The US is finalizing a deployment of about 12 more F-15s to Incirlik AB, Turkey, to join the 12 A-10s already stationed at the base as a way to “thicken” air operations against ISIS in northern Syria, a senior defense official said Oct. 30. The deployment, a mix of F-15C Eagles and F-15E Strike Eagles, will quadruple the number of aircraft deployed to the base from earlier this fall, when the contingent was just six F-16s. There also is a combat search and rescue detachment set up at Diyarbakir Air Base in Turkey. The US wants a “greater density” of planes striking targets, to coincide with an increase of intelligence assets developing targets, the defense official said. “We want to be prosecuting as many targets as possible, with the right assets in theater, in proximity to do that,” the defense official said. US Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, commander of US European Command and NATO Supreme Allied Commander, said earlier on Oct. 30 that the US wants to build up the base to increase “capabilities,” and this could include deployments of aircraft from partner nations. The move comes as Turkey has taken steps to increase the security on its border, including tasking a Turkish army general with the mission to fortify the border. Breedlove said that has resulted in a “marked improvement,” though there is still more work to do, he said.
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.