• Western Pennsylvania Officials Make the Case to Host C-17 Squadron at Air Reserve Station

    Western Pennsylvania Officials Make the Case to Host C-17 Squadron at Air Reserve Station0

    Local leaders and elected officials are lobbying the Air Force to select the 911th Airlift Wing at Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station to host a new C-17 Globemaster squadron. An Air Force Reserve Command team recently evaluated the base, and officials could make a decision in the next month, reported the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Replacing the unit’s eight C-130s with eight C-17s would add 100 to 200 full-time jobs and increase its reserve ranks, said 911th spokesman Jacob Morgan. The wing has about 1,200 reservists and 300 full-time military and civilian employees …

  • Langley, Other Bases Could Benefit from Proposal to Expand Air Force’s Drone Program

    Langley, Other Bases Could Benefit from Proposal to Expand Air Force’s Drone Program0

    An Air Force plan to double the number of pilots flying remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) could add jobs at a handful of installations, including Langley AFB, Va.; Beale AFB, Calif.; Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.; and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Earlier this month, Air Combat Command unveiled a $3 billion plan to add as many as 3,500 pilots, sensor operators and other personnel, and to double the number of squadrons flying MQ-1 Predators and MQ-9 Reapers from eight to 17, reported the Los Angeles Times. The command also wants to create a new wing to oversee the operations. A critical component to improving the organizational and command and control structures for remote aircraft is examining where to base new organizations to sustain the effort over the long term, said Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command …

  • Air Force Should Send F-35As to Guard Wing in Tulsa, State Delegation Says0

    Oklahoma’s congressional delegation is urging the Air Force to consider the 138th Fighter Wing at Tulsa International Airport as the next home for the F-35A. “Tulsa’s 138th Fighter Wing National Guard, and the state of Oklahoma, is well-positioned to beddown the F-35,” said Sen. James Lankford, according to a joint press release. “As the second largest National Guard fighter wing in America, Tulsa is ideal for operating this caliber of fighter jet. Our training capabilities, infrastructure and community support makes Tulsa the ideal strategic location for this key national security asset …

  • South Dakota Officials Urge Air Force to Base F-35 at Sioux Falls Base0

    South Dakota’s congressional delegation, as well as military officials, say the Air National Guard Base in Sioux Falls should be selected to host the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Joe Foss Field has access to uncongested airspace and can provide the necessary infrastructure, including two runways, needed to accommodate the fifth-generation fighter, Col. Russ Walz, commander of the 114th Fighter Wing, told the Argus Leader. “We feel real good about it,” Walz said Wednesday. The 114th is one of 18 fighter units that could host the F-35 …

  • Niagara Falls ARS Can Handle Tanker Mission, Local Leaders Tell Air Force0

    With the potential for the Air Force Reserve unit based at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station to lose its cargo mission in the coming years, the Niagara Military Affairs Council (NIMAC) and the western New York congressional delegation are urging the Air Force to consider returning KC-135 tankers to the facility. The Reserve’s 914th Airlift Wing is home to eight C-130s but the Air Force is expected to retire the aging fleet of transport aircraft, reports the Buffalo News. The reserve station’s Air National Guard unit, the 107th Airlift Wing, flew KC-135 tankers until 2008 and the infrastructure remains in place to handle air refueling tankers …

  • Air Force Picks Seymour Johnson AFB as Preferred Site for Reserve-led KC-46A Unit0

    The Air Force selected Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C., as its preferred alternative for the first Reserve-led KC-46A Pegasus main operating base, officials said Thursday. The service named Tinker AFB, Okla., Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass., and Grissom ARB, Ind., as its reasonable alternatives. The next generation air refueling tankers are expected to begin arriving in 2019. “Seymour Johnson was selected based on operational analysis, results of site surveys, cost and military judgment factors,” said Jennifer Miller, deputy assistant secretary for installations …