Air Force

June 1, 2012

Air Force News June 1, 2012

Maryland

The Navy and Air Force stand to save more than $2 billion after jointly developing an engine modification that will keep critically important aircraft flying for years. The two services and industry worked together to develop and field a modification to CFM International’s CFM56-2 (F108) engine, allowing them to restore exhaust gas temperature margins, increase fuel economy and extend the time between overhauls from 10 to 15 years.

Yemen

The U.S. military has provided emergency medical aid to Yemen that’s being used to help treat Yemeni soldiers and others who were wounded in a May 21 terrorist suicide bombing attack in the country’s capital. A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules delivered more than 13,000 pounds of emergency medical supplies to Sanaa, Yemen’s capital city. More than 300 people were killed or injured in the attack.

 

Italy

More than 500 U.S. Airmen and two dozen F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano Air Base recently returned from a deployment to Graf Ignatievo air base, Bulgaria, where they spent a month conducting bi-lateral training with Bulgarian airmen during Thracian Star 2012.

 

Afghanistan

Approximately 21 Afghan air force air wing security forces led their first quick reaction force patrol outside the gates of Kabul International Airport May 21. The AAF security forces were accompanied by seven members of the 439th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron who trekked up the mountain with the AAF security forces to give advice and guidance throughout the mission.

 

Air Force safety officials launch Critical Days of  Summer website

May 25th marked the first day of the Critical Days of Summer safety campaign. Summer is a welcome time of year marked by warmer weather and increased participation in outdoor activities.

Unfortunately, it’s historically also the time when the Air Force experiences disproportionately more mishaps and fatalities off duty.

To enhance awareness of risk management decision-making and offset the chance of mishaps, the Air Force Safety Center announced the Critical Days of Summer public website to help everyone enjoy a mishap-free summer. In addition to tools and features, this one-stop resource contains videos with important messages for all Airmen.

“Remember to dive into your summer off-duty activities with a clear eye toward safely returning to duty,” said Bill Parsons, Air Force chief of ground safety.

“Every Airmen is precious and every fatality is one too many!” safety center officials said. “Please enjoy your summer and make the choice to go into the fall with warm memories of the decisions you made and the time you had. Spread the word to prevent mishaps.”

Visit the CDS website at http://www.afsec.af.mil/criticaldaysofsummer/. 

http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123303715




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