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Lt. Col. Richard Cole, last of the 80 Doolittle Raiders, turns 103

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — On April 18, 1942, sixteen B-25 bombers lined up on the USS Hornet and prepared to drop bombs onto Japan for a much-needed comeback following the attack on Pearl Harbor and the Bataan Death March. Leading the way for 80 men was Lt. Col. James Doolittle, giving them the title “Doolittle Raiders.”

At Doolittle’s side was his co-pilot, 26-year-old Lt. Richard “Dick” Cole. As the last living member of the famous Doolittle Raiders, Cole celebrated his 103rd birthday Sept. 7 at the Singing Water Winery in Comfort, Texas. At the celebration Cole was surrounded by family, friends and Airmen.

“This event is the celebration of a lifetime of achievements of a 103-year-old man,” said retired Col. Kevin Smith, event co-coordinator. “Dick Cole has done so much for our country. He’s a hero in every sense of the word. Ever since his retirement they have continued the tradition of paying tribute to those who died on the mission and those who have since passed all the way up to today.”

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12th FTW continues heritage of aviation innovation

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas —Two 12th Flying Training Wing instructor pilots demonstrated the latest innovation of Air Force training for members of renowned pilot associations at an event hosted by the Order of Daedalians Aug. 27 at the Parr Club at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph.

Capt. Jay Moore, a 560th Flying Training Squadron pilot, and Lt. Col. Joe Stallings, the 12th FTW Chief of Innovation, showcased virtual reality simulators for more than 40 Daedalians, Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association “River Rats,” and A-1 Skyraider Association participants. Just as those professional societies honor early aviation pioneers, today’s Air Force aviators were hoping to win their confidence for contemporary changes.

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RAND Research Report:
Is the USAF Flying Force Large Enough?

The U.S. military has mostly operated at a high operational tempo since the end of the Cold War, and there appears to be no significant reduction in demand on the horizon. However, the U.S. military has few analytical tools for identifying the force requirements associated with ongoing operations, and there are no systematic efforts within the Department of Defense to collect data on the nature of operational demands over time. This report is intended to help address this imbalance.

Air and Space Power Journal:
Africa & Francophonie

Air University Press announces the release of the Fall 2018 edition of Air and Space Power Journal (ASPJ)–Africa & Francophonie, a forum for the dissemination of original research ideas. This issue features articles from global scholars about the European Union’s military cooperation and national defense role; peace building; Islamist violent extremism; Syria’s opposition-held areas; and the implementation of the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration process in South Sudan.

BLUE: Episode 25: Pilot Pipeline

The Air Force’s pilot shortage is a complex issue. To get more pilots from the classroom to the cockpit, Airmen are using technology and processes in innovative ways. Take a journey through the pilot pipeline to see solutions Airmen have implemented in each stage of fighter pilot training.

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Solving the Air Force’s Pilot Shortage Problem

The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies has published a Policy Paper on “Protecting the ‘Pipeline’: Overcoming the Air Force’s Pilot Shortage.” Click on the image to read the paper by Michael C. Sirak, Senior Visiting Fellow, and retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Lawrence A. Stutzriem, Director of Research, both with the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.

Air Force leadership must remain vigilant in monitoring the shortage. Experienced pilots are a valuable commodity, and many are voicing specific concerns that tie to their desire to remain in the service. They should not have to deal with an unresponsive, indifferent bureaucracy when seeking a solution to remain in uniform.

PROTECTING THE "PIPELINE"

MITCHELL INSTITUTE FOR AEROSPACE STUDIES

Membership Directory Update

PCI (also known as Publishing Concepts) is producing the new Daedalian Membership Directory. Members may receive phone calls, emails or postcards asking them for personal information. Please click the button to view Frequently Asked Questions about this project.

Click here to view the 2018 Daedalian Annual Report