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  • New Bill Would Open Air Force to Deaf

    08/13/2014 4:32:38 PM PDT · by SZonian · 46 replies
    www.military.com/ ^ | Aug 11, 2014 | Bryant Jordan
    Deaf and severely hearing impaired individuals could soon serve in the Air Force if legislation introduced in July by a California lawmaker is passed. An Air Force captain convinced U.S. Rep. Mark Takano, D-California, to introduce a bill that would allow deaf and hearing impaired people to serve in the Air Force as part of a pilot or demonstration program. Current Defense Department hearing requirements bar the deaf from serving, as well as individuals who currently require or previously used a hearing aid, or have a cochlear ear implant.
  • Broken Code: AFA superintendent calls for investigation of athletic transgressions

    08/03/2014 8:33:24 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 8 replies
    The Gazette ^ | 8-2-14 | Tom Roeder
    U.S. Air Force Academy cadet athletes flouted the sacred honor code by committing sexual assaults, taking drugs, cheating and engaging in other misconduct at wild parties while the service academy focused on winning bowl games and attracting money from alumni and private sources in recent years, a Gazette investigation has found. The findings are egregious enough that academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson told The Gazette that she has called for an Inspector General's investigation of the athletic department.
  • The Gender Confusion Challenge to Army Recruitment

    07/17/2014 4:48:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 17, 2014 | WILLIAM KILPATRICK
    One thing that you can say for ISIS, the Middle-East terrorist army, is that it doesn’t have a recruitment problem. Young men are streaming to Syria and Iraq from all over the world to join the cause. And they come not just from the Muslim world, but also from England, France, Sweden, Australia, and the U.S.Perhaps hoping to put a dent in the appeal of ISIS, some Western newspapers have made much of the expensive stolen watch visible on the wrist of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during his first public appearance at the Grand Mosque in Mosul. According to...
  • Highway to the danger zone? Non-pilot given command of Air Force in Pacific

    07/18/2014 6:54:32 AM PDT · by DFG · 60 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 07/17/2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    The White House has picked the first female general to head the Air Force in the Pacific, which will make her the first non-pilot to command air power in such a large theater of operation. The Pentagon announced this week that Air ForceLt. Gen. Lori J. Robinson has been nominated for promotion to four-star general and as commander of Pacific Air Forces, the Air Force component of U.S. Pacific Command. It is a major combatant command whose air, ground and naval forces have broad responsibility for security in the Asia-Pacific region. Her nomination was sent to the Senate for confirmation.
  • Ukraine: Air Force jet shot down by air-to-air missile from Russian plane; rebels hit 2nd jet

    07/17/2014 9:44:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | 07/17/2014 | PETER LEONARD
    <p>KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — An Air Force fighter jet has been shot down by an air-to-air missile fired from a Russian plane, a spokesman for Ukraine's Security Council said Thursday.</p> <p>Andrei Lysenko also said Ukrainian troops had been fired upon by missiles from a village just inside Russia.</p>
  • Sending pink slips to a war zone

    07/10/2014 7:50:01 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 12 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 7/9/2014 | Jonathan Hendershott
    In a stunning display of callousness, the Defense Department has announced that thousands of soldiers — many serving as commanding officers in Afghanistan — will be notified in the coming weeks that their service to the country is no longer needed. Last week, more than 1,100 Army captains — the men and women who know best how to fight this enemy because they have experienced multiple deployments — were told they’ll be retired from the Army. The overall news is not unexpected. The Army has ended its major operations in Iraq and is winding down in Afghanistan. Budget cuts are...
  • Pentagon Grounds Entire F-35 Fleet Over Engine Problems

    The military on Thursday said it had grounded the entire fleet of Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets until completion of additional inspections of the warplane's single engine built by Pratt & Whitney. The Pentagon's F-35 program office, Air Force and Navy issued directives on Thursday ordering the suspension of all F-35 flights after a June 23 fire on an Air Force F-35A jet at a Florida air base, according to statements by the Pentagon and the F-35 program office. The Pentagon said U.S. and industry officials had not been able to pinpoint the cause of the fire, which occurred...
  • Recruits' Ineligibility Tests the Military

