SpaceX plans to build three new landing pads at Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla., for use by its Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets.
Former AFA Board Chairman retired Col. Martin Harris died Dec. 9. He was 84 years old and resided in Longwood, Fla.
The Air Force wants more airmen, but exactly how to get there is largely in the works.
Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson took a hard
line on China’s activities in the South China Sea Tuesday at his Senate
The next Daily Report will be Tuesday, Jan. 17 due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
The full Senate approved a waiver for Secretary of
Defense nominee James Mattis Thursday afternoon by a vote of 81-7,
according to a Senate Armed Services Committee spokesperson.
JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., and Travis AFB, Calif.,
were named the preferred location for the next two Active Duty-led
KC-46A bases, according to a Jan. 12 announcement.
Insisting multiple times that the US military needs to become stronger and more lethal, retired Marine Corps Gen. James
Mattis, nonetheless, presented a moderate vision of military leadership
in his Senate confirmation hearing to be the next Secretary of Defense.
Shaw AFB, S.C., has been selected as the preferred
location for a new MQ-9 Reaper group and mission control elements,
according to a Jan. 12 Air Force release.
The Air Force has selected NAS Joint Reserve Base Fort
Worth, Texas, as the preferred location for the first Air Force Reserve
US and Afghan forces fought in self defense in a Nov.
2-3, 2016, battle in Boz Village, Afghanistan, returning fire against
Taliban fighters using civilian houses as firing positions.
The US Special Operations Force is already over
stretched at a time when the incoming presidential administration is
likely to ask it to do more, and lawmakers should look to address this
in future budgets and legislation, a new report states.
The first F-35 delivery of 2017 was a milestone, the
200th operational jet, which is now the second delivered for the Japan
Air Self Defense Force.
Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James made her final
public appearance in office Wednesday, telling airmen to “aim high, and
aim well. I know you will, and I’ll be watching.”
The next administration will face massive challenges in
nuclear security, most notably North Korea’s push to become a nuclear
power, and it will require bipartisanship in Congress and bold
leadership to address, Vice President Joe Biden said.
The military under the Trump administration will see new competition targeting the F-35 as a push reduce costs.
A memorial ceremony was held Wednesday for John E. Weston at Arlington National Cemetery.
The House of Representatives welcomed sixteen new members of the Armed Services Committee on Wednesday.
A former special tactics combat controller who, during
the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu, is credited with saving dozens of lives
died last year and was recently buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
The US-led coalition and its Iraqi counterparts have
brought down almost a dozen drones used by ISIS to both collect
reconnaissance and drop munitions on Iraqi troops, the coalition said.
Experts on US military-civilian relations recommended to the Senate Tuesday that retired Marine Gen. James Mattis be granted a waiver permitting his confirmation as Secretary of Defense.
Collaboration across agencies and engagement with the
commercial sector are two keys to a robust national cyber defense,
retired Marine Gen. John Kelly said Tuesday at his Senate confirmation
hearing to be the next Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.
The US will likely not shoot down a North Korean test
ICBM if fired, instead will use such a test by dictator Kim Jong Un as
an intelligence-gathering opportunity.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter, in his final public
appearance in office on Tuesday, would not provide a timeline for the
defeat of ISIS, but said he is confident it will "conclude as soon as
The Air Force on Tuesday announced it is removing
regulations on tattoos on airmen, and allowing tattoo sleeves and other
large body markings.
An airman assigned to JB San Antonio, Texas, was shot and injured in the Jan. 6 shooting at the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., airport.
Air Force Association is looking for 45 volunteers, who are interested
in maintaining a dominant Air Force, to participate in one of three
focus groups to be held Jan. 23-25.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Joseph Dunford praised
outgoing Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Monday during a farewell ceremony at
JB Myer, Henderson Hall, Va., calling him a “visionary” whose dogged effort to
cut through bureaucratic red tape helped save countless “lives and limbs”
in the fights in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Civil Air Patrol National Radar Analysis
Team on Saturday helped locate a Colorado Springs couple after their Cirrus
SR22 crashed in a remote area about 32 miles east of Meeker, Colo.
A US Navy destroyer on Sunday fired warning shots at Iranian vessels during a tense standoff in the Persian Gulf.
The MQ-1 pilots of the 46th Expeditionary
Reconnaissance Squadron fly every day in support of Operation Inherent
Resolve, taking off and landing remotely piloted aircraft for missions
piloted by operators in the US. And previously, when the deployed pilots
went home, they would only get two weeks off before they were back to
flying missions. Now, because of a new scheduling configuration, these
pilots will get about four months of training and deployment
preparations when they get home.
About 300 marines will deploy to Afghanistan this spring to bolster the US and Afghan fight targeting the Taliban.
A Special Forces soldier died Saturday in a non-combat incident in Jordan, the Pentagon announced.
