Air Force

April 5, 2013

Air Force News – April 5, 2013

Obama selects former Luke commander for NATO post

The Air Force’s top commander in Europe is President Barack Obama’s choice to be NATO’s next supreme allied commander for Europe and commander of U.S. European Command.

During a news conference today with Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced the president’s intent to nominate Gen. Philip Breedlove to succeed Navy Adm. James Stavridis.

“He is an extraordinary leader, with the moral character to match,” Dempsey said of Breedlove. “He is worthy of the confidence that he has already earned among our allies in Europe.”

Hagel also praised Navy Adm. James Stavridis, who has served as the supreme allied commander for Europe and Eucom’s commander since 2009.

“Not only is (Breedlove) particularly well-qualified, but the job that Admiral Stavridis has done over there has been significant,” Hagel said. “We need to get that position filled,” he added, noting that Stavridis’ assignment already had been extended “a few times.”

The president originally nominated Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, but an investigation put the nomination on hold. The investigation found no substantiation of misconduct allegations, but Allen later asked the president to allow him to retire to attend to family medical issues.

In a statement released after the news conference, Obama said Breedlove “has established trust and deep relations with our NATO allies and partners – assets he will draw upon in taking on this important new role on behalf of the United States and the alliance.”

http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123342132

South Carolina

A group of Airmen from the Shaw AFB 20th Maintenance Group Air Force Repair Enhancement Program, also known as the “base geek squad,” help save money. The AFREP program revolves around finding thrown away parts and repairing them.

New Jersey

U.S. Transportation Command’s eagle flag exercise at Joint Base Dix-McGuire-Lakehurst brought U.S. and British air forces together as they turned over operations. Typically during this exercise the Air Force would turn control over to another U.S. service.

Japan

Pacific Air Forces’ Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Airmen visited their Japanese counterparts at Naha and Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, to find new ways to enhance ISR between the air forces.

Guam

More than 300 service members came together to support the 37th Annual Special Olympics of Guam Track and Field event at Okkodo High School in Dededo.




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