Airman's Roll Call: How the Air Force Buys Weapon Systems Published June 3, 2008 By Air Force News Agency 05/01/08 -- 4/30/2008 - SAN ANTONIO (AFPN) -- This week's Airman's Roll Call focuses on how the Air Force purchases new weapon systems. In recent months there has been lots of talk about the Air Force and its efforts to replace the Eisenhower-era KC-135 Stratotanker. The Air Force uses a detailed acquisition process for its purchasing needs. The office in charge of acquiring new equipment or services, including large multi-billion dollar purchases, is the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, or SAF/AQ. SAF/AQ employs personnel from a variety of career fields with expertise in program management, engineering, contracting, operations and other relevant roles. Airman's Roll Call is designed for supervisors at all levels to help keep Airmen informed on current issues, clear up confusion, dispel rumors and provide additional face-to-face communication. To subscribe to an E-mail version of the product, visit www.af.mil/subscribe. Airman's Roll Call is one of 30 featured Air Force products that can be received via E-mail.