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  • Colonel retires after letting master sergeant use dinosaur puppet in re-enlistment ceremony

    04/18/2018 2:17:39 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 61 replies
    A Tennessee Air National Guard colonel was demoted and promptly retired after a video that shows him leading a re-enlistment ceremony where one member recites her oath using a dinosaur puppet garnered millions of views online. In the video, which was posted Saturday to an unofficial Air Force Facebook group, an unidentified colonel can be seen leading the re-enlistment ceremony for Master Sgt. Robin Brown, who delivers her oath while wearing a dinosaur puppet on her hand and has the puppet mouth the words as she reads them aloud. According to a statement from Army Maj. Gen. Terry Haston, posted...
  • McPeak speaks: Maverick Air Force chief completes trilogy of memoirs

    11/24/2017 10:12:58 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 18 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 22 Nov 1017 | Carl PrineCarl PrineContact Reporter
    By his own admission, Merrill “Tony” McPeak was the farthest thing from a faceless bureaucrat. The 14th chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, Gen. McPeak retired 23 years ago, capping a military career that began in 1957 after he graduated from San Diego State University. Recalled today as a gruff gadfly who tried to reshape the Air Force in the wake of the Soviet Union’s collapse, he recently returned to San Diego on a barnstorming book tour for “Roles and Missions,” the final memoir in a trilogy that began with “Hangar Flying” and “Below the Zone.” While those...
  • Black US Air Force cadet 'wrote race slurs' on dorm doors

    11/15/2017 3:33:30 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 38 replies
    BBC News ^ | 8 Nov 2017 | Staff
    The US Air Force Academy has said racial slurs scrawled on dormitory doors of five black cadets were by one of the supposedly targeted students. An inquiry into the September incident found that one of the cadets admitted to writing "go home" with an epithet on dorm doors, the school told US media. The vandalism shook the campus and drew a stern rebuke from commanders. ...
  • Details of the Military Force Reduction

    10/30/2016 1:42:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 20 replies
    FOXBusiness ^ | Doug Salvemini
    As part of an overall force reduction due to federal budget constraints, the U.S. military has been forced to cut members. The Marines, Air Force, and Army have all been affected and have begun a significant Reduction in Force (RIF). Here’s what you need to know about what’s happening with the military regarding the reduction. The What Over the summer, the Pentagon released a plan detailing cuts to the military that were to begin in fiscal year 2016. The federal government’s fiscal year began on October 1st, so those cuts are currently underway. The Army was by far the hardest...
  • Happy Birthday, United States Air Force

    09/18/2016 8:45:03 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    September 18, 2016
    Happy Birthday, United States Air Force The United States Air Force was established September 18, 1947. The U.S. Air Force song "Wild Blue Yonder" (video) Birthday of the U.S. Air Force (video)
  • Pentagon Tester: F-35 Still Has Serious Problems

    08/25/2016 7:44:06 PM PDT · by Chode · 39 replies
    popularmechanics ^ | Aug 24, 2016 | Kyle Mizokami
    One week after the U.S. Air Force declared the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter ready for combat, the Pentagon's top weapons tester warned that the aircraft is still fraught with problems and that fully-capable planes might not be available before the deadline that marks the end of development and the beginning of realistic combat testing. The Pentagon's director of operational testing, Michael Gilmore, stated in a memo obtained by Bloomberg that the F-35 is "actually not on a path toward success but instead on a path toward failing to deliver" the plane's full combat capabilities on time. Gilmore also said the...
  • Transgenders in Uniform – The US Military’s Latest Lunacy

    07/21/2016 8:55:55 PM PDT · by pboyington · 7 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | July 21, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Welcome to 2016 when male soldiers train in pregnancy simulators, tactical lactation stations dot the battlefield, women are fraudulently passed through Ranger School and US Navy sailors willingly surrender their boats and equipment to Iranian thugs without so much as firing a flare. It’s the era of breast milk in the field and Liberace joins Delta Force… A perfect storm, a Category Five hurricane of doom and destruction is sweeping over the US military with the deadly accuracy of the Angel of Death on Passover. We have a President who is intent on destroying the military through insane social engineering....
  • Pilot parachutes to safety after Thunderbird crashes [Colorado]

    Local news reporting a Thunderbird crashed and the pilot safely ejected.
  • Russian Jet Threatened U.S. Recon Aircraft

    04/16/2016 5:24:46 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 35 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | April 16, 2016 | Bill Gertz
    A Russian fighter jet flew dangerously close to a U.S. RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft on Thursday in the latest military provocation by Moscow over the Baltic Sea, the U.S. European Command said Saturday. “On April 14, a U.S. Air Force RC-135 aircraft flying a routine route in international airspace over the Baltic Sea was intercepted by a Russian Su-27 in an unsafe and unprofessional manner,” said Navy Capt. Danny Hernandez. “This intercept comes shortly after the unsafe Russian encounters with USS Donald Cook,” he added. “There have been repeated incidents over the last year where Russian military aircraft have come close...
  • The Air Force will no longer fire three volley salutes at veteran funerals

    12/25/2015 1:37:09 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 67 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 24, 2015 | Fox News
    When a veteran or member of the armed forces dies, he or she is entitled to a ceremony that includes the presentation of a U.S. flag to a family member and a bugler blowing Taps. Most of the time, there is a three-volley rifle salute if requested by family members. But now, if the deceased served in the Air Force, the three-volley salute is not an option because the Air Force can no longer support riflemen for funeral services for veteran retirees. [....] “To me, without the 21-gun salute, it just does not make it complete a proper military burial,”...
  • Government takes family's land near Area 51 [ Nevada ]

