Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sullivan recently took command of the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base and has used his first month or so in Sumter to get to know the squadrons, teams and airmen who comprise the Air Force's largest F-16 combat wing. His first focus has been to ensure the health of the Airmen.
Last year was another good year for the space industry overall, with record launch numbers and a spurt in both broadband and remote sensing technology innovation, according to the Satellite Industry Association’s annual report. While the COVID-19 pandemic has had some negative impact, especially on the satellite manufacturing sector, the industry has seen growing demand during the crisis for connectivity because of the huge increase in telecommuting by both the commercial and government workforces.
The nation needs a "Space Guard" to back up "Space Force," the outgoing chief of the National Guard Bureau said last week, adding that there needs to be a role for the Guard in the newest military branch. "We're in historic times as we stand up another service. ... [There are] advantages to taking the model of the National Guard and leveraging that in creating a space National Guard component of the Space Force," Air Force Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel said July 2.
L3Harris Technologies has launched the first satellite of a remote sensing constellation it is developing for the U.S. Air Force. In a July 6 news release, L3Harris said the constellation of small satellites will provide imagery to military operators on the ground. “The company will task, command and control the satellite system, as well as perform on-board processing of data to deliver imagery products directly to warfighters.”
Using new modular software tools to speed upgrades for the F-16 fighter fleet is a priority for Air Force Materiel Command, says Commander Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr.
On a recent roundtable episode of the podcast, Douglas A. Birkey, executive director of AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, discussed service and congressional trade-off required to sundown legacy platforms while introducing and expanding new systems and technology.
The Air Force is leveraging emerging technologies and new legislation to accelerate acquisition decisions and streamline sustainment. Read more here.
1st. Lt. Kenneth “Kage” Allen was laid to rest on July 4 following a public ceremony attended by hundreds at Box Elder High School. Friends and Family got up to speak and share their stories of Kage Allen, a Utah native and Air Force pilot who died when his jet crashed into the North Sea, to the crowd.
The project will be the most extensive rebuilding of the Offutt runway since it was first constructed in 1941 and extended to its current length in the mid-1950s.
The Air Force has made a significant investment to help military couples combat infertility. MFB Fertility Inc. accepted a $1.3 million contract with AFWERX July 2 to provide Proov, a progesterone testing kit, to military couples attempting to conceive.
“‘God Bless The U.S.A.’ is one of America's most iconic songs, so we are thrilled to have been part of history in the brand new cover of this hit, featuring Lee Greenwood, Home Free, and our very own Singing Sergeants!” the U.S. Air Force Band wrote on YouTube.