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  • FLOTUS visits military children

    09/22/2017 10:00:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Andrews Gazette ^ | September 21, 2017 | Senior Airman Jordyn Fetter, 11th Wing Public Affairs
    First Lady Melania Trump’s focus on the well-being of children led her to visit the Youth Center on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Sept. 15. During Trump’s visit, she interacted with approximately 30 children, toured the youth center and learned about their educational and social initiatives, while also expressing her support for their sacrifices to the country. “I had the privilege to visit with some of your wonderful children at the youth center here on base,” Trump said. “I enjoy our time together, getting to know them, and want to thank everyone who helped make this visit possible.” As first...
  • Trump stands in front of nuclear bomber to warn Kim Jong-Un that when America's Air Force

    09/15/2017 3:38:35 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 103 replies ^ | 9/15/17 | David Martosko
    Full title.........................Trump stands in front of nuclear bomber to warn Kim Jong-Un that when America's Air Force is overhead enemies 'know the day of reckoning has arrived'........................... President Trump spoke to Air Force personnel against the backdrop of a nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bomber He warned North Korea that 'nothing inspires more confidence in our friends, or strikes more fear in the hearts of our enemies, than the sight of American war planes on the horizon' Kim Jong-Un test-launched his latest missile on Friday, launching it a long enough distance to hit the U.S. territory of Guam Trump said the U.S....
  • Christians in U.S. Military ‘Serve Satan’ If They Tolerate Other Religions, Air Force Chaplain Says

    09/15/2017 12:31:26 PM PDT · by DFG · 92 replies
    Newsweak via Yahoo ^ | 09/15/2017 | Nina Burleig
    A U.S. Air Force chaplain who ministers to thousands of men and women at an Ohio base is asserting that Christians in the U.S. Armed Forces “serve Satan” and are “grossly in error” if they support service members' right to practice other faiths. In an article posted on three days ago, Captain Sonny Hernandez, an Air Force Reserve chaplain for the 445th Airlift Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, criticized Christian service members who rely on the Constitution “and not Christ.” He wrote: “Counterfeit Christians in the Armed forces will appeal to the Constitution, and not Christ,...
  • The F-22 Raptor's Replacement Is Starting to Take Shape

    08/23/2017 5:06:13 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 32 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | August 23, 2017 | Kyle Mizokami
    The U.S. Air Force is finalizing technology requirements for a new fighter jet to enter service sometime in the 2030s. Known as "Penetrating Counter Air," the new fighter will replace the F-22 Raptor and maintain American air superiority in future conflicts. The sixth-generation fighter will incorporate a number of new technologies that for now exist only on the drawing board.
  • Thanks to a Bankrupt Russian Airline, Trump May Get the Air Force One Deal He Wanted

    08/01/2017 1:25:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | August 1, 2017 | Adam Clark Estes
    Donald Trump loves a good deal. And the United States Air Force just found one for the president, sitting in a Mojave Desert boneyard: two brand new Boeing 747-8's, the very same planes that the military plans to convert into the next Air Force One aircraft. These two have an interesting origin story, too. The two 747-8’s were originally ordered by Transaero, a Russian airline that went bankrupt and couldn’t pay for them. Aeroflot, the company that acquired Transaero and Russia’s largest airline, absorbed much of the bankrupt company’s fleet but never took ownership of the 747-8’s, which carry a...
  • Russia keen to sell MiG-35 to India, says top official

    07/23/2017 6:08:21 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 5 replies
    Rediff ^ | Sunday, July 23, 2017 | Asim Kamal
    Russia is keen on selling its new fighter jet MiG-35 to India with the MiG corporation's chief saying the country has evinced interest in the aircraft and talks were on to understand its requirements. Director General of Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG Ilya Tarasenko said the MiG-35 was "the best" and definitely better than Lockheed Martin's fifth-generation combat aircraft F-35. He claimed that the MiG-35 would beat the American jet in air to air combat. Tarasenko, while talking to reporters on the sidelines of the MAKS 2017 air show in Zhukovsky, Russia, said after having presented MiG- 35 in January, the...
  • Rescue Airmen save two German citizens stranded at sea

    07/19/2017 8:08:16 AM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 16 replies
    Air Force Link ^ | 7/10/2017 | 920th Rescue Wing Public Affairs
    PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) -- In a concerted effort from July 7, and into the early hours of July 8, 2017, approximately 80 Airmen and four aircraft assigned to the 920th Rescue Wing successfully rescued two German citizens whose vessel caught fire approximately 500 nautical miles off the east coast of southern Florida. At the request of the Coast Guard's Seventh District in Miami, the 920th RQW was alerted by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Tyndall Air Force Base, to assist in the long-range search and rescue. “The rescue was a culmination of skill and teamwork...
  • A proposed new military branch would send US troops to guard the galaxy

    07/08/2017 5:56:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | July 8, 2017 | Nancy Coleman
    The year: 2019. The mission: Send combat forces into space to save the world from potential Star Wars. The crew to get the job done: the United States Space Corps. A Congressional committee is proposing that the US armed forces add a new military branch that would, quite literally, send soldiers out of this world. The crew of real-life Buzz Lightyears is described in the National Defense Authorization Act, which is now headed to the full House for a vote. There isn't usually anything extraordinary about the NDAA, which every year lays out military spending. But this time, the House...
  • SHOW OF FORCE US unleashes supersonic bombers in ‘North Korea airstrike drill’...

