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  • Air Force helicopter shot at from ground while flying over Virginia, crew injured

    08/12/2020 9:31:13 AM PDT · by Skywise · 76 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | 8/12/2020 | Tara Copp
    An Air Force helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing at a Virginia airport Monday after someone shot at it, injuring a member of the crew, local and military officials told McClatchy. The UH-1N Huey helicopter is assigned to the 1st Helicopter Squadron at Joint Base Andrews and had been on a routine training flight, the base said in a statement. The injured crew member, who was not identified, was treated at a hospital and released. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into the incident.
  • Air Force Helicopter Shot At Over Virginia, Injuring Crew Member

    08/12/2020 10:29:12 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 26 replies
    us news ^ | 12 aug 2020 | Paul D. Shinkman,
    The FBI is investigating the incident, involving a helicopter assigned to President Donald Trump’s support detail. The UH-1N Huey helicopter, assigned to Joint Base Andrews just outside of Washington, D.C., was conducting a routine training flight roughly 1,000 feet above the ground before it was forced to make an emergency landing at an airport in nearby Manassas, Virginia, after being struck by a bullet, an Air Force spokesperson tells U.S. News. The helicopter is assigned to the 1st Helicopter Squadron, which supports the movement of the president and other senior government officials to and from Andrews, where Air Force One...
  • Former Air Force Major Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Tricare Fraud

    08/12/2020 5:34:23 AM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 29 replies ^ | 8/11/2020 | Patrica Kime
    A former Air Force officer has been sentenced to two years behind bars for her role in a nationwide scheme to defraud the military's health program, Tricare, of billions of dollars. Maj. Romeatrius Moss, 40, pleaded guilty Oct. 15, 2019, to accepting kickbacks for referring patients at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma, to civilian pharmacies that specialized in compounded medications; she faced up to five years in prison. Moss admitted to giving service members and other patients at the base medical clinic pre-printed prescription pads and encouraging them to ask their doctors for specialty medications -- compounded personalized prescriptions for...
  • The Air Force May Ditch GPS for Earth's Magnetic Field... We're long overdue for a new way to navigate.

    08/07/2020 7:46:40 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 88 replies ^ | By Kyle Mizokami Aug 4, 2020
    The Air Force, wary of losing its GPS satellites during a major war, is exploring alternatives. One alternative is using a magnetic field map of Earth. Maps of Earth’s magnetic field are very accurate, but we don't know how data is gained about possible enemy territory. =================================================================================== The U.S. Air Force, concerned that adversaries might target its fleet of GPS satellites in wartime, is looking into Earth’s magnetic field as an alternative, according to Defense One.Accurate and extremely difficult to jam, the magnetic field could be used as a means of navigation for ground troops, ships at sea, and...
  • Col. Steve dePyssler (1919 – 2020), only known American to serve in four wars

    07/29/2020 11:14:41 AM PDT · by Borges · 18 replies
    Legacy ^ | 7/27/2020 | Linnea Crowther
    Col. Steve dePyssler was a U.S. Air Force veteran who was the only known American to have served in four wars. 38 years of active duty Col. dePyssler began his military career serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. He later transferred to the U.S. Air Force and went on to serve in the Korean War, the French Indochina War, and the Vietnam War, as well as at the Bay of Pigs Invasion. He rose from private to colonel over 38 years of active duty. After his retirement, dePyssler worked in the Retirees Office at Louisiana’s Barksdale Air...
  • Hurlburt Field active shooter identified

    07/26/2020 11:16:21 PM PDT · by robowombat · 4 replies
    MY Panhandle ^ | Posted: Jul 26, 2020 / 08:33 PM CDT / Updated: Jul 26, 2020 / 10:56 PM CDT | Tess Rowland
    HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (WMBB) — The shooter involved in an armed disturbance on Friday has been identified as civilian spouse Elliot Alexeichik. Elliot Alexeichik was declared dead on the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Airman First Class, and member of 1st SOW, Kimberly Alexeichik was reported injured due to a gunshot wound during the incident. She was transported to a local hospital and is currently in stable condition. The United States Air Force was notified of the armed disturbance at 4:28 p.m. prompting a base lockdown. The lockdown was lifted at 5:55 p.m. and the base was given the...
  • General Brown - Soon to be Air Force Chief (Video) Must See

