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From Edmonton to Winnipeg, Canadians are weighing in on a potentially contentious decision to change the Canadian Air Force back to the Royal Canadian Air Force. According to reports, the conservative government wanted to highlight historic and traditional ties with the British crown and bring a bit of history back to the Canadian military. The Navy will also go back to being the Royal Canadian Navy. Reuters report that the Canadians dropped the “royal” from their name in 1968 when they combined into The Canadian Forces. General Walter Natynczyk, chief of the defense staff, said in the story: “The initiative…

One* of the men who wants to be your next commander-in-chief is touting his Air Force experience. Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been stumping across Iowa lately. He proudly presents his conservative bona fides: He loves guns (and packs heat while jogging). He really doesn’t like same-sex marriage. He likes pardoning death-row criminals even less. He also likes to tell voters about his military service: He earned a commission in the Air Force, became a C-130 pilot and left four years later as a captain.** That experience provides one reason why Perry wants to unseat President Barack Obama next November.…

If it’s not rule No. 1 about protesting, it should be: You gotta know the topic. Take yesterday’s talk on unmanned systems at the National Press Club. Participants included representatives from the Air Force’s RQ-4 Global Hawk program, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, iRobot and QinetiQ. The four talked mostly about more peaceful uses for drones, like helping the Japanese during the nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant and providing aerial video of wildfires. As the panelists wrapped up their presentations and us news hacks in attendance prepared to ask inside-baseball questions about Global Hawk procurement, one of…

The 624th Operations Center at Lackland Air Force Base is warning Air Force personnel to be on the lookout for malicious websites posing as official Defense Department and Air Force pages, according to public affairs. Center officials have discovered spoofed sites and want airmen to pay attention to the sites their surfing and be careful using passwords. The Air Mobility Command Threat, Analysis, and Response Cell identified the spoofing threat to the 624th. The center is asking all Air Force personnel, including  military, civilians and contractors to be sure that links and Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) are legitimate before entering…

Call it Fridays with Leon. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta works in Washington. His home is in California. That’s a lot of flyover country in between, and Panetta has stopped off at Air Force bases the past two weeks to shake hands, answer questions and pose for photos with the troops. He stopped by Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., on July 29. His “stay was brief and the group small,” according to a news release. Next Friday, the Doomsday Plane landed at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. Panetta stopped by U.S. Strategic Command headquarters and met with the honchos there. So…

Air Mobility Command is hosting their biennial Rodeo competition at Joint Base Lewis-McChord this week. (In case you didn’t know, check out this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this and this. And there’s even more here.) The event brings in folks from across the world, allows them to wear cowboy hats and compete for bragging rights. Your humble correspondent covered the past two Rodeos at his last gig, and I can attest they’re a mighty good time. Units will put up tents in a central area, grill out and sip a few chilly ones during…

Some pictures are worth a thousand words. Like this one of the Air Force’s chief of staff riding through the streets of Cheyenne, Wyo.: In case you’re wondering, Schwartz was the grand marshal of the 115th Cheyenne Frontier Days parade. He and his wife, Suzie, rode through downtown on horseback. He also attended the CFD Rodeo, where he “rode in the grand entry and received a behind-the-chutes tour,” according to an Air Force release.

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.

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