It looks like the fight for the USAF A-10 aircraft is far from over. Congressional lawmakers allege that the Air Force is inflating the savings from eliminating the A-10 as well as breaking the law by prematurely cutting back A-10 flying hours in 2014. Air Force officials are frustrated by the lawmakers claims that the USAF is "walking away from close air support", said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh. Read more »
If the Department of Defense's Fiscal 2015 budget request is approved by Congress, the Air Force will reduce its inventory of planes by almost 500.
These reductions would affect the active duty, Reserve, and National Guard fleets - completely eliminating the A-10 and U-2 airframes and greatly reducing the number of F-15s and MQ-1s. The reductions would mostly come from units stationed in the US - only 47 aircraft would be removed from overseas bases. Read more »
The Air Force announced today that their will be another review board to trim the ranks of Airmen, in order to help handle the ever looming budget concerns throughout the military. Read more »
Supporters of the A-10 Thunderbolt and the RQ-4 Global Hawk UAV have inserted language in the National Defense Appropriations Act (NDAA) to protect these aircraft through the end of the 2014 calendar year. Read more »
Due to pressure to curb drug use, sexual assault, and other infractions, the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs has instituted a secretive program using cadets as informants against other cadets.
Despite the AFA pushing honesty and trust as core values in both the Academy and the Air Force in general, this program has caused informants to be expelled for doing what the Academy secretly asked them too. According to the article on Stripes.com: Read more »
The silver goblets of the Doolittle Raiders - you can see all but four are inverted.
The 80 men of the legendary Doolittle Raid were honored this past Saturday with a toast by three of their four surviving comrades. Read more »
With a government shutdown on October 1st a distinct possibility, the Department of Defense has released some more information on what might happen to military operations.
From the article on MilitaryTimes.com:
The Affordable Care Act, popularly known as "Obamacare", should have little to no impact on military members enrolled in Tricare, since Congress passed legislation that both excluded Tricare from the ACA's various requirements of insurance companies and considers Tricare as meeting the ACA's individual mandate.
This has led to a few disparities between the legally required coverage from private and state-run insurers and the benefits offered to Tricare members, however. The biggest differences are currently in the areas of mental health and weight management. Read more »
The first test flight of a US Air Force unmanned F-16, known as the QF-16, was a great success, according to the USAF and Boeing personnel involved in the program.
The QF-16 will replace the aging QF-4 as a full-scale fighter primarily used as target practice and weapons testing. Having a more modern plane as a target drone will allow pilots to better prepare for the more maneuverable and capable aircraft they may see in the skies over hostile territory. Read more »