Wednesday, August 17, 2011

F-22 investigation continues, AFSOC releases photos of fallen commandos

F-22 Investigation Continues: The Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, tasked with investigating the oxygen generation systems on the grounded F-22 fleet and other aircraft, is expected to release an interim report to Secretary Michael Donley and Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz this fall.

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ACC chief General Will Fraser issued a stand-down  of all Lockheed Martin F-22s on 3 May, over concerns about a possible glitch in the onboard oxygen generation system.

“The Air Force takes flying-related incidents seriously. We met with leaders, operators, and maintainers in the F-22 community to talk about” the study, said Lt. Gen. Hawk Carlisle, USAF's deputy chief of staff for operations, plans, and requirements.  The board will examine technical data generated by flight test activities conducted at Edwards AFB, Calif., as well as tests conducted by the Air Force Research Laboratory and contractor personnel.

Also, Air Force Special Operations Command recently released the names and pictures of the three airmen who were killed among 27 other US troops, seven Afghans, and a civilian interpreter Aug. 6 when a CH-47 Chinook was shot down in the Maiden Wardak province in eastern Afghanistan. They are: pararescueman TSgt. John W. Brown, pararescueman TSgt. Daniel L. Zerbe, and combat controller SSgt. Andrew W. Harvell. All three airmen were assigned to the 24th Special Tactics Squadron at Pope Field, N.C.

Our thoughts, as always, are on our troops and their families. We thank them all for their service and sacrifices.

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