Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday US and NATO forces will begin transitioning from the traditional combat mission in Afghanistan to a training and advising role in 2013, similar to the final days in Iraq. However, US troops will remain in Afghanistan through 2014, Panetta told reporters while aboard a military aircraft headed to Brussels where Panetta would meet with NATO defense ministers. “Hopefully by the mid to latter part of 2013, we’ll be able to make a transition from a combat role to a training, advise, and assist role,” he said. This “doesn’t mean we’re not going to be combat-ready,” noted Panetta. Rather, forces just won’t be in “the formal combat role we’re in now,” he said. Panetta said he intends to ask his fellow defense ministers to commit one billion euros for the Afghan army and police forces. “The key is to have a sufficient and sustainable [Afghan] force that can be there for the future,” he said. (Panetta transcript) (AFPS report by Karen Parrish)
The Senate confirmed over 400 senior military promotions Dec. 5, after Sen. Tommy Tuberville mostly lifted his monthslong hold on military nominations. Specifically, Tuberville lifted his hold on all nominations below four-star generals and admirals. Out of 455 pending general and flag officer nominations, affecting 451 people, the Senate confirmed…
Three types of U.S. Air Force fighter aircraft participated in air-to-air refueling with a commercial tanker for the first time last month, coinciding with a bilateral exercise between the U.S. and Singapore that concluded Nov. 24.
Dec. 5, 2023
The eight Airmen aboard the CV-22 Osprey that crashed off the coast of Japan were declared dead as the operation transitioned to search and recovery Dec. 5.
Adm. Christopher Grady, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs and head of the Joint Requirements Oversight Council, is pushing a “portfolio” approach to requirements and wants his position to have “more teeth” so he can enforce it.
The Michigan Air National Guard’s 127th Air Refueling Group recently put together what may be a first of its kind in the Air Force: a training program that teaches KC-135 tanker crews how to perform specialized fueling operations (SFO): ground-based procedures that could help gas up military aircraft in a…
Air Force Global Strike Command has finished collecting a second round of test samples looking for hazardous chemicals at its three intercontinental ballistic missile bases and plans to expand testing to Vandenberg Space Force Base early next year, officials said Dec. 1.
Dec. 4, 2023
After a nearly weeklong search, U.S. and Japanese search teams located most of the wreckage of U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey and the remains of most of its crew members.
The U.S. conducted a drone strike in Iraq on Dec. 3, as the American troops there continue to be targeted by Iranian-backed militants. The strike took place near Kirkuk as the militants were preparing to attack U.S. troops in northern Iraq, a U.S. official told Air & Space Forces Magazine.…