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  • Senior leader assignment announcements released

    Air Combat Command officials announced the following senior officer assignments:Col. Scott A. Bethel, commander, 497th Intelligence Group, Langley AFB, Va., will become, commander, 17th Training Wing, Goodfellow AFB, Texas.Col. John R. Carter Jr., commandant, USAF Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev., will become, vice commander, 51st Fighter Wing,
  • MQ-1L Predator accident report released

    Pilot error caused the Nov. 24, 2004 crash of an MQ-1L Predator unmanned aerial vehicle in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility according to an aircraft investigation board report released by Air Force officials today.During a functional check-flight the Predator had a navigation system malfunction, resulting in the pilot deciding to
  • F/A-22 accident report released

    A flight control system problem caused an F/A-22 Raptor to crash on the runway at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Dec. 20, according to an Air Force report released today. The pilot ejected and sustained minor injuries. The $133.3 million aircraft, assigned to Nellis AFBs 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron, was destroyed on impact. Additional damage
  • Thunderbirds continue to fly five-ship show while returning pilot requalifies

    The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, announced today they will continue to fly a five-ship demonstration at air shows around the country until a newly assigned right wing pilot completes training required for the position. The team, which normally flies a six-ship demonstration, has been without their right wing pilot
  • Command announces senior officer retirements, assignments

    Air Combat Command officials announced the following senior officer retirements and assignments:Col. William C. Redmond, vice commander, 7th Bomb Wing, Dyess AFB, Texas, will retire effective Nov. 1, 2005.Col. Robert S. McCormick, commander, Iceland Defense Force, U.S. European Command, Keflavik, Iceland, will become vice commander, 7th Bomb Wing,
  • Anthrax vaccinations resume under emergency use authorization

    Air Force officials have resumed the Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program on a voluntary basis for its members under an emergency use authorization (EUA) issued by the Food and Drug Administration.Based upon the implementing message sent to all major commands May 20, base commanders are to resume the vaccination program under the specific EUA
  • General Ronald Keys confirmed as ACC commander

    Ronald E. Keys was confirmed by the Senate May 26 for promotion to the rank of general and assignment here as the seventh commander of Air Combat Command.Air Force Chief of Staff and former ACC commander Gen. John P. Jumper promoted ACCs newest commander to his four-star rank following the Senates confirmation. General Keys assumes his duties at
  • Air, Space Warfare Centers integrating, improving warfighter support

    The Air Force is integrating some of its forces to better leverage air, space and information operations combat capabilities to support missions worldwide, officials announced today.Elements of the Space Warfare Center, part of Air Force Space Command, located at Schriever AFB, Colo., will integrate with the Air Warfare Center at Nellis AFB, Nev.,
  • ACC nominates Ellsworth NCO for national award

    Headquarters Air Combat Command announced its nominee for the 2005 National Image Inc. Meritorious Service Award April 15.The commands nominee to the Air Force-level of competition is Senior Master Sgt. Paula C. Lopez from the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D.The award recognizes individuals who have positively impacted the
  • Air Force announces 2004 Public Affairs achievement award winners

    Headquarters Air Force announced the winners of its annual Public Affairs achievement awards April 13. Winners from Air Combat Command included:  Best Large Wing Public Affairs Office: 1st Fighter Wing, Langley AFB, Va.Outstanding senior grade civilian, wing level: Michael Estrada, Air Warfare Center, Nellis AFB, Nev.Outstanding senior NCO, wing