SASC Unanimously Approves Carter’s Nomination

Former Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s nomination to be the next Secretary of Defense passed the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. The nomination now moves to the full Senate for consideration. Unlike the troubled nomination process for his predecessor...

Round Six Fighter

Despite the completion in recent years of at least two analyses of alternatives indicating that it’s time to start developing something to follow the F-22—which will start retiring in the 2030s—there’s no program of record yet to do it. “We...

Funding GPS III

The Air Force has requested $380.1 million in its Fiscal 2016 budget for the Global Positioning System III program, including $199.2 million for procurement and $180.9 million for continued research, development, testing, and evaluation. That does not, however, include funding...

Wolfenbarger Inducted into Order of the Sword

Air Force Materiel Command boss Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger was inducted into the Order of the Sword Feb. 5 at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. “I am overwhelmed and humbled, by this spectacular...

Active Badgers

The Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing stood up an active association with an injection of Active Duty airmen at Truax Field near Madison, Wis., on Feb.7. “We’re going to get young aviators, young maintainers, young support personnel, and...

DOD Authorizes Service Stars on GWOT Medal

Service members are now authorized to wear service stars on their Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medals, according to a Feb. 9 Pentagon release. The stars represent deployments in support of Operations Enduring Freedom (Sept. 11, 2001-TBD), Iraqi Freedom (March...

Cerberus Stolen, Training Gained

C-130Js from Ramstein AB, Germany, and Dyess AFB, Texas, recently deployed to Elefsis AB, Greece, for combined training with Army paratroopers and the Greek air force. “We’re here to strengthen our ties with the Greeks, one of our NATO allies,...

Eagle Lands at Langley

Current and former members of the 1st Fighter Wing dedicated an F-15A Eagle static display at JB Langley-Eustis, Va., during a ceremony there on Feb. 6. Langley flew F-15A/Bs and F-15C/Ds from 1976 to 2010, when it transitioned to all...