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  • Israel set to launch production of wing assemblies for F-35

    04/16/2014 12:19:30 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies ^ | 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 · 109 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
    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 ^ | 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 · 133 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...
  • End looms for US Air Force's 'Warthog' ground-attack jet

    12/12/2013 3:48:56 PM PST · by DemforBush · 84 replies
    AFP ^ | 12/12/13 | Mathieu Rabechault
    Washington (AFP) - Long disliked by the US Air Force, the A-10 Thunderbolt II ground-attack jet may finally be heading for the chopping block due to budget constraints...
  • Newspaper confirms former Air Force Academy cadet's OSI account

    12/09/2013 6:11:07 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 18 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | December 7, 2013 | Dave Philipps
    When former Air Force Academy cadet Eric Thomas faced a disciplinary board in August 2012, a special agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations said he would come to explain how Thomas worked dozens of cases as a confidential informant and had been of great service to the Air Force. The agent never showed up, and Thomas was expelled from the academy eight months later. On Friday, an active-duty member of the Air Force Academy with direct knowledge of the case said the agent, Brandon Enos, did not show up because he was told not to by the...
  • Why does Santa need a fighter escort? Children's groups outraged as NORAD militarises Christmas Eve

    12/04/2013 7:12:52 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 53 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 4 December 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Why does Santa need a fighter escort? Children's groups outraged as NORAD militarises Christmas Eve tracker • NORAD officials say the inclusion of jet fighters is a nod to the true mission of the agency - which is to track and intercept airborne threats Outraged child advocates are blasting NORAD's new 3D Santa Tracker program because it includes a fighter jet escort for jolly old Saint Nick. Some say the new online portrait could give kids the wrong impression about Santa Claus - associating him with the military and violence. But Pentagon officials argue the North American Aerospace Defense Command...
  • United Nations launches drones over Congo

    12/03/2013 7:16:03 AM PST · by oxcart · 8 replies
    <p>KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- At a ceremony held at a pockmarked airport in Congo's troubled east, the United Nations launched the first of five drones which will be used to gather intelligence about the myriad armed groups still lurking in the nation's vast jungles.</p>
  • DOD Sued for Records About Removal of 'So Help Me God' from Air Force Academy Written Materials

    11/28/2013 7:25:58 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4 Oct 2013 | Tom Fitton
    There has been a wave of attacks against religious freedom inside the United States Military. There was the Air Force officer who was forced to remove a Bible from his desk because it might offend someone. There is the military chaplain who was instructed to resign his commission if he refused to “get on board” with the abolition of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. There’s the 20-year-old ethics course that was eliminated in July 2011 because it referenced scripture. And there is the painting containing a verse from scripture that was removed from the Mountain Home Air Force...
  • Air Force Seeks Laser Weapons for Next Generation Fighters

    11/20/2013 10:32:51 AM PST · by Red Badger · 46 replies ^ | Wednesday, November 20, 2013 | By: Dave Majumdar
    The U.S. Air Force has released a new request for a high-powered laser weapon that could be mounted on a next-generation air dominance fighter in the post-2030 era. “The emphasis of this effort is to identify potential laser systems that could be integrated into a platform that will provide air dominance in the 2030+ highly contested Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) environments,” the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) said in a Request for Information document posted on FEDBIZOPPS last week. The AFRL is particularly interested in lasers that would be at technology readiness level four (TRL4) by October 2014. That means the...
  • Battle Over Air Force Academy's Removal of 'So Help Me God' From Oath Heats Up

    11/20/2013 8:45:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/20/2013 | Alex Murashko
    The debate over the U.S. Air Force Academy's recent removal of the words "So help me God" from oaths and making the phrase instead optional for cadets has intensified as a chaplains religious liberty group is calling for the military branch to explain why the action was taken, and activists have stepped up their campaign against expressions of Christian faith within the academy located in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty said in a statement received by The Christian Post on Tuesday that it is receiving calls from concerned parents of Air Force Academy cadets about the...
  • Fanning: Air Force Having Trouble Keeping Pilots, and Pay Isn’t the Problem

