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  • A Tuskegee Airman Turns 95

    07/17/2019 9:32:30 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 15 replies
    Wall St. Journal ^ | July 2019 | Harry Stewart
    On June 27, 1944, I graduated from Tuskegee Army Flying School, established in Alabama shortly before America’s entry into World War II... My journey to the flight line started in my high-school library... I came across a magazine article about the first all-black flying combat unit... I decided right then that when I turned 18 the squadron was where I wanted to serve. The train ride down South was eye-opening for a teenager who’d never traveled far from New York. When the train crossed the Mason-Dixon Line, the conductor came by and pointed at me: “Move to the colored car.”...
  • John Chapman Died Alone On A Mountaintop Fighting Al Qaeda. Now He’s Getting The Medal Of Honor

    04/21/2018 5:59:02 AM PDT · by Twotone · 49 replies
    Task & Purpose ^ | April 20, 2018 | Paul Szoldra
    It was March 4, 2002. American special operations forces were fighting to establish observation posts high above Afghanistan’s Shah-i-Kot Valley, as conventional troops continued their push through the valley floor below. One of those men, Air Force Technical Sgt. John Chapman, was alone in the pitch-black, wounded and slowly regaining his consciousness in the thigh-deep snow of a 10,469-foot peak known as Takur Ghar, as scores of Al Qaeda fighters closed in. The operators were due to lift-off from their Gardez base around midnight and quietly land near the base of the peak before climbing to the top. But maintenance...
  • Shaw AFB airmen accused in satanic graffiti incident at SC church

    10/14/2017 1:50:14 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 44 replies
    TheState.com ^ | October 13, 2017 | CYNTHIA ROLDÁN
    Four Shaw Air Force Base airmen accused of spray-painting satanic graffiti on a rural South Carolina church have been identified. Kayla Eilerman, 18, of Ingleside, Texas; Clayre Savage, 18, of Port Barre, La.; Daveion Green, 19, of Leeland, N.C.; and Brandon Munoz, 20, of Baltimore are all charged with trespassing, malicious injury to a house of worship and criminal conspiracy. The four were arrested Thursday and charged with vandalizing historic Salem Black River Presbyterian Church, which dates back more than 250 years. Shaw Air Force Base confirmed Friday that the four accused are airmen.
  • Airman dies after falling from waterfall in Japan

    05/08/2017 7:24:53 AM PDT · by angcat · 27 replies
    An airman assigned to the 18th Munitions Squadron has died after falling from Aha Falls, officials from Kadena Air Base, Japan, said Saturday.
  • 25 Heart Breaking Images Of Bombers That Didn’t Make It Home

    05/02/2017 6:19:45 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 33 replies
    WARBITZ ^ | May 2, 2017
    The strategic bombing campaign during WWII cost the lives of roughly 160,000 Allied airmen and 33,700 planes in the European theater alone. We have collected incredible images of the last moments of World War II bombers. Wherever possible we have added information to the images about the crew’s fate.
  • Unfathomable heroics of airman left behind by SEAL Team 6

    08/28/2016 6:08:17 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 33 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 28 August 2016 | By Ariel Zilber For Dailymail.com
    The United States could be on the verge of posthumously awarding its highest military honor to a soldier who was killed in action in Afghanistan – and the news is stirring controversy. Sgt. John Chapman, an air force technician who was serving as a radioman for the elite SEAL Team 6 during mission in Afghanistan, died in fierce combat against Al Qaeda gunmen on an Afghan mountaintop on March 4, 2002. The Americans led a coalition of nations in the military effort to destroy Al Qaeda and the Taliban following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
  • New Report Details What 31 US Air Force Pilots Who Flew the F-35 Really Think

    08/06/2016 9:39:08 AM PDT · by Mariner · 58 replies
    The National Interest ^ | August 6th, 2016 | John Venable
    Air Force Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, this week declared the F-35A fighter jet ready for combat. While many pundits and politicians have questioned the worth of this jet, the only people who know the ground truth are the pilots themselves. A total of 174 U.S. pilots currently have been trained to fly Lockheed Martin’s F-35A Lightning II. The Heritage Foundation recently interviewed 31 of these former F-15C, F-15E, F-16C, and A-10 pilots. Each expressed a high degree of confidence in the F-35A, their new fifth-generation platform. Here are nine insights gleaned from those conversations: 1....
  • Is Incirlik Air Base being held hostage by Turkey? (Trunews - Rick Wiles)