    06/28/2014 9:11:18 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 64 replies
    WSJ ^ | June 27, 2014 | Mariam Jordan
    More than two-thirds of America's youth would fail to qualify for military service because of physical, behavioral or educational shortcomings, posing challenges to building the next generation of soldiers even as the U.S. draws down troops from conflict zones. The military deems many youngsters ineligible due to obesity, lack of a high-school diploma, felony convictions and prescription-drug use for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. But others are now also running afoul of standards for appearance amid the growing popularity of large-scale tattoos and devices called ear gauges that create large holes in earlobes.
  • The American Flag Daily: Virginia Statehood and Remembering General Arnold

    06/25/2014 5:32:37 AM PDT · by Master Zinja · 1 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | June 25, 2014 | JasonZ
    Today is Statehood Day for the Commonwealth of Virginia, the 10th state to join the Union in 1788. Today is also the birthday of General Henry Arnold, the only man to hold the rank of five-star general in two different services - the Army and the Air Force. He was taught how to fly by the Wright Brothers, and eventually founded the RAND Corporation and was one of the founders of Pan Am.
  • First Swine Flu Case Diagnosed Among Illegal Alien Children at Texas Base

    06/24/2014 2:36:42 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 13 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jun. 24, 2014 | Sara Carter
    A young illegal immigrant child from Central America was diagnosed with swine flu Friday after crossing the Texas-Mexico border, necessitating 2,000 vaccines be shipped to Lackland Air Force Base to treat people who may have been exposed, U.S. authorities confirmed to TheBlaze. The child was diagnosed after being transported from a border holding facility to the base, where he showed signs of illness and had to be hospitalized. It’s the first known case of the H1N1 virus to be diagnosed among the recent surge of unaccompanied immigrant children to arrive at the base, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said. “We are...
  • North Carolina Came Close to a Nuke Attack

    06/17/2014 8:39:43 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 45 replies
    Military.com ^ | June 14, 2014 | Matt Brawell
    A newly-declassified report reveals that two nuclear bombs accidentally dropped in North Carolina were much closer to detonation than previously reported. On January 21, 1961 a B-52 bomber went into a tailspin, breaking apart mid-flight over Goldsboro, N.C. The plane was carrying two nuclear bombs, both of which were pushed into free-fall. The parachute for one of the bombs was safely deployed, but the other continued to plummet. It had been previously believed that, though nerve-racking, the incident was not nearly as dangerous as it sounded as neither bomb was armed. But documents released Thursday by the National Security Archive...
  • Suspicious Person Report Prompts Lockdown ‘Safety Posture’ at L.A. Air Force Base

    06/17/2014 5:43:08 PM PDT · by Innovative · 10 replies
    KTLA 5 ^ | June 17, 2014 | Melissa Pamer
    Reports of a suspicious person wearing a vest or backpack with wires coming out prompted the lockdown of the Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo on Tuesday. No further details were available, according to the statement.
  • Vacationing Air Force bomber pilot helped land Boeing 737 after pilot had a heart attack

    06/02/2014 5:08:42 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 68 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | June 2, 2014 | James Nye
    United Flight 1637 was returning off-duty Air Force Captain Mike Gongol, his family and 157 other souls from their Christmas vacation when disaster struck. The Boeing 737's pilot suffered a devastating heart attack at 30,000 feet on the way from Des Moines to Denver, forcing Gongol to rush to the cockpit and help guide the plane to an emergency landing. His heroic actions have gone unheralded until now, as Gongol recalls the dramatic moment he answered the chilling announcement on the December 30 flight, 'Does anyone know how to fly a plane?'
  • Biden challenges graduating AF Academy cadets to create "new world order"