    11/16/2013 9:13:16 AM PST · by Sequoyah101 · 55 replies
    Defense One ^ | 11-14-2013 | Tom Shoop
    The Air Force is offering big bonuses to keep its pilots in the service, but they’re not taking them because budget constraints are forcing the service to limit both current flying hours and opportunities to fly the next generation of aircraft,...
  • requesting help reading Korean War-era Air Force discharge papers

    11/05/2013 6:40:46 PM PST · by NewJerseyJoe · 16 replies
    self | 11/5/13 | NewJerseyJoe
    Hello FRiends. I am going through my late father's papers from when he was in the Air Force (total of 17 years, active and reserve). I'd like to be able to decipher some of the acronyms and military terms used in duty assignments, etc. Does anyone know of a source online that would help me to decipher these things? Thank you. Examples: 2267th PerPron (CONAC) AFQT-1 I 98Mech 7 Cler 9 Tech 9
  • Air Force servers rejecting FR login

    11/04/2013 10:12:33 AM PST · by jagusafr · 31 replies
    Vanity | Today | Jagusafr
    ALCON - FYI, the Air Force servers are back to not letting me log in to FR due to its "political and activist" nature. I thought we were through with this crap...
  • Lockheed’s SR-72 Could Fill Crucial Pentagon Need

    11/02/2013 6:03:43 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 35 replies
    Naval Institute Proceedings ^ | 1 Nov 13 | David Mamjudar
    Could Lockheed Martin Skunk Works’ SR-72 hypersonic concept design fill the Pentagon’s need for a penetrating intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft? The answer could be yes.
  • 'So help me God' optional in AFA honor oath

    10/25/2013 8:07:44 PM PDT · by usafa92 · 20 replies
    Colorado Springs Gazette ^ | Updated: October 25, 2013 at 11:49 pm | By Erin Prater
    The Air Force Academy will make the "so help me God" clause of the cadet honor oath optional, academy officials announced Friday. "Here at the academy, we work to build a culture of dignity and respect, and that respect includes the ability of our cadets, airmen and civilian airmen to freely practice and exercise their religious preference - or not," said Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson, academy superintendent, in a statement. "So, in the spirit of respect, cadets may or may not choose to finish the honor oath with 'so help me God.'"
  • US nuclear officers caught napping with blast door open [why these leaks? why now?]

    10/23/2013 12:52:07 PM PDT · by matt1234 · 71 replies
    Northwest Cable News ^ | October 23, 2013 | ROBERT BURNS
    <p>U.S. Air Force officers entrusted with the launch keys to long-range nuclear missiles have been caught twice this year leaving open a blast door that is intended to help prevent a terrorist or other intruder from entering their underground command post, Air Force officials said.</p>
  • Missiles for milk: how Russia offered NZ military hardware to settle dairy bill

    10/15/2013 5:47:08 PM PDT · by cunning_fish · 8 replies
    The Guardian ^ | October 15, 2013 | Oliver Milman
    How do you settle a rather sizeable bill for your milk delivery? If you are a cash-strapped superpower the answer is, apparently, to offer up a pair of fighter jets and a nuclear submarine as payment. The extraordinary offer was made by Russia to New Zealand in 1993, a new book reveals. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia was struggling to pay the $100m it owed New Zealand for a range of imported dairy products. In a meeting with Russian officials to thrash out payment terms, Jim Bolger, then New Zealand prime minister, was "absolutely stunned" to be...
  • Air Force fires commander of land-based U.S. nuclear arsenal

    10/11/2013 6:29:49 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 65 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 11 Oct 2013 | Craig Whitlock
    The Air Force on Friday fired the general in charge of all land-based nuclear missiles, the second time in a week that a senior commander of the country’s nuclear arsenal has been let go for allegations of personal misconduct. Maj. Gen. Michael Carey, commander of the 20th Air Force, was removed from his job “due to a loss of trust and confidence in his leadership and judgment,” said Brig. Gen. Les Kodlick, an Air Force spokesman. Air Force officials said Carey has been under investigation since this summer for allegations of “personal misbehavior” but would not specify what prompted his...
  • Judicial Watch asks: Why did the Air Force Academy remove "God" from its inductee oath?

