Gen. Michael Moseley reminded reporters at the Pentagon late last week that the Air Force has been engaged in the Middle East since August 1990. “The Air Force has been in continual combat since that time—16 straight years through operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Northern Watch, Southern Watch, Vigilant Warrior, Desert Fox, and now operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom,” explained the Air Force Chief of Staff. And, while engaged in those operations, he added: “The Air Force has also conducted simultaneous combat ops in Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo, and over Serbia. No other component or service can say that.” Out of this “continued combat experience,” said Moseley, the Air Force has incorporated a wealth of lessons learned, changing its training practices and expeditionary deployments.
An Air Force C-17 transport jet recently tested a new technology that could help aviators stay on course even if the satellite-based Global Positioning System (GPS) that much of modern-day aviation relies on is compromised.