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  • Senate confirms Trump’s pick for Air Force secretary

    05/08/2017 3:28:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 8, 2017 | RICHARD LARDNER
    The Senate has confirmed Heather Wilson as secretary of the Air Force. Senators approved Wilson’s nomination 76-22, making her President Donald Trump’s first service secretary nominee to be approved by the GOP-led chamber. ... Wilson is a former Republican congresswoman from New Mexico. She had faced scrutiny from several Democrats for defense industry consulting work she did after leaving Congress in 2009. She is the first graduate of the Air Force Academy to hold the service’s top civilian post.
  • Here’s Everything We Know About The Mysterious Air Force Plane That Just Landed, 2 Years In Space

    05/08/2017 10:28:21 AM PDT · by blam · 142 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 5-8-2017 | Christopher Woody
    The US military's X-37B space plane landed at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Sunday, ending its record-breaking 718-day orbit with a sonic boom during its first landing in Florida. The US Air Force has two X-37B Orbital Test Vehicles, which it calls its newest and most advanced reentry spacecraft. At 29 feet long and with a 14-foot wingspan, the planes are about one-quarter of the size of NASA's now retired space shuttles and have a cargo bay about the size of a pick-up truck's. The first X-37 program started in 1999, and the X-37B first flew in April 2010,...
  • 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.
  • President Trump Presents Commander-in-Chief Trophy To Air Force Academy (Video)

    05/02/2017 3:39:16 PM PDT · by usafa92 · 2 replies
    Comservative Treehouse ^ | 5/2/2017 | Sundance
    [Transcript] 11:52 A.M. EDT – THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much, everybody. I appreciate it. That’s some big people behind me. Big, strong, brilliant people. Please sit down. I want to thank everybody for being here on this very special occasion. It’s an honor every single day to serve as your Commander-in-Chief to the incredible men and women of the United States Air Force — very special, beautiful place. Very, very special. (Applause.) I also want to welcome the acting Secretary of the Air Force, Lisa Disbrow, and Air Force Chief of Staff General David Goldfein. Thank you. (Applause.) The...
  • Transgender Offutt airman – finally 'able to live as my true self' – finds support, acceptance...

    04/24/2017 6:29:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Data Omaha ^ | April 24, 2017 | Steve Liewer, The World Herald
    For years Ashleigh Buch hid the fact that she was transgender. The Offutt airman reported to work each day as a man, telling colleagues little about her life. Off the base, in her Omaha apartment, above, she lived as a woman, donning wigs over the hair she kept trimmed short. But as part of a wave of social change to hit the military, the Air Force instructor’s days of appearing one way at work and another at home are over....
  • U.S. Air Force Stages Epic Elephant Walk at Kadena Air Base Japan

    04/14/2017 10:37:26 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 53 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | 13 April, 2017 | David Cenciotti
    Full Title: U.S. Air Force Stages Epic Elephant Walk at Kadena Air Base Japan Amid Growing Tension With North Korea The images in this post show an impressive Elephant Walk carried out by fully armed U.S. Air Force aircraft belonging to the 18th Wing, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. During Elephant Walks military aircraft taxi in close formation right before a minimum interval takeoff. This kind of exercise is often performed at airbases all around the world (including South Korea), to prepare squadrons for wartime operations: what’s important is to test crews capability to quickly and safely prepare fully armed...
  • The DoD Has No Idea How Much The Mother Of All Bombs Costs

    04/14/2017 9:31:50 AM PDT · by marktwain · 53 replies
    The giant bomb U.S. forces dropped Thursday on an ISIS training camp in Afghanistan did not cost $314 million to develop, or $16 million per unit as reported by multiple news outlets.Every news report about cost of the “Mother of All Bombs” relied on a misreading of a 2011 article or a dubious internet website that InfoWars once linked to with a “healthy bit of skepticism.”The actual cost of the bomb is unknown. The actual cost of the program isn’t publicly available because the Mother of All Bombs, officially known as GBU-43 or the Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB), is manufactured by...
  • MOAB U.S military Air Strike (Achin,Afghanistan) (4-13-2017) Video of the Blast.