    10/10/2013 4:03:02 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9/30/13 | Jennifer Harper
    **SNIP** “The U.S. Air Force Academy has removed the words ‘So help me God’ from some written materials, including the oath administered to USAF inductees based upon the objections of a single atheist,” says Tom Fitton, director of Judicial Watch. **SNIP** “Unilaterally removing ‘so help me God’ from Air Force Academy materials is at odds with our nation’s history, the rule of law, and the fundamental values of the American people,” Mr. Fitton observes. “We want to get to the bottom of this controversy and it is a shame we had to go to court to try to get past...
  • Politicians run a misdirection play

    10/02/2013 7:19:18 AM PDT · by commish · 8 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | 2 Oct 2013 | Greg Couch
    This is about having priorities. Standing up for something. Having substance. So without money to fund things during this federal government shutdown, sacrifices just have to be made. The Department of Defense on Tuesday suspended intercollegiate sporting events at the service academies. For now, Air Force can’t pay to fly to Saturday’s football game at Navy. And Navy can’t hold the game, anyway. And here’s the problem with both of those things: They. Are. Not. True.
  • Navy-Air Force football game may be cancelled due to government shutdown

    10/01/2013 12:39:52 PM PDT · by Saint X · 61 replies
    U,S. Naval Institute ^ | October 1, 2013 | U.S. Naval Institute
    The record crowd that is expected to attend the U.S. Naval Academy – U.S. Air Force Academy football game in Annapolis, Md., Saturday may be in for a huge disappointment. The Department of Defense announced today that all intercollegiate athletic competitions at the service academies have been suspended due to the federal government shutdown.
  • Close Air Strike (SU-25), Real Hell , Chechen war (VHS rip)

    09/25/2013 8:10:58 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 5 replies
    Air strike with SU-25, from chechen war SU-25 used FAB 500 (1102.31 lbs) bomb, and NURS
  • Some Disturbing Facts About America's Dwindling Bomber Force

    09/21/2013 2:04:31 PM PDT · by ClaytonP · 53 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8-16-2013
    One of the most distinctive features of U.S. military power is the Air Force’s fleet of heavy bombers. .... However, after 80 years of steadily developing better bombers — basically, since it entered World War One — the U.S. ceased spending money on new long-range strike aircraft following the collapse of the Soviet Union. There aren’t many bombers left. All of the bombers are old. No new bomber is waiting in the wings.

    09/15/2013 2:09:17 PM PDT · by Bratch · 30 replies
    Big Government ^ | September 15, 2013 | Kerry Picket
    SMSgt Phillip Monk, an airman who claimed he lost his job due to his Christian beliefs, was mirandized by Air Force investigators over two weeks ago. According to his attorneys at the Liberty Institute:  During a meeting [two weeks ago], Air Force investigators read Liberty Institute’s client SMSgt Phillip Monk his Miranda rights, alleging that SMSgt Monk’s religious discrimination complaint was false. Monk, a devout Christian, believes the claims are a retaliatory act by his former commander, who relieved Monk of his duties and reassigned him after Monk could not agree with his commander’s position regarding same-sex marriage. In the military, making a...
  • Christian Airman Punished by Lesbian Commander Faces Possible Court Martial

    09/06/2013 8:38:38 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 133 replies
    breitbart ^ | september 6, 2013 | Ken Klukowski
    Updating our earlier report on Senior Master Sergeant Phillip Monk, a Christian serving in the Air Force whose unit is now commanded by a lesbian: according to Monk’s complaint filed with his superiors, he was relieved of duty for refusing his commander’s order to say he supports gay marriage. Now the Air Force has taken the first steps to criminally investigate Monk for talking to the media about his situation. Despite the fact that earlier this year the Obama-Hagel Pentagon said they would never court-martial a service member for their Christian faith, they have taken the first steps to possibly...