomb Wing at Barksdale AFB, La., also represented a significant milestone for the Reserve B-52 force at the base. Jones, who retires in March, was...

Pentagon Issues Electromagnetic Spectrum Strategy

The Defense Department released a new Electromagnetic Spectrum Strategy, or EMS, that increases available spectrum to meet growing demand from the commercial wireless industry while maintaining critical military capabilities. “To achieve the balance required between national security and economic growth,...

Southern Comforters

Medical airmen are making preparations to deploy to Belize in the coming weeks to treat some 15,000 Belizeans during US Southern Command’s New Horizons ’14 exercise. The outreach event runs from April 1 until around the end of June, SSgt....

Open Up and Say ‘Ahh’ to the New Medical Inspections

The Air Force completed its final health services inspection as it transitions to a new method of assessing the performance of its medical wings: the unit effectiveness inspection. The Air Force Inspection Agency gave the 59th Medical Wing at JBSA-Lackland,...

Russian Air Force Gets Stealthy Prototype

Sukhoi delivered the first stealthy PAK-FA fighter, also known as the T-50, to the Russian air force for flight testing, announced the aircraft manufacturer. The prototype of the fifth generation fighter arrived at the Chkalov State Flight Test Center at...

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