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.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Pg-3

Honorary commanders bid farewell

Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, speaks to the outgoing honorary commanders Sept. 17 at Club Five Six. The Honorary Commander Program fosters relationships between local civic and business leaders and base p...
 
 

News Briefs September 26, 2014

CPTS closed The finance office is closed Monday and Thursday. It will be open regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. For more information, call 1st Lt. William Liaw at 623-856-6035. Comprehensive Airman Fitness Comprehensive Airman Fitness Training is Oct. 14 through 16. It is a three-day course for Airmen...
 
 

Thunderbolt of the Week

Senior Airman Jordan Provencher-Olaes 56th Communications Squadron Network infrastructure technician   Hometown: Chandler, Arizona Years in service: Two Family: Parents, Bridget and Rustico Olaes; brothers, Devon and Ethan Provencher Inspirations: My parents gave me the strength and courage to strive in all areas of life; CS leaders’ mentorship has inspired me to be the very...
 

 
Airman 1st Class Cory Gossett

POW/MIA day commemorated at Luke

Airman 1st Class Cory Gossett Members of the 56th Fighter Wing Honor Guard perform the folding of the flag at the conclusion of the POW/MIA retreat ceremony Sept. 19 at Luke Air Force Base. A warm, breezy late summer afternoon ...
 
 

Chaplain’s thoughts …

Luke Air Force Base held a ceremony to honor America’s prisoners of war and missing in action Sept. 19. There are 83,189 personnel still unaccounted for from conflicts dating back to WWII, according to the Defense Prisoner of War and Missing Personnel Office. These numbers represent countless American families who grieve because they do not...
 
 
Senior Airman Grace Lee

TAP changes to better prepare Airmen for civilian life

Senior Airman Grace Lee Dawn Reynolds, American Veterans representative, speaks to a Transition Assistance Program class. The Luke Air Force Base Airman and Family Readiness Center Transition Assistance Program has recently und...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin