Pentagon Advises Employees to Remain Vigilant

The Pentagon's internal security agency, the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, sent out an internal memo to its personnel last week that they could potentially be targets for ISIL or other terrorist groups, and to take appropriate precautions. Read more »

Army, Air Force, and Navy Revise Hairstyle Regulations

The Army, Air Force, and Navy have all reviewed the newly-implemented hairstyle policies and have agreed to modify both the allowed hairstyles and some of the language used in the regulations themselves. Read more »

68 USAF Bases Ranked By AirForceTimes.com

AirForceTimes.com has tried to quantify what airmen often discuss among themselves - which Air Force bases are best, and which ones you want to stay away from.

Using data from 68 US bases and the surrounding areas, this study looks at things like:

  • local school systems
  • cost of living
  • cost of housing
  • size of commissary/base exchange
  • local unemployment/crime rates
  • local climate
  • local sales tax
  • health care on base

USAF Moves on Long Range Bomber Proposal

The USAF has released its request for proposal to industry for its Long-Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B) this week, with proposals due by the fall of this year and evaluations completed in early 2015.

Although the details of the request for proposal are unknown, some of the requirements of the new bomber are thought to be a large payload capacity, the ability to be optionally-manned, be based on mature technologies that will also be easily upgraded and expanded, and will come into service sometime in the mid-2020s. Read more »

34 USAF Nuke Officers Implicated in Cheating UPDATE: USAF Releases Disciplinary Actions

Thirty-four nuclear missile officers with the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana have been implicated in the largest single cheating scandal in the USAF's nuclear force. Read more »

Air Force Raises Enlistment Age

The US Air Force has upped the maximum age for enlistment - a surprise to many, in this time of shrinking budgets and forces.

The new maximum age for new enlistees into the USAF is now 39, which applies to all USAF enlisted - not just those signing up for certain jobs. The maximum enlistment age under federal law is 42, but every service sets their own specific age limit. The US Army's max age is 35, the US Navy's is 34, and the Marines are now the lowest at 28. Read more »

US House Saves A-10, Other Airframes

The US House of Representatives has voted to block the Pentagon's proposal to retire the A-10 Thunderbolt attack aircraft next year.

The 300-114 vote shows a clear majority supported the amendment to save the A-10 from the chopping block. The sponsor of the amendment, Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI), said that "The Air Force wants to save money, but they don’t have an adequate follow-on at this time, and, with what’s happening in Iraq and the Middle East, eliminating the A-10 is the absolute wrong move". Read more »

Army Lt. Col. Supports Grounding the A-10

An opinion piece by Army Lt. Col. Paul Darling titled "The A-10 needs to go" has been published over at AirForceTimes.com.

Lt. Col. Darling, an infantry officer in the Alaska National Guard, lists three "myths" that are perpetuated about and around the A-10 and Close Air Support (CAS) in general.

The three ideas that Darling tries to disprove are:

Low Level Flight Not Just for Fighter Jocks!

If you think the low-level scenic flights through valleys and other scenic landscapes is just for fighter jocks, this video taken from a C-130H from the 36th Airlift Squadron may just change your mind!

A-10 Supporters Amend 2014 NDAA

Earlier this month the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) approved a bipartisan amendment to the Nation Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that both continues funding for the A-10 Thunderbolt through the end of fiscal year 2015, and calls for a study to determine the effectiveness and cost of other aircraft performing the close-air-support (CAS) mission. Read more »

Air Force News Wire

Votel: 1st deployment of new US forces will arrive in Afghanistan 'pretty quickly'

Gen. Joseph Votel, the top U.S. commander for the Middle East, says the first deployments of new U.S. forces will arrive in Afghanistan "pretty quickly." He estimates it could take days or a few weeks.
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Suspect says imam planned to blow himself up in Barcelona

An extremist cell in northeastern Spain was preparing bombs for an imam who planned to blow himself up at a Barcelona monument, a key suspect in the attacks that killed 15 people in northeastern Spain told a judge Tuesday, according to a judicial official.
16 hours 50 min ago

On base activities

A calendar of events on U.S. facilities in the Pacific.
17 hours 26 min ago

Off base events

A calendar of nearby events of interest to people living on U.S. facilities in the Pacific.
17 hours 38 min ago

After Navy’s 2nd deadly collision, a call for a congressional probe

As the Navy works to recover sailors’ bodies from flooded portions of the damaged USS John McCain in Singapore, a San Diego congressman is calling for a congressional investigation of the Navy’s string of deadly ship mishaps in the Pacific.
17 hours 53 min ago

Ex-cashier pleads guilty to theft from Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan

Federal prosecutors say a woman has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $100,000 from a U.S. Naval base in Japan.
17 hours 59 min ago