Chapman’s Medal of Honor Story, Legacy Celebrated at Hall of Heroes
USAF leaders and the family of TSgt. John Chapman officially placed his name and story into the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes, which recognizes all of the recipients of the Medal of Honor. Chapman, who posthumously received the Medal on Wednesday, fought and was killed in the 2002 Battle of Takur Ghar in Afghanistan. Read the full story by Brian Everstine.
Sen. Markey Calls for Release of Pentagon’s Delayed Missile Defense Review
Yokota Osprey Deployment to Officially Begin Oct. 1
The US military is deploying five CV-22 Ospreys to Yokota AB, Japan, beginning Oct. 1, the Japanese military announced this week. While the deployment will officially begin this fall, the aircraft have been at the base since this spring. In late July, when Air Force Magazine visited Yokota, the tilt-rotor aircraft were positioned on the base’s flight line though USAF officials directed questions about their presence to Air Force Special Operations Command. The Japanese Ministry of Defense said Thursday the deployment will help Japan and the US respond to “various circumstances” in the area, according to the Japan Times. Fifth Air Force Chief of Staff Col. Jean Eisenhut said during a July interview that the CV-22s are part of an increasing AFSOC presence in Japan, a location that is “ideal for their mission.” The base will eventually house 10 of the aircraft. —Brian Everstine
USAF Trying New Trainer Technology at Travis for KC-10 Boom Operators
Travis AFB, Calif., has been taking the lead in using both a new three-dimensional simulator and life-size aircraft mockup for KC-10 Extender boom operator training, the Air Force said Wednesday. The simulator provides better capabilities than the old one and can produce a three-dimensional image, providing more realistic depth perception for boom operators in training; prior to this the sense of depth could only be experienced on an actual aircraft. The new cargo load trainer, a mock KC-10 from the cockpit door back, allows boom operators to become proficient at loading cargo—a key skill because the boom operators also serve as KC-10 loadmasters. –Steve Hirsch
Strategic Command Signs Space Services, Data Agreement with Brazil
—Ten finalists have been selected out of more than 70 entrants in the Air Force’s We Are Airman 2018 Recruiting Video Contest; the finalists have been invited by their major commands to attend the Air Force Association’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Md., next month, where a winner will be announced: AETC Release.
—The 38 North project cited satellite photos showing that North Korea this month stopped dismantling a missile engine test site despite a promise made to President Trump in June: Reuters.
—US forces conducted an airstrike in Somalia Tuesday targeting al-Shabaab militants about 29 miles northeast of Kismayo, killing two: US Africa Command release.
—The Defense Prisoner of War and Missing in Action Accounting Agency in June found the remains of US Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Hulen Leinweber, shot down over the Philippines on June 10, 1945. Leinweber was assigned to the 40th Fighter Squadron at Misawa AB, Japan: Defense Department release.
—The remains of World War II Army Air Forces Sgt. Alfonso O. Duran, shot down over Yugoslavia in 1944, were buried in the Santa Fe National Cemetery in Santa Fe, N.M., after being erroneously buried in a village in what is now Slovenia: Albuquerque Journal.
—Mosquitos at JB Langley-Eustis, Va., have been confirmed to be infected with the West Nile virus and the base is said to be taking precautions: military.com.
—The Air Force and industry are working together to test a new cybersecurity technology that has not yet been hacked, in spite of numerous tries: Fox News.