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  • Military Investigation Services along with State and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies

    11/28/2018 12:26:54 AM PST · by barmag25 · 31 replies
    Department Of Justice ^ | 11/27/18 | DOJ
    The press conference will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the South Carolina Department of Corrections, located at 4460 Broad River Road, Columbia, SC 29210 Columbia, South Carolina --- United States Attorney Sherri Lydon announced that a press conference will be held on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at the Department of Corrections, located at 4460 Broad River Road, Columbia, SC 29210. Represented at the press conference will be members of the Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS), U.S. Army Criminal Investigations Command (CID), Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI), Department of Defense Criminal Investigative Services (DCIS), Internal...
  • Air Force to Retire Classic B-1 Bombers as Stealthy New B-21s Arrive

    11/14/2018 5:57:47 AM PST · by Cheerio · 44 replies
    Warrior Maven ^ | 11/13/18 | Kris Osborn
    The Air Force is mapping a two-fold future path for its B-1 bomber which includes plans to upgrade the bomber Warrior Maven Video Report: How long will the B-1 Bomber remain in service? Will it retire when the B-21 arrives? The Air Force is mapping a two-fold future path for its B-1 bomber which includes plans to upgrade the bomber while simultaneously preparing the aircraft for eventual retirement as the service's new stealth bomber arrives in coming years. These two trajectories, which appear as somewhat of a paradox or contradiction, are actually interwoven efforts designed to both maximize the bomber’s...
  • Hurricane Michael Mangled at Least 17 F-22 Raptors That Failed to Flee Their Base

    10/16/2018 2:01:55 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 129 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 10/15/2018 | Kyle Mizokami
    The U.S. Air Force is assessing what damage more than a dozen F-22 Raptor fighters suffered when Tyndall Air Force Base sustained a direct hit from Hurricane Michael. Up to $2 billion in fighter jets were trapped on the ground because of maintenance issues and forced to ride out the Category 4 hurricane. Photographs show the hangars where F-22s were parked suffered severe damage. First, the good news: Although Tyndall Air Force Base took a hard hit from the hurricane, all 3,600 military personnel and their families living on the base were successfully evacuated beforehand. The 93 Air Force personnel...
  • Air Force uncertain how long devastated Tyndall will be closed;

    10/14/2018 11:59:51 PM PDT · by robowombat · 50 replies
    STARS AND STRIPES ^ | October 12, 2018 | COREY DICKSTEIN
    Air Force uncertain how long devastated Tyndall will be closed; F-22s possibly damaged in hurricane By COREY DICKSTEIN | STARS AND STRIPES WASHINGTON — How long Tyndall Air Force Base will remain closed is unknown after the coastal Florida installation sustained catastrophic damage from Hurricane Michael, which left nearly every building and some aircraft wrecked, service officials said Friday. While the vast majority of Tyndall’s operational aircraft were evacuated from the base before the storm, some aircraft were left in base hangars for maintenance or safety reasons, said Erica Vega, a spokeswoman for the Air Force’s Air Combat Command. The...
  • Tyndall Air Force Base a ‘Complete Loss’ Amid Questions About Stealth Fighters

    10/13/2018 5:40:05 PM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 92 replies
    New York Times ^ | 10-11-2018 | Dave Philipps
    Sitting in the ruined airplane hangars of Tyndall Air Force Base, which was shredded on Wednesday when Hurricane Michael swept across the Florida Panhandle, may be some of the Air Force’s most advanced — and most expensive — stealth fighter jets. Tyndall is home to 55 F-22 stealth fighters, which cost a dizzying $339 million each. Before the storm, the Air Force sent at least 33 of the fighters to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. Air Force officials have not disclosed the whereabouts of the remaining 22 planes, other than to say that a number of aircraft were left...
  • Tyndall AFB Hurricane Destruction Video

    10/11/2018 2:12:25 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 46 replies
    You Tube ^ | 10/11/2018 | Live Storms Media
    ***NOT FOR BROADCAST*** Contact Brett Adair with Live Storms Media to license. brett@livestormsnow.com Extreme damage to Tyndall AFB after Hurricane Michael shot from Helicopter.
  • Chinese armed drones now flying across Mideast battlefields

    10/03/2018 4:18:16 AM PDT · by blueplum · 5 replies
    AP ^ | 03 Oct 2018 | JON GAMBRELL and GERRY SHIH
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — High above Yemen’s rebel-held city of Hodeida, a drone controlled by Emirati forces hovered as an SUV carrying a top Shiite Houthi rebel official turned onto a small street and stopped, waiting for another vehicle in its convoy to catch up. Seconds later, the SUV exploded in flames, killing Saleh al-Samad, a top political figure. The drone that fired that missile in April was not one of the many American aircraft that have been buzzing across the skies of Yemen, Iraq and Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001. It was Chinese.. Across the Middle East,...
  • Boeing wins $2.4 billion contract to replace Air Force's aging iconic Huey choppers (abbr,)

