Saturday, February 12, 2011

Air Force announces two key promotions at Wright-Patterson

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — Maj. Gen. William N. McCasland, most recently assigned to the Pentagon, was promoted on Friday to commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

The AFRL is responsible for the Air Force’s science and technology budget of nearly $2 billion, and has 5,800 employees across the country.

Brig. Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr., already at Wright-Patterson as director and program executive officer for the fighters and bombers directorate of the Aeronautical Systems Center, was promoted to commander of the Air Force Security Assistance Center.

The Security Assistance Center is responsible for sales and support for more than 170 models of aircraft. It also handles foreign military sales in support of U.S. allies and NATO organizations.

McCasland, who joined the Air Force in 1979 as a graduate of the Air Force Academy, has an extensive background in engineering, space research, acquisition and logistics. His most recent assignment was director of special programs in the office of under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics.

Air Force nips Niagara, moves up in AHA standings

Scott Kozlak took a Sean Bertsch pass on the right wing and clinked it off the left post and into the net with 1:16 remaining to give Air Force a 3-2 win over Niagara on Friday night.

It was only Kozlak’s third goal of the season, but the game-winner moved the Falcons (12-10-6, 10-6-6 Atlantic Hockey Association) past the Purple Eagles (15-11-3, 12-9-1) into third place in the AHA standings. Air Force is 2-0 against Niagara this season and defeated the Purple Eagles for just the second time at Cadet Ice Arena in their last 13 meetings there.

“I heard the post first and then saw the net move, and it was a great feeling,” Kozlak, who also had an assist, said of the game-winner. “I saw the low blocker was a little open, so I shot and it hit the post and went in. It felt like a playoff atmosphere tonight.”

The series with Niagara is a crucial one for Air Force, as the teams are fighting for playoff positioning with just five regular-season games remaining.

“This is playoff hockey,” Air Force coach Frank Serratore said. “We played a very, very good game and, in my opinion, we were the better team tonight. I couldn’t have been happier with the performance, and we got off to the start we needed to. If we take care of the little things, the big things will take care of themselves.”

Air Force took a 2-1 lead with 16:02 remaining when Bertsch, of Woodland Park, deposited a Tim Kirby rebound into the net, but Niagara’s Bryan Haczyk knotted the game at 2-2 two minutes later, beating Falcons goalie Jason Torf on a breakaway.

The Falcons got on the scoreboard first, on a first-period power play goal by Derrick Burnett, who redirected a Adam McKenzie shot past Niagara’s netminder Cody Campbell — a Pine Creek High School graduate. Niagara tied it on a goal by at Matt Williams.

Indian Air force is looking for fifth generation aircraft

Air Chief Marshal PV Naik has said that increasing and mordernising the fleet is the primary focus of Indian Air Force (IAF).

Addressing a press conference at the Aero India 2011 here on Thursday, Air Chief Marshal Naik said: "We are looking for a fifth generation aircraft. We are looking for an aircraft which is capable of super supercruise, capable of very potent long range weapons, capable of higher level of avionic shall, which are not there in a fourth generation aircraft and which technology permits you to have. 2017 is the expected induction date. Our plan is to have about 200-250 of them, not more."

He said that every country has the right to develop their strength. Pakistan and China are developing their Air Force, so is India.

"As far as exercises with China are concerned, I am not aware of any such proposal whether it was accepted or rejected. As far as Pakistani Air Force is concerned, every country is a sovereign country, they have full right to develop their own strengths, they have full right to develop and indulge in their own weaknesses. So, if they are developing their Air Force, so are we," he said.

Both countries have equal right to develop their Air Forces. As far as threat perception is concerned, military minds are told to analyse each and everything, however small or big, which affects the development of the country. So, we analyse everything which is small or big and we plan accordingly," he added.

Naik said IAF is in the process of acquiring helicopters of different types and size in the next couple of years. It is acquiring 12 AW 101 VVIP helicopters, trials for 22 attack choppers have been completed, 80 Mi-17 IV helicopters are being inducted and 50 odd would be added in near future, trials for 12 heavy-lift choppers are also in the final stage and would be completed soon.

On the upgrades to be carried out on the Su-30MKI, Air Chief Marshal Naik said the aircraft would have state-of-the-art equipment and HAL, DRDO and Russian manufacturers were involved in the development of the Aesa radar also for the air superiority fighter.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Air Force asks municipal body to keep defence area clean

The Hindon Air Force station hasasked Municipal Corporation here to ensure cleanliness in thearea surrounding the station so that scavengers do not flockthere and get hit by the US military transport aircraft,inducted recently into the IAF.

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The Hindon Air Force station has written a letter toMunicipal Corporation of Ghaziabad in this regard as ''C-130JSuper Hercules'' transport plane could hit the scavengers inthat area while flying, officials said.

The aircraft has been recently deployed at the stationfor providing air security to Delhi and Ghaziabad.

Minot Air Force Base population growing

While Grand Forks Air Force Base has lost a lot of personnel because of a mission change, the population of Minot Air Force Base is on the rise.

The Minot base has 12,865 personnel, nearly 1,000 more than a year ago. The Minot Daily News reports that the jump is due mainly to the addition of a second squadron of B-52 bombers. That happened in September 2009.

The base also oversees Minuteman III missiles in underground silos in central and western North Dakota.

The Grand Forks base is transitioning from refueling tankers to drones. About 3,500 people are at the base, but the population is expected to grow by about 1,000 in the next year.