President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010 into law. Approximately 500 people, including former troops and repeal advocates, attended the signing ceremony at the Department of Interior headquarters in Washington, D.C. “No longer will our country be denied the service of thousands of patriotic Americans who are forced to leave the military regardless of their skills, no matter their bravery, or their zeal,” stated Obama moments before signing the bill. He added, “We are not a nation that says, ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says, ‘Out of many, we are one.’ We are the nation that welcomes the service of every patriot.” The Defense Department now needs to move forward with planning the implementation of the new law, which overturns the controversial Clinton-era ban on homosexuals openly serving in the US military. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who steadfastly supported the repeal, has cautioned troops that DADT will remain in effect for now until Obama, Joint Chief of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen, and he certify the new policies and regulations. “I will approach this process deliberately and will make such certification only after careful consultation with the military service chiefs and our combatant commanders,” Gates said back on Dec. 18. (Obama remarks) (White House blog entry, including ceremony video) (See also DOD’s webpage on DADT repeal)
Feb. 28, 2021
In commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of Operation Desert Storm, Air Force Magazine is posting daily recollections from the six-week war, which expelled Iraq from occupied Kuwait.
Feb. 26, 2021
Acting Secretary of the Air Force Roth, NORAD’s Gen. VanHerck, U.S. Space Command’s Gen. Dickinson, Spark Tank, and more from Day 3 of the Air Force Association’s virtual Aerospace Warfare Symposium.
Feb. 26, 2021
A crew chief and production superintendent from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., took home the 3D-printed trophy in the Department of the Air Force’s Spark Tank innovation contest for a simple idea he predicts could “solve a lot of issues across the aircraft community.” Master Sgt. Justin Bauer pitched his…
The first flight of the AGM-183A hypersonic missile will happen within a week, experts reported Feb. 26 at AFA's virtual Aerospace Warfare Symposium. The Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon will fly soon after a failed attempt, which was apparently due to technical and procedural glitches, not related to the missile's design.
Air Combat Command is trying to move forward with an experiment it hopes will pave the way for a larger overhaul of fighter pilot training, despite pandemic-era complications. The command is working through the contracting process for the resources it needs to test the “Reforge” idea, ACC boss Gen. Mark…
Feb. 26, 2021
Nearly 140 Air National Guard personnel from Texas and Kentucky have responded to parts of Texas that were devastated by Winter Storm Uri, ANG Director Lt. Gen. Michael A. Loh told reporters Feb. 26. The polar vortex ravaged Texas’ power grid and deprived many citizens of running water.
The head of AIr Combat Command isn't sure the cost of operating the F-35 will hit the desired $25,000 per hour by 2025, and he's headed out to meetings to see what can be done to make it happen. He's also concerned that China will beat the U.S. to 6th-generation…
The Pentagon’s new Independent Review Commission on Sexual Assault in the Military has 90 days to find ways to combat the problem within the ranks, and the group will consider all options to address an issue that has “shattered the dreams” of many service members who joined with optimism about…
Feb. 26, 2021
Air Education and Training Command has incorporated a focus on human performance optimization—which includes personal resilience, health, fitness, diet, and mental performance—into its Undergraduate Pilot Training 2.5 program, 19th Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Craig D. Wills said at the Air Force Association’s virtual Aerospace Warfare Symposium.