Engine repair work has slowed down at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, now that maintainers have a limited number of parts left to work with, states a June 27 base release. “Right now we still have work, but with sequestration, there are a lot of parts ordering constraints,” said SSgt. James Root, aerospace propulsion journeyman with the 366th Component Maintenance Squadron. “We have engines in the back shop that are ready to be fixed, but we can’t get the parts to fix them.” One Mountain Home fighter squadron is deployed, but the other has stooddown as part of Air Combat Command’s new tiered readiness model. Instead of using the time to catch up on repair work, Mountain Home maintainers are spending their time completing training or participating in team-building exercises. “Our job is to make sure there are no leaks [and] everything runs well. … We try to make it so the engines can stay in the jets for a couple years at a time,” said MSgt. Chad Jacobsen, section chief for the 366th CMS engine test cell. “We are the last line to make sure the engine is serviceable before it goes into the jet.”
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.…