Trump to address Air Force Academy graduation on May 30
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will deliver the commencement address at the U.S. Air Force Academy's graduation ceremony next month.
OSCODA, Mich. (AP) — A Pentagon official has told northern Michigan residents four more years of study are necessary to get a handle on toxic chemicals from a former U.S. Air Force base that are...
OSCODA, Mich. (AP) — A Pentagon official is scheduled to visit a northern Michigan community where toxic chemicals from a former U.S. Air Force base are polluting drinking water.
Boeing prepares plant for likely Air Force F-15 orders
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Boeing is preparing to build F-15 fighter planes for the U.S. Air Force at its St. Louis County plant even though the military branch hasn't bought the jet in over a...
HONOLULU (AP) — A company owned by British billionaire Richard Branson is picking Guam as a site for its airplane-launched satellite service.
PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Air Force plans to test water in the Phoenix area after finding contamination in a nearby base's surface and groundwater.
DALLAS (AP) — Retired Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" Cole, the last of the 80 Doolittle Tokyo Raiders who carried out the daring U.S. attack on Japan during World War II, died Tuesday at a military...
HOUSTON (AP) — The George and Barbara Bush Foundation has asked that an Air Force One plane set for retirement in 2025 be permanently exhibited at the late president's museum at Texas...
NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Air Force faces a lawsuit that seeks to halt training exercises over nine cities in southern Idaho, according to court documents.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities say six protesters were detained and given misdemeanor tickets after they refused to leave the entrance of a U.S. Air Force Base northwest of Las Vegas.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The University of Texas System on Tuesday formally appointed U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson as president of the University of Texas at El Paso despite opposition from...
Flood-damaged Air Force base near Omaha reopens runway
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (AP) — A spokesman says a flood-damaged U.S. Air Force base in Nebraska has returned to full operation after its runway was deemed safe.
NEW DELHI (AP) — India successfully test-fired an anti-satellite weapon Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in an unexpected announcement of military advancement that was broadcast live...
Base says goodbye to oldest Air Guard tanker
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — The Pease National Guard Base is ready for a new era.
Seacoastonline.com reports current and retired New Hampshire Air National Guard men and women said farewell...
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — El Paso-area lawmakers are urging U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson to reach out to concerned students ahead of the final vote on her nomination as the next president at...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says President Donald Trump has nominated the top U.S. Air Force general in Europe to be the next Supreme Allied Commander in Europe and head of the U.S. European...
Laser pointed at Air Force cargo plane in North Carolina
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina say someone pointed a laser at a military cargo plane as it approached an airport.
Citing air traffic control audio, news outlets report...
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin demanded Thursday that federal military officials review Wisconsin National Guard protocols for reporting and...
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force has excavated thousands of tons of soil and treated millions of gallons of water contaminated by jet fuel at a base bordering New Mexico's largest city,...
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Conservationists are rallying around a pair of legislative resolutions opposing the U.S. Air Force's proposed expansion of a bombing training range they say would threaten...
Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson is resigning
WASHINGTON (AP) — Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, once seen as a candidate to succeed Jim Mattis as defense secretary, said Friday she is resigning to become president of the University of...
Ex-US Rep. Heather Wilson named president of UTEP
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — U.S. Air Force Secretary and former Congresswoman Heather Wilson has been named the next president of the University of Texas at El Paso.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Arizona Sen. Martha McSally (all times local):
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is praising Sen. Martha McSally for revealing that a superior officer...
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico on Tuesday sued the U.S. Air Force over groundwater contamination at two bases, saying the federal government has a responsibility to clean up plumes of toxic...
Air Force cadet charged with sex assault, child pornography
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — Military prosecutors have charged a U.S. Air Force Academy student with sexual assault and producing child pornography.
Memorial speaks to North Korea’s ties to summit host Vietnam
BAC GIANG, Vietnam (AP) — In a rice field in northern Vietnam, 14 headstones are an enduring symbol of the wartime friendship of Vietnam and North Korea. They mark the original burial ground of...
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Judge halts Air Force’s efforts to discharge airmen with HIV
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered the U.S. Air Force to temporarily stop discharging service members who are HIV-positive, ruling that it's working under a policy that is "irrational" and "outdated."
U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema in Alexandria, Virginia, issued her decision as a lawsuit moves forward against the U.S. Military.
Indicted US intelligence analyst once drew media across Iran
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The former U.S. Air Force intelligence analyst, her brown hair now hidden underneath a mandatory hijab, stood before an Iranian ayatollah as a television camera filmed behind her.
It was 2012 and Monica Elfriede Witt offered Ayatollah Hadi Barikbin the pledge of faith all Islam converts must recite: "There is no god but God and Muhammad is His messenger."
US says ex-intel official defected to Iran, revealed secrets
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former U.S. Air Force counterintelligence specialist who defected to Iran despite warnings from the FBI has been charged with revealing classified information to the Tehran government, including the code name and secret mission of a Pentagon program, prosecutors said.
Air Force Academy criticized for inviting Chick-fil-A exec
DENVER (AP) — A group that advocates for religious liberty in the military says the U.S. Air Force Academy should cancel a planned speech by a Chick-fil-A executive.
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation said Wednesday the company has a history of supporting anti-gay causes and that Rodney Bullard, a Chick-fil-A vice president and academy graduate, shouldn't speak at the school's upcoming leadership conference.
Ex-US intelligence officer in Iran charged as spy
New Mexico officials: Holloman Air Force water contaminated
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Holloman Air Force Base violated its state permit for groundwater discharge after toxic chemicals were found in groundwater and has yet to respond to concerns from environmental officials, the New Mexico Environment Department said Wednesday.
In a letter to U.S. Air Force Col. Joseph Campo, the department said the contamination discovered in November violates the New Mexico Water Quality Act and other regulations.
