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  • Air Force Made Exception

    01/13/2012 6:43:16 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 20 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 13, 2012 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Seattle, WA—Finding a panel dissecting the idea of American Exceptionalism at the Modern Language Association (MLA) annual gathering of English professors is not akin to locating a needle in a haystack. What made this one special, or, if you will, exceptional, was the fact that it was presided over by an instructor from the United States Air Force Academy. Led or cheer-led would probably be a better verb. “American exceptionalism is a form of cultural narcissism,” Wilson N. Brissett, who teaches at the academy, told an appreciative crowd at the MLA. “Belief in grandiosity, paranoia and focus on self are...
  • For Kansas lawmakers, Boeing's exit brings rare criticism of a defense firm

    01/04/2012 9:54:36 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/04/12 | John T. Bennett
    For Kansas lawmakers, Boeing's exit brings rare criticism of a defense firmBy John T. Bennett - 01/04/12 04:34 PM ET Boeing’s decision to close a Kansas aircraft facility put its congressional delegation in a place unfamiliar to many red-state lawmakers: locking horns with a defense contractor. The defense-aerospace giant, during a nearly decade-long competition to build new aerial tankers for the Air Force, said a win would bring production work on those aircraft to its Wichita, Kan., facility. That work, the firm estimated, would deliver 7,500 new jobs. But just months after the Air Force picked Boeing’s 767-based aircraft over...
  • Iraqi Security Force Update January 2012

    01/04/2012 3:47:26 PM PST · by DJ Elliott · 2 replies
    Montrose Toast Blog ^ | 4 January 2012 | DJ Elliott
    This Iraqi Security Force (ISF) update provides a summary of changes to the ISF during December 2011. The article “ISF Total Force Mobilization Update December 2011” was published separately and will not be addressed here. The Iraqi Security Force Order of Battle is updated as of 31 December 2011. Highlights in this update include: * Kurdish forces still working with ISF; KRG getting a utility squadron of helicopters. * Iraqis shopping in Moscow; Mortars and unidentified armor received from Serbia; Kalsu to be IA Logistics Base. * Iraqis say they need 6 squadrons of F16s; First squadron of F16s ordered;...
  • Air Force Will Lose Hundreds of Planes in New Pentagon Plan

    01/04/2012 10:44:18 AM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies ^ | 1/4/12 | Wired
    The Air Force is preparing to trim hundreds of aircraft from its aging fleet in order to meet an Obama administration austerity order. The move will strike many Air Force supporters as ironic. Because just as the fleet is set to shrink, Defense Secretary ...
  • Did Obama award Air Force contract to "Air Solyndra?"

    12/31/2011 10:39:01 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 47 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/31/2011 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Without telling anyone but Embraer, the Brazilian company he has decided to give the contract to, Barack “transparency” Obama has bypassed an American company and shutdown any further bidding on a project to build Light Air Support (LAS) planes for the Air Force. Given the Obama Administration’s penchant for double talk and outright lying it’s no wonder Hawker Beechcraft a Kansas air ship building company was snubbed. In Obama’s world building American really doesn’t count for much except as a phrase to use when talking to union members whose votes and money he needs. Since Hawker is a heavily unionized...
  • Israel, Turkey Reactivate Air Force Coordination

    12/22/2011 5:27:22 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/12/11 | Chana Yaar
    Israel and Turkey are reactivating their military ties, beginning with a coordination mechanism between the two air forces. The link exists to prevent aerial mishaps and potential disasters between aircraft from the two nations over the Mediterranean Sea. The coordination mechanism was recently reactivated, a senior IAF officer said, as part of the effort on both sides to stabilize and improve relations. Turkey's military attache to Israel also attended an IAF briefing for foreign military officers two weeks ago. .....
  • AF Base Under Fire for Crèche, Menorah Displays

    12/20/2011 3:19:52 PM PST · by voicereason · 17 replies ^ | 12/16/2011 | Bryant Jordan
    Officials at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., are talking with lawyers in response to a watchdog group’s demand that the base relocate its Christian nativity and Hanukkah menorah displays from an open space to the base chapel. “As of right now, we are reviewing the concerns of the [Military Religious Freedom Foundation] and consulting with our legal experts and our higher headquarters,” base spokesman Johnathan Monroe told It’s not only the MRFF that wants the religious displays moved. The California Council of Churches, which represents about 5,500 Protestant congregations with about 1.5 million members, has added its own voice...
  • Snafu mars Pearl Harbor 70th anniversary ceremony

