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Air Force activates Special Warfare Training Wing at Joint Base San Antonio

Air Force activates Special Warfare Training Wing at Joint Base San Antonio

The Air Force has established a new headquarters organization aimed at meeting combatant commanders’ growing needs for special operations airmen, Col. James Hughes, the wing’s commander, told Stars and Stripes in a telephone interview Friday.
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US military tightens base access for South Koreans in Japan

US military tightens base access for South Koreans in Japan

The U.S. military has ordered extra scrutiny for South Koreans who want to visit friends or attend events on American bases in Japan. U.S. Forces Japan recently added the longtime American ally to a list
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Pentagon clears 80 percent of F-35 jets to fly after faulty fuel tubes grounded entire fleet

Pentagon clears 80 percent of F-35 jets to fly after faulty fuel tubes grounded entire fleet

After grounding its entire fleet of F-35 fighter jets, the Pentagon has just cleared most F-35s to resume operations. The F-35 Joint Program Office at the Pentagon confirmed that approximately 80 percent of “single-seat, single-engine
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(VIDEO) Air Force uncertain how long storm-ravaged Tyndall will be closed; F-22s possibly damaged in hurricane

(VIDEO) Air Force uncertain how long storm-ravaged Tyndall will be closed; F-22s possibly damaged in hurricane

How long Tyndall Air Force Base will remain closed is unknown after the coastal Florida installation sustained catastrophic damage from Hurricane Michael, which left nearly every building and some aircraft wrecked, service officials said Friday.
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Sen. Nelson vows Tyndall Air Force Base will be rebuilt

Sen. Nelson vows Tyndall Air Force Base will be rebuilt

Sen. Bill Nelson, who toured Tyndall Air Force Base on Sunday morning and witnessed firsthand the massive destruction caused by Hurricane Michael, said he will recommend the base be rebuilt. “The base is destroyed,” Nelson
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Does Japan need an aircraft carrier?

Does Japan need an aircraft carrier?

In 1983, Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone promised U.S. President Ronald Reagan that he would make Japan into an “unsinkable aircraft carrier.” The irony was, and remains, that Japan has not possessed an actual aircraft
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U.S. Air Force shows its MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft at exercise ‘Clear Sky 18’

U.S. Air Force shows its MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft at exercise ‘Clear Sky 18’

For the first time, the MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft has performed demonstrate its flying skill along during the multinational military exercise Clear Sky 2018 in Ukraine. The MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft (N429HK registration,
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Air Force women’s basketball player becomes viral sensation after tumbling routine at football game

Air Force women’s basketball player becomes viral sensation after tumbling routine at football game

Kennedy Beale planned to do just two or three back handsprings. Once she heard the Falcon Stadium crowd begin to roar, she had to keep going. Three days later, her phone is still going. “Every
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Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin wins $500 million Air Force contract for development of New Glenn rocket

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin wins $500 million Air Force contract for development of New Glenn rocket

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin won a $500 million U.S. Air Force contract for development of its New Glenn rocket, marking a major vote of confidence by the U.S. military in the Kent, Wash., space company.
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Yokota airman, a recent ‘Airlifter of the Week,’ found dead in off-base home

Yokota airman, a recent ‘Airlifter of the Week,’ found dead in off-base home

The Air Force is investigating the death of a noncommissioned officer found unresponsive in her off-base residence in western Tokyo. Staff Sgt. Eliction Chan, 27, assigned to the 374th Mission Support Group at Yokota Air
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Army seeks new tactical unmanned aircraft for demo, testing in brigade combat teams

Army seeks new tactical unmanned aircraft for demo, testing in brigade combat teams

The Army is calling for ready-to-fly future tactical unmanned aircraft systems that it can demonstrate with a select group of brigade combat teams.
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US aircraft carrier Truman will sail in huge NATO exercise

US aircraft carrier Truman will sail in huge NATO exercise

The ships will help simulate the alliance coming to the rescue of a member under attack.
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US aircraft carrier Truman will sail in huge NATO exercise

US aircraft carrier Truman will sail in huge NATO exercise

The ships will help simulate the alliance coming to the rescue of a member under attack.
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Claude Rowe Jr., Tuskegee Airmen veteran, is buried with honors at Fort Rosecrans

Claude Rowe Jr., Tuskegee Airmen veteran, is buried with honors at Fort Rosecrans

Claude Alexander Rowe Jr. of Chula Vista, who served in the armed forces of two allied nations during World War II, was laid to rest Friday at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego with
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B-2 bombers conclude new mission out of Hawaii

