USAF Structure Report Issued - Changes Coming!

The Air Force has finished their congressionally-mandated report on the integration and force structure between the 3 USAF components (active duty, National Guard, and Reserve), and has agreed or begun to implement many of the recommendations. Read more »

USAF Requests B-2 Upgrades

Although the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber is one of the newest aircraft in the US Air Force's arsenal, its maintenance and operational needs have caused the USAF to request authorization for several different modernization projects in the coming fiscal year. Read more »

USAF Under Fire for Perceived Campaign Against the A-10

An Air Force General who suggested that any airmen talking to Congress about the A-10's capabilities would be committing treason has come under fire for his comments. Read more »

Military Pay Raises Not Keeping Pace with Private Sector

Although the 2016 Defense budget calls for a 1.3 percent raise in basic pay for soldiers and their families, the paychecks for military members are still getting smaller according to Col. Mike Hayden (USAF, ret.), the director of government relations for the Military Officers Association of America. Read more »

F-16 Dodging 6 SAMs in Desert Storm!

This 1991 video of an F-16 dodging 6 SAMs during Operation Desert Storm is about as intense as it gets!

The SAMs start at about 3 minutes in.

A Look at the F-35's CAS Tactics

The F-35 is causing controversy just about everywhere that it's mentioned. Politicians, civilians, soldiers, pilots, maintainers - it seems that everyone has an opinion on this aircraft, and it's often not a positive one. Read more »

Congress Insists on Joint Camo Pattern

It looks like uniforms are back on Congress' budget-cutting radar - language in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 2015 looks to get rid of service-specific camo patterns, according to an article over at Military.com. Read more »

Book Review: The Ultimate Air Force Basic Training Guidebook

One of the scariest things about leaving for basic military training is venturing into the unknown - and anything that can give you a heads-up about what's to come can help you get in the right mindset to get the most out of basic training. Written by Senior Airman Nicholas Van Wormer - who graduated from Air Force Basic Military Training in 2007 - The Ultimate Air Force Basic Training Guidebook is designed to help answer many of the most common questions asked by those who are thinking about enlisting or getting ready to ship out! Read more »

A-10 "Safe" for Another Year

It looks like the A-10 is safe from Air Force budget cuts for a bit longer, as lawmakers announced that portions of the recently-passed 2015 National Defense Authorization Act prohibits the Air Force from retiring (or preparing to retire) any of the Warthog fleet for the 2015 fiscal year. Read more »

See the Thunderbirds Show From the Cockpit!

Not many people have been able to see what the USAF Thunderbirds' show looks like from the cockpit of the #5 Lead Solo jet, but now you can!

The video, filmed by several GoPro cameras installed in Maj. Blaine Jones' cockpit, captures rarely-seen views of several famous Thunderbird manuevers - the Calypso pass, the crossover break, and showing the incredible performance of their F-16s. Read more »

Air Force News Wire

Sandy Hook's legacy: More security in elementary schools

In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting five years ago, districts have moved to bolster security, especially at elementary schools, which traditionally have not had police assigned to them like many high schools and middle schools.
22 hours 15 min ago

US-led coalition congratulates Iraq on defeating Islamic State

World leaders congratulated Iraq Sunday following the prime minister's declaration of victory over the Islamic State group. Saudi Arabia says the achievement is a big victory against terrorism in the region and the United Kingdom applauded Iraq's security forces "for their courage and sacrifice."
22 hours 46 min ago

UN calls for urgent evacuation of 137 sick Syrian children

The United Nations children's agency said Sunday 137 children stranded in a rebel-held suburb near the Syrian capital require immediate evacuation amid a crippling siege in which five have reportedly died from a lack of medical care.
23 hours 15 min ago

Peace laureate urges world to 'see the light' and ban nukes

Setsuko Thurlow, who was 13 when the 1945 bombing devastated her Japanese city, spoke Sunday at the formal Nobel Peace prize presentation in Oslo, Norway.
1 day 25 min ago

Kuwait names ruler's son as defense minister in shakeup

Nasser Sabah Al Sabah, in his 50s, will serve as defense minister and as deputy prime minister. He takes over the ministry from Mohammad Khaled Al Sabah.
1 day 1 hour ago

Israel says it destroys Hamas tunnel using new techniques

Israel has made neutralizing the tunnel threat a top priority since a 2014 war, when Hamas militants on several occasions made their way into Israel.
1 day 2 hours ago