    12/08/2011 3:48:33 AM PST · by Enchante · 25 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 12/07/2011 | AUDREY McAVOY
    PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — A snafu marred the critical moment of silence Wednesday at the Pearl Harbor ceremony observing the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack.... ...But on Wednesday, emcee Leslie Wilcox was still speaking at 7:55 a.m., even as the Hawaii Air National Guard's F-22's roared overhead on schedule 42 seconds later.
  • Air Force dumped ashes of more troops’ remains in Va. landfill than acknowledged

    12/07/2011 6:39:00 PM PST · by bimboeruption · 93 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 12-7-2011 | Craig Whitlock and Mary Pat Flaherty
    The Air Force dumped the incinerated partial remains of at least 274 American troops in a Virginia landfill, far more than the military had acknowledged, before halting the secretive practice three years ago, records show. The landfill dumping was concealed from families who had authorized the military to dispose of the remains in a dignified and respectful manner, Air Force officials said. There are no plans, they said, to alert those families now. The Air Force had maintained that it could not estimate how many troops might have had their remains sent to a landfill. The practice was revealed last...
  • N. Korea's participation in Vietnam War specified in new dossier(air force companies)

    12/04/2011 5:58:35 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 12/04/11 | Lee Chi-dong
    N. Korea's participation in Vietnam War specified in new dossier By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 (Yonhap) -- North Korea dispatched dozens of pilots to the Vietnam War decades ago, with its communist ally short of specialists to operate MiG-17 and MiG-21 fighter jets in battles against the United States, according to a recently released dossier. "On 21 September 1966 an official North Korean request to be allowed to send a North Korean Air Force regiment to help defend North Vietnam against U.S air attacks was officially reviewed and approved by the Vietnamese Communist Party's Central Military Party Committee, chaired...
  • The X-37B Mystery Spacecraft Just Had Its Nine Month Mission Extended Indefinitely

    12/03/2011 7:16:53 AM PST · by blam · 30 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-3-2011 | Robert Johnson
    The X-37B Mystery Spacecraft Just Had Its Nine Month Mission Extended Indefinitely Robert Johnson Dec. 3, 2011, 9:15 AM Image: US Air Force The pilotless X-37B Orbital Vehicle has been silently circling the planet for the past nine months and the Air Force has announced it will continue its classified mission indefinitely. W.J. Hennigan of the Los Angeles Times reports the X-37B resembles a smaller version of the space shuttle and is said to test various new technologies in space. Via CSM: "We initially planned for a nine-month mission, which we are roughly at now, but we will continue to...
  • Iraqi Security Force Update December 2011

    12/02/2011 5:42:32 PM PST · by DJ Elliott · 1 replies
    Montrose Toast Blog ^ | 2 December 2011 | DJ Elliott
    This Iraqi Security Force (ISF) update provides a summary of changes to the ISF during November 2011. The Iraqi Security Force Order of Battle is updated as of 30 November 2011. Highlights in this update include: * IA emphasizing Field Artillery; 15,600 additional IA being recruited. * First An-32B delivered; First F16s deliver in 2014-2015; Second order of F16s planned; C130Js to deliver starting 2012. * Sixth PB delivered. * Golden Lions to be MoI Battalion?
  • Pagan stone circle built at US Air Force training academy

    11/28/2011 4:12:34 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 61 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11-28-11
    The US military has built a stone circle in its Air Force academy to give pagans, druids and witches somewhere to practice their religion. The Colorado base has spent around £50,000 building the Stonehenge-like structure to allow witches to cast spells, and pagans to form "circles of power" by night. It is situated on top of a wooded hill and includes a fire pit. The academy says it is for cadets who practice 'Earth based' religions including druids, witches and North American faiths. Despite the expenses it is believed only three out of the 4,300 cadets have openly admitted that...
  • Air Force Academy Adapts To Pagans, Druids, Witches and Wiccans

