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  • PC Flip-Flop by Military.com White House Correspondent on Armed Defense

    01/29/2016 8:02:52 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 26 January, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Korean men defending Koreatown during the 1992 LA riots. A few days ago, on 21 January, Military.com White House Correspondent Bryant Jordan wrote an article about the Air Force reviewing its policies on allowing trained military personnel to carry concealed or openly, on and off duty, to supplement official guards and military police. From military.com: The Air Force on Wednesday said its review of “active-shooter incidents across the country” found that many ended without police intervention because someone present with a weapon stopped the shooter. (skip) The Air Force also did not release the data showing how many active-shooter incidents...
  • Air Force: Many Non-Police with Weapons stop Active Shooters

    01/28/2016 7:04:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 January, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Picture from Human Events One of the most popular articles that I have written was "Mass Killings Stopped by Armed Citizens". The article is a compilation of documented cases where armed citizens stopped what would likely have become mass killings before they occured. Such incidents are usually spiked by the media because the body count is either non-existent or too low to meed the FBI criteria of a mass killing. It appears that the Air Force has got the memo. In an article From military.com: The Air Force on Wednesday said its review of "active-shooter incidents across the country"...
  • More Air Force drones are crashing than ever as mysterious new problems emerge

    01/20/2016 2:33:32 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | January 20 at 10:02 AM | Craig Whitlock
    Driving the increase was a mysterious surge in mishaps involving the Air Force's newest and most advanced "hunter-killer" drone, the Reaper, which has become the Pentagon's favored weapon for conducting surveillance and airstrikes against the Islamic State, al-Qaeda and other militant groups. The Reaper has been bedeviled by a rash of sudden electrical failures that have caused the 21/2-ton drone to lose power and drop from the sky, according to accident-investigation documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. Investigators have traced the problem to a faulty starter-generator, but have been unable to pinpoint why it goes haywire or devise...
  • USAF Apologizes for Advertising Gun Range 'Fun Shoot' on MLK Day

    01/17/2016 1:00:58 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 53 replies
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 15 January 2016 | ANTON NILSSON
    Air Force apologizes for advertising a 'fun shoot' at range on Martin Luther King Day using image of murdered civil rights leader - The controversial poster advertised a skeet shoot at an Air Force base in Georgia - The flyer promised attendees would get 'two rounds and lunch' for $20 and featured a picture of Martin Luther King, Jr. - Air Force officials issued a statement apologizing for the 'insensitive' flyer Officials at an Air Force base in Georgia drew criticism on Thursday after posting controversial flyers advertising a 'Martin Luther King, Jr. fun shoot' featuring a picture of the...
  • Operation to flush out Indian air base attackers enters second night

    01/03/2016 9:50:39 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    reuters ^ | 01/03/2016 | Mukesh Gupta and Krista Mahr
    Indian security forces battled into Sunday evening to secure an air base near the border with Pakistan, a day after a militant attack that has killed seven military personnel and wounded another 20. As night fell, it was unclear whether two or more militants were still at large after Saturday's pre-dawn raid on the Pathankot air base in northwestern Punjab state. Four attackers have been confirmed killed. ... Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi told reporters he hoped the two believed still to be at large would be "neutralized" overnight. Without recovering their bodies they could not be confirmed dead. That contradicted...
  • Russian Air Force has killed ISIL's war leaders in Syria

    12/30/2015 6:20:12 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 29 replies
    A Russian bomber SU-34 attacked a building near the Syrian city of Raqqa where a rebel leaders' meeting was being held as the Russian Defense Ministry's spokesman Igor Konashenkov said. He pointed out that the headquarters were destroyed in result of the attack. According to his words, the intelligence on the meeting's place was provided by representatives of patriotic Syrian opposition forces. "We maintained a round-the-clock air-reconnaissance for two days in that area. After the rebel leaders' arrival at the place had been confirmed, a Su-34 performed an airstrike at the building. In the result of a direct hit with...
  • The Air Force will no longer fire three volley salutes at veteran funerals

    12/25/2015 1:37:09 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 66 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,”...
  • Rogue toy drones are interfering with military operations

