Guard Troops Can Unionize on State Active Duty, DOJ Says
National Guard troops can legally organize and form unions while serving on state Active-duty orders, the Justice Department said in a court filing. DOJ lawyers asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought by state employee unions in Connecticut. A federal law prohibiting members of the military from organizing unions “does not apply to Guard members on state active duty or in the Inactive National Guard,” DOJ lawyers wrote in their filing.
'Our Staff is Grateful for Their Support'; Cleveland Clinic Officials Thank Air Force Members
Help from Air Force members allows Clinic caregivers to "take care of more patients in our community and surrounding regions," officials say.
The Latest on Missile Warning & Defense
Recent Russian and Chinese missile launches raised the stakes in space. Find out the latest news on sensing, tracking, and defending against enemy missile strikes.
AFWERX to Fund Development of Laser Terminal that Connects Military Aircraft With Satellites
AFWERX, an Air Force organization that works with commercial tech firms, selected Space Micro for a Small Business Technology Transfer Phase 1 contract to develop an air-to-space laser communications pod that could be deployed on military aircraft or unmanned drones to provide in-flight connectivity. Space Micro CEO David Strobel said Jan. 25 the company will look at how to “provide an optical communication chain between airborne assets and geostationary communications satellites.”
Aussies Unveil New Hypersonics Center, Signal Distance from Ukraine Crisis
“The technology that is developed here will help us to better defend against the malign use of this technology and ... give us the ability to strike against any potential adversaries from a distance and deter aggression against Australia’s national interests,” Defense Minister Peter Dutton said in Brisbane, where the center was built.
Republicans Are Split Over Ukraine, Threatening a Rare Bipartisan Consensus
Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski’s New Jersey office began fielding phone calls Jan. 25 from constituents who argued that Russia is only seeking peace by massing forces on the Ukrainian border and that America should stay out of the conflict. Several callers mentioned Fox host Tucker Carlson, who has suggested that the United States should be supporting Moscow instead of Kyiv.
US Approves $2.2 Billion Sale of C-130J Aircraft to Egypt
Egypt asked to buy 12 Lockheed Martin-made C-130Js, each installed with four Rolls-Royce AE 2100D turboprop engines, as well as a dozen spare engines; GPS navigation systems; identification transponders; missile warning systems; countermeasure systems; and more.
The Story Behind One of the Most Bizarre Squadron Emblems in the Air Force
One thing is certain: The Air Force has some pretty cool unit emblems. There are the “Flying Tigers” of the 23rd Fighter Group, the black dragon of the 3rd Special Operations Squadron, and the lightning bolt-riding samurai of the 14th Fighter Squadron. Each of these emblems is laden with symbols that evoke the unit’s history and values, which is why one can’t help thinking, “who the heck came up with that one” after looking at the emblem of the 311th Fighter Squadron based at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.