Air Force: Crew not at fault for Afghan deaths in evacuation
The Air Force has concluded that air crew members acted appropriately and were not at fault for some tragic deaths during the chaotic evacuation from Afghanistan last year, when desperate Afghans clung to a military plane as it was taking off and fell to their deaths or were caught in the wheels.
Meet the amateur fighters who started their own battalion to defeat Russia
The Carpathian Sich is a volunteer battalion that has been fighting in Ukraine since late February. About half the members come from other countries, and there are about 700 volunteers spread across the country. The battalion is not a part of the Ukrainian military, but most volunteers say they have at least some military experience.news.yahoo.com
Biden nixes Trump design for Air Force One over cost, delay
President Joe Biden's administration has scrapped former President Donald Trump's red, white and blue design for the new generation of presidential aircraft after an Air Force review suggested it would raise costs and delay the delivery of the new jets. Boeing is currently modifying two Boeing 747-800 aircraft that will bear the Air Force One callsign when the president is onboard to replace the existing fleet of two aging Boeing 747-200 aircraft. Trump, in 2018, directed that the new jumbo jets shed the iconic Kennedy-era robin’s egg blue and white design for a deeper navy and streak of dark red.news.yahoo.com
Ukrainian Air Force counts downed Russian birds and reveals details of combat in the sky
VALENTYNA ROMANENKO - FRIDAY, 27 MAY 2022, 23:20 During the 24 hours of 27 May, the Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed three Russian air targets and a company-tactical group of the Russian army. Source: Yurii Ihnat, Spokesman of Air Force Command Details: According to the results of the day, the following were hit: Su-35 jet Ka-52 helicopter Orlan-10 UAV a company-tactical group.news.yahoo.com
Emergency shipment of baby formula arrives in US
A military plane carrying enough specialty infant formula for more than half a million baby bottles arrived Sunday in Indianapolis, the first of several flights expected from Europe aimed at relieving a nationwide formula shortage. (May 23)news.yahoo.com
3 Air Force cadets who refused vaccine won't be commissioned
Three cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy who have refused the COVID-19 vaccine will not be commissioned as military officers but will graduate with bachelor's degrees, the academy said Saturday. Academy spokesman Dean Miller said that a fourth cadet who had refused the vaccine until about a week ago, decided to be vaccinated and will graduate and become an Air Force officer. In a statement, Miller said that while the three will get a degree "they will not be commissioned into the United States Air Force as long as they remain unvaccinated."news.yahoo.com
Vermont F-35s to fly Europe air policing missions
More than 200 Vermont air guard personnel, their equipment and eight F-35s are now in Europe, where the pilots will fly what are called enhanced air policing missions along NATO’s eastern flank to monitor the area for intrusions by Russian aircraft. The deployment marks the first time the Vermont Air National Guard, the first guard unit in the country to fly the F-35s, has deployed overseas with the Air Force’s newest airplane.news.yahoo.com
Split verdict in first-ever Air Force general military trial
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AP) — An Air Force major general in Ohio has been convicted by a military judge of one of three specifications of abusive sexual contact in the first-ever military trial of an Air Force general. The charge faced by Maj. Gen. William Cooley during the weeklong court-martial at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio had three specifications, one alleging a forcible kiss and two alleging forcible touching in 2018. Cooley was convicted Saturday of the forcible kissing specification but acquitted of the other two.news.yahoo.com
Garilynn Smith wins complaint after military buried her husband's remains in a landfill
Garilynn Smith won a complaint against the Pentagon after the Army denied her a promotion as she publicly protested the desecration of her husband's partial remains in a Virginia landfill, a federal labor and management panel declared last week.washingtonpost.com
China makes semi-secret delivery of missiles to Serbia
Russian ally Serbia has taken delivery of a sophisticated Chinese anti-aircraft system in a semi-secret operation this weekend, amid Western concerns that an arms buildup in the Balkans at the time of the war in Ukraine could threaten the fragile peace in the region.
What Trump’s and Tucker Carlson’s rationalization of Putin means for the Ukraine standoff
There is evidence of more GOP sympathy for Vladimir Putin — as pushed most prominently by Trump and Carlson — but it hasn't manifested in big partisan differences when it comes to Ukraine, at least yet.washingtonpost.com
Airman gets life in prison for death of Mennonite woman
An Air Force airman will spend the rest of his life in prison for kidnapping a Mennonite woman from northwestern New Mexico, fatally shooting her and leaving her body in the freezing cold in a forest clearing hundreds of miles away. Mark Gooch, 22, was convicted of kidnapping and first-degree murder in October. Gooch expressed no emotion when Coconino County Superior Court Judge Cathleen Brown Nichols handed down the sentence.news.yahoo.com
Across services, troops face discipline for refusing vaccine
U.S. officials say all of the military services have now begun disciplinary actions and discharges for troops who have refused to get the mandated coronavirus vaccine, with as many as 20,000 unvaccinated forces at risk of being removed from service.
Air Force says nearly 8,500 miss deadline for COVID-19 shots
The Air Force says nearly 8,500 active duty members of the Air Force and Space Force have missed the deadline for getting COVID-19 vaccinations, including 800 who flatly refused and nearly 5,000 with pending requests for a religious exemption.
Military weighs penalties for those who refuse COVID vaccine
As deadlines loom for military and defense civilians to get mandated COVID-19 vaccines, senior leaders are wrestling with the fate of tens of thousands who flatly refuse the shots or are seeking exemptions, and how to make sure they are treated fairly and equally.
Report: Air Force women, minorities face harassment and bias
A new study finds that about a third of the female service members in the Air Force and Space Force say they’ve experienced sexual harassment and many can describe accounts of sexism and a stigma associated with pregnancy and maternity leave.