    05/29/2014 12:01:24 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 47 replies
    Stars And Stripes ^ | May 29, 2014 | Tom Roeder
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Under a blazing sun, Vice President Joe Biden challenged graduating Air Force Academy cadets on Wednesday to help create a “new world order for the 21st century.”
  • In survey, Lackland drill instructors rip leaders, say they fear recruits

    05/29/2014 11:18:37 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 28 replies
    San Antonio Express-News, via Stars & Stripes ^ | May 29, 2014 | Sig Christenson
    A survey of basic-training instructors conducted during the worst sex scandal in Air Force history revealed a sharp distrust of senior commanders at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland and a widespread fear of recruits. In occasionally bitter comments, some instructors lashed out at basic-training leaders. They talked of stressful working conditions and declining standards that had made training too easy, with recruits even saying they expected to have a harder time. The survey, done last year and obtained this week by the San Antonio Express-News, revealed basic training remains haunted by recruit abuse and misconduct, the same issues that prompted a...
  • No respect: Navy is the least prestigious military branch in the eyes of Americans

    05/23/2014 9:15:37 AM PDT · by Allah AtBar · 57 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 05/23/2014 | S.A. Miller
    Americans say the U.S. Army is the most important service branch to national defense, but the Marine Corps is still considered the most prestigious, said a Gallup poll released Friday. The annual poll​, timed to mark the start of the long Memorial Day weekend, showed that 26 percent of Americans say the Army is the most important military branch, followed closely by the Air Force at 23 percent. The Marine Corp was called the most important by 19 percent, the Navy by 17 percent and the Coast Guard by 3 percent, the poll found.
  • Air Force security team botched drill simulating attack on nuke missile silo, report reveals

    05/22/2014 6:16:06 PM PDT · by windcliff · 45 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5-22-14 | unknown
    A blistering internal review has revealed that an Air Force security team botched a training exercise last summer that simulated an attack on a nuclear missile silo, prompting expanded training to prepare for the possibility of a real attack. A senior U.S. defense official confirmed the details of the report to Fox News. The report was first obtained by the Associated Press through a Freedom of Information Act request. The review said the security forces were unable to speedily regain control of the captured silo during the exercise at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana, calling the failure a "critical...
  • U.S. Air Base Provides Comfort and Benefits for 1,000 Illegal Immigrants in Texas

    05/19/2014 1:49:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Breitbart's Texas ^ | May 19, 2014 | Kristin Tate
    Since May 18, the Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas has been home to 1,000 illegal immigrant children, according to a report by the San Antonio Express-News. The decision to utilize the base comes as an overwhelming number of young people have been caught crossing the Mexican/U.S. border during recent months. Children and teens brought to Lackland will be provided with education, foster care programs, and "behavioral treatment centers." The projected cost of such programs, as well as the cost of the housing, has not been disclosed to U.S. taxpayers. The federal government was forced to utilize Lackland...
  • Former general sees climate change as ‘catalyst for conflict’

    05/15/2014 10:06:33 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | May 15, 2014 | By Dean Narciso
    Scientists have warned about climate change and its consequences for decades. Now, the military is taking a stand. “I think the days of isolation are over,” Donald Hoffman, a retired four-star general in the Air Force, said yesterday during a Columbus Metropolitan Club panel discussion. “We will be pulled into things ... because it’s the right thing to do and there’s no one else to do them.” Hoffman is one of 16 retired military leaders who contributed to a report on climate change and national security that was released this week. “The one thing we didn’t get right was the...
  • Air Force plan to strip generals of authority

    05/14/2014 7:17:34 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 51 replies
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/ ^ | May 12, 2014 | Maggie Ybarra
    Senior Air Force leaders have drafted a budget-driven plan that would strip the three- and four-star generals who oversee major commands of their authority to manage their bases. A draft of the plan obtained by The Washington Times shows that the Air Force is aiming to consolidate support operations under the umbrella of a single center, known as the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center. The tricky endeavor would shuffle day-to-day base management issues — such as construction, maintenance and procurement of equipment and supplies — from under the authority of the senior generals who command the bases to...
  • Triple-Amputee Iraqi War Hero’s Letter Shames the President of the United States

