Space Force Basic Military Training

Space Force Putting Ideas to the Test in Year 2

The Space Force spent its first year in business transforming how the military is organized, trained, and equipped to wield satellites, radars, and more in combat. It will spend its second year proving whether those changes can work. As the newest service turns 1 year old on Dec. 20, it is preparing to welcome in thousands more recently selected Airmen in fields like intelligence and acquisition next year. It plans to grow to 6,400 Active-duty members by the end of September, and total about 16,000 employees including civilians and members assigned from other branches. “There certainly is a sense of urgency, there's a sense of excitement. We want to make sure that we can move as quickly as practical,” Chief Master Sergeant Roger A. Towberman, the Space Force’s Senior Enlisted Adviser, said.

Expeditionary Center Tackles Training Amid COVID-19

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J.—When the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S. and much of the country entered lockdown earlier this year, the Air Force still needed to deploy with ready Airmen. That posed a challenge for the Air Force Expeditionary Center here: How could the Expeditionary Operations School and the 421st Combat Training Squadron take on the growing demand for prepared Airmen while keeping people safe? “The expeditionary mission never went away," Maj. Gen. Mark D. Camerer, commander of the Expeditionary Center, said in a Dec. 8 interview.
Gremlins X-61A and C-130 test

Gremlins Program Optimistic About Next Tests After Drones Fail to Dock

Dynetics and its partners are planning next steps for the Gremlins drone swarming program after the aircraft failed to dock with a C-130 in recent flight tests. A third round of demonstrations began Oct. 28 at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah. The three X-61As individually tried out “rendezvous” and “station-keeping” maneuvers, about 125 feet away from the C-130. Then they crept to within 50 feet of the docking “bullet” that is designed to clamp onto the drone in midair. Over the course of nine tries, the aircraft came “within inches” of capture but fell short each time.

New York Reservists Return from First KC-135 Combat Deployment

Dozens of Airmen and four KC-135s from the 914th Air Refueling Wing returned home to Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y., this month from the wing’s first combat deployment with the tankers. The wing switched from flying C-130s to KC-135s beginning in 2017, became fully mission-ready in April, and four months later deployed to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, as part of Operations Freedom’s Sentinel and Resolute Support. The New York-based Airmen have also flown training missions with partner countries in the region. They returned home on Dec. 12-13 after four months in the Middle East.

Radar Sweep

Snapshot: DOD and COVID-19

Air Force Magazine

Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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MQ-9 Program Office Completes ATLC Testing

Air Force Life Cycle Management Center release

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s MQ-9 Program Office achieved a pivotal milestone in the successful completion of testing for Automatic Takeoff and Landing Capability (ATLC) on Oct. 6.

OPINION: Confirm Austin, But Retire Milley

Defense One

The relationship between the retired Marine infantry officer-turned-SecDef and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford—a serving Marine infantry officer and former Mattis subordinate—was so close that it made the Pentagon dysfunctional in many ways.

VIDEO: 4 Principles of Agile JADC2 Development

Air Force Magazine

Innovation has always been a hallmark of the U.S. Air Force. But with the accelerating pace of technology development, the service needs a new approach to modern design to make the latest technologies profoundly more accessible.

One More Thing

This Female World War II Vet is One of the First Americans to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

A female World War II veteran has become the first VA patient to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced Monday. Margaret Klessens, 96, was inoculated Monday at the VA Bedford Healthcare System, the first of thousands of veteran residents of long-term health facilities and VA medical staff expected to get the vaccine in the coming weeks.