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  • 'It looked highly suspicious': Female US Air Force Captain who quit special forces training three times but was controversially reinstated admitted in memo that it appeared unfair - but said instructors were out to get her

    01/14/2022 9:09:34 AM PST · by knighthawk · 43 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 14 2022 | MELISSA KOENIG and JAMES GORDON
    A female United States Air Force captain who quit special forces training three times but was reinstated admitted in an April memo that her treatment appeared unfair. The female captain, who has been named in an anonymous letter posted online as Captain Morgan Mosby, had passed the physical fitness test needed to graduate from the special warfare assessment and selection course in January 2021. But when she left for Combat Control School in North Carolina - the most challenging part of a years-long training that entails air traffic control, parachute and dive training - the captain reportedly learned that the...
  • Air Force technician came face-to-face with 6ft 'shadow person' while guarding nukes

    01/13/2022 6:58:11 AM PST · by devane617 · 58 replies
    dailystar ^ | 01/13/2022
    Former USAF nuclear weapons technician Adrian Reister describes glowing 'orbs' hovering around the high-security Missouri base – and coming face-to-face with a 'shadow person' Michael Moran Click for Sound UFOs ‘reminding’ humanity to eliminate nukes says Bob Salas A decorated US Air Force airman is the latest in a long line of military personnel to report strange unidentified flying objects apparently taking an interest in nuclear weapons facilities. Former USAF nuclear weapons technician Adrian Reister was stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, between 2003 and 2007, and had extensive knowledge of the aircraft that operated from the base –...
  • USAF Aircraft Availability on Long Downward Trend, CBO Says

    01/11/2022 9:51:42 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 22 replies
    Air Force Magazine ^ | 10 Jan 2022 | John A. Tirpak
    The Air Force and Navy are both seeing a long-term, downward trend in aircraft availability and flying hours per aircraft, which is actually worse than the Pentagon reports because of the way the Defense Department counts aircraft as ready for duty, according to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office. While USAF availability recovered a little during the COVID-19 pandemic, flying hours continued to fall, the CBO said. The Pentagon’s stated aircraft availability is higher than the CBO’s because the Defense Department counts some aircraft as ready for action even if they are torn down for maintenance at their...
  • Whatever Happened to Alleged Capitol Rioter John Sullivan?

    01/06/2022 5:15:56 PM PST · by Rummyfan · 61 replies
    Red State ^ | 6 Jan 2022 | Nick Arama
    I wrote yesterday about Attorney General Merrick Garland’s claim that there is “one rule” of law that should apply to everyone. That’s what should be the case, under our Constitution. Except that hasn’t been the case, as I noted, using as an example the glaring difference between the way that the DOJ has handled Jan. 6 versus the way it has approached the BLM/Antifa riots. I noted several aspects of the differences yesterday. There are continuing questions regarding the treatment of John Sullivan. You may recall that John Sullivan was one of the people who went into the Capitol and...
  • How COVID-19 upended Blinken’s diplomatic mission

    12/19/2021 2:36:10 AM PST · by blueplum · 1 replies
    AP ^ | 18 December 2021 | MATTHEW LEE
    HONOLULU, Hawaii (AP) — U.S. Air Force Special Air Mission 50601 departed from Joint Base Andrews on the night of Dec. 9 with an ambitious journey ahead — an eight-day, around-the-world trip with America’s top diplomat, Secretary of State Antony Blinken. But the diplomatic mission to Britain, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand would soon be upended by the global surge in coronavirus cases. At least three members of the traveling party tested positive for COVID-19 and forced the abrupt cancellation of the last stop and a frantic re-calculation of the remaining itinerary. The Air Force confirmed on Saturday that at least...
  • BREAKING: Ashli Babbitt Shooting Documents UNCOVERED [Weekly Update]

    10/15/2021 5:25:32 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 51 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | October 15, 2021 | Tom Fitton
    BREAKING: New Questions about U.S. Capitol Police Shooting of Unarmed Ashli Babbitt DHS Ends Worksite Enforcement to Protect ‘Noncitizen Victims’ from Deportation Targeting Trump: Durham Uncovers New Clinton, FBI Connections in Russia Probe BREAKING: New Questions about U.S. Capitol Police Shooting of Unarmed Ashli Babbitt Previously secret records we have obtained show there was no good reason to shoot and kill Ashli Babbitt in the U.S. Capitol on January 6. The Biden-Garland Justice Department and the Pelosi Congress have much to answer for over the mishandling and cover-up of this scandalous killing of an American citizen by the U.S....
  • This A-10 pilot repeatedly drew fire away from rescue helicopters during an intense firefight 10 years ago. He finally received an award for it.

