Air Force News

WWII prisoner donates 48-star flag, with 'incredible' story behind it, to NC museum

Stars & Stripes - 39 min 35 sec ago
The flag – presented to the family by Maj. Gen. Leonard Wood – has survived fire, war and time itself. And now, it will be forever preserved. "It's not just a U.S. flag...," said Jim Bartlinski, director of the museum. "The story behind it is incredible."

Japanese-American veteran proudly served in US Army during WWII

Stars & Stripes - 1 hour 4 min ago
Although there was an internment camp in Colorado Henry Sakaguchi and his family were able to stay on their farm. Then, in 1943, at the age of 22 and despite the nation's mistrust of Japanese-Americans, Sakaguchi joined the U.S. Army. "I felt patriotism and also I wanted to prove my loyalty to America because America didn't believe that we were loyal citizens," he said.

EU and Russia vie for influence in volatile Balkans region

Stars & Stripes - 1 hour 58 min ago
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is embarking on a Balkans tour Sunday to promote the EU's new eastward expansion strategy. Russia wants to discourage the Western Balkan countries from joining NATO and the EU.

Vets clean up Army base in Germany

Stars & Stripes - 4 hours 10 min ago
Veterans, soldiers and families braved the cold weather to better their community when VFW Post 10692 organized a group cleanup effort on base Saturday.

Midshipmen hit the boxing ring for annual US Naval Academy fight night

Stars & Stripes - 4 hours 56 min ago
Boxers talk about fighting against fellow midshipmen during the U.S. Naval Academy Brigade Boxing Championships.

Airstrikes on suburbs of Syrian capital claim more lives

Stars & Stripes - 5 hours 22 min ago
Syrian opposition activists are reporting a new wave of airstrikes and shelling on eastern suburbs of the capital Damascus, leaving three people dead and more than a dozen wounded.

Kentucky Air National Guard members deploy to Persian Gulf

Stars & Stripes - 5 hours 49 min ago
Officials say 30 members of the Kentucky Air National Guard are deploying to the Persian Gulf to help fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

American men win Olympic curling gold, beat Sweden 10-7

Stars & Stripes - 6 hours 36 min ago
The American men have won the Olympic gold medal in curling in a decisive upset of Sweden.

What we know about shadowy Russian mercenary firm behind attack on US troops in Syria

Stars & Stripes - 7 hours 14 min ago
U.S. intelligence reports suggest that Yevgeniy Prigozhin, who is known as “Putin’s chef” and is linked to the firm, was in touch with the Kremlin and Syrian officials shortly before and after the attack. The situation raises big questions about the firm’s role in the Syrian war.

Power back on at Yongsan after 3-hour outage, spokesman says

Stars & Stripes - 8 hours 2 min ago
Yongsan Garrison’s south post suffered a power outage that lasted about three hours on Saturday after power lines were damaged while workers were trimming trees, a spokesman said.

Fiji pride: Where paradise is more than sand and sea

Stars & Stripes - 8 hours 7 min ago
If Fiji was nothing more than sand and sea, palm fronds and flowers, it wouldn’t matter which South Pacific beach resort you visited. Every vacation would be just another ho-hum adventure. But after 15 years and as many visits to this 333-island nation, I’ve got a pretty good idea why each destination promises a unique experience. What’s the secret? It’s the Fijians themselves, proud to be Fijian and proud to show you their country.

Several bombs set off around troubled Myanmar state, 1 hurt

Stars & Stripes - 10 hours 21 min ago
In all, three bombs exploded and three unexploded devices were seized in Sittwe, the state capital. One of the explosions was in front of a high-ranking government official's residence, state police officer Aung Myat Moe said.

Veteran facing deportation moved into solitary confinement amid ongoing hunger strike

Stars & Stripes - 10 hours 24 min ago
Miguel Perez Jr., 39, served two tours in Afghanistan but was later convicted of felony drug charges and has been ordered deported to his native Mexico.

Officials say suicide bomber kills 2 in Afghan capital

Stars & Stripes - 10 hours 27 min ago
A suicide bomber killed at least two and wounded seven in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group in the diplomatic area of Afghanistan's capital on Saturday, and at least 18 soldiers died in an attack on a checkpoint by Taliban insurgents in the country's west, authorities said.

Veterans groups to receive money stolen by woman from deceased father

Stars & Stripes - 10 hours 31 min ago
Tina Cummings has been sentenced to probation and community service for stealing thousands of dollars in veterans benefits from her dead father’s account as his body lay decomposing in his home.

Fort Drum's commander gives pep talk to soldiers as they launch Iraq deployment

Stars & Stripes - 10 hours 32 min ago
The division held a casing ceremony Friday morning to formally launch the headquarters’ new mission. About 500 soldiers will soon head to Iraq to help security forces build upon victories against ISIS, also known as the Islamic State or Daesh.

'Let them know they have family.' Homeless vets laid to rest at Fort Jackson

Stars & Stripes - 10 hours 41 min ago
Mourners gathered at Fort Jackson National Cemetery to honor Airman 1st Class Raymond Gerard, Army Pvt. Glenn Duncan Jr. and Airman Dennis Reidy. All three men were homeless veterans.

Governors push bipartisan national health care compromise

Stars & Stripes - 10 hours 49 min ago
Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich, in presenting the group's blueprint for policy changes at the National Press Club, lamented that one of the country's largest challenges seems to have been set aside by policymakers.

Sigonella defends title by downing Ansbach

Stars & Stripes - 11 hours 21 min ago
The Sigonella Jaguars won their second consecutive DODEA-Europe Division III girls basketball championship Saturday at Clay Kaserne Fitness Center.

USFJ apologizes for helo flight over Okinawa school

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 22:55
According to a statement released by U.S. officials, the helicopter overflew Futenma Daini Elementary School — which is located along the northern fence line of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma — at around 3:30 p.m. Friday.