    12/24/2015 9:40:36 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 24, 2015 | Craig Whitlock
    The Air Force revolutionized drone warfare. Now it’s finding itself on the defensive. Rogue toy drones — a hot-selling Christmas gift this season and last — are starting to interfere with military operations at several bases across the country. With sales of consumer drones expected to approach 700,000 this year, military officials say they are bracing for the problem to get worse and are worried about the potential for an aviation disaster. Last month, an Air Force A-29 Super Tucano aircraft reported a near midair collision with a small rogue drone over the Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range in...
  • Boeing, Lockheed to continue protest against U.S. bomber deal

    12/19/2015 11:27:56 AM PST · by EveningStar · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 19, 2015 | Andrea Shalal
    Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp said they will continue their protest against the Air Force's selection of Northrop Grumman Corp to build a new long-range strike bomber, calling that process "irreparably flawed".
  • Air Force to allow non-officers to fly drones for first time

    12/19/2015 9:58:23 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | December 19, 2015 | W.J. Hennigan
    IRBIL, Iraq — The Air Force will allow enlisted personnel to become drone pilots for the first time to help meet demands for increased surveillance over global hot spots, according to a new policy announced Thursday. The decision, which follows months of study, is the latest Air Force effort to overhaul the growing drone program, which has struggled to recruit and retain enough officers to serve as drone pilots. Counterterrorism operations including the battle against Islamic State have created constant demand for aerial intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, or ISR. Drone pilots say they are overworked and badly stressed. “This group...
  • Stealth superwing: Next generation 'Air Dominance' fighter jet ..will have built in laser weapons

    12/15/2015 10:35:39 AM PST · by Red Badger · 75 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 18:20 EST, 14 December 2015 | By Mark Prigg
    Northrop Grumman has revealed a tantalising image of a new stealth 'superjet' capable of firing laser weapons. The so called 'sixth generation fighter' is rumoured to fly at supersonic speeds, although Northrop Grumman, who are developing it, say the specifications are still secret. The stealth craft is expected to use advanced cooling systems to help disguise its laser systems. Known internally as NG Air Dominance, the craft features laser weapons. The so called 'sixth generation fighter' is rumoured to fly at supersonic speeds, although Northrop Grumman, who are developing it, say the specifications are still classified. ==================================================================================================================== Chris Hernandez, Northrop's...
  • Air Force football players praying are branded a 'putrid' example of 'Christian supremacy'

    12/07/2015 1:46:58 PM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 35 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 12/07/2015 | Imogen Calderwood
    Ex-officer Michael Weinstein described the public prayers as an 'outrage' He claims Air Force Academy football players are forced to participate Weinstein insists display of Christianity could be used for ISIS propaganda A former U.S. Air Force officer has branded the ritual of military football players kneeling in prayer a ‘putrid’ example of ‘Christian supremacy’ and demanded it must stop. Michael Weinstein, president and founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), insisted the public prayers so often seen on the football pitch before games are a scandalous outrage. He said Air Force Academy football players had approached the MRFF...
  • Air Force Academy Falcons ‘Tebow’ Prayer Circle under Investigation

    12/07/2015 11:18:39 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 30 replies
    Military.com ^ | December 4, 2015 | Bryant Jordan
    A decade after the Air Force Academy football team invited controversy and censure over an “I am a member of Team Jesus” banner in its locker room, the Falcons again appear to be striking a decidedly Christian pose, its members dropping to one knee and holding hands in a public pre-game prayer circle. The academy issued a statement saying it is investigating the practice after cadets and faculty brought it to the attention of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a watchdog group. “The United States Air Force Academy is attentive to all religious freedom concerns, and we are conducting an...
  • Wounded Vet Was Getting Bullied By The VA, So He Talked To Trump- 2 Weeks Later, He Was Stunned…