    04/14/2017 6:00:00 AM PDT · by Rebelbase · 121 replies
    youtube ^ | 4/14/17 | GAURAV NARWAL
    Drone Video of the detonation.
  • US Air Force conducts massive surprise exercise in warning to North Korea

    04/13/2017 1:34:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 13, 2017 | Kyle Feldscher
    A Japan-based combat-ready Air Force wing showed off its aircraft Wednesday in a clear warning to North Korea. Fox News reported the 18th Wing conducted a surprise military exercise at Kadena Air Base in Japan as North Korea is rumored to be nearing a sixth nuclear weapons test. A group of HH-60 Pave Hawks, F-15 Eagles, E-3 Sentries and KC-135 Stratotankers all took part in the exercise, the report said. Photos from the no-notice event showed jets lined up down the entirety of a runway on the base. Such exercises are known as an "elephant walk," featuring planes taxiing in...
  • Trump orders military advisers to prepare plans to hit North Korea

    04/10/2017 5:02:04 PM PDT · by Pollard · 198 replies
    President Trump has ordered his military advisers to be ready with a list of options to smash North Korea’s nuclear threat. One of the advisers, Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster, confirmed his Commander-in-Chief has made the order as a U.S. carrier strike group heads for the region. It is believed that among the options are combined special forces raids and pre-emptive missile strikes. One of the problems facing an American-led operation to hit Pyongyang’s leader Kim Jong-Un is the intricate tunnel network under the capital. War-planners have had difficulty mapping out the subterranean complex and believe there are hundreds of...
  • Buzz Aldrin Blasts Off With The USAF Thunderbirds For A Record Flight

    04/03/2017 7:12:55 PM PDT · by Moonman62 · 29 replies
    The Drive ^ | 04/03/17 | Tyler Rogoway
    At 87 years old, famed astronaut Buzz Aldrin is still breaking barriers and having a damn good time doing it. The USAF Thunderbirds invited the icon for a ride in their F-16D while they starred in the Melbourne Air & Space Show over the weekend. Aldrin now holds the record of being the oldest person to ever fly with the USAF Flight Demonstration Team. Melbourne is located south of Cape Canaveral—where Buzz blasted off to the moon in a Saturn V rocket in 1969 as part of the pioneering Apollo 11 crew. Just a few years earlier he rocketed into...
  • Leonardo-DRS Bids to Build Aircraft (750 High-wage full-time jobs in Alabama)

    03/30/2017 5:32:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    WLTZ-TV ^ | March 30, 2017
    TUSKEGEE, AL COULD LAND AIRCRAFT PLANT IF GLOBAL AEROSPACE AND DEFENSE FIRM WINS T-100 CONTRACT WITH U.S. AIR FORCE Macon County, AL (WSFA) – Leonardo-DRS has submitted a bid in the U.S. Air Force competition to assemble T100 aircraft at Tuskegee, Alabama’s Moton Airfield. Alabama Governor Robert Bentley announced the bid on Thursday. He said if the global aerospace and defense firm wins, the advanced assembly center would create 750 high-wage, full-time jobs over a 10-year ramp-up period. The project would begin in 2019 and the total investment in the T-100 project’s buildings, infrastructure and equipment could reach $250 million....
  • CAIR Orders U.S. Air Force to Ditch “Anti-Muslim” Counterterrorism Instructor

    03/30/2017 12:12:12 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 48 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 30, 2017
    The Islamic terrorist front group that transformed the way U.S. law enforcement agencies conduct anti-terrorism training is ordering the Air Force to sever ties with an instructor it considers to be anti-Muslim. The question is will the Trump administration cave into its demands? Under Barack Obama, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a group that reportedly raises money for Hamas, wielded tremendous power and managed to bully law enforcement agencies at the local, state and federal level to alter counterterrorism training materials deemed by the group to discriminate against Muslims. This includes getting the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to...
  • 'Katrina girl' goes to JROTC ball with pararescueman who saved her

    03/21/2017 4:14:11 PM PDT · by BBell · 14 replies | The Times-Picayune ^ | 3/19/17 | Diana Samuels, | The Times-Picayune
    You might remember the "Katrina girl" photo, of the little girl with a broad smile, who's hugging the Air Force pararescueman who plucked her family from a rooftop in Hurricane Katrina-flooded New Orleans.The pararescueman, Master Sgt. Mike Maroney, went on a search for the girl in the photo 10 years later. He ultimately found LeShay Brown, then 13 and living in Waveland, Miss., in Sept. 2015. The two have remained close, and as WLOX reported, LeShay took Maroney to her JROTC ball in Mississippi on Saturday.
  • Off We Go Into the PC Yonder!

