Eglin, Hurlburt Staying Afloat

Eglin AFB, Fla., and near-by Hurlburt Field, closed this week due to torrential rainfall that flooded parts of the East Coast, Eglin spokeswoman Lois Walsh told Air Force Magazine. Eglin closed April 30 and reopened the following day, but Hurlburt...

Russia is an Adversary, Not a Partner

NATO must start thinking of Russia as “more of an adversary” than “a partner,” said Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow on Thursday. Speaking to defense reporters in Washington, D.C., Vershbow said the ongoing situation in Ukraine has significantly changed NATO’s...

Lone Three-Time Air Force Cross Recipient Dies

Retired Col. James Kasler, the only three-time Air Force Cross recipient and a former prisoner of war, died in Florida on April 24. He was 87, reported the Daily Journal. Kasler enlisted in the Army Air Corps as a B-29 Superfortress tail gunner, flying combat missions over Japan during World War II. After getting his commission, Kasler flew 100 combat missions as an F-86 Sabre pilot over Korea, where he downed six enemy MiGs, becoming one of the first jet aces. On June 29, 1966, Kasler earned his first Air Force Cross as an F-105 Thunderchief pilot leading a strike against a heavily defended target in Hanoi, Vietnam. Just five weeks later, he was awarded a second AFC for braving heavy ground fire while attempting to locate a downed pilot. His aircraft was hit during the search and he ejected, beginning six and a half years of captivity in North Vietnam. He was awarded his third AFC for resisting torture and keeping faith with his fellow captives through unimaginable hardship. Kasler ended his 31-year uniformed career in 1975 as vice commander of the 366th Tactical Fighter Wing at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho. In addition to his three AFCs, Kasler received two Silver Star Medals, nine Distinguished Flying Crosses, and two Bronze Star Medals, reported the Daily Journal. (For more on Kasler, see Valor in Three Wars from the Air Force Magazine archive.)

JSTARS Hits 100,000 Post-9/11 Combat Hours

The E-8C JSTARS on Thursday reached 100,000 post-9/11 combat flight hours during a mission out of Al Udeid AB, Qatar, according to a May 1 release. The milestone “represents more than a decade of sacrifice and service by our men...

Making the BRAC Pitch

Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, said he plans to introduce a rider for a new round of base closures when the Fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill arrives on the House floor. “We need...

Smith Says Congress Should Suck it Up

The White House, Congress, and the Pentagon are on different pages when it comes to military spending, and if something doesn’t change soon military readiness will suffer, said Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee....

Valor on Big Gas Bird

World War II veteran Alfred Murphy was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross during a ceremony last week in Rochester Hills, Mich., more than 69 years after his final bombing mission in World War II. “The dedication and self-sacrifice of airmen...

Nine World War II Airmen Honored

Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh awarded the Prisoner of War Medal to nine World War II Army Air Forces airmen during a ceremony held seven decades after they were interned at Wauwillermoos Camp in Switzerland. Retired Lt. Col. James...

Peterson Opens Renovated Network Operations Center

The 561st Network Operations Squadron at Peterson AFB, Colo., officially opened the doors to its new operations center this week after a $4.5 million renovation. The new operations center, dubbed the “bullpen,” is designed like a Wall Street trading floor,...