B-2 bombers conclude new mission out of Hawaii

Pacific Air Forces recently concluded a pioneering B-2 stealth bomber deployment to Hawaii — setting the stage for the isles to be used as one of a growing number of temporary bomber bases across the
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Air Force spends $1,280 per special coffee cup, Sen. Grassley wants to know why

Air Force spends $1,280 per special coffee cup, Sen. Grassley wants to know why

The 60th Ariel Port Squadron at California’s Travis Air Force Base is drinking their coffee out of $1,280 coffee cups and Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley wants to know why. Fox News reported that over the
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Trump may fire Air Force Secretary due to ‘undermining’ Space Force efforts, report says

Trump may fire Air Force Secretary due to ‘undermining’ Space Force efforts, report says

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson could be soon be fired according to a new report. President Trump is considering firing Wilson sometime after the Nov. elections as a result of her delaying his Space Force
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US clears armed helicopters for Iraq, surveillance aircraft for Canada

US clears armed helicopters for Iraq, surveillance aircraft for Canada

Two potential sales could net more than $380 million for American firms.
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US clears armed helicopters for Iraq, surveillance aircraft for Canada

US clears armed helicopters for Iraq, surveillance aircraft for Canada

Two potential sales could net more than $380 million for American firms.
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SC cop killed was ‘bravest police officer,’ 30 years on the force, and Air Force vet

SC cop killed was ‘bravest police officer,’ 30 years on the force, and Air Force vet

Terrence Carraway, the officer killed Wednesday by a shooter in Florence, SC, was being remembered Thursdayas an Air Force veteran and tireless detective who had just celebrated 30 years in law enforcement. Seven South Carolina
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Fast track to spy plane training opens for Air Force student pilots

Fast track to spy plane training opens for Air Force student pilots

The obstacles to soaring 70,000 feet above the Earth are about to shrink for future U.S. Air Force pilots. The Air Force is launching an experimental program to put pilots into the cockpit of the
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(VIDEO) Life size teddy bear breaches security at Sheppard Air Force Base

(VIDEO) Life size teddy bear breaches security at Sheppard Air Force Base

On Monday, a giant teddy bear was taken down by security on the Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas and it was all captured on video. The video, which was posted to Facebook,
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Reports: SpaceX to attempt West Coast’s first booster landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base

Reports: SpaceX to attempt West Coast’s first booster landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base

SpaceX may be closing in on another historic milestone this weekend as the aerospace manufacturer is reportedly planning to attempt to land a rocket booster back on land at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The company
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Airmen at Aviano eagerly purchase Air Force’s new uniform

Airmen at Aviano eagerly purchase Air Force’s new uniform

The line began forming well over an hour before the military clothing store opened Monday. By the time the first customer entered, more than 100 people were behind him, eager to purchase the Air Force’s
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U.S. Air Force awards contract to AeroVironment for Raven RQ-11B small unmanned aircraft systems

U.S. Air Force awards contract to AeroVironment for Raven RQ-11B small unmanned aircraft systems

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 2 October that it had awarded a $13 million contract for the Raven RQ-11B small unmanned aircraft systems. According to the DoD’s statement, the AeroVironment Inc. has
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(VIDEO) Trump presents Medal of Honor to former Green Beret medic in White House ceremony

(VIDEO) Trump presents Medal of Honor to former Green Beret medic in White House ceremony

On October 1, President Donald Trump awarded former Army Staff Sgt. Ronald J. Shurer II with the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroic service in Afghanistan. The military award, which is the highest of
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Britain confirms talks with Boeing over potential $2.6B Wedgetail aircraft buy

Britain confirms talks with Boeing over potential $2.6B Wedgetail aircraft buy

The talks with Boeing about raising U.K. content on the aircraft are an effort to head off likely criticism over handing yet another major contract to the U.S. defense giant without holding a...
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Britain confirms talks with Boeing over potential $2.6B Wedgetail aircraft buy

Britain confirms talks with Boeing over potential $2.6B Wedgetail aircraft buy

The talks with Boeing about raising U.K. content on the aircraft are an effort to head off likely criticism over handing yet another major contract to the U.S. defense giant without holding a...
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Ousted Scott AFB colonel takes plea deal in sexual assault case, to be disciplined

Ousted Scott AFB colonel takes plea deal in sexual assault case, to be disciplined

A former Scott Air Force Base commander took a plea deal following an investigation into sexual misconduct accusations against him, base officials confirmed Monday. Col. John Howard agreed to accept discipline without a military trial
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US Navy sailors who can’t deploy face being kicked out of military; other branches to follow

