The Air Force is working on combining the components of information warfare under one roof so that it has a logical structure reporting in a coordinated way to the combatant commands, Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein on Saturday told the National Guard Association of the United States convention. Goldfein said the service is working to use the 24th Air Force and the 25th Air Force now both in the Air Combat Command, to combine cyber, intelligence and electronic warfare capabilities. He noted the Navy is combining intelligence and cyber information warfare functions, saying “we’re actually looking at that same model” and added that in the future, there will be a substantial amount of the Air Force, Navy, and Army “pushing forward together” in the information domain. So, he said, “’we’re doing that together, we’re trying to get the phone book aligned ... so it’s under a single component, that component is staffed to be able to do information warfare, and then we report to all the combatant commands with an organizational model that makes sense.” –Steve Hirsch
Lt. Gen. Kenneth Wllsbach took over command of 7th Air Force during a Monday ceremony at Osan AB, South Korea. Wilsbach, who previously served as the commander of 11th Air Force and Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, takes over for Lt. Gen. Thomas Bergeson, who has been nominated as the deputy commander of US Central Command. In his new position, Wilsbach will also serve as the deputy commander of US Forces-Korea and the air commander of South Korea/US Combined Forces Command. —Brian Everstine
First Lt. Sonagnon Dabli, a bioenvironmental engineer assigned to the 81st Aerospace Medicine Squadron who had joined the Air Force in January, died last Tuesday, Keesler AFB, Miss., said last week. According to the announcement, Dabli, 29 and originally from Benin, died at 8:45 a.m. Aug. 21. The announcement said an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Dabli’s death is in progress. A spokesman for the base said Monday no further information is available. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of Lt. Dabli,” Col. Lance C. Burnett, 81st Training Wing vice commander, said in a statement. –Steve Hirsch
—The late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who served as chairman of the Armed Services Committee, left a public statement that, in addition to declarations of the importance of having been an American and having lived a life of public service, contained calls for Americans to rise above the current divisive political climate; “We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe,” he wrote: McCain's website. —The head of ISIS in Afghanistan was reportedly killed in an airstrike on one of the group’s hideouts in Nangarhar province on Saturday: Reuters.—Two Afghan Air Force helicopter pilots were reportedly assassinated by two armed men as the pilots were walking to work in Kabul: TOLO News.—Air Mobility Command is inspecting the entire KC-10 fleet for slide-raft deployment issues. The issue has not prompted a stand-down or operational pause: Military.com.—Twenty USAF pilot students are participating in an experimental program using virtual reality and artificial intelligence to prepare them for flight: KPBS.—The first USAF GPS III satellite on Aug. 20 arrived in Cape Canaveral, Fla., to prepare for launch: Lockheed Martin release.—Wallace C. Higgins, 92, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, died Wednesday in Alfred Station, N.Y.: Olean Times Herald.
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