    05/11/2014 4:03:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | May 10, 2014 | Mike Miller
    We embrace heroes in America. Senior Airman Brian Kolfage defines hero: the triple-amputee veteran of the Iraqi War overcame insurmountable odds to survive his horrific injuries. Kolfage recently sent a powerful – and damning – letter to his commander-in-chief: I nearly died in a war that you and most of your colleagues supported overwhelmingly, including the two presidents who came before you. Many citizens may not agree with waging war in Iraq to free the oppressed Iraqi citizens, but it’s something that warriors like myself have zero control over. I joined to serve my country and to better my life....
  • Drone ‘Stigma’ Means ‘Less Skilled’ Pilots at Controls of Deadly Robots

    05/02/2014 7:37:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 29, 2014 | Lee Ferran
    The Air Force recently acknowledged that due to a “stigma” surrounding its drone program, many pilots at the controls of the deadly weapons are “less skilled” and officers overseeing them are “less competent” than their manned aircraft brethren, as alleged by the Government Accountability Office. “Let’s be honest, when people dream about flying… People in this generation didn’t grow up and say, ‘I want to fly an RPA [remotely piloted aircraft],’” Air Force spokesperson Jennifer Cassidy told ABC News last week. “They were the ones that watched re-runs of ‘Top Gun’ and said, ‘I want to be a fighter pilot.’…...
  • Israel set to launch production of wing assemblies for F-35

    04/16/2014 12:19:30 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies
    worldtribune.com ^ | April 14th, 2014 | World Tribune
    TEL AVIV — Israel has been preparing to produce the first components for the U.S.-origin Joint Strike Fighter. The state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries is working on production lines for the wing assembly of the F-35 fighter-jet. The wing assembly was awarded by Lockheed Martin as part of Israel’s order of 19 fifth-generation combat aircraft over the next four years. “This new and advanced production line represents an important milestone for IAI and ensures its involvement in the world’s most advanced fighter aircraft,” IAI president Joseph Weiss said.
  • Air Force apologizes to family after armed traffic stop (Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio)

    04/11/2014 4:17:30 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 110 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | April 10, 2014 | Laura A. Bischoff and Clint Davis
    A Columbus, Ohio, family said their children were traumatized after what was meant to be a fun trip to the National Museum of the United States Air Force ended with guns drawn on them. Alice Hill, 65, her daughter-in-law, Wendy, and two young grandchildren visited the museum on April 4 and, as they were leaving, were ordered to get out of their vehicle by military police. Hill said the officers pulled guns on the family and cuffed the adults in front of the children, according to an incident report. (snip) The family was detained for about 90 minutes as authorities...
  • Daughter Interested in Joining the Military

    04/07/2014 5:35:52 PM PDT · by MacMattico · 114 replies
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    Wow. My daughter is 16, an A student and interested in possibly joining the military. While this fills me with great pride, and my family has a history of male members in the navy and Marine Corp, this kind of blew my mind. Not in a bad way, I guess it's just amazing, wonderful and scary all at the same time coming from MY daughter! I was wondering if anybody would like to share any and everything they know about their daughter or females in general in the military. At this point she is thinking of an eventual career in...
  • Air Force removes Bible from POW-MIA display

    03/31/2014 6:23:46 PM PDT · by DaveMSmith · 94 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 31, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    On March 14 Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh told members of the House Armed Services committee that there was no war on religious liberty. “The single biggest frustration I’ve had in this job is the perception that somehow there is religious persecution inside the United States Air Force,” the general told lawmakers. “It is not true.” Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) told me the Air Force seems to be the worst offender when it comes to attacks on religious liberty. If that’s true, perhaps Gen. Welsh could explain why a Bible was removed from a POW/MIA Missing Man...
  • Commanders fired in nuke missile cheating scandal

