USAF Academy ethics instructor pleads guilty to sexual exploitation of a child; faces up to 3 months in jail

Capt. Paul Sikkema. (Arapahoe Sherriff’s Office) An ethics instructor at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a child for trying to set up a meeting with a sheriff’s deputy posing as a 14-year-old girl. As part of the plea deal, Paul Sikkema, 29, will serve [...]

By | October 30th, 2019|Air Force / Air Power, Featured|1 Comment

Danish company given $60 million to build 3D sound system for A-10 aircraft

A Danish company has been awarded a contract to provide an improved audio system that warns A-10 pilots about incoming threats. The North American branch of Terma Inc., in Warner Robins, Ga., has been awarded a $60 million contract to provide a 3D sound system for the Air Force’s fleet of A-10 Thunderbolt IIs, a [...]

By | October 28th, 2019|Air Force / Air Power, Featured|0 Comments

Air Force makes largest change to promotion system since the USAF was created

Col. Lucas B. Rice, 122nd Tactical Support Detachment Commander, Georgia Army National Guard, is promoted to his current rank during a ceremony Oct. 20, 2019 at the Clay National Guard Center in Marietta, Ga. His children changed out his previous shoulder boards bearing the silver oak leaf to his current "full bird" rank to [...]

By | October 24th, 2019|Air Force / Air Power, Featured|5 Comments

Seven companies splitting adversary training contract worth up to $6.4B

Photo courtesy of Blue Air Training.​ The US Air Force is pushing up to $6.4 billion in funding to “Red Air” services, in hopes that the contracted companies can provide top-tier aggressor services. While the USAF has their own aggressor squadrons, the organization has been looking to seven companies -Air USA, Airborne Tactical [...]

By | October 23rd, 2019|Air Force / Air Power, Featured|0 Comments

The Air Force is about to double its lodging rates in Europe

U.S. Airmen unload from a bus at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 23, 2019. As simulated deployers for Operation Varsity 19-3, the Airmen processed the personnel deployment function line before being transported to a temporary lodging facility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Moore) KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany – The nightly rates for [...]

By | October 22nd, 2019|Air Force / Air Power, Featured|1 Comment

Airlines say they’ll need to hire thousands of pilots, military does not have enough to recruit

(U.S. Air Force Photo by Machiko Arita) U.S. airlines have a retirement problem. When the airline industry struggled after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and during the recession, pilot jobs were scarce. American Airlines went 13 years without hiring a single one, a stretch that David Tatum, the airline’s director of pilot [...]

By | October 18th, 2019|Air Force / Air Power, Featured|12 Comments

Airman found dead at Ellsworth AFB has been identified

Ellsworth Air Force Base officials have identified the airman whose body was found at his off-base residence Monday Senior Airman William Horton was a B-1 journeyman with the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 28th Bomb Wing, according to a base spokesman. “Team Ellsworth lost a member of the Raider family, and we are deeply saddened by [...]

By | October 17th, 2019|Air Force / Air Power, Leadership and Managing|0 Comments