For the Iraqi airmen of Squadron 23 at Ali Base, learning to fly and maintain the three C-130s given them by the US Air Force has entailed a crucial first step: mastering the English language. Iraq Air Force leaders decided that they would not have USAF aircraft technical orders translated into Arabic, making it essential that they learn English to be able to operate and maintain the aircraft. This triggered the Defense Language Institute to send instructors to teach English to almost 500 Iraqi airmen.
Feb. 23, 2024
The Department of the Air Force’s space acquisition boss called for industry to stop low-bidding contracts and for the Pentagon to only select realistic proposals on Feb. 23, arguing that failures to do so eventually forces the Space Force to “rob our future to pay for the past.”