Air Force officials last week activated the 377th Security Forces Group to unify and oversee protection of nuclear weapons, personnel, and facilities at Kirtland AFB, N.M. The unit’s stand up will “not only strengthen nuclear and non-nuclear security, but also triple the leadership of the Air Forces’ largest nuclear security tasking,” said Col. Robert Maness, 377th Air Base Wing commander, as he unfurled the unit colors, Aug. 15. The Air Force also activated the 377th Weapons System Security Squadron and realigned the 377th Security Forces Squadron under the new group, now encompassing more than 600 personnel. Kirtland is home to the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center that ensures the reliability, sustainment, and modernization of USAF’s deterrent arsenal. The 337th SFG first stood up at Ramstein AB, Germany, in 1985, inactivating in May 1991. (Kirtland report by Marie Vanover)
The F-35 Joint Program Office has officially announced plans to issue multiple sole-source contracts to Pratt & Whitney to upgrade the fighter’s F135 engine—a widely expected move after Pentagon officials indicated they would do so earlier this year instead of developing an entirely new engine.