USAF Pilot's Career in Limbo After Speaking Out About F-22

Back in May of 2012, you may remember that "60 Minutes" had a report on oxygen problems with the USAF's newest fighter, the F-22 Raptor. That report featured two pilots, Maj. Jeremy Gordon and Capt. Joshua Wilson, both F-22 pilots in the Virginia Air National Guard's 149th Fighter Squadron sharing their personal experiences with oxygen deprivation in-flight. Read more »

Lawmakers Attempt to Block A-10 Cuts

It looks like the fight for the USAF A-10 aircraft is far from over. Congressional lawmakers allege that the Air Force is inflating the savings from eliminating the A-10 as well as breaking the law by prematurely cutting back A-10 flying hours in 2014. Air Force officials are frustrated by the lawmakers claims that the USAF is "walking away from close air support", said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh. Read more »

USAF Proposed Reduction of 500 Aircraft

If the Department of Defense's Fiscal 2015 budget request is approved by Congress, the Air Force will reduce its inventory of planes by almost 500.

These reductions would affect the active duty, Reserve, and National Guard fleets - completely eliminating the A-10 and U-2 airframes and greatly reducing the number of F-15s and MQ-1s. The reductions would mostly come from units stationed in the US - only 47 aircraft would be removed from overseas bases. Read more »

Air Force Schedules More Personnel Boards

The Air Force announced today that their will be another review board to trim the ranks of Airmen, in order to help handle the ever looming budget concerns throughout the military. Read more »

A-10 May Be Spared Chopping Block

Supporters of the A-10 Thunderbolt and the RQ-4 Global Hawk UAV have inserted language in the National Defense Appropriations Act (NDAA) to protect these aircraft through the end of the 2014 calendar year. Read more »

New Stealth UAS to Fill SR-71 Role

In an exclusive report by AviationWeek.com Northrup Grumman discusses their now-flying secret Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), which has been dubbed the RQ-180. Read more »

Air Force Academy Recruiting Students to Inform

Due to pressure to curb drug use, sexual assault, and other infractions, the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs has instituted a secretive program using cadets as informants against other cadets.

Despite the AFA pushing honesty and trust as core values in both the Academy and the Air Force in general, this program has caused informants to be expelled for doing what the Academy secretly asked them too. According to the article on Stripes.com: Read more »

Doolittle Raiders Give Final Toast


The silver goblets of the Doolittle Raiders - you can see all but four are inverted.

The 80 men of the legendary Doolittle Raid were honored this past Saturday with a toast by three of their four surviving comrades. Read more »

DoD Gives Outlook on Government Shutdown

With a government shutdown on October 1st a distinct possibility, the Department of Defense has released some more information on what might happen to military operations.

From the article on MilitaryTimes.com:

  • Although active duty soldiers will continue to go to work, about half of the Defense Department’s civilian workforce — about 400,000 people — will be placed on immediate furlough.

ACA Won't Change Tricare - What You Should Know

The Affordable Care Act, popularly known as "Obamacare", should have little to no impact on military members enrolled in Tricare, since Congress passed legislation that both excluded Tricare from the ACA's various requirements of insurance companies and considers Tricare as meeting the ACA's individual mandate.

This has led to a few disparities between the legally required coverage from private and state-run insurers and the benefits offered to Tricare members, however. The biggest differences are currently in the areas of mental health and weight management. Read more »

Air Force News Wire

An intersex Navy veteran can't get a passport. That could change.

On Tuesday, a federal-district court in Denver granted a motion to reopen Navy veteran Dana Zzyym's case against the State Department for denying their passport applications.
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Senate committee moves to speed up yearslong VA appeals process

The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee on Wednesday unanimously passed on voice vote a bill that aims to speed up the process of getting veterans their earned benefits – a task that now takes between three and six years on average if a veteran is forced to appeal a benefits claim that is denied.
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Blame game in Portugal over wildfire that killed 64 people

Portugal's prime minister lost his patience with journalists' questions Wednesday as accusations flew about who or which agency might be to blame for the deaths of 64 people in a raging forest fire.
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From destruction to cholera, Yemen war brings disasters

More than two years of civil war have led to continually compounding disasters in Yemen. Fighting rages on in a deadly stalemate. The economy has been bombed into ruins. Hunger is widespread, and a new misery has been added: the world's biggest current outbreak of cholera, with more than 200,000 cases.
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NATO set for defense spending increases as Trump seeks even more

NATO allies are expected to boost defense spending in 2017 by 4.3 percent, marking the third consecutive year expenditures will rise for an alliance under pressure from the Trump administration to invest even more in their militaries.
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Police detain 6 ISIS suspects in Spain, Britain and Germany

Police on Wednesday arrested six suspected members of the Islamic State group, four in Spain and one each in Britain and Germany, Spain's Interior Ministry said.
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