    09/24/2018 7:15:26 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 33 replies
    CNBC ^ | Sept. 24, 2018 | Amanda Macias |
    WASHINGTON —The U.S. Air Force has selected Boeing to replace the service's aging fleet of UH-1N Iroquois helicopters, which are currently tasked with security missions as well as protecting America's nuclear missile arsenal. The long-awaited Pentagon contract is worth $2.4 billion for up to 84 aircraft. The service awarded Boeing approximately $375 million for the first four helicopters on Monday.
  • Air Force secretary calls for biggest buildup in squadrons since the Cold War.....

    09/17/2018 1:01:54 PM PDT · by caww · 42 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 9/17/2018 | Jamie McIntyre
    he proposed addition of 74 new combat squadrons to the Air Force would be the biggest increase in the service since the Cold War and is specifically intended to counter growing threats from Russia and China. “We must see the world as it is. … We must prepare,” Wilson said. “We have returned to an era of great power competition." Wilson acknowledges it will take time and additional funding to acquire the aircraft and recruit the pilots and additional personnel crews, but she called the planned expansion “an obligation to our countrymen. “We aren’t naive about how long it will...
  • Brig. Gen. Robin Olds: Warrior, Scholar, Total Badass

    08/26/2018 3:25:38 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 52 replies
    Medium.com ^ | 25 Aug 2018 | Tony Carr
    An old Air Force friend of mine was doing some research and found himself leafing through the papers of retired Brig. Gen. Terryl Schwalier. Those attuned to USAF history will recall that Schwalier was the commander at the center of controversy surrounding the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing, a terrorist attack which killed 19 and injured 498 at a remote airbase in Saudi Arabia. Schwalier was scapegoated by the Clinton Administration, which triggered the resignation of Gen. Ronald Fogleman, whose integrity prevented him from continuing as the Air ForceÂ’s Chief of Staff in the face of what he viewed as an...
  • Was the Navy’s F-111 Really That Bad?

    08/23/2018 7:24:05 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 78 replies
    Air & Space Magazine ^ | September 2018 | Robert Bernier
    The controversy swirling around the F-35 joint strike fighter echoes previous battles fought over aircraft tasked with serving more than one master. Perhaps the central question in today’s debate is whether a single airplane designed to perform many missions adequately is a better and truly more affordable choice than several airplanes, each designed to perform a single mission flawlessly. In 1968, the Navy had an unequivocal answer: No. But were they right? In the early 1960s both the Navy and the Air Force were shopping for new combat aircraft. The Navy needed a carrier-based interceptor capable of engaging Soviet bombers...
  • Air Force B-2 Stealth Bomber Completed New Test Drop of Deadly Nuclear Gravity Bomb

    08/07/2018 11:12:18 AM PDT · by Eddie01 · 94 replies
    National Interest ^ | 8/7/2018 | Brad Howard
    The B-61-12 gravity bomb, a GPS-guided behemoth that’s been in development since 2008, can penetrate three meters of earth before detonating and dial up a nuclear yield of between 0.3 kilotons and 50 kilotons of devastating power. A message to Iran? Read on: An Air Force B-2 stealth bomber just completed the first test drop of an advanced nuclear gravity bomb, Military.com reported on June 30. The B-61-12 gravity bomb , a GPS-guided behemoth that’s been in development since 2008 , can penetrate three meters of earth before detonating and dial up a nuclear yield of between 0.3 kilotons and...
  • Air Force silent after 2-kiloton meteor hits Earth near base (Thule AFB, Greenland)

    08/06/2018 5:55:49 PM PDT · by Signalman · 48 replies
    NY Post ^ | 8/4/2018 | news.com.au
    A meteor hit Earth and exploded with 2.1 kilotons of force in July, but the Air Force has made no mention of the event. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory confirmed an object of unspecified size traveling at 15.1 miles per second (54,360 miles per hour) struck the ground in Greenland, just 27 miles north of Thule Air Base, on July 25. The base is mainly used to detect missile launches. Director of the Nuclear Information Project for the Federation of American Scientists Hans Kristensen tweeted about the impact, but the US Air Force has not reported the event. Kristensen argues it’s...
  • Active shooter reported at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base [Dayton Ohio]

