Trump Praises Poland, Calls Out Other NATO Allies in Warsaw Speech
In a speech delivered in Warsaw Thursday, President Donald Trump praised NATO ally Poland for increasing its defense spending and restated his Administration’s criticisms of other European nations for not spending enough. He said the US had shown its commitment to NATO through its military spending, and he said European nations must show more desire to defend “the West” and its values going forward. Read the full story by Wilson Brissett.
Coalition, Iraq Develop and Deploy Rapid Police Presence
The US-led coalition fighting ISIS has worked with Iraqi officials to create a rapidly deployable police station “in a box” to quickly stand up security stations in previously ISIS-held areas. Read the full report by Brian Everstine.
Afghan Air Force Flies First Operational Aerial Resupply
The Afghan Air Force mobility forces hit a major milestone recently, flying their first operational aerial resupply mission. On June 28, an Afghan Air Force C-208 and AAF aircrew delivered four bundles, totaling about 800 pounds, to Afghan National Defense Security Forces ground troops at an Afghan Border Police operating base, according to a 438th Air Expeditionary Wing news release. The Afghan Air Force C-208, which was first delivered in December 2012, has become a backbone of AAF operations. The small plane flew 6,207 out of 13,741 total sorties flown by the entire AAF in 2016, including carrying 28,257 passengers, according to the 438th AEW. But the June flight was the first time an AAF crew resupplied ANDSF forces from the air. The pilots took about two weeks of flying to qualify for the airdrop, working with airmen assigned to the 538th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron on the tactics. AAF C-208 crews are qualified to drop bundles to a 50 meter accuracy, the release states. —
US Military Command in Afghanistan Changes Policy on Casualty Reports
US Forces-Afghanistan has changed its policy on notifying the public when a service member is killed in theater, altering a norm that had been in place since the war began and possibly extending the amount of time a casualty is announced by days. Gen. John Nicholson, commander of USFOR-A and the Resolute Support mission, changed the policy so that now a US casualty is announced after next of kin is notified, Reuters reported. Previously, the command would announce that a soldier had been killed and often include a general description of what happened and where in the country without a specific notification. Once the family was notified, then the Pentagon would name the casualty. The change was made to avoid families guessing after a casualty was announced but was not named, a military spokesman told Reuters. Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said Wednesday the change only applied to Afghanistan, and there was no change to other theaters. —Brian Everstine
Mattis: Diplomacy, Self Restraint Needed to Deal With North Korea
North Korea’s July 4 test of an intercontinental ballistic missile does not bring the US and that country closer to war, as diplomacy is still leading the US effort to avoid a nuclear conflict in the region, Defense Secretary James Mattis said Thursday. Read the full report by Brian Everstine.
Trump Signs Executive Order Establishing National Space Council
President Donald Trump signed an executive order re-establishing the National Space Council on Friday. The move to create such a Council for the first time since 1993 “sends a clear signal to the world,” Trump said, “that we are restoring America’s proud legacy of leadership in space.” Vice President Mike Pence will chair the space advisory group. Read the full story by Wilson Brissett.
Trey Griffin, a U.S. Air Force Academy cadet, marshals a C-130 Hercules as it taxis at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, June 27, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Hehnly)
Academy Cadets Deploy for Summer Training
About 20 US Air Force Academy cadets in June deployed to southwest Asia to get an up-close look at contingency operations abroad. The academy’s Operation Air Force program sends cadets to bases across the country, though some were able to go to Southwest Asia to get a look at deploying. The cadets went through pre-deployment training and were able to do “real work in support of the mission,” academy instructor Capt. Alex Hollenbeck said in a release. The cadets were tasked with at least 40 hours per week of work, including working with the aerospace equipment flight, civil engineers, crew chiefs on marshaling aircraft, and manning working posts with security forces, the release states.
SATCOM RFP Aims to Leverage Existing Commercial Systems
The Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center released a new request for proposal for its Pathfinder commercial satellite communications effort Wednesday. For the past three years, SMC has sought to take advantage of existing commercial technologies to develop more resilient, more affordable SATCOM infrastructure. The Pathfinder programs are intended to demonstrate new acquisition strategies that build toward “a future innovative, affordable procurement of long term COMSATCOM services,” according to the RFP. In 2014, Pathfinder 1 developed on-orbit transponders for use by combatant commanders. In the current RFP, Pathfinder 2, SMC is looking to procure pre-launch transponders to be used over the Continental United States. —
—Security Forces at Hanscom AFB, Mass., detected “potentially explosive material” on a truck undergoing routine inspection Thursday. After temporarily closing a gate and evacuating some personnel, explosive material experts cleared the vehicle: Hanscom press release.
—The Air Force’s director of cyber strategy says the service is “chronically undermanned” in the field of cybersecurity: C4ISRNET.
—Air Combat Command has announced the officers selected to join the USAF Thunderbirds 2018 demonstration team: Press release.
—Pakistan announced that it has successfully tested a short-range ground-launched ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads: Associated Press.
—The upgraded C-130J completed its first operational mission on July 1, transporting 12,000 pounds of cargo from Clark AB, Philippines, to Yokota AB, Japan: Yokota press release.
—Just ahead of President Donald Trump’s Thursday visit to Warsaw, Poland signed an agreement with the US to buy a number of Patriot missile defense systems: Reuters.
An entry in the July 6 Daily Report misstated the home town of Pfc. Hansen B. Kirkpatrick. He was from Wasilla, Alaska. We have updated the original entry.