US Navy sailors who can’t deploy face being kicked out of military; other branches to follow

A new policy has just been implemented across the Navy – if you can’t deploy, you’re out. The policy will soon be in effect for all military branches. In a branch-wide administrative message sent last
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Air Force general to retire after probe finds misconduct

Air Force general to retire after probe finds misconduct

An Air Force general and grandson of the man whose plane dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima is retiring after an Inspector General investigation substantiated multiple allegations of misconduct. Brig. Gen. Paul W. Tibbets IV
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Boeing’s St. Louis plant wins major $9.2 billion contract for new Air Force training jet

Boeing’s St. Louis plant wins major $9.2 billion contract for new Air Force training jet

In a generational win for Boeing Co.’s north St. Louis County manufacturing operations, the U.S. Department of Defense on Thursday awarded the company a contract worth up to $9.2 billion to build the Air Force’s
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Triple amputee Airman’s wife running for Maxim cover to raise money for wounded vets

Triple amputee Airman’s wife running for Maxim cover to raise money for wounded vets

A Texas Airman who defied the odds of living a normal life after he survived the worst wounds imaginable works with his wife to give back to military families in need. Brian Kolfage suffered the
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US Airman on drugs arrested after crashing into police car during high-speed chase

US Airman on drugs arrested after crashing into police car during high-speed chase

A U.S. Airman was arrested last week after he crashed into a police car while during a chase he was under the influence. Brandon Cory Tyner, 21, was driving from Las Vegas through Wickenburg, Ariz.
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Goodbye, tiger stripes: Air Force gears up for Oct. 1 rollout of OCP uniform

Goodbye, tiger stripes: Air Force gears up for Oct. 1 rollout of OCP uniform

The Air Force is gearing up for its adoption of the Army’s Operational Camouflage Pattern uniform, which will be standard issue for airmen starting Oct. 1. Already worn by some airmen overseas, the new OCPs
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What will launch from France’s future aircraft carrier? The government and Navy are teaming up to find out

What will launch from France’s future aircraft carrier? The government and Navy are teaming up to find out

The studies will consider the future carrier’s capability to carry the Rafale fighter jet and its successor, as well as drones.
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What will launch from France’s future aircraft carrier? The government and Navy are teaming up to find out

What will launch from France’s future aircraft carrier? The government and Navy are teaming up to find out

PARIS — The French procurement office and the Navy will submit proposals to the Armed Forces Ministry based on definition studies for a future aircraft carrier, according to the head of the naval armaments operations unit at
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US State Dept. approves aircraft support package for Taiwan amid China tension

US State Dept. approves aircraft support package for Taiwan amid China tension

The approval is likely to further inflame relations between the United States and China.
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US State Dept. approves aircraft support package for Taiwan amid China tension

US State Dept. approves aircraft support package for Taiwan amid China tension

The approval is likely to further inflame relations between the United States and China.
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US State Dept. approves aircraft support package for Taiwan amid China tension

US State Dept. approves aircraft support package for Taiwan amid China tension

The approval is likely to further inflame relations between the United States and China.
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Airman found dead at Altus Air Force Base is identified

Airman found dead at Altus Air Force Base is identified

An airman found dead Monday at a home on Altus Air Force Base, Okla., has been identified as Staff Sgt. Robert A. Alvarez, 33, with the 58th Airlift Squadron. “Robert served as a loadmaster with
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Kazakhstan receives first Y-8 military transport aircraft from China

Kazakhstan receives first Y-8 military transport aircraft from China

The National Guard of the Republic of Kazakhstan has received its first Y8F200W military transport aircraft from China. According to Kazakhstan’s source, the National Guard has received into service the first of 8 ordered Chinese-made
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‘I’ll be their angel investor’: Air Force vice chief wants to crowdsource airmen’s ideas

‘I’ll be their angel investor’: Air Force vice chief wants to crowdsource airmen’s ideas

In the coming weeks, the Air Force will be rolling out a new initiative to crowdsource solutions from airmen around the service.
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US reverses course, certifies Russian Open Skies aircraft

US reverses course, certifies Russian Open Skies aircraft

The U.S. has signed off on a Russian Open Skies plane, but the two sides remain at loggerheads over future flights.
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US reverses course, certifies Russian Open Skies aircraft

US reverses course, certifies Russian Open Skies aircraft

The U.S. has signed off on a Russian Open Skies plane, but the two sides remain at loggerheads over future flights.
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