    10/20/2015 7:12:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    KLAS-TV 8 News Now ^ | 10/19 2015 | Glen Meek
    LAS VEGAS - Private land overlooking the secret base at Area 51 has officially been taken from the owners and transferred to the United States Air Force. Last month, the U.S. Air Force condemned the Groom Mine property when the family who owns it rejected a government buyout they felt was unjust. The I-Team broke the story of the family's fight with the government. The Sheahan family, which until now owned the mine, knew they faced an uphill fight. They also expected the government would probably take the land through eminent domain even though the Sheahan's owned it since Abe...
  • US Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt In Estonia: Amid Russian Hostility, Aircraft Arrive In The Baltics

    09/22/2015 2:11:02 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 20 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 09/22/15 | Christopher Harress
    Twelve U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft arrived Monday at an Estonian air force base as part of an operation to deter Russian aggression in Eastern Europe, according to a U.S. Air Force report. The aircraft landed in the Baltic country after flying from Germany and are expected to spend the next six months training with NATO allies and other European partners. The aircraft are originally from the 23rd Wing at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia, and are being used to augment the U.S. military's attempts to bring security and stability to Europe, according to the statement. The exercise,...
  • Air Force general lashes out at ISIS strategy critics

    06/05/2015 8:53:30 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 51 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 5, 2015 | Andrew Tilghman
    Finding Islamic State militants to kill is not easy, the top U.S. commander overseeing the air war in Iraq and Syria said. Air Force Lt. Gen. John Hesterman says U.S. pilots are hitting as many targets as they can find, and to suggest otherwise is simply wrong. "The thought that we are observing large numbers of Daesh terrorist and not killing them anywhere is fiction," Hesterman said Friday in a rare briefing for Pentagon reporters from his headquarters in Qatar. "That is patently false," said Hesterman, the commander for U.S. Air Forces Central Command.
  • Air Force eases rules on transgender troops

    06/04/2015 5:02:01 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 4, 2015 | Mark Hensch
    US Air Force The Air Force will announce Thursday that it will offer more protections for its transgender service members against potential discharge. Troops diagnosed with gender dysphoria or who identified as transgender were typically discharged in the past on medical grounds, according to USA Today. Doctors and unit commanders were previously in charge of those diagnoses, it reported. The Air Force’s new measures will require such judgments to receive review from high-level officials at the military branch’s headquarters. “Though the Air Force policy regarding involuntary separation of gender dysphoric Airmen has not changed, the elevation of decision authority...
  • US Air Force refuelling jet disappears off radar over English Channel (Landed Safely)

    04/28/2015 8:02:42 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 79 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 04/28/2015 | MARK DUELL
    A US Air Force refuelling aircraft disappeared off the radar over the English Channel last night. The Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker left Amiens in northern France at 0.05am local time (11.05pm BST) and was last reported on a flight tracking website between Dover and Calais 15 minutes later. It is not yet known why the plane - flying under the code QID72 and based at Mildenhall in Suffolk - fell off the radar at 0.20am. The US Air Force was unavailable for comment.
  • University Cops Detain Military Veteran Trying to Stop Flag Desecration

    04/21/2015 5:00:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 20, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    An Air Force veteran was hauled away in handcuffs and detained by campus security at Valdosta State University in Georgia after she stopped protesters from desecrating an American flag. Michelle Manhart admits that she snatched Old Glory from a group of demonstrators who put the flag on the ground and were walking on it. One member of the unnamed group told the Valdosta Daily Times they were desecrating the flag as “a symbol of our protest.” “When a slave understands his situation and understands he doesn’t want to be in slavery, he does not respect or revere anything his slave...
  • Veteran Protests Davis-Monthan Home Flying Gay-Friendly Flag (AF Base)

    02/06/2015 3:57:04 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 24 replies
    military.com ^ | February 6, 2015
    n outspoken wounded veteran from Tucson has caused a stir on social media over his objection to a flag he calls an affront to the American flag. Instead of red and white stripes, the flag flying recently at a home on Tucson's Davis-Monthan Air Force Base has stripes of rainbow colors -- traditionally used to show gay pride. Former Senior Airman Brian Kolfage, who lost two legs and an arm in an attack in Iraq, says the flag parodies the American flag. Kolfage says it's illegal and had no business flying on a military base. "I was cutting across base...
  • Air Force secretary supports lifting transgender ban

    12/10/2014 9:16:21 PM PST · by PROCON · 20 replies
    USATODAY | Dec. 10, 2014 | Susan Page
    Linky only per FR Rules. Sheesh...
  • Islamic State fight could breathe new life into the A-10

    10/04/2014 1:48:47 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 38 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | September 26, 2014 | Jennifer H. Svan
    Months after staving off a trip to the boneyard, the embattled A-10 Thunderbolt II is headed to the Middle East where it could be used to fight Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria. An Indiana Air National Guard unit that flies the Cold War-era gunships, known as Warthogs, is planning to deploy about 300 airmen and an unknown number of its aircraft to the U.S. Central Command region early next month, says a Sept. 17 news release from the unit. The 122nd Fighter Wing, located at Fort Wayne Air National Guard Base, Ind., has 21 aircraft, though it’s uncertain how...
  • New Air Force Oath of Office: So Help Me, Me

    09/18/2014 4:55:48 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 11 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 9/18/14 | Steve Berman
      So help me, me. In a victory for the tombstone-dancing Military Religious Freedom Foundation (whose name implies the opposite of what they actually believe), the Air Force reversed its 2013 legal opinion requiring recruits to recite the entire Oath of Office when enlisting or receiving a commission in the U.S. Air Force.  By entire oath I mean including the part where “So help me God” is said at the end. The issue was originally raised back in 2013 when the MRFF found that the Air Force was enforcing the Federal laws requiring the entire oath as written.  I never...