    03/28/2014 3:07:23 AM PDT · by kingattax · 54 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 3-27-14 | ROBERT BURNS
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force took the extraordinary step Thursday of firing nine midlevel nuclear commanders and announcing it will discipline dozens of junior officers at a nuclear missile base, responding firmly to an exam-cheating scandal that spanned a far longer period than originally reported. A 10th commander, the senior officer at the base, resigned and will retire from the Air Force. Air Force officials called the discipline unprecedented in the history of America's intercontinental ballistic missile force. The Associated Press last year revealed a series of security and other problems in the ICBM force, including a failed safety...
  • Wing and Prayer Decoupled

    03/21/2014 5:57:48 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 8 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 19, 2014 | Tony Perkins
    The hot seat just got hotter for Air Force officials at today’s [March 14, 2014] House Armed Services hearing. With the backdrop of Scripture scrubbing and Christian harassment at the branch’s Academy, a routine budget debate turned into a fireworks display over the Air Force’s growing hostility towards faith in the ranks. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Walsh were originally scheduled to talk about branch spending until conservatives intervened, demanding a detailed explanation of the events that unfolded at the Academy. Representatives from Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) to Democrat Mike McIntyre (N.C.)...
  • Is the U.S. Air Force really necessary?

    03/17/2014 12:37:23 PM PDT · by xzins · 232 replies
    World ^ | March 17, 2014 | Michael Cochrane
    Robert Farley, a political science professor at the University of Kentucky, wants to ground the U.S. Air Force, for good. In his book, Grounded: The Case for Abolishing the US Air Force, Farley argues the United States does not need an independent Air Force in order to effectively wield military air power. Farley, an assistant professor at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, came to his conclusion after studying the conflict between the Army and the Air Force over which military branch was primarily responsible for winning the first Gulf War. “I slowly became more aware that these...
  • On Defense Cuts, Obama Just Comes Right Out And Says He Wants The Terrorists To Win

    03/06/2014 5:57:19 AM PST · by servo1969 · 5 replies
    duffelblog.com ^ | 3-3-2014 | Juice Box
    WASHINGTON — Confirming suspicions of Americans and Fox News contributors everywhere, Communist-in-Chief Barack Obama announced today that his plans to downsize the Defense Department in size and spending are singularly rooted in a heartfelt desire to allow the terrorists to win. “I’m doing this because I hate America,” Obama told reporters. “Plain and simple.” Indeed, last week, the president unveiled proposals that would shrink the Army to pre-World War II levels, slash a number of costly programs, and roll back some benefits to service members and their families. Speaking today from the White House briefing room, the president assured Americans...
  • Local impact of defense budget uncertain (20,400 fewer airmen proposed)

    03/05/2014 1:30:26 AM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 5 replies
    News Herald ^ | 3/4/2014 | LAUREN SAGE REINLIE
    TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE — Force reduction measures and degradation of military benefits could have an effect on local service members under the Pentagon’s proposed budget cuts. The Pentagon officially unveiled its 2015 budget proposal Tuesday as part of the White House’s total budget request. The first post-Afghanistan war budget calls for a drawdown of Army and Air Force personnel, but invests additional funding in training, new weapons systems and special operations. The budget still requires approval of Congress, where a heated battle is expected. Although the budget calls for the Army to reduce its ranks by 40,000 to 50,000...
  • Gay and lesbian troops perform in drag on American military base

    03/03/2014 11:17:23 AM PST · by barmag25 · 29 replies
    The week ^ | 3/3/14 | JORDAN VALINSKY
    Troops based at the Kadena Air Base in Japan know how to party. On Saturday, six gay and straight service members applied some of their finest makeup and lip synced to "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" in what is believed to be first drag queen and king show on an American military base. The show was thrown in support for the base's recently formed OutServe-SLDN chapter, a nonprofit advocacy group for the army's LGBT community.
  • Crimean Army gets 49 fighter jets from Ukrainian air bases - official (defection from Ukrainian AF)

