Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Lockheed Martin U-2S Dragon Lady, tail number 68-10337, made an emergency landing at RAF Mildenhall, U.K., gliding in after engine failure on Aug. 10.
Countering the threat from Iran is the U.S. military’s top priority in the Middle East, America’s top commander in the region said Aug. 12, blaming rocket attacks from Shiite militia groups in Iraq for hampering U.S. efforts to defeat ISIS in the region.
A Russian surveillance plane flew over Ramstein Air Base on Aug. 11 during its second Open Skies treaty flight this year through German airspace, military officials said. The Russian Air Force Tupolev Tu-154 aircraft also had a look at Spangdahlem Air Base and flew near U.S. Army bases in Bavaria, officials said.
As the military rushes to deploy new laser and microwave weapons, it doesn’t want to end up buying a welter of incompatible systems that don’t work well together, as happened so often in Afghanistan and Iraq. So the Pentagon’s directed energy office has tapped a veteran of Navy laser programs, Christopher Behre, to draft technical guidelines for all the programs to follow.
The Air Force on Aug. 14 will award Master Sgt. John Grimesey, the flight chief of the 21st Special Tactics Squadron at Pope Field, North Carolina, the Silver Star for his heroism during a 2013 battle in Afghanistan.
The Department of the Air Force announced this week it has extended more than 100 scholarship offers to new students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the fall of 2020, as part of its efforts to increase diversity in its officer ranks. The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps coordinated with leadership within Junior ROTC and its aviation program, the AFJROTC Flight Academy, to find rising college freshmen that had demonstrated leadership ability, aviation competencies, a propensity to serve in the U.S. military, and an interest in attending an HBCU.
The pandemic emerged early in its existence, but the infrastructure is already providing a foundation for health care innovation, an official said.
“For service members like me, Tricare health insurance and the limited number of military medical facilities offering fertility treatments add more stress to an already emotional process,” writes Victoria Chamberlain, a U.S. Army veteran who now works as a reporter for the Guns and America public media collaborative at WAMU.
Known as Ekranoplan in Russia, the ground effect vehicle or WIG (short for wing-in-ground-effect) plane is a vehicle that is designed to attain sustained flight over a level surface (usually over the sea) by making use of ground effect, the aerodynamic interaction between the wings and the surface. The cushion of air reduces drag allowing the WIG to carry significant payload over long distances, very fast and very low: this makes a WIG equipped with missiles difficult to detect and a significant threat to any enemy warship.