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  • FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: Vandenberg AFB, California ~ 20 March 2018

    03/19/2018 6:01:03 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 60 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | laurenmarlowe and the Canteen Crew
    ​     ~The FReeper Canteen Presents~ Road Trip: Vandenberg Air Force Base, CaliforniaVandenberg Air Force Base is a United States Air Force Base located 9.2 miles northwest of Lompoc, California. It is under the jurisdiction of the 30th Space Wing, Air Force Space Command (AFSPC). Vandenberg AFB is a Department of Defense space and missile testing base, with a mission of placing satellites into polar orbit from the West Coast using expendable boosters (Pegasus, Taurus, Minotaur, Atlas V, Delta IV and now SpaceX's Falcon). Wing personnel also support the Service's LGM-30G Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Force Development Evaluation...
  • U.S. Air Force Academy Symposium Presents Transgender Couple, Marxist, and Sex Guru As Models

    03/07/2018 2:15:40 PM PST · by detective · 90 replies
    The New American ^ | 06 March 2018 | William F. Jasper
    At a U.S. military academy conference on character and leadership, one might expect to hear from individuals imparting wisdom and inspiration from their heroic military actions in the face of battle or its aftermath: Medal of Honor recipients, POW survivors, amputees who continue to serve with dignity and valor. Nah, thats so old school. Heroism now, according to the canons of political correctness, is defined by Bruce Caitlyn Jenner, Ellen DeGeneres, and homosexual activist/figure skater Adam Rippon. They have the courage to be themselves and defiantly proclaim their valorous individuality. Despite the fact that the American people spoke in November...
  • Russian ASF General Explains How Pilots Chased Away US F-22 Raptor Without Triggering World War

    Last night the world was close to a military confrontation between two nuclear powers, Russia and the U.S. In an incredibly dangerous incident in the skies over Syria, an American F-22, which is called a stealth fighter, fired what we now know to be warning flares at our attack aircraft Su-25 at close range.
  • It's Back To The Future For U.S. F-15C Eagles And Conformal Fuel Tanks

    02/09/2018 8:09:30 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies
    The Drive ^ | FEBRUARY 5, 2018 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    Boeing posted an image today of a Louisiana Air National Guard F-15C wearing a pair of conformal fuel tanks (CFTs). The tanks are part of a new initiative to give the F-15C fleet more gas and weapons carrying capability in order to execute what the Air National Guard calls future "persistent air dominance missions." The 159th Fighter Wing "Bayou Militia" is the first unit to receive the tanks for testing and evaluation. Boeing's Randy Jackson stated the following in an email to the The War Zone: "The first flight with the tanks was achieved in just 10 months after the...
  • The flyover at Super Bowl 52 is going to be unique. Heres why.

    02/04/2018 8:17:27 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 96 replies ^ | Feb 4, 2018 | Ryan Van Bibber
    ... Besides this being the first time the Heritage Team has done this at the Super Bowl, theres an interesting mix of aircraft flying over U.S. Bank Stadium. There are four planes representing three generations of aircraft for the flyover: one F-16, two A-10s and a P-51 (more about the planes themselves below). Theyll be flying in a diamond formation with the P-51 out in front, the two A-10s even with each other on the side and the F-16 bringing up the rear. Its a really unique formation to take a look at, because you never really get to see...
  • Air Force general behind 5G memo leaves White House

    02/03/2018 6:31:42 AM PST · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 2/3/18 | Josh Roggin
    The author of a memo arguing for a government takeover of development of the nation's 5G mobile network has been removed from the National Security Council staff. The memo's unauthorized release this week caused uproar in the telecom community and created embarrassment for the White House A senior administration official confirmed that Air Force Brig. Gen. Robert Spalding is no longer serving as NSC senior director for strategic planning. Spalding was not fired, according to the official, who said his detail had ended and was not renewed. His last day as a White House staffer was Jan. 31. Spalding was...
  • Air Force One's $24M upgrade: New refrigerators