    12/04/2015 9:09:30 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 127 replies
    Donald Trump made a promise and he delivered. In October, the Republican presidential candidate made a commitment to U.S. Army First Sgt. Todd Landen (Ret.) very, very personal. In front of a large crowd at a Sioux City, Iowa, event, he promised the wounded veteran and his family that he would get action to end the runaround Landen was getting from the Veterans Administration. "I am going to put pressure on the VA like you won't believe," Trump said then. "As president, I can guarantee it. As Trump I can say, 'I'll probably be able to pull it off anyway.'"...
  • Ankara Suspends Air Force Flights Over Syria After Attack on Su-24 - Media

    11/27/2015 12:45:38 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 87 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 11-27-2015
    According to Turkish media, Ankara halted the flights of its aviation over Syria. ANKARA – Turkey has suspended its Air Force flights over Syria in the international coalition campaign in the fight against the Islamic State after the downing of the Russian Su-24 Fencer bomber, Turkey's Hurriyet newspaper reported Friday, citing diplomatic sources. On Tuesday, a Turkish Air Force F-16 downed the Russian bomber 4 kilometers from the Turkish border. Both the Russian General Staff and the Syrian Air Defense Command confirmed that the Su-24 never crossed into Turkish airspace and was shot down over Syrian territory, citing precise objective...
  • What is the Purpose of Government? [And its Primary Duty?]

    11/19/2015 1:37:19 AM PST · by GonzoII · 17 replies
    catholicculture.org ^ | Aug 05, 2011 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    In my latest In Depth Analysis (The Question of Government Size and Scope), I discussed four issues that should be kept very much in mind before we reflexively turn to government, especially the highest level of government, to solve our problems. But one thing I deliberately avoided in that essay was a consideration of the purpose of government in the first place. I’d like to address that briefly here. .... But in the midst of all these attitudes, predispositions, and mood swings, we really ought to stop to ask ourselves: What, in the abstract, is the actual purpose of government?...
  • Face of Defense: Airman Achieves Dream of U.S. Citizenship

    11/18/2015 11:02:10 AM PST · by Freeport · 7 replies
    US DoD ^ | N/A | Air Force Senior Airman Daniel Liddicoet
    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash., November 18, 2015 — Growing up in rural Tarlac province in the Philippines, Air Force Reserve Senior Airman Anne Venice Jalos, a finance manager with the 446th Airlift Wing here, never envisioned that at age 19 she would be serving the U.S. military as a naturalized citizen. "Being raised in the Philippines was very traditional; we depended on our parents a lot. Women weren't encouraged to succeed; it sometimes felt like I was being drug down," Jalos said. After her mother moved the family to the United States, Jalos felt emboldened with a new sense of...
  • French air force conducting major bombardment against ISIS targets in Raqqa, Syria,

    11/15/2015 1:09:39 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 136 replies
    CNN.com ^ | november 15, 2015
    Just a breaking news banner and video at link: http://go.cnn.com/?stream=cnn Full title: French air force conducting major bombardment against ISIS targets in Raqqa, Syria, the French Ministry of Defense says. Watch CNNgo.
  • Aaron Allmon case makes Minot Air Force Base ground zero in military’s new gender wars

    11/06/2015 6:30:56 AM PST · by driftdiver · 35 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Nov 5, 2015 | Rowan Scarborough
    He is an award-winning combat photographer who stands accused of trying to pick up women in the public affairs office at MinotAir Force Base in North Dakota, and for that prosecutors wanted to put him in prison for 130 years. The prosecutorial zeal was so great that an Air Force officer appointed to investigate the case said the piled-up charges were combined to “artificially exaggerate the criminality of the accused,” who often was simply “socially maladroit and crass.”
  • F 14's Shhoting down Lybian Migs

    11/02/2015 4:49:43 AM PST · by SMARTY · 12 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha | 10-30-2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    Remember this? http://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/hear-this-intense-declassified-recording-of-f-14s-shoot-1739696849
  • India Staging Biggest Air Exercise To Prepare For 2-Front War