DeWine taps former Air Force colonel as military liaison
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Gov. Mike DeWine has picked a retired Air Force colonel as his senior adviser for aerospace and defense.
DeWine announced Ret. Col. Joseph E. Zeis (zees) Jr.'s appointment Wednesday at the Dayton Development Coalition, where Zeis is a former executive vice president.
DeWine says filling the new Cabinet-level position makes good on a campaign promise.
Pact extended for Mississippi firm to service military jets
MADISON, Miss. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force has renewed a contract with a Mississippi aerospace company to supply parts and maintain training jets.
Vertex Aerospace said Monday that the $97.5 million contract covers more than 170 twin-engine T-1A Jayhawk planes used in advanced flight training by the military.
Vertex says it has managed parts and maintenance services for the training jets since 1992. Vertex says it services the jets at military bases in Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas and Florida.
Change of plans: Entire Offutt runway now set to be replaced
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A plan by the U.S. Air Force to replace part of the nearly 80-year-old, crumbling runway at Offutt Air Force Base south of Omaha has been expanded to a complete replacement of the runway.
Texas agency makes plea on behalf of ‘unaccompanied veteran’
KILLEEN, Texas (AP) — The death of a U.S. Air Force veteran with no known family and whose Central Texas funeral was not expected to bring any visitors has drawn the attention of a state agency.
Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush in a statement encouraged the public to attend the service Monday for Joseph Walker at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.
Prtizker appoints new head of Illinois Air National Guard
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A U.S. Air Force colonel based at Scott Air Force Base is being promoted to general and will head the Illinois Air National Guard.
The (Belleville) News-Democrat reports that Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker appointed Col. Peter Nezamis to the post. He's replacing retiring Maj. General Ronald Paul and will serve as the acting adjutant general before being promoted to brigadier general.
US, Canadian fighter planes scramble to escort Russian jets
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colorado (AP) — Military authorities say U.S. Air Force and Canadian fighter jets were scrambled to escort two Russian bombers that were traveling in the Arctic region near the North American coastline.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command says two F-22 and two CF-18 fighter jets identified two Russian Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers that were entering an area patrolled by the Royal Canadian Air Force on Saturday morning.
Air Force Academy cadet faces trial on sexual assault charge
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — A military trial has been scheduled for a U.S. Air Force Academy cadet on a sexual assault charge.
The academy says Armis J. Sunday faces a court-martial Monday on a charge of sexual assault by causing bodily harm.
Landmark Air Force chapel suffering from leaks, corrosion
DENVER (AP) — The landmark Cadet Chapel that towers over the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado is suffering from leaks and corrosion, so the school has drawn up the most ambitious restoration project in the building's 55-year history.
But the repairs have been on hold for months while officials try to settle on a contractor for the long and complicated project.
Air Force confirms Wisconsin National Guard investigation
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Air Force investigators have confirmed they're looking into allegations of sexual assault and harassment within a Wisconsin Air National Guard security unit, U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin's office said Wednesday.
Baldwin, a Wisconsin Democrat, asked the Air Force on Nov. 13 to investigate claims involving members of the 115th Fighter Wing's Security Forces Squadron, a group of about 100 airmen that polices the Truax Field Air National Guard Base in Madison.
Some fear groundwater near Georgia military bases is toxic
ATLANTA (AP) — Groundwater near Georgia military bases remains contaminated from a toxic firefighting foam used for decades by the U.S. Air Force, prompting fears among residents about their exposure to the chemicals.
Recent tests at Georgia's three air bases show extensive environmental contamination of groundwater, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Colorado Avalanche to host outdoor game in 2020
DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche will host an outdoor game at the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2020.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the game on Tuesday. The Avalanche's opponent for the Feb. 15, 2020, game at Falcons Stadium in Colorado Springs will be announced later.
It will be the second outdoor NHL game played in Colorado. The Avalanche hosted the Detroit Red Wings at Denver's Coors Field on Feb. 27, 2016.
SpaceX launches Air Force’s best GPS yet, ends banner year
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX has launched the U.S. Air Force's most powerful GPS satellite ever built.
A Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Sunday, hoisting the satellite into orbit.
The satellite was supposed to soar Tuesday but rocket concerns and then weather delayed the flight.
Launch of next generation GPS satellite postponed for 1 day
DENVER (AP) — The launch of a new GPS satellite was postponed for one day Tuesday because of an unspecified problem with the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that will put the satellite in orbit.
Liftoff was rescheduled for Wednesday at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
SpaceX said Tuesday's launch was scratched because of sensor readings on the rocket's first stage. Neither the company nor the U.S. Air Force provided details.
This will be the first GPS satellite launch for SpaceX.
Lawsuit: Florida think-tank fired worker over military duty
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A former employee of a Tallahassee conservative think tank says he was fired because he had to spend time on military duty with the U.S. Air Force Reserve.
Christopher Ricardo filed a federal lawsuit last week against The James Madison Institute. Ricardo's lawsuit says he worked at the institute from September 2016 until August 2017 as director of donor relations.
Trump plans to create unified US Space Command
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order before the end of the year creating a U.S. Space Command as a major military command.
Vice President Mike Pence will make the announcement Tuesday at the Kennedy Space Center, in Cape Canaveral, Florida, two U.S. officials said, and Trump could sign the order as soon as Tuesday.
The move is separate from Trump's goal of creating a "Space Force" as an independent armed service branch, but could be a step in that direction.
Next-generation of GPS satellites are headed to space
DENVER (AP) — After months of delays, the U.S. Air Force is about to launch the first of a new generation of GPS satellites, designed to be more accurate, secure and versatile.
But some of their most highly touted features will not be fully available until 2022 or later because of problems in a companion program to develop a new ground control system for the satellites, government auditors said.