    03/03/2014 6:59:48 AM PST · by kronos77 · 20 replies
    <p>The 204th fight-jet airbase of the Ukrainian Air Force, which has 49 aircraft in service, has sided with the government of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, a local government representative told Interfax on Monday. "Today the command of the 204th base in Belbek has announced it is taking the side of the Crimean people," he said, adding that the base is more than 800 strong. "The Belbek airfield has 45 Mikoyan MiG-29 fighters and four L-39 trainer aircraft. Of them, only four fighters and one trainer are in good condition," the official said. Thus, "the total number of the Ukrainian Armed Forces servicemen, who have sided with the Crimean people, has approached 6,000," the source said.</p>
  • Defense secretary recommends elimination of A-10 fleet

    02/25/2014 1:56:03 PM PST · by bkopto · 134 replies
    Tucson News Now ^ | Feb 24, 2014 | Barbara Grijalva
    TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Defense Secretary announced today that he is recommending the elimination of the A-10, the mainstay aircraft at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, as part of a proposed military budget. Chuck Hagel made the announcement today in at the Pentagon. The Air Force has said it would save $3.5 billion over five years by cutting the entire fleet of 343 A-10s. Hagel said he consulted with the military service chiefs on how to balance defense and budget requirements.
  • Report: Pentagon to Buy Fewer F-35s in 2015

    02/19/2014 9:14:30 PM PST · by ClaytonP · 5 replies
    The U.S. Defense Department plans to buy eight fewer F-35 fighter jets in fiscal 2015, according to a news report.The Pentagon will request funding for 34 of the aircraft in the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, including 26 of the Air Force’s conventional model, six of the Marine Corps’ vertical-landing version, and two of the Navy’s aircraft carrier variant, according to an article by Tony Capaccio of Bloomberg News.That’s down from 42 planes the department previously projected it would buy during the period, but up from the 29 aircraft it’s buying this year, it stated. The Defense Department’s base budget,...
  • Swiss fighters grounded during hijacking as outside office hours

    02/17/2014 12:04:39 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 40 replies
    Geneva — No Swiss fighter jets were scrambled Monday when an Ethiopian Airlines co-pilot hijacked his own plane and forced it to land in Geneva, because it happened outside business hours, the Swiss airforce said. When the co-pilot on flight ET-702 from Addis Ababa to Rome locked himself in the cockpit while the pilot went to the bathroom and announced a hijacking, Italian and French fighter jets were scrambled to escort the plane through their respective airspaces. But although the co-pilot-turned-hijacker quickly announced he wanted to land the plane in Switzerland, where he later said he aimed to seek asylum,...
  • Irkut Fighters Pave Way For Trainers And Passenger Jets (Russia)

    02/14/2014 10:40:07 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    AIN Online ^ | February 12, 2014 | Vladimir Karnozov
    Russia’s Irkut Corp. is well known in the Asia Pacific region because of the mighty vectored-thrust Sukhoi Su-30 series multirole fighters in service with Indian and Malaysian air forces, numbering about 200 aircraft. The maker also supplied Su-27UB operational trainers to China; and a number of Asian nations still operate swing-wing MiG-23U trainers and MiG-27 strike aircraft built at the corporation’s manufacturing site in Irkutsk city, western Siberia. The company has been fostering a very special relationship with India since the mid-1960s, when it supplied Antonov An-12 tactical transports. Today, about half of the Indian air force fighter squadrons are...
  • Air Force will take ‘appropriate action’ over viral POW/MIA emblem photo