    10/29/2015 10:21:40 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 8 replies
    Arming India ^ | Thursday, October 29, 2015 | Arming India Correspondent
    NEW DELHI, OCT.29, 2015: The Indian Air Force (IAF) is staging its biggest exercise, codenamed 'Live Wire', to test its preparedness to fight a two-front war in case of a simultaneous armed conflict with China and Pakistan. This exercise, which begins on Oct 31, involves the simultaneous activation of all airbases across the country from Leh in Jammu and Kashmir to Car Nicobar in Andaman and Nicobar Islands for about 15 days. "The most important part of Exercise Live Wire is to rehearse quick movement of air assets from one theatre to another," a top IAF officer explained to Arming...
  • Air Force picks Northrop Grumman to build next big bomber

    10/27/2015 9:22:33 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 50 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 27, 2015 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON The Air Force said Tuesday it chose Northrop Grumman Corp., maker of the B-2 stealth bomber, to build its next-generation bomber, a highly classified, $80 billion project designed to replace the aging bomber fleet with an information-age aircraft that eventually may be capable of flying without a pilot aboard. The loser of the high-stakes bidding contest was a team formed by Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp.
  • Long Range Strike Bomber Contract Awarded to Northrop Grumman

    10/27/2015 2:34:35 PM PDT · by 17th Miss Regt · 50 replies
    The Air Force just announced that the Long Range Strike Bomber contract has been awarded to Northrop Grumman.
  • 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...
  • Will the Next Air Force Bomber Be an Underperforming, Over-Budget Mess?

    10/15/2015 8:16:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/15/2015 | by MIKE FREDENBURG
    Last month the Air Force announced it had received the final competing design submissions from Northrup Grumman and Boeing/Lockheed Martin for the Long Range Strike-Bomber (LRS-B), also known as the B-3. The Air Force will be reviewing the two submissions and in a few months will announce who has won the contract for its first new bomber in 25 years. At the low end, the contract will be worth some $55 billion. But factoring in development costs and the cost-growth patterns of the last 20 years for these types of projects, the value of the contract easily ends up exceeding...
  • The U.S. Military's 'Top Guns' in the Air Have a Big Weakness

    10/14/2015 2:41:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The National Interest ^ | October 13, 2015 | Dave Majumdar
    In the 25 years since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Pentagon has more or less taken air superiority for granted; but that complacency is coming back to haunt the Department of Defense. Neither Donald Rumsfeld nor Robert Gates took air power seriously, and as such, the U.S. Air Force is left with a tiny fleet of 186 Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptors instead of the minimum 381 it needs. If that wasnt bad enough, those F-22s have not received the upgrades that would keep them at the top of their game. The Raptor doesnt even have a helmet-mounted cueing...
  • Air Force Security Force Kills Threat

    10/08/2015 11:18:33 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 22 replies
    At approximately 9:15 a.m., after the peak of inbound morning traffic passed, the Defenders closed the entry control point on Vandenberg Drive to a single lane. In an instant, a calm situation turned chaotic when a person drove his car upwards of 80 miles an hour into the gate. Before ramming the gate, he hit a light post. At this moment, the Defenders reacted as if the person was seriously injured and immediately went to render first aid. That was until the person got out of the vehicle brandishing a rifle. The Defenders then went from first responders rendering aid...
  • Everyone Who Wanted More F-22s Is Being Proven Right

    10/03/2015 12:27:17 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 14 replies
    Fox Trot Alpha ^ | 25 September 2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    As if they suddenly came to an epiphany, the United States Air Force brass is now admitting what many of us have been screaming about for so long: We didnt build nearly enough F-22s, and the F-35 cannot simply pick up the slack.
  • U.S. C-130 Transport Plane Crashes in Afghanistan, Defense Officials Say

    10/01/2015 3:01:31 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 14 replies
    NBC News ^ | 10-1-2015 | Courtney Kube
    A U.S. C-130 transport plane crashed near Jalalabad, Afghanistan, early Friday, two defense officials told NBC News. The crash happened shortly after midnight local time near Jalalabad Airport.
  • U.S. Airman Who Disarmed Train Gunman To Receive Purple Heart

    09/16/2015 12:37:05 PM PDT · by SteveinSATX · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 14, 2015 | Yeganeh Torbati
    A U.S. airman who helped disarm a gunman on a Paris-bound train last month will receive a Purple Heart medal, the U.S. Air Force leader said on Monday, in an unusual award of the honor to a serviceman wounded while not in a combat zone. (snip) In addition to the Purple Heart, Stone will receive the Airmans Medal, the Air Forces highest non-combat award for bravery. The medals will be awarded at a ceremony at the Pentagon this week.
  • Can a New Stealth Bomber Make Up for Americas Crappiest Warplane?