    07/08/2017 2:00:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Sun ^ | July 8, 2017 | Jon Lockett
    TWO American supersonic bombers conducted live-fire drills in South Korea today in a show of force after North Korea’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile. The pair of B-1B Lancer strategic bombers flew from a US base on Guam and were joined by US and South Korean jet fighters for the operation. They then carried out the simulated destruction of an enemy ballistic missile launcher and underground nuclear bunker facilities, the South’s air force said. North Korea announced on Tuesday it successfully test-launched an ICBM, saying the missile was capable of carrying a large and heavy nuclear warhead. Some experts...
  • Evacuations after truck tested positive for explosives at gate of Hanscom Air Force Base

    07/06/2017 8:36:34 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 49 replies
    NBC4 Columbus ^ | 7/6/3027
    #BREAKING LIVE: Evacuations are taking place after a vehicle tested positive for explosives at the gate of Hanscom Air Force Base near Boston, Massachusetts.
  • The Air Force is updating its awards to recognize drone pilots and hackers

    07/05/2017 8:40:22 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 32 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Jun 23, 2017 | Christopher Woody
    The Air Force is updating its awards to recognize drone pilots and hackers Christopher Woody Jun. 23, 2017 US airmen tasked with jobs like surveillance and cyber operations have a growing role on the battlefield, even though they are often physically distant from it. To ensure that kind of work is recognized, the Air Force has introduced new hardware for its service men and women. "As the impact of remote operations on combat continues to increase, the necessity of ensuring those actions are distinctly recognized grows," Defense Department officials said in a memo published on January 7, 2016.
  • US planning to create 'Space Corps' as sixth branch of armed forces

    07/02/2017 9:39:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Independent | July 2, 2017 | Fiona Keating
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  • Retired generals to Mattis: Don't delay accepting transgender recruits

    07/01/2017 2:22:16 AM PDT · by Eyes Unclouded · 78 replies
    The hill ^ | 6.27.2017 | Staff
    A trio of retired generals is urging Defense Secretary James Mattis not to delay accepting transgender recruits into the military after reports that the Pentagon chief was considering such a move. “Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has stated that he will make personnel decisions based on evidence about what best promotes force readiness,” retired Army Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy, retired Army Major Gen. Gale Pollock and retired Army Brig. Gen. Clara Adams-Ender wrote in a statement provided to The Hill.
  • Trump signs VA reform bill, following through on campaign promise

    06/23/2017 7:51:16 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    Fox ^ | June 23, 2017 | Barnini Chakraborty
    President Trump on Friday signed Veterans Affairs reform legislation meant to protect whistleblowers while making it easier to fire problematic employees at the department. The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act passed by Congress earlier this month streamlines the process to remove, demote, or suspend VA employees for poor performance or misconduct. In addition, it authorizes the VA secretary to recoup any bonuses awarded to employees who have acted improperly. “Veterans have fulfilled their duty to this nation and now, we must fulfill our duty to them,” Trump said. “So to every veteran who is here with...
  • US sends bombers to fly over Korean Peninsula in message to the North

    06/20/2017 12:06:58 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 51 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 20, 2017 | Melissa Quinn
    The United States flew two bombers over the Korean Peninsula on Tuesday, the Air Force said, the day after the death of University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier, who was detained in North Korea for more than a year. The move was a demonstration of force, and one that has occurred several times this year after the country conducted ballistic missile tests. The two B-1B Lancers conducted two joint drills with the Japanese and South Korean air forces, which were meant to show solidarity among the three countries to "defend against provocative and destabilizing actions in the Pacific theater," the...
  • Travis air Force base reports real world security incident

    06/14/2017 5:07:50 PM PDT · by Eyes Unclouded · 16 replies
    Cbs ^ | 7/14/2017 | Staff
    FAIRFIELD, Calif. -- Travis Air Force Base is under a security alert due to a "real world security incident," the base said in a Facebook post. The Air Force base had a training exercise planned for Wednesday and Thursday, but this is not related to it, CBS Sacramento reports. The base is located in Solano County, about 40 miles southwest of Sacramento.
  • Royal Air Force Refueling Midair

    06/02/2017 12:54:16 PM PDT · by Trumpnation · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 6-2-17 | JR
    Here's OC 12(B) Squadron's view of an @RAFBrizeNorton Voyager refueling a fellow Tornado over Norway on Monday. The Royal Air Force is the world's first independent Air Force.
  • Warthog Attack Plane Finds New Life in Trump Administration

    05/27/2017 6:25:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 109 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | May 27, 2017 | Robert Burns, National Security Writer, The Associated Press
    Air Force leaders have reversed an Obama administration decision on the A-10 attack plane known as the Warthog. The previous administration had decided to retire the aircraft, viewing it as an unaffordable extra in what had been a time of tight budgets. Three years ago the Pentagon proposed scrapping the Warthog fleet as a way of saving $3.5 billion. Congress rejected that idea. Each of the next two years the military tried again, putting off the Warthog's retirement a bit further in the future each time....
  • 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,...