    07/20/2016 6:23:16 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 48 replies
    TruNews ^ | 07/20/2016 | Edward Szall
    http://www.trunews.com/article/Is-Incirlik-Air-Base-being-held-hostage-by-Turkey Is Incirlik Air Base being held hostage by Turkey? July 20, 2016 Is Incirlik Air Base being held hostage by Turkey? Vero Beach, FL - (TRUNEWS) For a fifth consecutive day, Turkey has intentionally withheld power and vital supplies from the U.S.-NATO joint installation Incirlik Air Base. According to our sources, verified by TRUNEWS as parents and spouses of U.S. airmen currently stationed at Incirlik Air Base, no supplies have been flown or driven into the installation since Saturday, food and water are being strictly rationed, and only one week of fuel reserves remain to power their electric generators....
  • Erdogan locks US airmen, nuclear arms in Incirlik

    07/20/2016 12:12:11 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 33 replies
    debka ^ | 7/20 | debka
    Erdogan locks US airmen, nuclear arms in Incirlik DEBKAfile Special Report July 20, 2016, 11:29 AM (IDT) Tags: Erdogan, Barack Obama, Incirlik air base, Turkey, US Air Force, Turkish army, US, Some 1,500 US airmen and their families have been locked in the southern Turkish air base of Incirlik together with a stock if tactical nuclear bombs since President Reccep Erdogan crushed an attempted coup on Saturday, July 16. In the four days up until Wednesday, July 20, therefore, no air strikes against ISIS in Syria and Iraq have been staged that Turkish base.
  • Dying... Spitfire engineer, 95, gets last wish granted to be reunited with iconic plane....

    07/14/2016 1:49:40 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 59 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 15th July 2016 | Nick Enoch
    A terminally ill former World War Two Spitfire engineer's 'last wish' to be reunited with the iconic plane was granted after top brass saw him looking forlornly through a fence at one from his wheelchair. Ken Farlow, 95, was an electrical engineer during the war, carrying out vital work to keep Spitfires and Hurricanes in the air in Syria and Palestine. But after being diagnosed with terminal colon cancer, the father-of-three asked daughter Helen if he 'could see a Spitfire - one last time'. Helen, 52, took him to Gloucestershire Airport where the vintage planes were being maintained by the...
  • Wife of Air Force officer among the dead in Brussels terror attack

    03/31/2016 10:26:00 AM PDT · by robowombat · 24 replies
    Spero News ^ | MAR 31, 2016 | MARTIN BARILLAS
    Wife of Air Force officer among the dead in Brussels terror attack POLITICS | MAR 31, 2016 | BY MARTIN BARILLAS Identified among those killed by Muslim terrorists in Brussels was the wife of U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Kato Martinez. Defense Department officials identified Gail Minglana Martinez, 41, of Corpus Christi TX as among the four Americans murdered in a suicide bomb attack at the international airport outside the Belgian capital. Lt. Col. Martinez had been stationed in Brunssum in the Netherlands. The couple had been married 21 years. The Air Force officer, and the couple's four children, were...
  • Remains of Americans killed in Afghanistan attack returning to the US

    12/23/2015 11:55:40 AM PST · by NCDragon · 33 replies
    FOXNews.com ^ | December 23rd, 2015 | FOXNews.com
    The remains of the six Americans killed by a Taliban attacker in Afghanistan Monday were due to arrive back in the U.S. on Wednesday after an emotional ceremony at Bagram Air Field. Some U.S. servicemembers kneeled in front of the victims' photos, guns and helmets. Others saluted. Service members from several units at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, pay their respects during a fallen comrade ceremony held in honor of six Airmen Dec. 23, 2015. The six Airmen lost their lives in an improvised explosive attack near Bagram Dec. 21, 2015. (DVIDS) The six soldiers, one woman and five men, died...
  • Four men awarded the Legion d'Honneur by President Francois Hollande

    08/24/2015 11:58:49 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 40 replies
    UK Dail Mail ^ | 8/24/15 | By Simon Tomlinson
    Three Americans and a British grandfather who prevented 'carnage' by tackling the French train terrorist have been awarded France's highest honour for bravery. U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, their friend Anthony Sadler and Briton Chris Norman were presented with the Legion d'Honneur at the Elysee Palace in Paris. French President Francois Hollande, who pinned on their medals, praised the men for taking action in the face of terrorism. The ceremony was held as the first heroic passenger who wrestled a machine gun from the terrorist was today revealed to be an American professor.
  • Air Force pilot killed participating in Operation Inherent Resolve

