Former Special Tactics Airman Will Receive Air Force Cross

SSgt. Christopher Baradat, a now-separated special tactics airman, will receive the Air Force Cross for extraordinary heroism related to his actions in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, on April 6, 2013. Baradat had previously received a Silver Star for his actions, but...

McCain, Reed Willing to Consider BRAC

Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) are considering another round of base closure and realignment, which would be the first since 2005. McCain, who serves as SASC chairman, said Tuesday that “Sen. Reed and I are seriously considering...

McCain Urges Congress to Prioritize Military Spending

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) called on Congress Tuesday to expend the political capital necessary to increase military spending before addressing other top Republican priorities. In an Armed Services Committee hearing on future military budgets, McCain said President Donald Trump has...

Budget Experts Disagree over Impact of BCA

In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, budget experts disagreed over the impact of the 2011 Budget Control Act on military readiness. Committee chairman Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) called on the Senate to repeal “this mindless sequestration,”...

Happy 75th Anniversary AETC

Air Education and Training Command celebrated its 75th anniversary on Monday. “Think about American airpower in context for a few moments,” wrote AETC historian Gary Boyd. “For the first four decades, from 1903 to 1941, there were starts and stops,...

Bolstering RPA Pilot Training

The 1000th graduate of the Undergraduate Remotely Piloted Aircraft training program at JBSA-Randolph, Texas, graduated on Jan. 20. The 558th Flying Training Squadron, which oversees instruction for USAF RPA pilots and sensor operators, doubled the number of students moving through...