Rhode Island officials reportedly have started a campaign that they hope will convince the Air Force to assign an active associate element of some 400 airmen to work with the Air National Guard’s 143rd Airlift Wing at Quonset State Airport. According to a report last week by the Providence Journal, the effort by Gov. Donald Carcieri and state Air Guard officials not only are lobbying for up to 400 active duty airmen but also another four C-130J transports. The 143rd AW lost four of its 12 C-130s under BRAC 2005. Carcieri told the newspaper, “We have just started to promote this; this is highly competitive.” But a Guard spokesman, Lt. Col. Denis Riel, told the Journal, that Rhode Island is “on the short list” for those facilities where USAF wants to establish associate units.
Details Murky as ARRW Falls Short in Second Test
March 24, 2023
The second all-up flight of the AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon on March 13 fell short of a fully successful test, but the Air Force isn’t saying what went wrong with the Lockheed Martin-built hypersonic missile. The defense giant's Missiles and Fire Control division recently said the ARRW is "ready…