Air Force

Residents React to Jet Crash that Claimed Two Lives

A Jet Crash took the lives of two pilots, Friday evening near the Montgomery Regional Airport. Residents who live near the crash site say they were shocked and full of emotion once they found out the magnitude of what happened. Phillip Birch, lives on Old Lamar Road, and says when he and his wife got home Friday, there were an…

Huntsville chosen for U.S. Space Command Headquarters

U.S. Space Command Logo (Source: U.S. Space Command) Huntsville will now be the new permanent home of the U.S. Space Command Headquarters. Governor Ivey and several officials made the announcement Wednesday afternoon. “I couldn’t be more pleased to learn that Alabama will be the new home to the United States Space Command!,” said Governor Ivey. Governor Ivey said she was…

Shelby, Reed Applaud Air Force Decision to Base Grey Wolf Helicopters at Maxwell Air Force Base

Photo by Samuel King, Jr./U.S. Air Force U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) and Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed are applauding the U.S. Air Force for deciding to base a Flight Training Unit of MH-139 Grey Wolf helicopters at Maxwell Air Force Base. “This long-awaited news regarding the MH-139 Grey Wolf is excellent for Maxwell, the Montgomery area and the entire state,”…

AFITC Begins in Montgomery, Aims at Improving Air Force Cyber Security

The 2018 Air Force IT Conference kicked off in Montgomery Monday for a three-day event that brings in companies that can help with solving the Air Force’s toughest national problems. The Conference includes activities, training sessions, and networking opportunities. Richard Aldridge is the Program Executive OFficer at Maxwell Air Force Base. He says the U.S. is having to adapt to…

Montgomery Chosen for New F-35 Fighter Jet

Governor Ivey Applauds Decision to Choose 187th Fighter Wing as Home for the New F-35

MONTGOMERY – Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson announced on Thursday that the Alabama Air National Guard’s 187th Fighter Wing has been chosen as the home for the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Jet. “I am thrilled and very pleased that the 187th Fighter Wing has been chosen as the home for the new F-35 fighter jet,” Governor Ivey said. “This announcement…

When is the F-35 Coming to Montgomery?

  The United States Air Force is looking for a home for two new units of F-35 Fighter Jets. Five cities are being considered for the F-35’s: Boise, Idaho; Jacksonville, Florida; Detroit, Michigan; Madison, Wisconsin; and Montgomery. Former State Representative Perry Hooper, Jr. says Montgomery is the perfect city to house some of the military’s top technology. “We’ve got the best…

Gov. Bentley, Leonardo Announce Plans For Alabama Manufacturing Facility to Produce Training Aircraft for U.S. Air Force

Tuskegee could become the manufacturing site of a new U-S Air Force training jet. And it could create hundreds of new jobs. CEO of Leonardo DRS, a global aerospace and defense firm, says “We looked at a number of different locations and frankly Alabama , Tuskegee put together the best package”. The company  plans to create an advanced assembly center at…

Air Force Seeks New Land-Based and Air-Launched Nukes

The Air Force is soliciting industry proposals to build a new fleet of long-range nuclear missiles as well as replacements for its air-launched nuclear cruise missile force. The two projects are part of a near-total rebuild of the nation’s nuclear arsenal expected to cost hundreds of billions of dollars over 30 years. The Air Force said Friday that it intends…

For Memorial Day, New Stamps Showing Service Cross Medals

Source: USPS The U.S. Postal Service is marking Memorial Day by issuing new stamps showing the Service Cross Medals. They are among the nation’s highest military honors. The Postal Service dedicated the stamps at a ceremony Monday at the World Stamp Show-NY. The once-a-decade stamp show is happening in New York City. Officially titled “Honoring Extraordinary Heroism: The Service Cross…

Montgomery Named AETC’s Altus Trophy Winner

The Altus, Okla. Chamber of Commerce yesterday announced the city of Montgomery won the 2015 Altus Trophy during a short ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio, Randolph, Texas. “We’re incredibly humbled to receive this distinction, but we are even more humbled by the unwavering service and sacrifice of the Airmen who call or have called Montgomery home,” Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange said. “From…