    07/25/2020 2:06:33 PM PDT · by FRinCanada2 · 20 replies ^ | June 2020 | CSAF (Soon to be) - Gen Brown
    Please watch and share this non-partisan, non-political heartfelt message from the newly unanimously appointed Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force The right man for the job - for such a time as this.
  • With F-22 Stealth Fighters Running Out, The U.S. Air Force Got Desperate

    07/10/2020 10:09:35 AM PDT · by mowowie · 61 replies
    Forbes ^ | Jun 13, 2020 | David Axe
    A hurricane that struck Florida in late 2018 damaged and displaced so many of the U.S. Air Force’s F-22 Raptor stealth fighters that the flying branch resorted to desperate measures to ensure it could fly enough F-22 sorties. It underscores how few Raptors the Air Force possesses, and how fragile the fleet could be if it ever sustains major losses in wartime.
  • US tests new bomb that will change ‘the rules of the game’

    06/22/2020 6:42:00 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 56 replies ^ | 2020-06-22 | By News Desk
    BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – The United States tested the new smart bomb, GBU-53 StormBreaker, using one of their modern warplanes. According to reports, the U.S. Navy’s FA-18E/F Super Hornet fighter and attack aircraft launched the GBU-53 StormBreaker all-weather bomb on a designated target. The new bomb can be used in all weather conditions, including poor visibility, Janes Defense reported last week. An RMD spokesperson told Janes that the U.S. Air Force determines the number of tests needed to validate the bomb, but did not specify when it would be available. “The USAF (US Air Force) program office, in co-ordination...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Friday 6/19/2020 Newsdump Friday

    06/19/2020 8:49:32 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 1 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 6/19/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    The federal government (Trump Administration) will not appeal a judge's ruling that revoked a grazing permit for Oregon ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond..... The US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Geoffrey Berman, resigning. Berman to be replaced by Jay Clayton, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. The US Attorney for New Jersey, Craig Carpentio, to take over as Acting US Attorney for Southern New York July 3rd..... Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said today that one of hte police officers involved in the March 13th killing of Breonna Taylor will be fired.... The Air Force Inspector General...
  • US Air Force pilot call sign 'Banzai' becomes first woman to fly F-35A stealth fighter into combat.

    06/15/2020 1:25:58 AM PDT · by L.A.Justice · 50 replies
    Fox 13 Tampa Bay ^ | June 13, 2020 | Staff
    <p>WASHINGTON D.C. - America has now deployed its first female stealth fighter pilot into combat, the Air Force announced.</p> <p>Capt. Emily Thompson, call sign “Banzai,” made headlines after she became the first female to fly the F-35A Lightning II into combat. On June 9, the Air Force released a statement announcing that Thompson had deployed but did not specify when or where.</p>
  • Senate Confirms Brown to Lead Air Force in Historic Vote

    06/10/2020 4:57:09 AM PDT · by cll · 14 replies
    Air Force Magazine ^ | 6/09/2020 | Rachel S. Cohen
    Senators confirmed Air Force Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. as the first black military service chief in American history in a 98-0 vote June 9. Brown, the decorated four-star general in charge of Pacific Air Forces, will begin his four-year term as Air Force Chief of Staff once he is sworn in on Aug. 6. His confirmation comes as the military responds to nationwide protests over police brutality and systemic racism, spurred by George Floyd’s death in Minnesota last month. “There is no one I know who is better prepared to be Chief of Staff, no one who has the...
  • Final changes to Air Force song announced

    06/07/2020 3:26:11 PM PDT · by ducttape45 · 47 replies
    Air Force Website ^ | 5/29/2020 | By Charles Pope, Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs
    All stanzas of the Air Force song have been updated to better capture and represent the valor and heritage of the 73-year-old service while also recognizing the diversity and contributions of today’s Total Force regardless of gender. The announcement by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, completes a two-step process in which male-only references were revised to capture the distinguished service, the high standards, and central role that women play in every facet of the modern United States Air Force. The first step focused on changing the song’s third verse, which also serves as the official song...
  • CMAFKaleth in Yo Face

