The airmen and soldiers who man the E-8C Joint STARS aircraft of the 128th Expeditionary Airborne Command and Control Squadron have exceeded 23,000 flying hours supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. The unit flies more than a dozen missions per week, each averaging from 10 to 12 hours. Many of the Air Force members—active duty and Air National Guard—have deployed multiple times. One mission crew commander, Maj. Dennis Dickerson, says that the demand for the platform continues to grow, as the crewmembers discover new capabilities daily on the “still relatively new” Joint STARS.
March 4, 2024
The Air Force has published images of an operational hypersonic Air-Launched Rapid-Response Weapon (ARRW) in Guam; a disclosure possibly meant to send a message to China but which raises questions about the future of the ARRW, which the Air Force insists it is not planning to procure in quantity.