Beyond the marketing, Memorial Day Observance

U.S. 05/24/19, 18:20

Memorial Day is almost upon us, and hidden behind the sales adverts, cookout charcoal, and deals "celebrating" Memorial Day, is the real reason behind the federal holiday. Its the one day a year set aside to remember the fallen, those who paid the ultimate price for freedom, military servicemen and women ...

Update: Ordnance team on scene of California F-16 crash

U.S. 05/17/19, 11:06

The Latest on the crash of an F-16 fighter jet in Southern California (all times local):9:05 a.m.A military official says an explosive ordnance disposal detail is on the scene of an F-16 fighter jet crash in Southern California but he will not say whether any armaments were aboard the aircraft.This ...

US official: Intel indicates Iran moved missiles by boat

Politics 05/07/19, 15:59

A U.S. official says intelligence information that prompted the Pentagon to send an aircraft carrier and Air Force bombers to the Middle East included indications that Iran had moved short-range ballistic missiles aboard boats in or near the Persian Gulf. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss ...

Air Force estimates $420M needed to rebuild Nebraska base

U.S. 05/02/19, 14:22

The Air Force is raising its cost estimate to $420 million to repair and rebuild at Nebraska's Offutt Air Force Base following severe flooding that forced officials to scramble to save munitions and move aircraft to higher ground.More than 130 structures were damaged by the Missouri River flooding at the ...

New US commander in Europe amid NATO worries and tensions

Politics 05/01/19, 12:00

The United States is installing new military leadership in Europe at a moment of heightened worries about Russian aggression, doubts about the future of arms control and rising tensions among NATO allies. These pressures are reflected in stepped-up U.S. military maneuvers in Europe, including the unusual simultaneous deployment last week of ...

Japanese air force stealth fighter jet crashes in Pacific

Asia & Pacific 04/10/19, 00:01

A Japanese air force F-35 stealth fighter crashed in the Pacific Ocean during a night training flight and parts of the jet were recovered, the defense ministry said Wednesday. The pilot is still missing. The F-35A stealth jet disappeared from radar while flying off the eastern coast of Aomori. Parts of ...

Officials optimistic to add radar dome to historic register

U.S. 04/07/19, 00:05

With the Texarkana Regional Airport now possessing a historic Cold War site, of which there are only seven still existing in the country, some recognition may be in order.At least that's the verdict of at least two Texarkana, Arkansas, city officials during a recent Airport Authority Board meeting. Arkansas-side City ...

Air Force says it needs $4.9 billion in disaster relief

Politics 03/27/19, 12:09

The Air Force said on Wednesday that it needs $4.9 billion in extra funding over the next three years to rebuild and repair two key bases heavily damaged by natural disasters. "We desperately need the supplemental funding," Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said, citing hurricane damage to Tyndall Air Force Base ...

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson is resigning

Politics 03/08/19, 12:20

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said Friday she is resigning to become president of the University of Texas at El Paso. A former U.S. House Republican member from New Mexico and graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Wilson has headed the Air Force since May 2017, making her President Donald ...

Sen. McSally, ex-Air Force pilot, says officer raped her

Politics 03/06/19, 16:13

Sen. Martha McSally, the first female Air Force fighter pilot to fly in combat, said Wednesday that she was sexually assaulted by a superior officer, and later, when she tried to talk about it to military officials, she "felt like the system was raping me all over again." The Arizona Republican, ...

Serbia takes delivery of 4 more Russian-made fighter jets

Europe 02/25/19, 11:42

Serbia took delivery of four Russian-made MiG-29 fighter jets from Belarus on Monday, the defense ministry said, part of an arms purchase that could heighten tensions in the Balkans and increase Moscow's influence in the region.Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin attended the ceremony at an air force base in Belarus, ...

Trump orders creation of Space Force, but within Air Force

Politics 02/19/19, 17:15

President Donald Trump on Tuesday directed the Pentagon to develop plans to create a new Space Force within the Air Force, accepting less than the full-fledged department he'd wanted. Before signing a document instructing the defense secretary to draft proposed legislation, Trump said space is the "future" and the "next step." "We ...

US military planes land near Venezuela border with aid

America 02/16/19, 19:45

The U.S. military airlifted tons of humanitarian aid to a Colombian town on the Venezuelan border Saturday as part of an effort back Juan Guaido for the leadership of the South American nation. Three scheduled Air Force C-17 cargo planes that took off from Homestead Air Reserve Base in Florida had ...

US says ex-intel official defected to Iran, revealed secrets

Politics 02/13/19, 15:47

A former U.S. Air Force counterintelligence specialist who defected to Iran despite warnings from the FBI has been charged with revealing classified information to the Tehran government, including the code name and secret mission of a Pentagon program, prosecutors said Wednesday. The Justice Department also accused Monica Elfriede Witt, 39, of ...

Explains: Can Trump ground Pelosi’s plane?

Politics 01/17/19, 20:56

President Donald Trump cancelled House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's planned trip to Belgium and Afghanistan just hours before the congressional delegation, known as a CODEL, was set to depart. The AP explains: CAN HE DO THAT? Yes, and not just because he's the commander in chief. The military maintains a fleet of converted ...

Santa tracker will still run despite government shutdown

U.S. 12/23/18, 08:33

Hundreds of volunteers are ready to answer the phones when children from around the world call to ask when Santa will bring presents to their house — despite the federal government shutdown.The military says the NORAD Tracks Santa won't be affected by the partial shutdown because it is run by ...

President Trump reportedly plans to create US Space Command

Politics 12/18/18, 00:34

President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order soon, possibly as early as Tuesday, creating a U.S. Space Command that will better organize and advance the military's vast operations in space, U.S. officials say. Vice President Mike Pence will make the announcement Tuesday at the Kennedy Space Center, in ...

Air Force failed 6 times to report Texas church gunman

U.S. 12/07/18, 15:02

The Air Force failed six times to report information that could have prevented the ex-airman who killed more than two dozen people in a Texas church from purchasing a gun, according to a government report released Friday. The Department of Defense inspector general's report details Devin Patrick Kelley's decade-long history of ...

Pentagon reveals US observation flight over Ukraine

Politics 12/06/18, 16:17

An unarmed U.S. Air Force plane with American and international observers flew a special flight over Ukraine Thursday in a show of solidarity after Ukraine's naval confrontation last month with Russia in the Black Sea, the Pentagon said.In a statement, the Pentagon called it an "extraordinary" flight under the Open ...

Report: Propeller blade broke, causing military plane crash

U.S. 12/05/18, 23:12

Investigators say bad maintenance practices at a Georgia air force base missed a deteriorating propeller blade that broke off six years later as a U.S. Marine Corps transport plane cruised over Mississippi at 20,000 feet, causing the KC-130T to break into pieces and plunge into a soybean field, killing 15 ...

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