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The Air Force is taking a page from the Cold War playbook to plan for deployments to the Asia-Pacific region. You can read how rotations to Australia and elsewhere in the Pacific will be modeled after the “Checkered Flag” deployments. While the Air Force is increasing its presence in the region, budget cuts have forced Pacific Air Forces to curtail exercises. See which exercises have been put on hold. Facing decreasing defense budgets for the foreseeable future, the Air Force is looking into how many aircraft and bases it needs and making big changes in the active-reserve mix to save…

The Air Force is taking a page from the Cold War playbook to plan for deployments to the Asia-Pacific region. You can read how rotations to Australia and elsewhere in the Pacific will be modeled after the “Checkered Flag” deployments. While the Air Force is increasing its presence in the region, budget cuts have forced Pacific Air Forces to curtail exercises. See which exercises have been put on hold. Facing decreasing defense budgets for the foreseeable future, the Air Force is looking into how many aircraft and bases it needs and making big changes in the active-reserve mix to save…

You can track every bomb that the U.S. dropped in World War I, World War II and Vietnam now that part of an Air Force database is accessible to the general public. The Theater History of Operations Reports, or THOR, details about 15 million American and allied aircraft sorties, according to the Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. Records from the Korean War are currently being digitized and added to the site. THOR allows you to see not only a list of airstrikes, but also to plot the bombing raids on Google Earth and see videos of the…

This week the Air Force posted some interesting photos of the Colorado Air National Guard’s 140th Fighter Wing in action, training alongside Jordanian F-16s and U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18s for exercise Eager Lion. The F-16s were deployed for the training, which wrapped up last week. The Jordanian government requested that the F-16s stay due to the civil war in Syria. The Air Force says that the training is focused “on missions the United States and its coalition partners might perform in support of global contingency operations.”

Men know that if you can’t fix it with duct tape, you’re not using enough. The Air Force seems to have embraced this ethos by testing to see whether polyurethane protective tape – which is like duct tape on steroids – can be used to protect C-130 landing gear. When C-130s land on rough strips, rocks kicked up damage the landing gear, an Air Force news story says. The main landing gear struts, which cost $100,000 each, require two people and at least eight hours to replace when they wear out. So the 302nd Maintenance Group at Peterson Air Force…

The latest selection rate for master sergeants is the lowest in more than a decade. In this week’s Air Force Times, we look at what technical sergeants need to know to advance to master sergeant as the competition for promotion gets fiercer. You’ll also want to read this week’s story about a doctor has created an interactive course to help airmen reduce the chances of injury and shave time off the 1.5-mile run component of the PT test. Dr. Mark Cucuzzella developed the method after fine tuning his training around his injuries so that he could keep running. In the…

The latest selection rate for master sergeants is the lowest in more than a decade. In this week’s Air Force Times, we look at what technical sergeants need to know to advance to master sergeant as the competition for promotion gets fiercer. You’ll also want to read this week’s story about a doctor has created an interactive course to help airmen reduce the chances of injury and shave time off the 1.5-mile run component of the PT test. Dr. Mark Cucuzzella developed the method after fine tuning his training around his injuries so that he could keep running. In the…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaJeA8P67cY[/youtube] It’s bombs away for the Joint Strike Fighter. This week,the F-35A completed the first in-flight weapons release of a hulking 2,000-pound GBU-31 BLU-109 JDAM from a fifth generation fighter, according to Lockheed Martin. Air Force Maj. Eric “Doc” Schultz flew the mission from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and jettisoned the bomb at the China Lake test range. It’s another in a line of firsts for the delayed F-35 program. With the first F-35B arriving at Patuxent River, Md., first refueling of the F-35B, first Air Force maintainer engine runs and even the announcement of its big screen debut.

Six Air Force C-130s continue to battle forest fires in the western U.S. On Wednesday, the C-130s made 18 airdrops, discharging about 56,000 gallons of fire retardant, according to U.S. Northern Command. All total, the aircraft have flown 123 airdrops and dumped more than 320,000 gallons of fire retardant on the blazes since being called into action on June 24. Citing privacy concerns, the North Carolina Air National Guard has still not identified two airmen injured when their C-130 crashed Sunday in South Dakota. The Charlotte Observer is reporting that one of the injured airmen is Josh Marlowe, of Shelby,…

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