Gen. Russ Dougherty was born 100 years ago
this fall – 39 of those years were spent in uniform.
He served in the Kentucky National Guard, was an Army Air Corps pilot, Air Force JAG, Air Force pilot, commander, and senior leader.
His son, Col. Mark Dougherty, USAF, retired, looks back at his father’s life and legacy in
“Leadership Traits of an Air Force Leader
and a Great Dad!”

(An abbreviated version of this story appears in the Fall 2020 issue of the Daedalus Flyer.)

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Final Doolittle Raider’s tradition of honor, legacy of valor celebrated at memorial

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The tradition of honor and legacy of valor that defined the life of retired Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” E. Cole were celebrated during a memorial service at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, April 18.


Aviation readiness up as units operate at ‘warp speed’

NASHVILLE — Army aviation readiness has climbed 15 percent over the past three years while units continue to work at “warp speed” to support missions across the world, leaders recently said.


Blue Angels Announce Commanding Officer, Flight Leader for 2020-2021

Pensacola, Fla. (NNS) — The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, announced the commanding officer for the 2020 and 2021 seasons at a press conference at the National Museum of Aviation on board Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, April 2.


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.


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.