• Air Force Plans to Consolidate Battlefield Training at Three or Four Sites

    Air Force Plans to Consolidate Battlefield Training at Three or Four Sites0

    The Air Force’s plan to consolidate battlefield airman training likely would reduce the number of training locations from eight to three or four, according to Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, head of Air Education Training Command. “Every time we need to send an airman [somewhere], we lose a week of training,” Roberson told reporters last week during a briefing at the Air Force Association’s annual Air, Space & Cyber conference. Battlefield airman training currently is conducted at eight primary training locations across seven states …

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  • Air Force Identifies Eight Bases as Candidates for RPA Units

    Air Force Identifies Eight Bases as Candidates for RPA Units0

    The Air Force will conduct site surveys at eight candidate bases it is considering to host new MQ-9 Reaper units, officials announced last week. The service plans to establish units at up to two locations. The Air Force identified five installations as candidates to host an operations group with mission control elements — Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.; Moody AFB, Ga.; Mountain Home AFB, Idaho; Offutt AFB, Neb.; and Shaw AFB, S.C. Those locations currently have an active-duty flying wing or group that performs at least one core remotely piloted aircraft mission and/or is co-located with an active-duty distributed ground system, according to a news release …

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  • Nellis AFB to Add F-16 Squadron to Augment Close Air Support Training

    Nellis AFB to Add F-16 Squadron to Augment Close Air Support Training0

    Nellis Air Force Base would add a tactical air support squadron with up to 16 F-16s under an Air Force plan to enhance the 57th Operations Group’s ability to provide close air support (CAS) training, officials announced earlier this month. The tactical air support squadron would initially consist of eight permanent F-16 Fighting Falcons relocated from Hill AFB, Utah, with the potential to expand to a total of 16 aircraft at full operational capability. The service already has begun to evaluate the effect of basing the additional F-16s at Nellis, located in southern Nevada. Final decisions about the new squadron will be made after the environmental impact analysis process is completed …

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  • Air Force to Establish up to Two F-16 Training Units

    Air Force to Establish up to Two F-16 Training Units0

    In a bid to alleviate a growing shortage of fighter pilots, the Air Force is establishing up to two interim F-16 training units at existing F-16 training locations, the service announced Thursday. Officials expect to select candidate locations by the end of the calendar year, reported Air Force Times. To expedite the process of standing up the training units, the service will temporarily move F-16 aircraft from Hill AFB, Utah, to two existing F-16 training locations, the Air Force said in a release. This approach will allow the Air Force to avoid conducting an exhaustive environmental review and other analyses that would be required if the service intended to permanently base formal training units …

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  • Air Force to Consider Eight Bases to Consolidate Battlefield Airmen Training0

    The Air Force will consider eight candidate locations — Eglin AFB, Fla.; Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Joint Base San Antonio, Texas; Keesler AFB, Miss.; Little Rock AFB, Ark.; Patrick AFB, Fla.; Shaw AFB, S.C.; and Vandenberg AFB, Calif. — to potentially consolidate battlefield airman training, officials announced Thursday. The initiative to consider consolidating battlefield airman training follows an Air Force review that determined grouping training at fewer locations could lead to improvements and synergies in the current training processes, according to a news release. The service plans to select preferred and reasonable alternatives in early 2017 …

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  • Neighbors Learn about Impact of Building Missile Defense Site at Ft. Drum

    Neighbors Learn about Impact of Building Missile Defense Site at Ft. Drum0

    At a public meeting last week in the village of Carthage, N.Y., residents learned about the impact establishing a possible East Coast missile defense site at Fort Drum would have on the region. The Missile Defense Agency has identified 100 acres on the southeastern corner of the post as one of three candidate locations to host ground-based interceptors designed to protect the United States from ballistic missile attacks. The other two sites are Camp Ravenna Joint Training Center, Ohio, and Fort Custer Training Center, Mich. The North Country would gain up to 600 construction jobs while the site is built over five years, and the region would gain more than 1,000 new jobs as a result …

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