    02/14/2014 5:11:24 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 31 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | February 14, 2014 | by John Harper
    WASHINGTON — The Air Force is “disappointed” in the airman who appeared in a photo that is being circulated of her posing with her tongue in the mouth of the prisoner of war depicted on the iconic black-and-white POW/MIA emblem. “We do not yet have all details behind the photo, but it certainly is a concern; it’s a concern any time someone shows disrespect for prisoners of war and those missing in action. They deserve our utmost respect and we must always remember their sacrifice and the legacy they’ve left for us as men and women serving our nation.
  • The Air Force’s New Gunship Is Easier to Shoot Up

    01/31/2014 6:22:10 AM PST · by C19fan · 43 replies
    War Is Boring ^ | January 31, 2014 | Joe Trevithick
    In trying to reduce the cost of its specialized AC-130 gunships, the U.S. Air Force may have made them more vulnerable to enemy gunfire. This is the disturbing conclusion reached by the Pentagon’s top weapons testers in their latest annual report on the AC-130J. According to the report, the new AC-130J Ghostrider—a Lockheed Martin C-130 transport with special sensors and side-firing guns—will only be required to have armor for its crew and their oxygen system. And the armor only needs to be thick enough to stop light machine gun bullets, around 7.62 millimeters in diameter. That’s a significant and potentially...
  • US suspends 34 nuclear missile officers for cheating on exams

    01/17/2014 11:22:26 AM PST · by opentalk · 27 replies
    AFP ^ | January 16, 2014
    The US military has suspended 34 officers in charge of launching nuclear missiles for cheating on a proficiency test, Air Force leaders said Wednesday. The scandal at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana marked the latest in a series of damaging revelations dogging the country's nuclear force,including a separate probe into illegal drugs that came to light last week. "There was cheating that took place with respect to this particular test," Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James told a news conference. "Some officers did it. Others apparently knew about it,and it appears that they did nothing,or at least not enough,to...
  • Military Photo of the Day

    01/16/2014 6:24:19 AM PST · by frankenMonkey · 3 replies
    MILPOD ^ | 16 Jan 2014 | MILPOD
    Air Force pararescuemen, from the 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, secure an area after being lowered from an HH-60 Pave Hawk during a mission in Afghanistan. Nov 2012.U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder.
  • Hagel makes rare visit to nuke missile base

    01/09/2014 8:05:53 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 12 replies
    journalstar.com ^ | 1-9-14 | Robert Burns
    Hoping to boost sagging morale, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made a rare visit Thursday to an Air Force nuclear missile base and the men and women who operate and safeguard the nation's Minuteman 3 missiles. But his attempt to cheer the troops was tempered by news that launch officers at another base had been implicated in an illegal-narcotics investigation.... Two officers at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana are being investigated for allegations of drug possession, said Lt. Col. Brett Ashworth, a service spokesman in Washington. Both of those being investigated are ICBM launch officers with responsibility for operating intercontinental...
  • China Again Deploys The Rare Earth Weapon

    01/09/2014 8:33:03 AM PST · by Lower Deck · 15 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | 1/9/14 | Anonymous
    The U.S. Department of Defense recently granted the manufacturer of the new F-35 fighter a waiver for having some illegal Chinese components in newly built F-35s. The cheap Chinese components were nothing exotic; they were $2 magnets and stuff like that. These items inadvertently got into the supply chain as a Japanese subcontractor built parts of the aircraft. An audit later discovered the Chinese parts. The manufacturer told the Department of Defense that it would cost over $10 million and weeks, if not months, to take apart the offending assemblies, replace the Chinese items with American ones and reassemble, test...
  • WWII fighter pilot who flew THROUGH the Eiffel Tower to take down a German plane dies in Virginia