    08/02/2018 11:19:42 AM PDT · by Mr.Unique · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/2/2018 | Lucia I. Suarez Sang
    Reports of an active shooter sent emergency responders to the hospital at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio on Thursday afternoon. A spokesperson for the Air Force base confirmed on Twitter that base emergency responders, including security forces and the fire department, responded to an active shooter incident at a building at the base’s hospital at around 12:40 p.m. local time. “Base personnel have been directed to shelter in place until the incident is investigated,” the base said in a second, which was followed by a third.
  • Pence takes Korean War veterans' children to repatriation ceremony in Hawaii

    08/01/2018 10:45:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Yonhap News Agency ^ | August 2, 2018 | Lee Haye-ah
    U.S. Vice President Mike Pence picked up two family members of American soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War as he traveled to Hawaii to attend a ceremony marking the return of U.S. troops' alleged remains. Pence stopped in California en route to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, where a ceremony will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday (local time) following the repatriation of 55 sets of remains from North Korea last week. "As we travel to @JointBasePHH, Karen & I are honored to be joined by Diana Brown Sanfilippo & her husband Robert," Pence tweeted early Wednesday. "Diana lost her...
  • Airman to be awarded Medal of Honor

    07/29/2018 7:05:08 AM PDT · by FISH1974 · 9 replies
    United States Air Force ^ | 27 July 2018 | Jannelle McRae
    WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- President Donald Trump will posthumously award the Medal of Honor to the family of a fallen U.S. Air Force Special Tactics Combat Controller at a ceremony on Aug. 22 for his extraordinary heroism in March 2002 while deployed to Afghanistan. According to the medal nomination, Tech. Sergeant John Chapman distinguished himself on the battlefield through “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity,” sacrificing his life to preserve those of his teammates. Chapman was part of a joint special operations reconnaissance team deployed to Afghanistan in 2002 that came under overwhelming enemy fire during a heroic rescue attempt on Takur Ghar...
  • Exclusive: Unmasking The F-15X, Boeing's F-15C/D Eagle Replacement Fighter

    07/26/2018 6:01:27 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies
    The Drive ^ | July 25, 2018 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    Last week, the aerospace-defense community was overwhelmingly intrigued by a report from Defenseone.com that said Boeing was pitching a new variant of its 45-year-old F-15 Eagle line of fighters to the United States Air Force. Still, next to nothing is known about this initiative, including where it came from and what it entails exactly. Although it has been framed as a Boeing solicitation to the USAF, the opposite is actually true—the USAF began the discussion over a year and a half ago. Since then, ongoing talks have been kept incredibly hush-hush, along with the details of the aircraft involved—until now....
  • The battle of the jets: Putin's lavish plane interior - including gold-plated toilet - is revealed..

    07/20/2018 12:21:29 PM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 24 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 17 July 2018 | Ted Thornhill
    From a gold-plated toilet to a king sized bed and even a gym, these astonishing pictures show the lavish interior of one of Vladimir Putin 's private jets. The Russian president's aircraft touched down in the Finnish capital, Helsinki, yesterday ahead of his historic meeting with Donald Trump, who also boasts his own private jet - Air Force One. Here we take a look inside both jets to see how they compare...
  • Air Force surrenders to demand to replace Bible with generic 'book of faith' on POW/MIA table

    07/19/2018 12:42:59 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 62 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/19/2018 | Todd Starnes
    The commander of F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming has agreed to replace a Bible on a POW/MIA table with a generic “book of faith,” according to documents released by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. The MRFF is a militant organization that has fought against Nativity scenes, Bible studies and any outward expressions of the Christian faith on U.S. military installations. The head of the foundation, Mikey Weinstein, wrote in the HuffPost that he is dedicated to fighting “virulent religious oppression” carried out by “incredibly well-funded gangs of fundamentalist Christian monsters who terrorize their fellow Americans by forcing their...
  • Air Force Witness Of Extortion 17 Attack On SEALs Said We Were Lied To – Obama Has Hell To Pay

    06/30/2018 9:24:14 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 58 replies
    Red Right Videos ^ | 6/29/18 | Tori McNabb
    The families of some of the 17 SEAL Team 6 commandos who were k****d in an ambush in Afghanistan during a helicopter flight to help Army Rangers pinned down by Taliban gunmen accused the Obama administration of deliberately endangering their loved ones for political ends. Now a highly decorated, retired Air Force officer is coming forward, breaking her silence to speak out on what she witnessed in one of the deadliest attacks on Navy SEALs in U.S. history. Her testimony details how the government covered up evidence in the 2011 downing of a Chinook helicopter gunship that k****d a total...