Air Force News

Navy's West Coast air base is getting its first F-35C fighter jets

Stars & Stripes - 2 hours 43 min ago
The Navy has said it expects to have 10 F-35Cs at the base this year and 100 by 2025. The aircraft arriving next week will come from Eglin Air Force base in Florida.

Minn. veterans vow a fight after group prompts city to remove cross from memorial

Stars & Stripes - 3 hours 4 min ago
A national watchdog group advocating for separation of church and state this week caused a Belle Plaine, Minn. war veterans group to remove a cross from a memorial on city owned property.

Florida woman arrested for fraudulently collecting cash donations for disabled veteran

Stars & Stripes - 3 hours 18 min ago
Maureen R. Maloney, 54, is charged with scheming to defraud, a third-degree felony, following an investigation that began in May.

Japan PM pledges 'unchanging' allegiance to US under Trump

Stars & Stripes - 4 hours 27 min ago
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he plans to visit the U.S. as soon as possible to meet with Donald Trump after the new American president's inauguration.

Florida veterans treatment court comes up short of mentors

Stars & Stripes - 4 hours 47 min ago
The Manatee County Veterans Treatment Court has been trying to find enough veterans to mentor other veterans assigned to complete the rehabilitation program.

'Roll Tide' plane makes way for new C-130 at Maxwell Air Force Base

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 22:59
Aircraft 42, "Roll Tide" is named such for the University of Alabama art displayed on its nose and has carried university football memorabilia while flying missions around the world.

Students bring high hopes to inauguration summit

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 22:48
Thousands of young students arrived in the nation's capital this week to attend the presidential inauguration a five-day immersive educational experience in governing, debating, and helping to solve the world's biggest problems.

Veterans call on Iowa lawmakers for benefits, bargaining rights

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 22:42
Military veterans conducted maneuvers at the Iowa Capitol Wednesday, calling for improved benefits for the 230,000 who call Iowa home and protection for the collective bargaining rights of more than one-fifth of Iowa veterans who hold public sector jobs.

VA terminates lease for planned Washington clinic

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 22:34
A long-awaited new veterans outpatient clinic in Bremerton, Wash. has been delayed a great deal longer. VA Puget Sound Health Care System terminated a lease of a potential new space due to seismic concerns.

UN alarmed that most of al-Shabab's force in Somalia are kids

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 22:27
In a report to the Security Council circulated this week, the U.N. chief said al-Shabab used children in combat, with 9-year-olds reportedly taught to use weapons and sent to front lines.

Trump supporters, opponents clash outside 'DeploraBall'

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 22:04
The DeploraBall drew attention on social media earlier this month, in part because several of the people who were said to be attending are known for being online provocateurs, contributing to the alt-right, an extremist movement of mostly young men seeking a whites-only nation.

Up to 117 civilians died in strikes during Obama presidency

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 21:48
Human rights and other groups have criticized the administration, saying it has undercounted civilian casualties. They also are worried that President-elect Donald Trump will more aggressively conduct drone strikes.

Airport shooter had Florida driver’s license; how did he get it?

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 21:46
There is no indication in official records that Santiago has ever lived in Florida or was entitled to a Florida license. So, as a resident of Puerto Rico, how did he get one? And could someone else do the same?

Ohio Air Force veteran seeks insanity plea in murder case

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 21:05
Mercedes Robb fatally shot her ex-husband, Jason Robb, as he waited at her home to take their children to school on Nov. 3.

Trump tweets his way to Inauguration Day

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 20:12
Sixty-nine percent of Americans agreed with the statement that Trump’s use of Twitter is bad because “in an instant messages can have unintended major implications without careful review,” according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released Wednesday.

Navy: Wind farm opposed by GOP lawmakers won't harm radar

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 18:40
State legislative leaders have asked the incoming Trump administration to either kill or require major changes to the nearly completed wind farm, which they said will interfere with the operation of a military radar installation.

Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' Guzman is extradited to US

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 18:13
The U.S. Justice Department issued a statement confirming that Guzman was en route to the United States and expressed gratitude to Mexico for its cooperation.

Lack of Latinos in Trump Cabinet draws ire for 'setback'

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 18:04
The lack of Latino appointments means no Hispanic will serve in a president's Cabinet for the first time in nearly three decades — and it's drawing fierce criticism from Hispanics, who call it a major setback for the nation's largest minority group.

Detainee Transfers Announced

DoD News Releases - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 16:47
 The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of three detainees: Ravil Mingazov, Haji

Detainee Transfers Announced

DoD News Releases - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 16:45
 The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of Jabran al Qahtani from the detention