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  • Air Force could face record lawsuits over mass shooting

    11/18/2017 10:31:51 AM PST · by PROCON · 27 replies
    stripes.com ^ | Nov. 17, 2017 | Nancy Montgomery
    The Air Force faces many millions of dollars in potential liability for the mass shooting at a small-town church in Texas earlier this month by a former servicemember, legal experts say. “I think it’s almost inevitable that the Air Force will be sued,” said retired Lt. Gen. Richard Harding, former judge advocate general of the service. “And I think there’s a case that can be made, you bet.” If lawsuits against the Air Force were successful, said Don Christensen, the service’s former top prosecutor, the damages could be huge. “What is being shot while you’re in church, watching your baby...
  • Air Force Pilot Shortage Grows to Nearly 2,000; Force Tension 'Significant'

    11/10/2017 7:34:11 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 57 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10 Nov 17 | Bridget Johnson
    The secretary of Air Force said that, after weathering a 1,500-pilot shortfall last summer, the problem has escalated to being 1,926 pilots short -- or missing 1 in 10 of a force that's supposed to have 20,000 pilots. Secretary Heather Wilson told Pentagon reporters today that "it's not just pilots, though, and air crew, when it comes to readiness." "It is spare parts and flying hours and munitions," she noted. "So increasing the readiness of the force so that we win any fight, any time, is our top priority." The biggest reason for the pilot shortage, in the secretary's...
  • Botched Air Force handling of Texas shooter's criminal history may be 'systemic' issue

    11/08/2017 6:18:46 AM PST · by libstripper · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | Nov. 8, 2017 | Greg Norman
    The Air Force’s failure to report Texas church shooter Devin Kelley’s domestic violence conviction to the FBI -- a misstep that left the door open for Kelley to buy weapons -- is a systemic issue in its criminal investigations unit, according to a 2015 Pentagon analysis and a former Air Force agent who spoke to Fox News.
  • Air Force: Racial Slurs Written by 1 Person Who Was Targeted

    The Air Force Academy says racial slurs posted outside the dorm rooms of five black students were written by one of those students.
  • Air Force 'mistake' kept Texas shooter's conviction off background check database: Report

    11/06/2017 3:22:22 PM PST · by Anti-Bubba182 · 132 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11-6-2017 | Kara Zupkus
    The man who police say shot and killed 26 people in a Texas church was able to purchase firearms because the Air Force failed to enter his assault conviction into a federal database, according to a report.........
  • Air Force preparing to put nuclear-armed bombers back on 24-hour ready-to-fly alert: report

    10/22/2017 5:25:53 PM PDT · by be-baw · 57 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 22, 2017 | Jennifer Harper
    The U.S. Air Force is preparing to put nuclear-armed bombers back on 24-hour ready alert, a status not seen since the Cold War ended in 1991 according to a report released Sunday by Defense One. “If the order comes, the B-52s will return to a ready-to-fly posture not seen since the Cold War,” reported Marcus Weisgerber, global business editor for the industry publication, noting that “long-dormant” runway areas on certain bases could once again be a home to fully loaded B-52s, ready to fly at a moment’s notice. “This is yet one more step in ensuring that we’re prepared,” Gen....
  • Air Force may recall up to 1,000 retired military pilots to address 'acute shortage'

    10/21/2017 11:21:10 AM PDT · by be-baw · 153 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 21, 2017 | Morgan Winsor
    The United States Air Force could recall as many as 1,000 retired military pilots to active-duty service to address an acute shortage in its ranks. President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday allowing the Air Force to call back to service up to 1,000 retired aviation officers who wish to return, the White House and the Pentagon announced.
  • Trump Signs Order Allowing Recall of Retired Air Force Pilots

    10/21/2017 4:22:07 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 59 replies
    VOA News ^ | October 20, 2017
    Trump Signs Order Allowing Recall of Retired Air Force Pilots October 20, 2017 10:16 PM WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that will allow the Air Force to bring back to active duty as many as 1,000 retired pilots to address a pilot shortage. A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Cmdr. Gary Ross, said the Air Force is short about 1,500 pilots. “The pilot supply shortage is a national-level challenge that could have adverse effects on all aspects of both the government and commercial aviation sectors for years to come,” Ross said. 25-pilot cap removed Under current...
  • The USAF's AC-130W Gunships Are in Desperate Need of Special Ammunition