    12/01/2014 6:10:13 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 47 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Dec 1, 2014 | Jon Harper
    A U.S. Air Force pilot taking part in Operation Inherent Resolve was killed when his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed due to maintenance problems, according to the Pentagon. The crash occurred late Sunday Washington time. The Defense Department is calling it a “noncombat-related incident”, but acknowledged the aircraft was on its way to Iraq or Syria to participate in ongoing operations against the Islamic State when things went wrong. “The aircraft was returning to its base in the Middle East” when the crash occurred, Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said. “Apparently there were some maintenance problems on takeoff. It turned around...
  • JBLM airmen delivering supplies to Liberian Ebola mission

    10/09/2014 3:36:36 PM PDT · by Prospero · 14 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 10/9/2014 | Adam Ashton
    Airmen from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., are among the U.S. service members joining efforts to stem the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the Air Force said Wednesday. Aircrew and maintenance personnel from JBLM’s 62nd Airlift Wing have been involved with the humanitarian assistance mission, said a spokesman for the active-duty wing. They are not in direct contact with Ebola patients, but they have been delivering supplies and troops to support the humanitarian mission in Liberia and Senegal. At this stage, military personnel in Liberia are building 18 Ebola treatment facilities and preparing infrastructure for the arrival of American troops and...
  • Military told not to read Obama-scandal news

    06/09/2013 9:34:14 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 40 replies
    WND ^ | 6/9/2013 | Gina Loudon
    President Obama has said the outrage over the federal government’s decision to monitor citizens’ phone activity is all “hype.” He might want to share his opinion with the Air Force, which is ordering members of the service not to look at news stories about it. WND has received an unclassified NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) that warns airmen not to look at news stories related to the data-mining scandal. The notice applies to users of the Air Force NIPRNET (Non-classified Internet Protocol Router Network), which is the only way that many troops stationed overseas and on bases in the U.S. are...
  • US troops take part in LGBT Pride Month reception at US Embassy in Tokyo

    06/06/2012 5:46:16 AM PDT · by kevcol · 15 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | June 5, 2012 | Charlie Reed
    TOKYO — Master Sgt. Marc Maschhoff revels in the turns his life has taken in the last year. Last summer, Maschhoff had to keep his sexuality a secret or risk being kicked out of the Air Force. On Monday, he was happily introducing his boyfriend to diplomats and politicians from around the world as the U.S. ambassador to Japan held a reception in honor of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month. . . Maschhoff traveled with his boyfriend — who is also an airman — from Misawa Air Base in northern Japan to Tokyo for the event. Maschhoff said...
  • Killer at 70,000 Feet

    04/05/2012 1:28:58 AM PDT · by U-238 · 18 replies
    Smithsonian Air and Space Magazine ^ | 4/1/2012 | Mark Betancourt
    U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Henry thought the tiny red dots on his skin were insect bites. But as he relaxed at a Florida beach house with a fellow pilot on a day off in 1990, he noticed he was the only one getting bitten. Henry wouldn’t learn until later that the dots were capillaries breaking under the strain of nitrogen bubbles that had formed during his latest flight in a Lockheed U-2 spyplane, 10 hours earlier. He would find out the hard way how much worse it could get. Henry had been flying the U-2 since 1987, and...
  • Red Tails: Film Review [Hollywood re-writes history again!]

    01/19/2012 6:23:52 AM PST · by Bender2 · 105 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 7:53 PM PST 1/18/2012 | Todd McCarthy
    Red Tails: Film Review 7:53 PM PST 1/18/2012 by Todd McCarthy The Bottom Line: Action-and-effects version of the Tuskegee airmen's story flies only when it's off the ground. The George Lucas-produced labor of love stars Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terrence Howard as Tuskegee airmen in World War II. The experience of black American aviators in World War II gets a whitewash in Red Tails. The story of the 996 pilots (and some 15,000 ground personnel) who distinguished themselves in the air in the face of institutional racism is a great one and, at least, will come to the attention of...
  • George Lucas: Hollywood Wouldn't Back My Film About Tuskegee Airmen Due to All Black Cast

    01/11/2012 10:44:12 PM PST · by george76 · 54 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | January 11, 2012 | Noel Sheppard
    Star Wars creator George Lucas said Monday that Hollywood studios refused to back his new film Red Tails - about World War II's Tuskegee Airmen - because the cast was all black. ... Hollywood balked given the message Lucas was trying to convey. “I wanted to make it inspirational for teenaged boys. I wanted to show that they have heroes, they’re real American heroes, they’re patriots that helped to make the country what it is today. And it’s not Glory where you have a lot of white officers running these guys into cannon fodder. It’s like a real, they were...