The groundbreaking at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam of a 77,500-square-foot hangar and operations facility for the Hawaii Air National Guard’s F-22 squadron drew hundreds of people, including the state’s governor and adjutant general. It’s safe to say the 77,500-square-foot facility will probably be pretty dang nice. A drawing on the website of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser shows the new complex surrounded by well-manicured lawns and palm trees. The Raptor is the world’s most advanced air-to-air fighter. Some of the world’s top pilots sit in the F-22’s cockpits. But the Raptor pilots aren’t getting in the air anytime soon. The service grounded…

Spaceheads around the Air Force have to be asking themselves one question: Who the hell snagged their sleeve in the satellite? OK, maybe it’s not that simple. But a Government Accountability Office report found that a small piece of cloth stuck in a fuel line might have caused the problems the Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite has suffered. The satellite will reach its intended altitude nearly a year late. Launch and operational delays have cost the government $250 million, according to the report. That’s some expensive cloth.

Air Force officials are testing a new capability to speed up personnel assistance for deployed airmen, according to Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs. Personnel Support for Contingency Operations, or PERSCO, teams are being established at deployed locations in U.S. Air Forces Central’s area of responsibility to give airmen access to the Air Force Case Management System.  The first deployed team to have access to the  system will be located at the Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan. The rest of the teams will be in place by the end of the year. PERSCO teams will coordinate with the…

The Gaston Gazette of North Carolina has a touching story about the family of Capt. Mark McDowell, a pilot who was killed when his F-15E crashed in Afghanistan two years ago. “Some days, I feel like he could walk right in the front door, and it wouldn’t surprise me, and other days and nights, I know he’s not,” Karen McDowell told the newspaper. “Of course there are certain things that trigger the grief, but my husband and I have learned to share our grief with one another. We have really grown closer during this time than we had ever been…

Loring Air Force Base doesn’t see much action these days. The Maine airbase — named after Maj. Charles Loring, Medal of Honor winner — closed in 1994. But it was the site of a new world record Sunday, when a Floridan man rode his motorcycle faster than 311 mph. Other speed records were set Sunday, including one man who drove a 1995 Nissan pickup at 179 mph. So what’s it driving a motorcycle faster than the cruising speed of some jets? “In this situation it was very calm,” Bill Warner told the Bangor Daily News. “I progressed my speeds up…

Chances are if you’re reading this you’re: a) gainfully employed by the U.S. government or draw a pension from the U.S. government; and b) have a few extra bucks to throw around. (And on that latter part, there’s an easy litmus test: You have cable TV? Then you have disposable income.) It’s time to spread some of that dough around. The Air Force is taking part of the Feds Feed Families food-drive campaign, which runs through Aug. 31. The 2,500 folks at Air Force Personnel Center are aiming to raise more than five tons of food and hygiene products. Allow…

Fear of the Chinese — the Red Chinese!! J-20s!! aircraft carriers!! — is all the rage in D.C. these days. So this piece from the Washington Times is kinda interesting. The reporter points out how the Air Force Academy purchased 25 T-53A trainers from Cirrus Aircraft. You know Cirrus: They crank out light-sport aircraft from their headquarters in Minnesota. They’re as American as apple pie, right? Except one detail: Cirrus is now owned by The China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of the China Aviation Industry Corporation, which is owned by the Chinese government. Or the Communist Party…

Security Forces airmen from bases across the country know they have many miles to go before they sleep. That’s because they’re participating in this year’s “Ruck March to Remember” as part of a commemoration of the lost lives of security force members in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Since 9/11, ten security forces Airmen have been killed and more than 100 have been wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan combat operations. Marking 10 years since the terrorists attacks on U.S. soil, the march will culminate Sept. 11 at Ground Zero. Members of the Joint Base San Antonio security forces community began the kickoff…

The Telegraph has a nice write-up about the people who make sure GPS stays up and humming. The British newspaper profiled the 2nd Space Operations Squadron at Schreiver Air Force Base, Colo., in an article carrying a headline that pretty much sums up the squadron’s contribution to everyday life: “We’d be lost without them.” The article begins with a description of Joshua Williams, a payload systems operator: “Three years ago, it was still illegal for him to buy a drink. Two years before that, he was back home in Virginia learning to drive. And yet today he’s responsible for a…

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