    09/09/2015 7:09:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 09/09/2015 | David Axe
    The Pentagon sank $400 billion into the F-35 stealth jetonly to have it come up way short. So theyre working on a secret new bomber to handle the job instead. Government officials and aerospace executives have met in secret. Engineers have drawn up blueprints, crafted components, and assembled prototypes, all under strict confidentiality agreements. Lobbyists are prowling the halls of Congress and the Pentagon, smiling, shaking hands, exerting influence. For the first time in more than three decades, the Pentagon and Americas aerospace industry are uniting to build a big, expensive, high-tech stealth bomber. And thats a huge deal for...
  • Air Force wants owners to give up property near secret Area 51

    09/07/2015 5:53:06 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 45 replies
    AP Fox News ^ | 09/07/15
    LAS VEGAS The U.S. Air Force is giving an ultimatum to owners of a remote Nevada property that over time has been surrounded by a vast bombing range including the super-secret Area 51. They're being told to take a $5.2 million "last best offer" for their property by Thursday -- or the government will seize it through condemnation. The owners include descendants of a couple who lost their hardscrabble mining enterprise after the Air Force moved in in the 1940s. Nuclear tests then began in 1951, their mine mill mysteriously exploded in 1954 and they ran out of money...
  • Air Force Veteran Finds Iconic 'Katrina Kid' After a Decade of Heartfelt Searching

    09/03/2015 6:00:51 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 4 replies
    Accuweather ^ | September 3 | Kevin Byrne
    In the wake of Hurricane Katrina's calamitous effects, an image of U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Mike Maroney locked in a heartwarming embrace with a young girl he encountered during rescue operations became a symbol of hope and optimism. For the last decade, Maroney has been determined to meet the child he hugged in the iconic photo. In March, the Air Force Times launched the "Find Katrina Kid" campaign to help Maroney reconnect with the little girl.
  • Khobar Towers (as told by Louis Freeh - WOW!)

    06/23/2006 5:43:30 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 64 replies · 3,556+ views
    WSJ ^ | June 23, 2006 | Louis J. Freeh
    Khobar Towers June 23, 2006 The Wall Street Journal Louis J. Freeh Ten years ago this Sunday, acting under direct orders from senior Iranian government leaders, the Saudi Hezbollah detonated a 25,000-pound TNT bomb that killed 19 U.S. airmen in their dormitory at Khobar Towers in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The blast wave destroyed Building 131 and grievously wounded hundreds of additional Air Force personnel. It also killed an unknown number of Saudi civilians in a nearby park. The 19 Americans murdered were members of the 4404th Wing, who were risking their lives to enforce the no-fly zone over southern Iraq....
  • More troubling results from the new F-35 Lightning: Outmaneuvered, outgunned by the MiG-29?

    08/15/2015 6:36:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/15/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Last month we talked about some early flight test reports which hinted that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter might be in trouble after years of development and hundreds of billions of dollars of funding. At that time the military was evaluating the jet in early tests against our own previous generation fighters and the results were mixed at best. Now that the aircraft has been at least initially approved, additional analysis is coming in. One such study is broken down by Martin Matishak at the Fiscal Times and, rather than stacking up the Lightning against our own Tomcats and...
  • Isis 'hacking division' releases details of 1,400 Americans and urges attacks

    08/13/2015 7:13:42 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 34 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Aug. 12, 2015 | Michael Safi
    A group calling itself the Islamic State hacking division has published the details of 1,400 mostly US military and government personnel, urging supporters to attack those listed. The spreadsheet, published online on Wednesday, exposes names, email addresses, phone numbers and passwords. Those listed include members of the marine corps, Nasa, the state department, air force and FBI. Supporters of Isis on Twitter seized on the breach, posting personal details of soldiers and government staffers and encouraging lone wolves to act and kill. A person claiming to speak for the group told the Guardian the information was obtained from military and...
  • MILITARY UPDATE: Commissary reformers eye repeal of cost-plus-5%' pricing