    06/06/2020 9:20:33 PM PDT · by Sequoyah101 · 27 replies
    Farcebook ^ | 6-1-2020 | MSAF Kaleth O. Wright
    Who am I? I am a Black man who happens to be the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force. I am George Floyd…I am Philando Castile, I am Michael Brown, I am Alton Sterling, I am Tamir Rice. Just like most of the Black Airmen and so many others in our ranks…I am outraged at watching another Black man die on television before our very eyes. What happens all too often in this country to Black men who are subjected to police brutality that ends in death…could happen to me. As shocking as that may sound to some of...
  • F-35A Live Stream for Hill AFB

    05/29/2020 12:53:04 PM PDT · by reintarnation · 19 replies
    Hill AFB ^ | 5/29/2020 | Hill AFB
    Live stream of F-35 Demo Team
  • RE Memorial Day: The Ball Turret Gunner

    05/25/2020 3:57:14 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 47 replies
    Self | May 29, 2020 | Self
    The near certainty the United States would be drawn into WW II prompted creation of an autonomous Army Air Force. Until the war in Europe began, standard doctrine gave an air corps no mission beyond supporting the ground forces. Now air power advocates fought for the authority to prove the theory that bombers could win wars. The B-24 Liberator and B-17 Flying Fortress carried 10-13 .50cal machine guns for defense and the Norden bombsight for precision daylight attack. Under combat conditions peacetime accuracy was never realized and bombers suffered horrendous losses until the P-51 Mustang could escort them all the...
  • Air Force reports first two coronavirus cases inside the Pentagon

    03/20/2020 12:46:29 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03 20 2020 | Rebecca Kheel
    An active-duty airman and an Air Force contractor who both visited the Pentagon in recent weeks have tested positive for the coronavirus, the Air Force said Friday, in the first confirmed cases of the virus inside the world’s biggest office building. The active-duty member works for the Defense Health Agency in Falls Church, Va., and was in the Pentagon “for less than an hour” on Monday, the Air Force said in a news release. The airman “has since received medical treatment and self-quarantined at home,” it said. Military health and local civilian officials have notified individuals who came into contact...
  • [2]US troops killed and injured in rocket attack on Iraq base

    03/14/2020 10:36:44 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 4 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/11/2020 | Zachary Halaschak
    Two American service members were among three who were reportedly killed when rockets struck a base near Baghdad housing U.S. forces. Camp Taji, a base that houses U.S. troops, was targeted by about 18 Katyusha rockets on Wednesday. Three people were killed and 12 were injured in the attack. According to a statement from U.S. Central Command, the attack is being investigated by Iraqi Security Forces and the U.S.-led coalition. "Camp Taji is an Iraqi base that hosts Coalition personnel for training and advising missions," the statement read. "The Iraqi Security Forces found a rocket-rigged truck, a few miles from...
  • Strangers Attend Funeral for Unclaimed Veteran With No Family

    02/29/2020 10:41:52 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    WTHR ^ | FEB 29TH, 2020
    Strangers laid an unclaimed Air Force veteran to rest in her hometown of Dandridge, Tennessee on Saturday. More than 100 people, including veterans and community members, chose to pay their respects to a woman they never met. Charlotte "CJ" Birch was from Dandridge, but died from pancreatic cancer while living in Pennsylvania. Her remains weren't claimed by family for over a year and a half. One of Birch's close friends who lives in Illinois, Genie Wachter, decided her friend deserved a proper burial. She took the 81-year-old Air Force veteran's ashes down to Hills Union Cemetery in Dandridge, where she...
  • Saudi military students resume US flight training

    02/26/2020 7:19:24 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 30 replies
    AP ^ | 02 26 2020 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    Military students from Saudi Arabia have resumed flight training at U.S. bases, nearly three months after a Saudi trainee shot and killed three U.S. Navy sailors at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida. The U.S. Navy said in a statement that flight training for the Saudi students resumed Tuesday. The training for about 850 Saudis at multiple U.S. bases was suspended December 10, four days after the deadly shooting. Operational training, such as flying and other non-classroom instruction, was allowed to restart once additional safety restrictions were put in place. The Navy said new policies prohibit the possession of personally...