Iraqi Assault on Mosul Finally Begins

Iraqi government and peshmerga troops on Monday launched the long-awaited battle against ISIS in Mosul, sending armored convoys into the city with support of US and coalition aircraft, including air controllers on the ground. The operation against Mosul is expected...

Mosul Fight A “Decisive Moment”

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the offensive to reclaim Mosul is a “decisive moment” in the campaign against ISIS, and the US-led coalition is confident Iraqi troops will prevail. Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said during a Monday briefing...

F-35 Insulation Fix Arrives

Lockheed Martin and the F-35 joint program office have developed a solution to the insulation problem that temporarily grounded 15 F-35A aircraft in September, according to a joint program office statement. The repairs are focused on “non-compliant Polyalphaolefin coolant tubes,”...

North Korean Missile Launch Fails, Again

North Korea attempted to launch another ballistic missile last week, but the test failed. A presumed Musadan intermediate-range ballistic missile was launched near the northwestern city of Kusong on Oct. 14, but failed, US Strategic Command announced Saturday. Last week,...

Spangdahlem Airmen Return Home

About 300 airmen returned Oct. 12 to Spangdahlem, AB, Germany, from a six-month deployment to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. The April 7 deployment of F-16s and airmen from the 480th Fighter Squadron was the squadron’s first...

House Democrats Urge No-First-Use Policy

Twenty-two Democratic members of the House of Representatives, led by Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), sent a letter to President Barack Obama last week urging him to adopt a no-first-use policy on nuclear weapons. “We are troubled by...

36th AES Relocates to Keesler

The 36th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron moved from Pope Army Airfield, N.C., to Keesler AFB, Miss., and became part of the Air Force Reserve’s 403rd Wing on Oct. 15. The move allows the unit to have access to the 403rd’s training...