First Test of Unmanned F-16 a Success

The first test flight of a US Air Force unmanned F-16, known as the QF-16, was a great success, according to the USAF and Boeing personnel involved in the program.

The QF-16 will replace the aging QF-4 as a full-scale fighter primarily used as target practice and weapons testing. Having a more modern plane as a target drone will allow pilots to better prepare for the more maneuverable and capable aircraft they may see in the skies over hostile territory. Read more »

Air Force Considering Cutting Entire Fleets

With the huge budget cuts still in place and the Air Force's desire to maintain existing procurement projects (e.g. the F-35), the Air Force is considering cutting entire fleets of certain aircraft for the coming fiscal year. Read more »

Air Force Vet Takes Taco Truck to Italy

An Air Force veteran has set up an unlikely but profitable business in an unusual location. Here's some more information from the original story, by Stars and Stripes' Kent Harris:

Martin Lopez was familiar with the concept of getting restaurant-quality food from a vehicle while growing up in San Jose, Calif. They’re not hard to find on the West Coast, where many residents refer to the ubiquitous enterprises as taco trucks.
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Can I join the US Air Force?

If you are interested in joining the US Air Force, the following information will hopefully be helpful. But remember, sometimes the information will change with little or no warning, and so your best bet is to get in touch with an Air Force recruiter since their information is always up-to-date!

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Basic Training

Basic Training in the Air Force is similar to the other branches of service. The Air Force wants you to learn the "right way" to do things - their way. During basic you can expect a lot of exercise, learning, and stress, but you will also (hopefully) graduate with new found skills, discipline, and mental toughness. Read more »

Air Force News Wire

Raqqa residents trapped by militants ahead of assault

As U.S.-backed forces bear down on the de facto capital of the Islamic State group, the militants have taken their strategy of hiding behind civilians further than ever before, effectively using the entire population of Raqqa as human shields.
2 hours 25 min ago

Pentagon picks national security lawyer to run Guantanamo war court

Pentagon spokesman Air Force Maj. Ben Sakrisson said Monday that Rishikof “is currently going through the designation process, and that process may conclude in the coming weeks. At that time, he will begin working as the full-time Convening Authority.”
4 hours 26 min ago

Japan said to renew push for first offensive weapons since WWII

A policy research group in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party will propose that Japan arm itself with offensive weapons for the first time since World War II, according to a party member.
4 hours 28 min ago

Ex-military contractor executive sentenced in $825,000 embezzlement

Stuart Teshima, the former chief financial officer of Epsilon Systems Solutions, was also ordered to continue paying off restitution to the firm’s insurance company, which covered the losses. He still has about half, or $470,500, to go.
5 hours 53 min ago

Carl Clark, WWII hero recognized 6 decades later, dies

Carl Clark was recognized six decades after his bravery during World War II with a medal of honor that had been denied because he was black. He was serving as a Steward First Class aboard the USS Aaron Ward when Japanese kamikazes attacked the destroyer near Okinawa in May 1945.
6 hours 24 min ago

Navy’s civilian fleet offers former sailors second chance to serve

About 7,000 civilians work for Military Sealift Command, a fleet with a $3 billion annual budget and more daily missions than many of the world’s active-duty sea services.
7 hours 11 min ago