Officials at Beale AFB, Calif., say the base has flown its first operational Air Combat Command flight with one of the two RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle’s now assigned to the California base. It was “the first of many training missions designed to prepare our crews for missions over Iraq and Afghanistan and worldwide in the global war on terror,” said Brig. Gen. H.D. Polumbo Jr., commander of the 9th Reconnaissance Wing at Beale. The base received its first operational RQ-4 in 2004 and the second earlier this month.
Changes are coming this year for Airmen taking professional military education (PME) distance learning courses. Closer interactions with facilitators, a revised capstone course, and more feedback on test performance are meant to improve the overall experience for distance learning students, who often include members of the Air National Guard.