Air Force News

A year after former leader's exit, Gambia emerges from the shadows

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 12:04
In the year since the world marveled at a dictator's fall, Gambia has risen from the shadows of Yahya Jammeh's "rule of fear" with its arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings.

The Korean Olympian compromise is fool’s gold

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:59
For anyone who thinks it’s a major diplomatic breakthrough to have the two Koreas march under one flag at the Winter Olympics and field a joint women’s ice hockey team … well, I have a DMZ to sell you.

America’s forever war is expanding. Again

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:57
Syria now looks like just the latest chapter in a war on terror that has already lasted nearly 17 years — starting in Afghanistan and spreading to Iraq, Pakistan and many other countries — and shows no signs of stopping.

Royal close shave: Prince William opts for dramatic buzz cut

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:53
The hair on the heir is no longer quite so apparent. Prince William, whose hairline has been receding for years, has opted for a dramatic close-shaved new hairstyle.

Melted nuclear fuel seen inside second Fukushima reactor

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:46
The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant said Friday that a long telescopic probe successfully captured images of what is most likely melted fuel inside one of its three damaged reactors, providing limited but crucial information for its cleanup.

Air Force official says a continuing resolution could hurt the B-21 program

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:38
Congress' inability to pass a set budget for this fiscal year could delay delivery of the B-21 bomber, a major project that is key to the revival of the Southern California aerospace industry, an Air Force official warned Thursday.

Navy asking Pentagon to increase paternity leave time

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:23
The recommendation stems from the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which allows the Pentagon to increase non-chargeable leave across the services. It is subject to approval by the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

France's Macron pledges big increase in defense budget

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:21
French President Emmanuel Macron will boost defense spending in the coming years to guarantee his country's domestic security and maintain French military engagement abroad, as he repeated his wishes for an increased European military cooperation on Friday.

Flaming Army Humvee rolls into German expressway traffic; no one hurt

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:16
A Humvee being towed for repairs on a major roadway in Bavaria suddenly burst into flames and smashed into a guardrail before coming to a stop, German police said.

Thorny global issues abound a year into Trump presidency

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 10:40
With a sharp departure from years and sometimes decades of U.S. foreign policy, President Donald Trump has made a seismic global impact during his first year in office.

Red Cross to roll out welcome mat to contractors and their families

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 10:36
The American Red Cross in Europe is trying to erase the difficulties many contractors and their spouses face in integrating into their new communities on the Continent.

How House Republicans got to 'yes' on funding the government

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 10:31
It wasn’t an easy task for House GOP leaders to cobble up the 216 votes within their conference needed to pass a continuing resolution. Yet throughout the negotiations, leadership remained confident its members would get there, given the urgency of the deadline and the political consequences if they failed to meet it.

What do you think of your Army housing? Survey seeks answers

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 10:27
A servicewide survey has been launched to determine how families living in on-base and off-base leased housing rate their accommodations and the service’s housing office.

Drone helps rescue boys caught in 9-foot ocean swell off Australia

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 10:15
In what is being described as a "first," lifeguards successfully deployed a drone to rescue two boys in trouble while swimming off the eastern coast of Australia Thursday.

Personality tests are failing American workers

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 09:55
Considering their pervasiveness, they could systematically exclude an entire population with disabilities from work — precisely what the ADA was meant to avoid.

The day Eartha Kitt attacked the Vietnam War at the White House

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 09:54
Eartha Kitt's career was flourishing until she was invited by Lady Bird Johnson to a Jan. 18, 1968, luncheon at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

A going away party for 5 Democrats

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 09:54
There are more than a few vibrant and dynamic Democrats who can’t get to the podium because others have stayed too long.

Border wall models thwart US commandos in tests

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 09:24
Recent assaults by tactical teams on prototypes of President Donald Trump's proposed wall with Mexico indicate their imposing heights should stop border crossers, a U.S. official with direct knowledge of the rigorous assessment told The Associated Press.

Mattis announces national defense strategy

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 09:21
A new national defense strategy says that competition with China and Russia has threatened America's military advantage around the world. And it will require increased investment to make U.S. forces more lethal, agile and ready for war. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is unveiling the strategy.

Japan accuses US military of flying over school where helicopter window fell

Stars & Stripes - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 08:59
A UH-1Y Venom and two AH-1Z Vipers were spotted above Futenma Daini Elementary School on Thursday afternoon, said a spokesman for the Okinawa Defense Bureau.