    01/27/2018 2:42:38 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 42 replies ^ | January 27, 2018 | Zachary Cohen and Ryan Browne
    Air Force One is primed to receive an upgrade that will include new refrigerators expected to cost American taxpayers nearly $24 million. The US Air Force awarded Boeing a $23.6 million contract in December to replace two of the five "cold chiller units" aboard the aircraft used by President Donald Trump.
  • USAF Begins Massive GPS Blackouts In The Western US During Largest Ever Air War Drill

    01/27/2018 8:13:32 AM PST · by MarchonDC09122009 · 35 replies
    Flying magazine ^ | 1/25/2018 Beginning tomorrow, January 26, and running through February 18, GPS-equipped aircraft operating in the Western United States should be prepared for possible satellite signal disruptions at various altitudes. The disruptions may lead to traffic delays and even ground stops. The NBAA Command Center reports the U.S. military will begin training exercises on the Nevada Test and Training Range between 0400Z until 0700Z daily. Training maneuvers will impact vast portions of the Western U.S. including California, Nevada, Oregon, Wyoming, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Montana and New Mexico. FAA enroute ATC centers affected include Albuquerque (ZAB), Denver (ZDV), Los Angeles (ZLA), Salt...
  • Is this USAFs 4,602mph HYPERSONIC warplane? Google Earth snaps mystery craft in Florida

    01/11/2018 8:42:10 AM PST · by Red Badger · 132 replies ^ | Published 11th January 2018 | By Simon Green
    A MYSTERIOUS aircraft snapped in a Florida airbase could be the US Air Forces top-secret hypersonic warplane, according to huge claims. Defence firm Lockheed Martin is understood to be working on a state-of-the-art spy plane for the US Air Force, which could reach over 4,600mph. Google Earth images have now surfaced of an object bearing a startling similarity to artists impressions of the plane. The silvery shape was spotted at the end of a runway in the swamplands of the Sunshine State, US. According to Tyler Glockner who uploaded the clip to his YouTube channel secureteam10 the area...
  • 2018 a Big Year of Transition for Military Space

    01/08/2018 7:11:04 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies ^ | 01/08/2018 | Sandra Erwin, Space News
    A laundry list of provisions in the National Defense Authorization Actwill reshape the military space chain of command and oversight of programs. Pentagon and Air Force officials are still grappling with the full extent of the reforms, the most significant of which is the removal of the role of principal Defense Department space adviser from the secretary of the Air Force. "A lot of people focused on the fact that Mike Rogers' idea for a space corps didn't happen, and they missed that a lot of reform did go into this bill," Rep. Adam Smith, the ranking Democrat on the...
  • Longest-Serving Rosie Gets Her First Flight in a C-17 She Helped Make

    01/04/2018 12:02:21 PM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 22 replies
    Air Force Magazine ^ | 12/18/2017 | Brian Everstine
    After 68 years in the aerospace industry, and having a hand in producing every single C-17 in the Air Forces inventory, an original Rosie the Riveter got her first flight in one on Monday. Elinor Otto, 98, took to the skies in a C-17 she riveted at March ARB, Calif., in a ceremonial flight flown by Air Mobility Command head Gen. Carlton Everhart. You are a true inspiration, Everhart said. In the day and age where quicker, faster, more is the goal, and job hopping is the norm, its inspiring to hear a story about hard work and dedication that...
  • RAF Mildenhall: Shots fired in security incident alert at US base

    12/18/2017 8:00:56 AM PST · by Nextrush · 18 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/18/2017 | BBC
    A man has been arrested after apparently trying to drive through a base used by the US Air Force in Suffolk. Shots were fired by US personnel before the man was detained at RAF Mildenhall. He suffered cuts and bruises and is now in custody of Suffolk Police. The base was temporarily put into lockdown as police responded to reports of what they called a "significant incident." The incident is not thought to be terror related.
  • Breaking: U.K. based used by U.S. Air Force on lockdown after significant incident

    12/18/2017 7:20:30 AM PST · by GonzoII · 47 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Dec 18, 2017 | Sally Persons
    A man has been arrested and the National Police Air Service helicopter was dispatched to the base. The incident reportedly started at the bases main gate. Police describe the event as a significant incident.
  • Thunderbirds Commander Fired for 'Loss of Confidence'

