A seven-foot tall bronze statue of a Special Tactics Airman in operational gear stands atop a black granite base--a memorial to past, present and future Special Tactics operators. The nation's first Special Tactics Memorial was unveiled at a dedication ceremony with more than 800 people present, presided over by Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David Goldfein, at...

Ft. Rucker, AL is the home of the United States Army Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE), which leads the Army's Flight School XXI (FSXXI) program, the main training program for all Army rotary wing aviators. Nearly forty percent of flight training is conducted through the use of the advanced simulation devices found at Ft. Rucker's contractor-owned helicopter simulations facility,...

A UN panel of experts has found evidence of "well-established networks" of arms suppliers in Eastern Europe and the Middle East that are fueling the war in South Sudan. In a confidential report to the Security Council obtained by AFP on Thursday , the panel described the arms deals that are not recent and involve Israeli and Bulgarian firms. The council...

U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Tyson Reams took off from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, with his search-and-rescue squadron just hours after a magnitude 9.0 earthquake unleashed a massive tsunami that slammed into the Japanese mainland in 2011. “Within hours, we were mobilized, wheels up, in route to the mainland,” said Reams, who trained in 2007 as a flight...

Naval officers from the Royal Australian Navy recently graduated from a two month Aegis combat systems course at the Combat Systems Engineering Development Site (CSEDS) in Moorestown, New Jersey. Lockheed Martin and government civilians supported the training at CSEDS along with the Navy’s Center for Surface Combat Systems. The officers learned to use the Aegis Combat System that is installed...

The 8th meeting of the Chiefs of Army Staff of the member countries of the 5+5 Defence Initiative opened Wednesday in Algiers. This high-level meeting, which is part of the action plan 2016 of the Initiative, of which Algeria ensures the rotating presidency, was chaired by Major General Ahcene Tafer, Commander of Land Forces, representative of Lieutenant General Ahmed...

The Unmanned Ground System Challenge, code-named "Conquer Obstacle - 2016" and sponsored by the Equipment Department of the PLA Army, concluded in Beijing on October 18. It is briefed that a total of 73 teams from 44 military and civilian universities, institutions and private companies including the National University of Defense Technology (NUDT), the Academy of Armored Forces Engineering of...

Russia’s Airborne Force can be rearmed and reorganized ahead of schedule amid the current international situation, Vladimir Shamanov, chairman of the Defense Committee of the State Duma, the lower house of Russia’s parliament, told TASS. "Of course, all these plans will be fulfilled. The international situation can speed up their fulfillment but it cannot cancel them as they have been...

Working under contract to DCNS, DCI has trained the first crew for the Tahya Misr FREMM multi-mission frigate and the first two crews for the Gamal Abdel Nasser and Anouar-El-Sadat amphibious assault ships. The DCI group assumed responsibility for training the Egyptian crews of the multi-mission frigate and the two amphibious assault ships acquired by Cairo in 2015. These ships...

The last thing eastern Congo needs is more armed groups, so the arrival of hundreds of South Sudanese rebels in the violence-prone region is cause for concern. The UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, known by the acronym MONUSCO, says it registered 755 SPLA-IO fighters who crossed into the Democratic Republic of the Congo in July, following...