AFA Appoints Space Steering Group
The Air Force Association has formed the AFA Space Steering Group to recommend ways the Association can strengthen its long-time advocacy for space capabilities and increase its support for U.S. Space Force Guardians and their families. “The mission of the Air Force Association is to support dominant Air and Space Forces,” said AFA President, retired Lt Gen Bruce “Orville” Wright. “We now have two separate and distinct military services in the Department of the Air Force, and both are foundational to Joint Force operations. Both also are key to deterring and, if necessary, defeating any threat to our nation’s security, and are as important in today’s global strategic environment as at any time in the history of our Association.”
‘America is Back’—Biden Vows Close Coordination With Allies on Security Threats Like ISIS, Afghanistan
In remarks to world leaders on Feb. 19, President Joe Biden vowed that America remains committed to its foreign military alliances and promised to work closely with international partners in addressing the biggest security threats around the globe.
Air Force Adds to DOD Mask Guidance
Acting Secretary of the Air Force John Roth issued a memorandum Feb. 16 that supplements the Defense Department’s new mask policy on military installations while performing official duties. This updated Department of the Air Force order continues the COVID-19 fight and ensures military preparedness is maintained, he said. The secretary’s memorandum supersedes all previously issued guidance.
Aviano Pays Tribute to Airman Who Died While in Coronavirus Quarantine
An Airman who died last month while in coronavirus quarantine was remembered on Feb. 19 for his fatherly sense of humor, his loyalty, his off-duty “shenanigans” and on-duty mentorship to others. The base ceremony was a chance for colleagues of Tech. Sgt. Michael W. Morris to celebrate his life and service after his death more than a month ago.
National Guard Says Mission in Washington Will Conclude By Mid-March
“The mission is to go through mid-March as planned,” D.C. National Guard spokesman, Capt. Tinashe Machona told the Washington Examiner on Friday. “We are not aware of any changes to that plan.” The Guard is scheduled to draw down March 14 with a total expected price tag of $483 billion for the overall operation.
MQ-9 Begins Flying Missions From Romania
The 25th Attack Group began flying the first active-duty operated U.S. Air Forces in Europe MQ-9 Reaper sorties in Romania via remote-split operations as of Feb. 1. Until now, the 25th ATKG specialized in counter-terrorism missions in United States Central Command area of operations. They are now building capacity in the United States European Command area of responsibility to support great power competition while maintaining a persistent presence in USCENTCOM.
F-16s From ‘Triple Nickel’ and 510th Train with First European Air Unit to Acquire F-35s
The exercise, known as an Agile Combat Employment, took place at the Amendola Air Base in Italy and was designed to "ensure U.S. Air Forces in Europe, along with allies and partners, are ready for potential short- or no-notice contingencies by allowing forces to operate from locations with varying levels of capacity and support,” according to the release.
Kirtland AFB Female Defenders Get New Female Body Armor
After years of wearing the standard tactical vest originally designed for a male body frame, female Airmen from the 377th Security Forces Group at Kirtland Air Force Base were among the first Air Force defenders to receive the new issue of female body armor starting January 2021.
Governor's Order On Licenses Aims to Ease Military Family Transitions
Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday signed an executive order to direct the Division of Professional Licensure to improve license portability for military personnel and their spouses so that they can continue their civilian careers and provide for their families without interruption.
Mitchell Institute’s ‘Aerospace Advantage’ Podcast: Episode 11
On this episode, "Flying and Fighting with the F-35: Pilots’ Perspective,” F-35 pilots Air Force Maj. Justin “Hasard” Lee and USAF Capt. Kristin “Beo” Wolfe discuss how the F-35's stealth and information dominance capabilities are changing combat aviation.
NASA's Mars Helicopter Reports In
The technology demonstration has phoned home from where it is attached to the belly of NASA’s Perseverance rover.