    11/16/2021 9:49:10 PM PST · by blueplum · 12 replies
    Business Insider via msn ^ | 16 November 2021 | Ryan Pickrell
    ...Lt. Col. Mike "Vago" Hilkert, a pilot with the 303rd Fighter Squadron, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross last month for heroism during what has been described as "one of the most intense combat rescue missions of the Afghanistan war." During that six-hour fight on April 23, 2011, Hilkert not only coordinated the warfighting efforts of 21 aircraft over dozens of frequencies, but he also intentionally put himself and his plane in harm's way repeatedly to draw enemy fire away from rescue helicopters. The Air Force said Hilkert also helped save the lives of more than 30 people....
  • US Air Force B-52 sustains 'significant' damage after bomber's right wing strikes fence while being towed at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana

    11/12/2021 11:39:33 PM PST · by blueplum · 25 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 12 November 2021 | JAMES GORDON FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
    One of the U.S. Air Force's Boeing B-52 bombers has been damaged after its wing clipped a fence while it was being moved around on an airbase in Louisiana. The bomber, also known as the Stratofortress, was being positioned in order to be put on display when the driver of a tow misjudged the distance between the plane's right wing and a metal perimeter fence. The fence appeared to have penetrated through the skin of the aircraft and punctured the right wing leaving a significant amount of structural damage and its starboard fuel tank ... [photos at link]
  • Troops who ignore Vaccine mandate won’t get Veterans Benefits…

    11/04/2021 11:26:30 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 153 replies ^ | Posted by Kane on November 4, 2021 2:05 pm
    Two months after the Pentagon began requiring all troops to get the coronavirus vaccine or face dismissal, the vast majority have now had shots, in part because none received a religious exemption, military officials said. — NYT Politics (@nytpolitics) November 4, 2021 Troops who refuse the coronavirus vaccine won’t see any extra protections or leniency in how their dismissals are handled, Defense and Veterans Affairs officials confirmed Wednesday. Instead, decisions on whether to give those individuals other-than-honorable discharges — potentially blocking them from a host of veterans benefits — will be left to local commanders, and their cases won’t...
  • The United States’ 6th-Generation Fighter is Here

    11/02/2021 6:13:39 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 29 replies ^ | November 1, 2021 | by Caleb Larson
    The United States Navy just dropped a big hint about its newest F/A-XX sixth-generation fighter in a recently-released U.S. Navy document. U.S. Navy document, titled Navy Aviation Vision 2030-2035, sheds some light on the Navy’s newest fighter, the 6th-generation Boeing F/A-XX. Although there is only a single, small, grainy image of the F/A-XX in the document, we can nevertheless glean a few details about the airframe. The design is unlike any previous U.S. Navy aircraft design. The fighter features canards just to the rear of the cockpit and a novel hybrid delta-lambda wing shape. In contrast to previous F/A-XX concept...
  • Wave Of Dismissals Next? Thousands Of USAF Troops Reject Biden’s Vaccine Mandate

    10/31/2021 10:02:56 AM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 20 replies ^ | 10/29/21 | By Marvie Basilan
    Thousands of U.S. Air Force employees have refused to comply with a federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate for U.S. troops, raising concerns about the employee shortage that could result from the wave of refusals. Data from the Air Force revealed that about 96.4% of active members of the force have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, but officials warned that airmen who refuse to get fully vaccinated could face possible charges under the military justice system or they could face dismissal from service, the Washington Post reported. So far, up to 12,000 airmen have refused full vaccination. There...
  • "I'll Do It Myself": The Greatest Feat of Piloting in Space

    10/25/2021 11:02:14 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 31 replies
    YouTube ^ | March 16, 2021 | Simon Whistler -- Highlight History
    On April 9, 1959, the newly-formed National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA, introduced the world to a new breed of heroes: the Mercury Seven, America’s first astronauts. Se-lected from a pool of over 500 military test pilots, these men represented the best the nation had to offer, and its best hope in the intensifying Space Race against the Soviets. Almost immediately, the Mercury Seven became national heroes: on May 5, 1961, Alan Shepard would became the first American in space, while on February 20, 1962, John Glenn would become the first American to orbit the earth, a feat which...
  • CENTCOM disputes Air Force account of attempted hijacking at Kabul airport during Afghanistan evacuation

    10/15/2021 3:26:42 AM PDT · by blueplum · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | 14 October 2021 | Oren Liebermann
    Washington (CNN)US Central Command, which oversaw the US evacuation from Afghanistan, disputed an Air Force account of an attempted hijacking of a commercial flight from Kabul international airport during the final weeks of the evacuation from the country. In a statement to CNN on Thursday afternoon, a spokeswoman for Central Command said they are "unaware" of an attempted hijacking.... ...The Air Force account which detailed an attempted hijacking of a commercial airliner was published Tuesday on the Air Force's website and was written by Lt. Col. Kristen Duncan, a public affairs officer for the 23rd Wing... .In describing the frenetic...
  • Pentagon’s first software chief quit because China has already won global tech war