    03/14/2017 6:22:43 PM PDT · by pboyington · 21 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | March 14, 2017 | Ray Starmann
    The Air Force has lost the Right Stuff. The Air Force has lost the warrior spirit, that indefinable quality that enables men who are terrified to do the impossible and to win wars. The Air Force is turning into a politically correct encounter group in matching clothes with weapons. President Trump may be in the White House and General Mattis may be the Secretary of Defense, but the leftist acolytes of the Kenyan commander in chief’s Maoist Revolution are continuing to infest and destroy the armed forces like a stage four cancer. Last week, Fox News broke the story concerning...
  • Air Force Troops Warned Not to Use Words Such as ‘Boy’ and ‘Girl’–Might Be Deemed Offensive

    03/12/2017 10:44:25 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 90 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 11, 2017 | KATHERINE RODRIGUEZ
    Air Force troops have been warned not to use certain words and phrases because they might be deemed offensive. An email saying that certain words such as “boy,” “girl,” and “blackmail” should not be used was sent to Airmen at Joint Base San Antonio Texas, the Daily Mail reported. The email included an attachment with a list of words that “may be construed as offensive.” “You people” also made the list, as well as “colonial,” “blacklist,” and the phrase “blondes have more fun.” Someone leaked the list to Fox News, where it gained national media attention. According to Fox News,...
  • Farewell, old friend: Touching moment Air Force dog handler hugs his dead....

    03/10/2017 1:02:17 PM PST · by Morgana · 32 replies
    daily mail uk ^ | march 10, 2017 | Abigail Miller For
    FULL TITLE: Farewell, old friend: Touching moment Air Force dog handler hugs his dead K-9 draped in an American flag moments before he was laid to rest A heartbreaking photo shows the moment an Air Force sergeant had to say goodbye to his K9 partner. Air Force sergeant Kyle Smith, from Gastonia, North Carolina, said that having to put Bodza down was one of the hardest things that he has ever done. He was euthanized on Thursday, and a military canine trainer draped a flag over his body. A photo shows Smith giving Bodza one final hug as he was...
  • Farewell, old friend:Touching moment Air Force dog handler hugs his dead K-9 draped in an American..

    03/10/2017 7:09:14 AM PST · by RummyChick · 38 replies
    daily mail ^ | 3/9/17 | abigail miller
    A heartbreaking photo shows the moment an Air Force sergeant had to say goodbye to his K9 partner. Air Force sergeant Kyle Smith, from Gastonia, North Carolina, said that having to put Bodza down was one of the hardest things that he has ever done. He was euthanized on Thursday, and a military canine trainer draped a flag over his body. A photo shows Smith giving Bodza one final hug as he was laid to rest. Read more: Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • Air Force attack destroys Daesh sites inside Syria (Jordanian Air Force)

    02/05/2017 4:19:27 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 28 replies
    The Jordan Times ^ | Feb 04,2017 | JT (none stated)
    AMMAN — Royal Air Force jets on Friday destroyed various targets of the Daesh terrorist group in southern Syria, a Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army statement said Saturday, cited by the Jordan News Agency, Petra. One of the targets was a military site that previously belonged to the Syrian army and was seized by Daesh, the statement said, adding that the attack was dedicated to the memory of those who died in the line of duty in the war against terrorism. The Royal Air Force’s unmanned jet fighter planes destroyed ammunition warehouses, a structure designated to customising and booby-trapping vehicles and...
  • North Korea strengthens its emergency airfield capabilities

    01/25/2017 4:29:43 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Janes ^ | 13 January 2017 | Joseph S Bermudez Jr
    North Korea strengthens its emergency airfield capabilities Joseph S Bermudez Jr, Colorado - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly 13 January 2017 Commercial satellite imagery shows that North Korea has been progressively modernising its emergency airfield capabilities since late 2015 by adapting highways for use as airstrips, building aircraft shelters, and developing contingency airfields. The measures seem to be part of a nationwide modernisation programme designed to bolster the infrastructure of the Korean People's Air Force (KPAF). Built on specially reinforced highway sections or on compacted dirt roads, the highway airstrips average 1.8 km in length and vary in width between 15...