    11/30/2017 11:40:47 AM PST · by JP1201 · 33 replies
    The commander of the Air Force Thunderbirds has been relieved of command due to loss of confidence in his leadership, the service announced. With the season complete, Brig. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, 57th Wing commander, relieved Lt. Col. Jason Heard of overseeing the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, Air Combat Command said in a release.
  • US Army 'Space Week' to Shine Light on Why Soldiers Care About Satellites

    11/27/2017 10:11:49 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies ^ | November 27, 2017 06:01pm ET | Sandra Erwin, Space News |
    Army leaders decided this was a good time to highlight space because activities are growing and the Army wants to attract more officers to the space career field known as Functional Area 40, or FA40. Over the past year, Army space forces supported more than 16 exercises for every geographic combatant command except U.S. Africa Command. Soldiers are picked for the FA40 career field after a competitive selection process through the "voluntary transfer incentive program," which can occur at the four-year mark of a soldier's career. Besides their technical abilities, soldiers applying for the FA40 are evaluated based on their...
  • McPeak speaks: Maverick Air Force chief completes trilogy of memoirs

    11/24/2017 10:12:58 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 18 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 22 Nov 1017 | Carl PrineCarl PrineContact Reporter
    By his own admission, Merrill Tony McPeak was the farthest thing from a faceless bureaucrat. The 14th chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, Gen. McPeak retired 23 years ago, capping a military career that began in 1957 after he graduated from San Diego State University. Recalled today as a gruff gadfly who tried to reshape the Air Force in the wake of the Soviet Unions collapse, he recently returned to San Diego on a barnstorming book tour for Roles and Missions, the final memoir in a trilogy that began with Hangar Flying and Below the Zone. While those...
  • Tell Air Force Secretary to end religious discrimination

    11/21/2017 10:14:33 AM PST · by Maudeen · 7 replies
    AFA ^ | 11/21/2017 | AFA
    Dear Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson: I urge you to restore and protect Colonel Leland Bohannons Constitutional right to freely exercise his religious beliefs by reversing the complaint against him and by removing any unfavorable remarks from his record related to this complaint.U.S. Air Force Col. Leland Bohannon was asked in May 2017 to sign a certificate of spouse appreciation for a retiring master sergeant in a same-sex marriage. As a devout Christian, Bohannon refused to sign the document stating it would violate his religious belief of marriage being between one man and one woman. As a result, the Air...
  • Senators: Why is Air Force punishing colonel over his religious views on marriage?

    11/20/2017 6:09:27 PM PST · by MarvinStinson · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 16, 2017 | Todd Starnes
    A group of prominent U.S. senators is coming to the defense of a highly decorated Air Force colonel who could be booted out of the military over his religious views on same-sex marriage. Col. Leland Bohannon, an experienced combat pilot, was suspended from command and orders were handed down recommending he not be promoted after he refused to publicly affirm the same-sex spouse of a retiring subordinate. Bohannon, who was on the verge of being promoted to a one-star general, was punished after the subordinate filed a formal Equal Opportunity complaint which was later substantiated by investigators. His career is...
  • Air Force could face record lawsuits over mass shooting

    11/18/2017 10:31:51 AM PST · by PROCON · 29 replies ^ | 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 its 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 theres a case that can be made, you bet. If lawsuits against the Air Force were successful, said Don Christensen, the services former top prosecutor, the damages could be huge. What is being shot while youre in church, watching your baby...
  • Air Force Accepts Award For Combating Racist Incident That Was Totally Made Up

    11/15/2017 3:28:37 PM PST · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11.15.17 | Jonah Bennett
    The Air Force dutifully accepted an award from the Anti-Defamation League on Monday for combating intolerance, but buried the fact that the recent hysteria over racist writings at its Academy Preparatory School turned out to be a total hoax.The ceremony took place in San Francisco at the ADLs Never is Now Summit on Monday, during which timeScott Levin, director of the ADLs Mountain States Region, heaped praise on the Academy for swiftly, clearly and forcefully accessing the racial slurs at the Air Force Academy Preparatory School.Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria then accepted the award, according to the Air Forces...