    10/17/2017 6:50:23 AM PDT · by rktman · 24 replies
    thedrive.com/ ^ | 10/12/2017 | Joseph Trevithick
    The U.S. Army has made an urgent purchase of a specific type of 30mm cannon shells on behalf of U.S. Special Operations Command. Without the ammunition, the service said the U.S. Air Force’s AC-130W Stinger II gunships would be forced to use alternative rounds that would be unacceptably inaccurate and dangerously unreliable. In June 2017, the Army approved a plan to purchase up to 200,000 PGU-46/B 30mm cannon rounds from Orbital ATK. The service did not publicly disclose the total potential dollar value of the contract, but had to issue a so-called justification and approval document to explain why they...
  • Air Force punishes colonel over marriage views

    10/16/2017 7:54:08 PM PDT · by massmike · 46 replies
    Bpnews.net ^ | 10/19/2017 | Bonnie Pritchett
    U.S. Air Force officials have suspended a decorated officer and revoked his recommendation for promotion to brigadier general because he would not sign an unofficial document affirming a retiring subordinate's same-sex marriage. Col. Leland B.H. Bohannon, Air Force Inspection Agency commander at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N.M., signed all the requisite documents for a senior noncommissioned service member's May retirement ceremony except for one: a letter of "spousal appreciation" for the gay serviceman's partner. Bohannon's Christian convictions about marriage put him at odds with the request to sign the unofficial, optional letter, and he sought counsel from his...
  • Air Force Punishes Colonel Who Refused to Affirm Gay Marriage

    10/17/2017 4:45:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 17, 2017 | Todd Starnes
    The Air Force has punished a highly-decorated and respected colonel after he refused to publicly affirm the same-sex spouse of a retiring subordinate. Col. Leland Bohannon, who was on the verge of being promoted to a one-star general, was suspended from command and orders were handed down recommending he not be promoted. “His career is likely over and he will likely have to retire as a colonel instead of as a general,” First Liberty Institute attorney Michael Berry told the Todd Starnes Show. First Liberty Institute, one of the nation’s most prominent religious liberty law firms, is representing the distinguished...
  • Shaw AFB airmen accused in satanic graffiti incident at SC church

    10/14/2017 1:50:14 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 44 replies
    TheState.com ^ | October 13, 2017 | CYNTHIA ROLDÁN
    Four Shaw Air Force Base airmen accused of spray-painting satanic graffiti on a rural South Carolina church have been identified. Kayla Eilerman, 18, of Ingleside, Texas; Clayre Savage, 18, of Port Barre, La.; Daveion Green, 19, of Leeland, N.C.; and Brandon Munoz, 20, of Baltimore are all charged with trespassing, malicious injury to a house of worship and criminal conspiracy. The four were arrested Thursday and charged with vandalizing historic Salem Black River Presbyterian Church, which dates back more than 250 years. Shaw Air Force Base confirmed Friday that the four accused are airmen.
  • Racist Slurs Written at USAFA Prep School

    09/29/2017 2:40:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 73 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 29, 2017 | Micah Rate
    Warning: Offensive LanguageAt a time when discussions of race and racism are constantly in and out of the news cycle, another incident, this time at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) Preparatory School, is furthering the discussion of the two in America.Racist slurs were found on five whiteboards outside the rooms of five black preparatory cadets. The slur, written in black dry-erase marker, said, "Go home n******."The individual or individuals who wrote the racist message have yet to be identified.Lieutenant General (Lt Gen) Jay Silveria took the time to address all the cadets at the United States Air Force...
  • Racial slurs written on dorm room boards of black Air Force Academy cadet candidates

    09/29/2017 1:24:55 PM PDT · by Innovative · 57 replies
    Air Force Times ^ | Sept. 28, 2017 | Stephen Losey
    Racial slurs were written on the dormitory message boards of five black cadet candidates at the Air Force Academy Preparatory School earlier this week. Lt. Col. Allen Herritage, director of public affairs for the academy, said the slurs were discovered Monday. One cadet candidate’s mother posted a photo on her Facebook page Wednesday that shows the words “go home n*****r” written on the white board outside her son’s room. “This is why I'm so hurt!” the mother said in her post, which was at first public but then taken offline Thursday. “These young people are supposed to bond and protect...
  • 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
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 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 BarbWire.com 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...