The US intelligence agencies released a declassified report
on Friday shortly after a two-hour highly classified briefing with
President-elect Donald Trump on Russia’s efforts to influence the
SrA. Grayson Bryant, left, and SrA. Rhea Flambeau, right, 386th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron patrolmen, encounter a heard of camels during a patrol of the base security zone at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Jan. 1, 2017.
Departing Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James’s
advice for her successor in the Trump Administration, is topped by a
call to keep growing the service.
During her tenure as Air Force Secretary, Deborah Lee
James has overseen a significant overhaul of the USAF nuclear community,
which was rocked by a cheating scandal shortly after she began her
tenure. Since then, the Air Force has implemented hundreds of actions
aimed at boosting morale and modernizing aging infrastructure.
Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., is in the process of upgrading its Active Duty A-10C with new lightweight airborne recovery systems.
All the KC-135 tankers that temporarily relocated to JB
Charleston, S.C., have returned home to MacDill AFB, Fla., after
completion of the roughly $8 million runway repairs there late last
year, according to a Jan. 4 USAF release.
An engine fell off the wing of a B-52 Stratofortress
during a training flight Wednesday at Minot AFB, N.D., and the pilot was
able to land the bomber without any incident.
The departure of the USS Eisenhower carrier
strike group left an aircraft carrier gap in the Central Command area of
operations. Now, USAF and coalition partners are stepping up to make
sure the fight against ISIS gets all the air power it needs.
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), pressed director of
National Intelligence James Clapper at a cyber security hearing Thursday
as to “who benefits” from “disparaging comments” about the US
The US intelligence community should be kept
“apolitical,” Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the
Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said
his confidence in attributing the hacks that played a role in the
November election to Russia was “very high.”
The US intelligence community will issue a report
“early next week” with a consensus finding that Russia did, in fact,
mount a campaign to influence the US presidential election, using
“classical propaganda, disinformation, fake news,” and the selective
release of hacked emails, James Clapper, director of National
Intelligence, told the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday.
US and coalition aircraft ended 2016 having dropped
30,743 bombs on ISIS in Iraq and Syria, up more than 2,000 from the
Two Israeli F-35 “Adirs”
fly in formation and display the US and Israeli flags after receiving
fuel from a Tennessee Air National Guard KC-135, Dec, 6, 2016.
US jets targeted al Qaeda twice in the first few days
of the new year, killing at least 20 fighters in the Idlib Province of
An entry in the Dec. 21 Daily Report misstated the title of an officer involved in the planning of B-52 exercises in the South China Sea.
Seth Jefferson McKee, who was the
four-star head of North American Air Defense Command from 1969-1973,
headed US Forces, Japan, and was a World War II combat pilot with two
aerial victories, died in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Dec. 26, 2016 at the age
The US-led coalition fighting ISIS reiterated its need to use Incirlik AB, Turkey, in the fight as Turkish officials have made threats about the base’s use.
The Air Force announced initial operating capability for its new Cyber Resiliency Office for Weapons Systems on Wednesday.
Northrop Grumman received $45 million to overhaul 10 engines in the KC-10 Extender fleet.
US aircraft conducted a “show of force” flight over an
ISIS position near the Syrian city of al Bab earlier this week, but
didn’t drop any bombs because of insufficient ground intelligence and
The US-led coalition has doubled its amount of
advisers in Iraq to 450 around Mosul within the last few weeks,
including special operators who have entered the city alongside Iraqi
Four F-16 Fighting Falcons and 120 personnel from the
Royal Netherlands Air Force arrived at Siauliai AB, Lithuania, on Monday
to lead NATO’s Baltic Air Policing operations.
The Air Mobility Command Museum at Dover AFB, Del., is
working to restore an historic C-119 transport aircraft for display as
the prize of their collection.
4th Class Cadet Timothy Barber died Saturday when the
private aircraft piloted by his father, retired Air Force pilot Greg
Barber, collided with another airplane in midair near McKinney, Texas.
Air Force Magazine will be available for sale at select Barnes & Noble stores around the country beginning in January.
The initial cadre of Air Force and Navy nuclear
officers have nearly wrapped up their part in the Striker program, and
so far the biggest lesson learned is that the grass is not always
greener on the other side.
The Air Force on Dec. 28 released the final request for proposals to industry for the JSTARS recapitalization program.
Three F-22 Raptors from Tyndall AFB, Fla., fly in formation during Checkered Flag 17-1 on Dec. 8, 2016.
The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History’s
Heritage Park, in Albuquerque, N.M., opened a new exhibit featuring a
reconstructed Peacekeeper ICBM in November.
A half century later, an Air Force Minuteman II motor
functioned like new. In October, Air Force crews conducted a static fire
live test of a 50-year-old Minuteman II motor.
Maintainers at Fairchild AFB, Wash., noticed an issue
with a KC-135 earlier this year and were able to stop it before it could
have had a huge impact on the fleet.
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