New shipment of F-35s take to the sky at U.S. Air Force base in Germany
Jennifer H. Svan Stars and Stripes The skies above Spangdahlem Air Base roared Tuesday with the sounds of F-35s, as Utah-based airmen took the Air Force’s newest fighter jets on their first extended deployment to Germany. Pilots from Hill Air Force Base familiarized themselves with the terrain, scoped out... Read more
Seasoned fighter pilot with experience in Europe takes command of USAFE-AFAFRICA
Jennifer H. Svan Stars and Stripes Airmen in Europe and Africa welcomed a new leader Wednesday, a seasoned fighter pilot who’s already had a stint of on-the-job training. Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian assumed of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa from Gen. Tod D. Wolters at... Read more
Poor supply chain is keeping F-35s grounded, government watchdog says
Jennifer H. Svan Stars and Stripes A shortage of spare parts and difficulty managing and moving parts around the world kept the F-35 grounded 30% of the time during an eight-month period last year, a new watchdog report found, with some training units unable to fly most of that... Read more
US military, allies in Romania stage largest-ever combined NATO medical exercise
Jennifer H. Svan Stars and Stripes If a war broke out in Europe or the Continent saw another disaster on the scale of the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown, military and civilian medics with NATO and partner nations would likely be called to the front lines, jointly treating the wounded. They’re... Read more
Army considers better pay for aviation as pilots and crews leave at record rate
Jennifer H. Svan Stars and Stripes The Army wants to boost flight pay and award pilots with incentive money for career achievements in a bid to stem a record 10% attrition rate due largely to aging air crews and competition from commercial airlines. Maj. Gen. William Gayler, commander of... Read more
Air Force explores new fitness assessment for airmen that could be gender neutral
Jennifer H. Svan Stars and Stripes The Air Force is exploring a fitness assessment that would plug a value for an airman’s 1.5-mile run time into an equation that would include waist and height measurements. The result: A fitness-fatness index that could be gender neutral. Last month, Neal Baumgartner,... Read more

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