    08/09/2015 8:22:31 AM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Herald/Review
    Defense officials appear ready to ask Congress to repeal a law that commissaries must sell products at cost plus 5 percent, a formula that for decades has ensured commissary shoppers everywhere pay the same prices. Officials have drafted a replacement formula that would allow prices to vary from store to store to meet a new twin goal: reducing taxpayer support for commissaries while maintaining still attractive savings for patrons. Variable pricing would seek to keep savings consistent across the commissary system by pegging local commissary prices for a market basket of goods at some target percentage level below prices of...
  • Two Special Ops Airmen Killed During Free-Fall Training in Florida

    08/05/2015 11:00:33 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    NBC ^ | Aug 5 2015, 8:41 am ET | Henry Austin, F. Brinley Bruton and Shamar Walters
    A two-time recipient of the Bronze Star and a father of five were killed during military free-fall training in Florida, the Air Force announced late Tuesday. Tech. Sgt. Timothy Officer Jr., 32, and Tech. Sgt. Marty Bettelyoun, 35, were rushed to local hospitals after the accident at Eglin Air Force Base on Monday. Both were Special Tactics Airmen, a force made up of specially-trained air traffic controllers, pararescuemen specializing in rescue operations, and military weathermen and forecasters. ... Special tactics airmen are the Air Force's ground special operations forces. They often embed with Navy SEALs and Army Special Forces to...
  • Sen. Graham moved up in Air Force Reserve ranks despite light duties

    08/02/2015 4:57:36 PM PDT · by Theoria · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 02 Aug 2015 | Craig Whitlock
    Of all the candidates vying to become the nations next commander in chief, none has spent as much time in the military as Sen. Lindsey O. Graham. The South Carolina Republican retired from the Air Force this summer after a 33-year career, including two decades as a reservist while serving in Congress.Graham is running as a national-security hawk, calling himself a battle-tested leader with a lifetime of military service. Images of him wearing camouflage in the field are a common thread in his campaign.But a detailed examination of Grahams military record much of it obtained under the Freedom of...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-un Sightings

    08/01/2015 4:39:41 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
  • Inside a B-29 Superfortress as Aviation Museum turns 20

    07/11/2015 4:31:43 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 45 replies
    kentucky.com ^ | 7-9-15 | Mark Cornelison
    See the inside of Fifi, the only B-29 Superfortress currently flying. It's part of the Aviation Museum of Kentucky's 20-year anniversary celebration.
  • Navy, Marines Ease Up on Transgender Policy

    07/08/2015 9:26:51 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 27 replies
    Military.com ^ | July 6, 2015 | William Cole
    The Navy and Marine Corps have joined the Army and Air Force in making it harder to discharge transgender military members. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus signed a memorandum last Wednesday stating, "Effective immediately, separations initiated under the provisions of the reference for service members with a diagnosis or history of gender dysphoria, who identify themselves as transgender, or who have taken steps to externalize the condition, must be forwarded to the assistant secretary of the Navy (manpower and reserve affairs) for decision." The memo was directed to the chief of naval operations and commandant of the Marine Corps. Previously, discharge...
  • F-16, Small Plane Involved in Midair Collision Over South Carolina, FAA Says

    07/07/2015 9:53:32 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 72 replies
    ABC ^ | 07/07/2015 | By MEGHAN KENEALLY
    A military fighter jet crashed into a Cessna flight midair about 11 miles north of Charleston, South Carolina this morning, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The condition of the pilots of the planes is unknown at this time. There have been no reports confirming any other passengers. In a statement, the FAA said the collision involved a Cessna C 150 and an F-16 fighter aircraft at around 11 a.m. A defense department official confirmed to ABC News that the pilot of the F-16 ejected safely. The plane and pilot came from Shaw Air Force Base, roughly 100 miles north...
  • Plan B For Iran

