The Air Force in 2020 will see the departure of its top uniformed leaders—Chief of Staff Gen. Dave Goldfein and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth Wright.
The aircraft's decades-long mission is to gather intelligence, and its capabilities take pilots to the brink of space. But it would be impossible without pressurized space suits. As the custom-made, smart-tech flight suits continue to improve, there’s no shortage of cutting-edge ideas to keep U-2 pilots soaring, and engineers are using emerging technologies to add mobility and develop even sleeker pressurized suits for the next batch of NASA astronauts who are getting ready to head out into the final frontier.
The Air Force is studying sleep habits among airmen to find ways to improve performance and ensure their readiness to support the mission. Researchers with the Air Force Research Laboratory 711th Human Performance Wing, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, are looking for ways to better equip airmen and their leadership with crucial data to ensure that airmen are getting the necessary rest to maximize mission execution.
Longtime Air Force football assistant coach Tom Miller died Dec. 22 in Arizona, an academy spokesman said. Miller coached for 23 years for the Falcons under head coach Fisher DeBerry. He led the defensive line from 1984-89, outside linebackers from 1990-2004, and was the special teams coordinator from 2000-05. He coached kickers in 2005.
Boeing will deliver the 11th satellite of the Wideband Global Satellite Communication (WGS) constellation to the US Air Force by 2024, the company said Dec. 26. The announcement comes eight months after Boeing received a $605 million contract for the production of the WGS-11 satellite that Congress funded in 2018.
An Air Force surgeon recounted the harrowing night he saved the life of a CIA officer who had been injured in an explosion at a small base in Afghanistan a decade ago.
Beginning Jan. 2, airmen at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., will no longer be able to carry their personal firearms on base, even if they lock them up in their cars first.
The renovated Air Force Academy Planetarium, which is in one of the academy’s oldest buildings and had been closed for 15 years, has something modern to offer new audiences and students. And it’s all about “Superpower Dogs.” These superhero canines, who save lives, rescue avalanche victims and save endangered species, are on the screen with the planetariums’ new state-of-the-art projection and immersive surround sound.