Europe Goes Talonless

The Air Force no longer has any of its MC-130H special-mission aircraft based in Europe following the departure earlier this month of the last MC-130H that was assigned to the 7th Special Operations Squadron at RAF Mildenhall, Britain, according to...

Operational Testing for Nuclear Communication Terminals

The Air Force is scheduled this month to commence operational testing of upgraded satellite communications terminals that will connect US government and military leadership to Minuteman III ICBM combat crews, according to a Jan. 14 release. Minuteman III launch control...

Regan-omics

CMSgt. Lorraine Regan has been appointed as special assistant for Total Force enlisted issues for the Total Force Continuum, the follow-on effort to the Air Force’s Total Force Task Force. In this newly established Active Duty position, Regan will serve...

US Officials Meet With Syrian Opposition

US representatives met with leaders of moderate Syrian opposition forces in Istanbul as part of efforts to implement the congressionally approved mission to train and equip these forces, announced US Central Command on Wednesday. Army Maj. Gen. Michael Nagata, director...

C-17 Infrastructure Expansion at Al Udeid

Air Forces Central Command is shifting its posture in certain areas from an expeditionary footing to a more enduring presence. The 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron, as a result, is undertaking projects to improve infrastructure at al Udeid AB, Qatar,...

Kadena F-15s Surge

From maintainers recovering and relaunching jets to pilots prepping and flying sorties, airmen at Kadena AB, Japan, last week trained in surge operations with their F-15s to improve their combat readiness and proficiency, according to a release. The number of...

Eagles by Association

Air Force officials recently stood up the F-15C active associate unit that will support the F-15C/D schoolhouse that the Oregon Air National Guard’s 173rd Fighter Wing runs at Klamath Falls, according to the wing’s January newsletter. “It’s very invigorating; this...

First Local C-17 Training Hop for Martinsburg

The West Virginia Air National Guard's 167th Airlift Wing recently flew its first C-17 training sortie from Martinsburg since converting from the C-5A, reported the local Montgomery Herald. "The fact that this sortie was able to happen ahead of schedule and without a hitch is a tribute to the hard work of all those who have been working this conversion over the last year," said pilot Capt. Justin McCabe in the newspaper's Jan. 13 report. The unit received its first C-17 last September, and is scheduled to have in place its eight C-17s by July. The inaugural C-17 sortie was originally planned for this month, but the unit managed to conduct its first two-hour local training flight from its base at Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport on Dec. 18. The wing's remaining C-5As are due to depart by May for retirement at Davis Monthan AFB, Ariz.