Browsing: Afghanistan

Five airmen were killed in two separate crashes over three months. In both incidents, the pilots lost their spatial orientation in bad weather. This week’s Air Force Times looks at exactly what went wrong in the desperate last few minutes of both flights. Also this week, Air Force Times examines the 328-page report from the command-directed investigation stemming from Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Smith’s complaint about enduring years of sexual harassment. Ultimately, allegations were substantiated against two colonels, five lieutenant colonels and a captain. In other news, the gap in promotion rates between unmanned aircraft pilots and their counterparts in manned…

This video, posted today by Youtube account Global Motion, gives a good look at A-10s refueling over Afghanistan earlier this month, shot from the perspective of a KC-135R Stratotanker from the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron. The A-10s are a part of the 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, deployed from Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The A-10s have been the focus of political fighting, starting with the planned retirement of possibly the whole fleet. That proposal has prompted Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., to place a hold on the nomination of Deborah Lee James to be the next Air Force secretary. Despite…

The Afghan air force received its first two C-130s from the U.S. Air Force on Wednesday, according to NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan. Ultimately, the Afghans will receive four of the aircraft. The cargo aircraft are meant to replace the 16 C-27A cargo aircraft that the Afghans lost when the U.S. Air Force decided not to renew the contract with Alenia Aermacchi North America for not being able to provide enough flyable planes. Two Afghan pilots have been trained in the U.S. so far and another two are in the training pipeline, according to a NATO news release. Flight engineers and…

Get a first look at the strict Body Mass Index and body fat standards for airmen who fail the waist measurement part of the PT test but receive a composite score of 75 on the rest of the test The Air Force has not officially announced what the standards will be, but an internal document obtained by Air Force Times shows what is planned. Also this week, airmen struggle to pass the PT test months after giving birth. Read how one airman was so convinced she would fail the test that she had someone stab her in the stomach to…

Get a first look at the strict Body Mass Index and body fat standards for airmen who fail the waist measurement part of the PT test but receive a composite score of 75 on the rest of the test The Air Force has not officially announced what the standards will be, but an internal document obtained by Air Force Times shows what is planned. Also this week, airmen struggle to pass the PT test months after giving birth. Read how one airman was so convinced she would fail the test that she had someone stab her in the stomach to…

Starting Oct. 1, new rules will be in place for tuition assistance. In this week’s Air Force Times, we explain how they affect you. Also this week, a Predator and C-130s are helping with efforts to combat the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park. You can read how the aircraft are being used to fight the huge blaze. In somber news, the report into the April 5 fatal crash in Afghanistan has been completed and determined what caused Capt. James Steel’s F-16 to go down. Steel is son of retired Maj. Gen. Robert Steel, a former commandant of the National…

Starting Oct. 1, new rules will be in place for tuition assistance. In this week’s Air Force Times, we explain how they affect you. Also this week, a Predator and C-130s are helping with efforts to combat the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park. You can read how the aircraft are being used to fight the huge blaze. In somber news, the report into the April 5 fatal crash in Afghanistan has been completed and determined what caused Capt. James Steel’s F-16 to go down. Steel is son of retired Maj. Gen. Robert Steel, a former commandant of the National…

Coalition airstrikes for July 2013 are about half the total of July 2012 and the lowest for that month since at least 2008, continuing a drop in airpower in Afghanistan. U.S. Air Forces Central Command early today released this month’s airpower statistics, showing 253 total weapons releases in July, compared to 504 in July 2012. That brings the total weapons releases for this year up to 1,973, with 951 total sorties with at least one weapons release. Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sorties continue at a high pace, with 15,160 so far this year. Casualty evacuation sorties are also low this…

News outlets everywhere have been reporting that this soldier gave his family one big surprise, and in the quirkiest way. However, he’s not an Army guy. Captain Hyrum Bronson, an Air Force physician based at Kadena Air Base, Japan, had been deployed for six months serving in Afghanistan and wasn’t expected to return for another three weeks. With his early return, he decided to give his unsuspecting wife and kids one big surprise while they took a swim. Watch below:

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