    06/25/2015 9:06:56 AM PDT · by Portcall24 · 9 replies
    POLITICO Magazine ^ | 24 Jun 15 | Michael Crowley
    ...The Iranians may break or cheat on an agreement, and try build a nuclear weapon anyway. Thats why, at least three times in the past year, a B-2 stealth bomber has taken off from an Air Force base in Missouri and headed west to the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. For these missions, the $2 billion plane was outfitted with one of the worlds largest bombs. It is a cylinder of special high-performance steel, 20 feet long and weighing 15 tons. When dropped from an altitude likely above 20,000 feet, the bomb would have approached supersonic speed before...
  • Davis-Monthan AFB: F-16 crashes in Douglas (Arizona)

    06/24/2015 10:48:45 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 29 replies
    KPHO ^ | 6-25-2015 | Catherine Holland
    n F-16 from the 162nd Fighter Wing of the Air National Guard has crashed near Douglas close to Arizona's border with New Mexico, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base has confirmed.
  • InssTek Called to South Korea to Use Grand Teton 3D Printer to Repair Fighter Jets

    06/15/2015 2:34:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    3D Print ^ | June 15, 2015 | Bridget Butler Millsaps
    Strength. That’s the first word that comes to mind when most of us think about 3D printing in metal. And expense is usually the second–but when it comes to fixing up a nation’s fighter jet, thrift is most likely not an issue. And if you were up against a constant adversary like North Korea, you’d want the best, most secure repairs possible for the main fleet’s F-15K fighter jet–especially if you were the one flying it. When it came to the attention of the South Korean Air Force powers that they needed to modify and repair two high-powered turbine components...
  • Hiroshima pilot's grandson to command nuclear-capable bombers

    06/09/2015 12:21:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 5, 2015
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A grandson and namesake of the man who piloted the massive B-29 that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, during World War II is taking over leadership of the United States' aging fleet of nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bombers. Brig. Gen. Paul W. Tibbets IV takes command of the 509th Bomb Wing during a ceremony Friday at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, replacing Brig. Gen. Glen VanHerck, who has led the wing since February 2014. Tibbets, 48, was previously deputy director for nuclear operations for the U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base in...
  • For liberals, the military is always the problem

    06/08/2015 4:41:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    Hot Air ^ | June 8, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    We are reliably assured by progressives in the modern era that spending, deficits and the national debt are no big deal and are generally just distractions and dog whistles tossed out by conservatives. After all, you can always just print more money or go out to the White House rose garden and pick more off the money tree or something, right? Thats why my LADAR (Leftist Radar) is always set off when I hear one of their spokesmodels suddenly becoming concerned over the budget. The most recent example of this comes from Steve Lopez at the LA Times, who takes...
  • RESURRECTING THE MIHAHILOVICH MONUMENT IN WASHINGTON, D.C. INITIATIVE!

    05/29/2015 12:07:48 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 3 replies
    www.generalmihailovich.com ^ | May 29, 2015 | Aleksandra Rebic
    Portrait of General Mihailovich by Wisconsin artist Jim Pollard. Aleksandra's Note: It's now 40 years since a group of American Airmen rescued by General Mihailovich in WWII along with Serbian patriotic organizations in the Diaspora initiated the effort to get a monument to General Draza Mihailovich erected on the grounds of Washington, D.C. at their own personal expense. From the time the effort was initiated in 1975, progress was made, then setbacks had to be dealt with. Now in 2015, many of the American airmen are gone, but their dream does not have to die with them. A lot has...
  • U.S. Navy's Big Mistake -- Building Tons of Supercarriers

    05/28/2015 10:37:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 75 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | 5/28/15 | David Wise
    “History,” it has been written, “does not repeat itself, but it rhymes.” Today it’s rhyming with Gen. Billy Mitchell. In the 1920s, Mitchell challenged conventional thinking by advocating air power at sea in the face of a naval establishment dominated by battleship proponents. The hubris of the “battleship Navy” was such that just nine days before Pearl Harbor, the official program for the 1941 Army-Navy game displayed a full page photograph of the battleship USS Arizona with language virtually extolling its invincibility. Of course, the reason that no one had yet sunk a battleship from the air — in combat — was that no...