68 USAF Bases Ranked By AirForceTimes.com

AirForceTimes.com has tried to quantify what airmen often discuss among themselves - which Air Force bases are best, and which ones you want to stay away from.

Using data from 68 US bases and the surrounding areas, this study looks at things like:

  • local school systems
  • cost of living
  • cost of housing
  • size of commissary/base exchange
  • local unemployment/crime rates
  • local climate
  • local sales tax
  • health care on base

USAF Moves on Long Range Bomber Proposal

The USAF has released its request for proposal to industry for its Long-Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B) this week, with proposals due by the fall of this year and evaluations completed in early 2015.

Although the details of the request for proposal are unknown, some of the requirements of the new bomber are thought to be a large payload capacity, the ability to be optionally-manned, be based on mature technologies that will also be easily upgraded and expanded, and will come into service sometime in the mid-2020s.

34 USAF Nuke Officers Implicated in Cheating UPDATE: USAF Releases Disciplinary Actions

Thirty-four nuclear missile officers with the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana have been implicated in the largest single cheating scandal in the USAF's nuclear force.

Air Force Raises Enlistment Age

The US Air Force has upped the maximum age for enlistment - a surprise to many, in this time of shrinking budgets and forces.

The new maximum age for new enlistees into the USAF is now 39, which applies to all USAF enlisted - not just those signing up for certain jobs. The maximum enlistment age under federal law is 42, but every service sets their own specific age limit. The US Army's max age is 35, the US Navy's is 34, and the Marines are now the lowest at 28.

Sequestration Still Looms, Congress Still Divided

As the two $500 billion cuts (one in national defense, one in domestic spending) known as sequestration loom on the horizon, both parties in Congress are still refusing to budge from their current positions.

New Medal for High-Tech Warriors Causing a Stir

Earlier this month the Pentagon revealed its new citation for the 21st century, the Distinguished Warfare Medal. This award is intended for drone pilots, offensive cyberwar personnel, and others directly involved in combat operations, but not physically in the combat theater of operations.

More Troops Coming Home in the Near Future

At the State of the Union address President Obama is expected to announce that this time next year 34,000 more US soldiers will be home - halving the number of US troops in Afghanistan.

DoD Finds Problems With F-22 Raptor Crash Investigation

On 16 November 2010, an F-22 flown by Capt. Jeff Haney lost contact with Air Traffic Control and was found to have crashed during a nighttime training flight near Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska. Capt. Haney was killed, and during the accident investigation all F-22's were restricted to flying below 25,000 before being grounded completely.

A little humor for your Friday!

Fiscal Cliff Deal Reached, Sequestration Pushed Back 60 Days

Yesterday Congress passed a bill averting the so-called 'fiscal cliff' on New Year's Day. Although Congress was able to come to an agreement on some items, many critical budget items were not able to be agreed upon in time.