Archive for January, 2009

MARAD Offers Piracy Info Online

January 12, 2009
Naval Calendar 2009

Naval Calendar 2009

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The US Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a compilation of information relating to piracy in waters off the Horn of Africa, including maritime advisories, piracy statistics, a list of ships hijacked, and recommended counter-piracy measures…Read More MARAD, Anti-Piracy Website

Thunderbirds Post 2009 Air Show Schedule

January 12, 2009

 

Aviation calendar 2009

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Our military Aviation Calendar 2009 features 13 images of US and allied military aircraft in action. Buy the Aviation Calendar 2009 exclusively at the PatriArt Gallery for only $ 19.99. Worldwide delivery available.

 

The Thunderbirds air demonstration squadron has released its 2009 air show schedule. (Complete list)

“2018” a Flexible Date for USAF’s Future Bomber

January 10, 2009

 

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The 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review instructed the Air Force to have a new bomber on the ramp by 2018, but the aircraft ready to fly by then will in all likelihood still be “developmental,” Air Force Magazine quotes Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz. However, the bomber program is not overly ambitious and will heavily leverage technology developed in classified programs, Schwartz said. When the program gets going, Schwartz said, it will hew closely to Pentagon acquisition chief John Young’s admonition that new-start programs be based on “mature technology.” The bomber will fit that category, Air Force Magazine quotes Schwartz. Earlier this year, Young said 2018 is a “nice planning date,” but “not a mandatory date,” for the bomber to be fielded. (For more on the new bomber, read Great Expectations.)

Super Soldiers Get Super Bonus — $ 150,000

January 10, 2009
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Senior Army NCOs in several priority specialties again are being targeted for career extension incentives of up to $150,000.

Sixteen military occupational specialties, including all MOSs of the Special Forces career management field, are eligible for CRSB incentives of $8,000 to $150,000.

Read more at Army Times

USAF to Abandon 86 Wing Structure

January 9, 2009

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In a recent article, Air Force Magazine cites a  little-quoted and oft-forgotten edict of the 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review directed the Air Force to maintain 86 combat wings. The service never really defined what that meant, and the number is now likely to fall by the wayside, Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz said in a Dec. 22 interview with Air Force Magazine. Schwartz acknowledged that the Air Force has proposed some force structure cuts in the 2010 budget, and they are not all in the area of fighters, the magazine reports. “I don’t think anyone sees that number [86 wings] as a line in the sand,” Schwartz said. He added that the Air Force will reorganize itself “in a way that makes the most sense,” and not necessarily to meet a particular number. He also said he believes that “there is excess capacity” in the Air Force’s basing infrastructure still, and would like to see that cut before retiring hardware, but he noted, “I don’t think there’s the will” in Congress to order up yet another BRAC round anytime soon. (For more, read Eighty-Six Combat Wings.)

Reservists Join Elite Thunderbirds Aerobatic Team

January 9, 2009
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 The 2009 air show season  marks the first time that an Air National Guard pilot and an Air Force Reserve pilot are part of the elite group. The Thunderbirds also recently completed a swap of their older F-16 Block 32 aircraft for more advanced and powerful F-16 Block 52 airplanes that will debut this season.

Former Air Force Secretary Accuses China

January 8, 2009

 

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 Former Air Force Secretary Thomas Reed has co-authored a new book that makes the case that China has intentionally proliferated nuclear technology to dangerous regimes such as Pakistan and North Korea since the 1980s and is still debating internally whether to continue the flow of materials and know-how abroad. US News and World Report reported Jan. 2 that Reed’s work, The Nuclear Express: A Political History of the Bomb and Its Proliferation, claims that China even tested the first Pakistani bomb in 1990 for the Pakistani regime of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. This test and additional Chinese help, Reed told the magazine, enabled the Pakistanis to respond within three weeks of India’s nuclear test in 1998 with their own underground nuclear test.

12 things soldiers can expect in the new year

January 8, 2009
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From a new commander in chief to a revamped method of PT, soldiers will see a slew of changes in 2009. Some might make Army life tougher. Some might make it easier. But there’s no doubt it’s a packed agenda as the Army’s active and reserve forces shift gears in Iraq and face likely increased action in Afghanistan, along with keeping up with the day-to-day demands of running the service and meeting the needs of families on the home front. Army Times highlights the 12 most important developments, from pay to deployments.

Future Combat System Faces Cuts

January 7, 2009
The US Army stresses the importance of the FCS  Future Combat System in the face of impending program cuts.
Read more at the El Paso Times 

Charleston Airlifters Deploy

January 7, 2009
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More than 140 Airmen from the 16th Airlift Squadron and the 437th Operations Support Squadron deployed to Southwest Asia from Charleston AFB Dec. 29 as part of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom.

For this deployment, the entire squadron is deploying to a single base where they will fly and manage missions in and out of Iraq and Afghanistan. The 16 AS will take control of the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron from the 15th Airlift Squadron based out of Charleston AFB, who will be returning home next month.

“I am excited,” said Maj. Todd McCoy, 437th Operations Group assistant director of operations. “We have trained for almost a year and are now ready to go out and do the mission.”

The 16 AS will be transporting service members and supplies in and out of Iraq and Afghanistan. They will also fly aeromedical evacuation missions.

This deployment marks the eighth time an entire C-17 squadron will deploy for an operation.

For some Airmen, this will be their first time deploying and leaving loved ones behind. Over the past ninety days they had a pre-deployment checklist to complete and a cluster of classes to take in order to prepare for their deployment.

“I feel well prepared,” said Airman 1st Class Thomas Farmer, 437th Operations Support Squadron. “The classes package the information really well.”
Positive reinforcement throughout the squadron has brought high morale to Airmen getting ready to deploy.

“It is almost overwhelming how supportive people have been from the First Sergeant to the spouses,” said Airman Farmer. “Now we can all get on that plane together and do our job.”

Ian Hochlaender