    11/26/2011 10:19:25 PM PST · by Steelfish · 63 replies
    LATimes ^ | November 26, 2011 | Jenny Deam
    Air Force Academy Adapts To Pagans, Druids, Witches and Wiccans Officials say an $80,000 Stonehenge-like worship center underscores a commitment to embrace all religions. (Pic in URL) Cadets gather for the dedication ceremony of the Air Force Academy's Cadet Chapel Falcon Circle worship center this spring. The center serves cadets whose religions fall under the broad category of “Earth-based.” (Jerilee Bennett, (Colorado Springs) Gazette / May 3, 2011) By Jenny Deam November 26, 2011 Reporting from Colorado Springs, Colo.— In the still of a cold November evening, a small gathering of pagans, led by two witches, begins preparations for the...
  • Air Force Academy adapts to pagans, druids, witches and Wiccans

    11/26/2011 5:28:51 PM PST · by mandaladon · 47 replies
    LA times ^ | 26 Nov 2011 | Jenny Deam
    Reporting from Colorado Springs, Colo.— In the still of a cold November evening, a small gathering of pagans, led by two witches, begins preparations for the coming winter solstice. But these are not just any pagans, and this is not just any setting. They are future officers of the United States Air Force practicing their faith in the basement of the Air Force Academy's cadet chapel. Their ranks are slim. According to the academy's enrollment records, only three of 4,300 cadets identified themselves as pagans, followers of an ancient religion that generally does not worship a single god and considers...
  • Military advocates decry ‘illegal’ early terminations of 157 Air Force majors

    11/25/2011 2:17:20 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 59 replies
    Military advocates decry ‘illegal’ early terminations of 157 Air Force majors 44 mins ago The Chapman University of Military Law and its associated AMVETS Legal Clinic are blowing the whistle on what they say is an injustice set to be perpetrated on 157 Air Force majors on the last day of November. “The Obama administration has ordered massive reductions in forces, resulting in many officers who are near retirement being involuntarily separated without retirement or medical benefits,” explained institute director Maj. Kyndra Rotunda. The Department of Defense specifies that service members within six years of retirement normally would be retained...
  • 157 Air Force Majors terminated without retirement benefits

    11/26/2011 10:42:00 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 114 replies · 1+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 11-25-11 | Thamas Lifson
    One of the best ways to destroy American military capabilities would be to convince career military personnel -- both officers and enlisted -- that their commitment to service will not be rewarded with the retirement benefits they have earned by their faithful obedience to orders, no matter the personal cost or risks they endure. The Obama administration seems to be ready to destroy the belief that service will be rewarded as faithfully as duty was performed, one step at a time. The latest step in that direction is the announcement that 157 Air Force majors will be terminated prior to...
  • Perry’s reintroduction continues

    11/24/2011 8:55:41 AM PST · by shield · 110 replies
    RedState ^ | 22nd November, 2011 | Dave O Connor
    The telegenic Texan took two steps forward sitting in the “center chair” on Fox Monday evening. One step backward too alas, but more about that in a bit. Gov Perry was relaxed and alert as he fielded a variety of questions. He smartly used his answers to remind conservatives why they should consider him. This is a man who is a quick study and a formidable politician. Instead of just Texas this and Texas that he pointed out that the Lone Star state all by its lonesome is the 13th largest economy in the world. A nice way to pivot...
  • Aircraft Carrier CVN-77 Parks Next Door To Syria

    11/23/2011 5:56:38 PM PST · by RobertClark · 50 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 11/23/11 | Tyler Durden
    Yesterday we reported that the Arab League (with European and US support) are preparing to institute a no fly zone over Syria. Today, we get an escalation which confirms we may be on the edge. Just out from CBS: "The U.S. Embassy in Damascus urged its citizens in Syria to depart "immediately," and Turkey's foreign ministry urged Turkish pilgrims to opt for flights to return home from Saudi Arabia to avoid traveling through Syria." But probably the most damning evidence that the "western world" is about to do the unthinkable and invade Syria, and in the process force Iran to...
  • Anita Perry, Rick's wife, now also organizing an Iowa Strike Force for him

    11/21/2011 10:17:15 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 122 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | November 19, 2011 | Andrew Malcolm
    Anita Perry, the 59-year-old wife of Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry, has been very actively campaigning for him on her own all fall. Now, she's taken on a new assignment. Mrs. Perry has launched an online drive to recruit hundreds of volunteers for what she calls the Perry Strike Force. This would consist of Perry fans who would travel to Iowa and work across the state Jan. 2-4, getting out Perry caucus-goers to the hundreds of meeting sites on the evening of Jan. 3. (Don't worry, the BCS Championship Game is not until Jan. 9 this time.) "With over 1,700...