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Hyten announces Space Enterprise Vision

Gen. John Hyten, the commander of Air Force Space Command, announced the command's Space Enterprise Vision April 12 at Peterson Air Force Base. The SEV is the result of an AFSPC-commissioned study that looked at how to make the nation's national security space enterprise more resilient.

Around the Air Force: April 12

This look around the Air Force includes information about the shooting at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas;B-52 Stratofortresses from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, deploy to support Operation Inherent Resolve; and the Air Force conducted an air superiority survey.

AF names candidate bases, criteria for choosing next F-35A sites

Air Force officials announced April 12 that Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona; Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida; Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas; and Whiteman AFB, Missouri, are candidate bases for the first Reserve-led F-35A Lightning II location.

AF releases criteria for basing new RPA units

The Air Force released basing criteria April 12 that will be used to select candidate bases for a potential new MQ-9 Reaper wing with units at up to two locations.

Air Force approves RPA initiatives

The Air Force recently approved two initiatives for the remotely piloted aircraft career field. First, eight RPA reconnaissance squadrons will be redesignated as attack squadrons. Second, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III authorized RPA aircrews to log combat time when flying an aircraft within designated hostile airspace, regardless of the aircrew's physical location.

B-52 Stratofortress joins coalition team

U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress aircraft from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, arrived at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, April 9, in support of theater requirements and Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria and the wider international community.

AF presents 2014, 2015 Sijan award winners

Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III presented the 2014 and 2015 Lance P. Sijan Leadership Awards to eight Airmen in the Airman’s Hall on April 7 at the Pentagon.

Around the Air Force: April 8

This look around the Air Force takes us to Alaska where two F-35A Lightning II squadrons will join Eielson Air Force Base, and to the Philippines where service members are participating in the Balikatan exercise.

Update: No trainees affected by deadly shooting at Lackland

Two people were killed in a shooting April 8 at the Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Medina Annex in Texas, sparking an active shooter alert on base. There are no indications that this was a terrorist attack.

Update: Officials identify Airmen killed in Lackland shooting

The 502nd Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio commander, Brig. Gen. Robert LaBrutta, confirmed the identities of the two Airmen killed in a workplace violence incident April 8 at the Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Medina Annex, according to a news release.