    10/11/2021 8:00:09 AM PDT · by Conservat1 · 35 replies
    Nypost ^ | Oct 11, 2021 | Lee Brown
    Air Force chief software officer Nicolas Chaillan wrote a scathing letter on LinkedIn saying that the reason he resigned was due to the fact that China had already won the tech war while the US was faced with bureaucracy.USAF The Pentagon’s former software chief said he quit because China has already won the tech war guaranteeing global dominance — with some US government systems mere “kindergarten level” in comparison. Nicolas Chaillan, 37, told the Financial Times on Sunday that there is “good reason to be angry” at the US failing to rise to China’s cyber threat, even fearing that it...
  • 'Let us meet in the sky': China boasts US Air Force should fear new arsenal

    09/30/2021 9:24:54 PM PDT · by blueplum · 4 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 29 September 2021 | Joel Gehrke, Foreign Affairs Reporter |
    America should fear China's growing military might, a senior Chinese air force official boasted, ominously inviting his U.S. counterparts to a meeting "in the sky." The grim warning from People’s Liberation Army Deputy Air Force Commander Wang Wei was in apparent response to U.S. Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall’s pledge last month to develop weapons that “scare China.” Wang said China, which is becoming increasingly belligerent in the Indo-Pacific region, is rolling out fearsome weapons of its own... ...“Often, you’re going to get quicker with bilateral, trilateral relationships than you are necessarily trying to maneuver very large alliances into place,”...
  • Keep the Air Force Flying, Fighting, and Winning with Less Expensive, Safer Tankers

    09/14/2021 8:01:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | September 14, 2021 | Jared Whitley
    While left wing staffers in the Biden Administration’s State Department are “concerned” that the death cult Taliban has an all-male government, moderate Democrats are (finally) beginning to push back on the insanity of the so-called progressive left. Indeed, when these same woke Administration staff requested, as part of the defense budget a weak, flaccid military spending line item, moderate Congressional Democrats pushed to expand that budget by $24 billion more. But budget realities still need to be observed, and while we need to keep the military strong, we need to find efficiencies while doing so. The Air Force has the...
  • US Air Force F-15 shoots down Iranian drone over Syria that posed a threat to 900 US troops stationed there

    08/23/2021 2:51:01 AM PDT · by blueplum · 16 replies
    The Daily Mail UK ^ | 23 Aug 2021 | Adam Manno
    A US Air Force F-15 fighter jet shot down a drone said to have come from Iran after it was deemed a threat to troops stationed in eastern Syria Saturday. 'Coalition aircraft successfully engaged and defeated a UAS through air to air engagement in the vicinity of Mission Support Site Green Village,' US Army Colonel Wayne Marotto, who heads the US-led coalition against ISIS, told Reuters, using an acronym for an unmanned aircraft system. Fox News reporter Lucas Tomlinson said an F-15E shot the 'Iranian' drone, which flew 'too close' to the 900 US troops in the area,,,,
  • Taliban captures its SIXTH city in less than a week as military pilots quit after being targeted for assassination, leaving Afghan troops without vital air support

    08/10/2021 3:40:26 AM PDT · by blueplum · 12 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 10 Aug 2021 | CHRIS PLEASANCE FOR MAILONLINE
    Aibak, capital of Afghanistan's Samangan province, has fallen to the Taliban Regional governor said Islamists are now in 'full control' of the northern city It marks the sixth regional capital that the Taliban has captured in less than a week, after Kunduz, Sar-e-Pul, Taloqan, Zaranj and Sheberghan also fell Meanwhile it was revealed that pilots are abandoning the Afghan air force after being targeted for assassination, leaving troops without air support ...Eight pilots have been killed in recent weeks, with Hamidullah Azimi - a Black Hawk pilot - the latest to die after being blown up near the capital Kabul...
  • Judge Says The Air Force Is Mostly Responsible For A 2017 Texas Church Shooting

    07/07/2021 1:11:47 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    NPR ^ | July 7, 20212:04 PM ET
    U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez in San Antonio wrote in a ruling signed Wednesday that the Air Force was "60% responsible" for the massacre at First Baptist Church in the small town of Sutherland Springs, where Devin Kelley opened fire during a Sunday service. Authorities put the official death toll at 26 because one of the 25 people killed was pregnant. Kelley had served nearly five years in the Air Force before being discharged in 2014 for bad conduct, after he was convicted of assaulting a former wife and stepson, cracking the child's skull. The Air Force has publicly acknowledged...
  • Judge: Air Force mostly at fault in 2017 Texas church attack

    07/07/2021 10:38:23 AM PDT · by devane617 · 56 replies
    mypanhandle ^ | 07/07/2021 | PAUL J. WEBER
    A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Air Force is mostly responsible for a former serviceman killing more than two dozen people at a Texas church in 2017 because it failed to submit his criminal history into a database, which should have prevented him from purchasing firearms. U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez in San Antonio wrote in a ruling signed Wednesday that the Air Force was “60% responsible” for the deaths and injuries at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs. The attack remains the worst mass shooting in Texas history. Devin Kelley had served nearly five years in the...