TSgt. Michael Downey II on Aug. 31 received the Airman’s Medal, USAF’s highest award for heroism in peacetime, from Air Force Chief of Staff John P. Jumper during a Washington ceremony. In October 2003, Downey, who is assigned to the office of the Chief of Staff, was on leave and walking with his three-year-old son in Boynton Beach, Fla., when an out-of-control car plunged into the Intercoastal Waterway right in front of him. He left his son with another bystander, dove into the water, and managed to get the sole occupant of the car, an 89-year-old great-grandmother, out of the car and to safety before the vehicle sank to the bottom of the waterway.
Details Murky as ARRW Falls Short in Second Test
March 24, 2023
The second all-up flight of the AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon on March 13 fell short of a fully successful test, but the Air Force isn’t saying what went wrong with the Lockheed Martin-built hypersonic missile. The defense giant's Missiles and Fire Control division recently said the ARRW is "ready…