    01/04/2014 9:03:39 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 55 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | UPDATED: 20:45 EST, 3 January 2014
    A World War II fighter pilot who gained fame for dramatically flying beneath the Eiffel Tower's arches to take down a German aircraft has died aged 92. William Overstreet Jr. died on Sunday at a hospital in Roanoke, Virginia, according to his obituary, but there was no indication of the cause of his death. Overstreet's famously flew his P-51C 'Berlin Express' beneath the Eiffel Tower in Nazi-occupied Paris in 1944, which has been credited with lifting the spirits of French Resistance troops on the ground. For his valiant service, the French ambassador to the United States presented Overstreet with France's...
  • SC air base mulls holiday display after protest

    12/10/2013 11:21:34 AM PST · by armydawg505 · 15 replies
    www.thestate.com ^ | December 10, 2013 | unknown
    <p>SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. — Officials at Shaw Air Force Base are trying to determine what to do about a holiday display after a Nativity scene was taken down last week.</p> <p>Air Force spokeswoman Lt. Keavy (kev-EE) Rake said Tuesday a Nativity display was set up Friday by a group of volunteers from the base chapel at a small lake on the installation. The site was near where a tree lighting ceremony was scheduled Friday evening.</p>
  • U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Rehearse Rose Parade Flyover

    12/31/2013 11:57:40 PM PST · by Colofornian · 14 replies
    KTLA.com ^ | Dec. 31, 2013
    Frank Buckley, Jessica Holmes and Mark Kriski were live from the Tournament of Roses House in Pasadena. They watched in awe as the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds rehearsed their Rose Parade flyover with six F-16s soaring in formation along the Colorado Blvd. parade route.
  • Illegal immigrant using false name and IDs gains access to D-M

    12/31/2013 2:05:41 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 36 replies
    KVOA ^ | Dec 31, 2013 | Faye DeHoff
    PINAL COUNTY - An illegal immigrant is arrested in Pinal County and it's discovered he had gained access to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. On Thursday, Dec. 26, at 7 p.m., a Pinal County Sheriff's deputy stopped a 2006 Ford Expedition westbound on Interstate 10 near milepost 180 for a traffic violation. The driver of the vehicle identified himself, using an Arizona Identification Card, as 37-year old Armando Villalobos of Phoenix. The deputy did a routine license and warrant check. Villalobos returned with a "No License" status and a felony warrant for his arrest out of Texas. The warrant showed he...
  • Air Force: Airmen must improve command climate [performance reports changing]

    12/27/2013 4:17:17 AM PST · by markomalley · 33 replies
    Colorado Springs Gazette ^ | 12/26/2013 | Tom Roeder
    The Air Force this week announced that airmen will be judged on how they create a positive work environment in addition to how well they do their jobs.The move comes at the end of a year that left the service mired in scandal. The biggest centers on sexual misconduct between recruits and drill instructors at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.In a news release, the Air Force said airmen would be graded on how they contributed to a culture of “dignity and respect”.Formally adding it to the evaluation paperwork, considered by promotion boards, adds consequences for those who fall short....
  • Military Photo of the Day

    12/22/2013 7:11:23 AM PST · by frankenMonkey · 28 replies
    MILPOD ^ | 22 Dec 2013 | MILPOD
    Capt. Mario Ramirez and Capt. Suzanne Morris confirm a patient's identity and prepare to administer a blood transfusion during a flight from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Ramirez and Morris are members of the 455th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron Critical Care Air Transport Team. Feb 2012.U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chris Willis.
  • Dogfight duke: The MiG that forced Pakistan army surrender

    12/19/2013 4:59:18 AM PST · by MBT ARJUN · 23 replies
    The MiG-21 FL was the force multiplier that allowed other IAF aircraft to go in for the kill without having to watch their back during the 1971 War, thereby hastening the fall of the Pakistani military The MiG-21 may be the only aircraft in aviation history to have forced a nation to surrender. The devastating attack on the Governor’s House in Dhaka in East Pakistan by MiG-21s proved to be a turning point in the 1971 India-Pakistan war. India’s blitzkrieg strategy against the Pakistani military had brought the Indian Army to the outskirts of Dhaka within just nine days. Holed...