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 »

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

Japan unveils first stealth fighter; maiden flight planned next month

Japan’s first domestically produced stealth fighter will make its maiden flight next month, according to Ministry of Defense officials who say it’s more nimble than the latest U.S. model.
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Panel advocates return of an armored brigade to Europe

Just four years after the Defense Department decided to inactivate two of Europe’s four brigades, a review panel has recommended that the Army return an armored brigade to Europe along with a war-fighting aviation headquarters to counter a more aggressive Russia.
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Tokyo subways to start phasing in free Wi-Fi

Some subway riders in Tokyo will soon be able to access the Internet without using an expensive data plan.
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Navy commander pleads guilty in 'Fat Leonard' case

A Navy commander who has been one of the last holdouts fighting bribery charges in the “Fat” Leonard scandal pleaded guilty Thursday.
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Wyoming man who sought military pension gets 15 years

A federal judge on Thursday imposed a 15-year prison sentence on a Wyoming man who had sought unsuccessfully to have his sentencing on child sex-crime convictions delayed so he could qualify for a military pension.
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A celebrity favorite, tiny Tokyo bar offers stiff drinks, tasty bites

Stroll through the narrow, dimly-lit alleyways of Tokyo’s Golden Gai, and you might feel as though you’ve stepped back in time.
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