Space Force 2022

Fighting Comes Into Focus for the Space Force in 2022

Leaders of the Space Force foresee the service continuing to become more “lethal” in its third year, inventing new tactical scenarios while maturing its organizational charts and carving out roles for companies, universities, and other of the world’s militaries.
Balfour Beatty

Private Military Landlord Pleads Guilty, Must Pay $65 Million for Defrauding Air Force, Other Services

Balfour Beatty Communities, one of the largest providers of privatized military housing in the U.S., has pleaded guilty to defrauding the Air Force, Army, and Navy, the Justice Department announced Dec. 23. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Balfour Beatty Communities has agreed to pay $65 million—$33.6 million in criminal fines and over $31.8 million in restitution—as a result of a federal investigation into its scheme to obtain performance bonuses by submitting false information to the military.

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With 2022’s Arrival, U.S. Air Force Gears Up to Commemorate its 75th Anniversary

USAF release

It’s never too early to start celebrating a major milestone, which explains why the U.S. Air Force and Department of the Air Force kicked off the year with a bang Jan. 1 by highlighting the start of their 75th year at the Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rose Bowl. Seventy-five years after the Air Force’s birth on Sept. 18, 1947, the spirit of innovation that has driven the service was on display when a B-2 Spirit from the 509th Bomb Wing, located at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, roared over the Tournament of Roses Parade and one of the most prestigious college bowl games, the 2022 Rose Bowl, to kick-off the yearlong 75th-anniversary celebration.

DAF Authorizes Pass for COVID Booster

USAF release

Airmen and Guardians who are eligible and elect to receive a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine are authorized a four-hour pass, or up to four-hours administrative leave for Department of the Air Force civilians.

Air Force Enlisted Promotions will Run a Bit Differently in 2022

Air Force Times

Enlisted airmen will navigate several changes to their career development and promotion processes in 2022 that aim to reward experience and critical thinking. The updates could also offer more flexibility for people who want to gain certain job skills or live in certain areas.

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Special Report: Pilots Detail Chaotic Collapse of the Afghan Air Force


The melee involving Afghan Air Force members ahead of Kabul’s fall hasn’t been previously reported. Reuters also learned exclusive details from airmen and former Afghan officials who participated in the secret operation to fly Ghani and his entourage to neighboring Uzbekistan on Aug. 15, and the role the chaos at the airport may have played in the timing of his departure.

White House Commits to ISS Extension


The Biden administration formally supports extending operations of the International Space Station through the end of the decade, an announcement that is neither surprising nor addresses how to get all the station’s partners, notably Russia, to agree on the station’s future.

Air Force Expanding Maternity Uniform Access for Airmen

Federal News Network

The Air Force’s Sword Athena program is partnering with the Army and the Air Force Exchanges to increase the availability of maternity uniforms in stores and sizing guides online. The change is due to expecting airmen having trouble finding the right size uniform to wear and being forced to find other, sometimes costly, ways to procure uniforms.