Diversity and Inclusion Training

Department of the Air Force Begins Work on Second Disparity Review

The Department of the Air Force has begun work on its second review on disparities in its ranks, sending surveys to Airmen and starting interviews focused on barriers to service that some face based on gender and ethnicity. This second Inspector General Independent Disparity Review is focused on disparities that Hispanics, Latinos, Asians, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders face, along with gender issues. It follows the first review that focused on barriers to service and military justice inequalities that Black Airmen face.
C-17 Globemaster III at Joint Base Charleston

No Injuries After C-17 Catches Fire at JB Charleston

No one was hurt when a C-17 caught fire after landing April 9 at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. Seven crew members and one passenger were returning from an overseas mission when the C-17 landed at the base and caught fire, causing substantial damage to the Globemaster III. Videos and photographs posted online showed flames burning on the aircraft’s landing gear and black smoke rising from under its left wing.
MQ-9 Syracuse

Pilot Mixed Up MQ-9 Controls in June 2020 Crash

An MQ-9 pilot pulled a wrong lever as the Reaper was taking off in Syracuse, N.Y., causing the remotely piloted aircraft to lose fuel supply and crash in June 2020, according to an Air Force investigation. The MQ-9 was “significantly damaged” at a cost of $6.085 million in the crash at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base, which shares its flight line with Syracuse Hancock International Airport. There were no injuries.
Lloyd Austin Israel

Austin, in Tel Aviv, Calls for Increased Coordination with Israel

Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III traveled to Israel for high-level meetings with Israeli officials, to discuss ways to further ways for the two militaries to work together as the U.S. prepares to re-engage on talks related to the Iranian nuclear deal, and an Iranian facility loses power in a mysterious incident. Austin, the first senior Biden administration official to visit the country, met with Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz and is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The visit also comes after the U.S. military shifted Israel from the U.S. European Command area of responsibility to U.S. Central Command. “They have great capabilities as it stands and, of course, we want to make sure that we remain interoperable,” Austin told reporters.
Wilson building

JB San Antonio-Randolph Names Building for Former VCSAF Wilson

The Air Force’s main base for training future Airmen has named a key building after USAF’s longest-serving vice chief of staff. Air Education and Training Command on April 9 named building 905 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, “Wilson Hall” after former Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Stephen W. “Seve” Wilson, who retired in late 2020 after serving as the service’s No. 2 for more than four years.

Radar Sweep

OPINION: The United States Considers Reinforcing its ‘Pacific Sanctuary’

War on the Rocks

Could Japan see an increase in the presence of U.S. military capabilities and personnel in the years ahead? It’s looking possible. Soon after he took office, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III ordered a posture review to ensure the U.S. global footprint is the right size to support U.S. strategy. The results of the review will inform the Biden administration how best to allocate military forces in pursuit of U.S. interests, write retired Lt. Gen. Wallace C. Gregson Jr., a former commander of III Marine Expeditionary Force in Japan, and former assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs; and Jeffrey W. Hornung, a political scientist at the RAND Corporation.

Sponsored Content: People Make the Difference: Sustaining and Modernizing America’s ICBM Enterprise

Air Force Magazine

The nuclear enterprise is built on trust and experience. Sustaining and modernizing that enterprise is a delicate business. Darrell Graddy, president of Integrated ICBM Support Services, a joint venture company formed by Leidos, Amentum, and Apex, shares a vision for sustaining ICBM systems today and the imperative to modernize both the missile systems and the infrastructure for tomorrow.

Exploring Hate: An Inside Look at Anti-extremism Training in the Military


Nearly one in six people charged in the January 6 Capitol siege are military veterans. To address the growing concerns of misinformation and extremism within the ranks, Secretary Lloyd Austin implemented a stand down to train active troops around the world to combat the issue. Special Correspondent Michael Cerre gives us an inside look at the anti-extremism training at a Marine unit. This segment is part of our ongoing initiative: Exploring Hate: Antisemitism, Racism and Extremism.

OPINION: Air Force Hair Standards and the Invisible Labor Changing Institutions

Air Force Times

“Cast your gaze across the faces of U.S. Air Force servicewomen in the days after Feb. 10, 2021, and you cannot help but notice the joyous reaction to the recent policy change in hair standards for women,” writes Kelly Atkinson, an assistant professor of political science at the U.S. Air Force Academy, a major in the U.S. Air Force, and a career intelligence officer.

One More Thing

Dear Military, Please Invest in This Dude’s Lightsaber

Air Force Times

Is there any weapon more sophisticated and sought after than a lightsaber? It’s cool, compact, customizable and colorful. Not to mention it leaves absolutely no mess behind when slaying Sith lords or stacking up inept Stormtroopers. While the U.S. military has previously dabbled in adding Jedi-inspired technology to its arsenal — like the Tec Torch, a breaching tool that can cut through steel — it has yet to fully embrace the power of a plasma, combat-ready lightsaber.