Air Force

April 17, 2019 - 9:35 pm
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The elite academies that educate officers for the nation's armed forces have begun to implement the Trump administration's ban on transgender service members. The U.S. Naval Academy will ban people who are transgender from attending the school, beginning with the 2020 school...
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This June, 2017, photo shows Japan Air Self-Defense Force's F-35A stealth jet at a factory of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, in Toyoyama, central Japan. A search was underway for the Japanese fighter jet Tuesday, April 9, 2019, after it disappeared from radar during a flight exercise in northern Japan, defense officials said. The F-35A stealth jet, seen in the photo, went missing while flying off the eastern coast of Aomori, the Air Self-Defense Force said.(Kyodo News via AP)
April 10, 2019 - 12:55 am
TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese air force F-35 stealth fighter crashed into the Pacific Ocean during a night training flight and parts of the jet were recovered, the defense ministry said Wednesday. The pilot is still missing. The F-35A stealth jet disappeared from radar while flying off the eastern coast...
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April 09, 2019 - 12:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is nominating the Air Force general in charge of U.S. Strategic Command to be vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Gen. John Hyten now serves as commander of the U.S. nuclear forces and has the lead military role for space operations. His nomination...
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President Donald Trump, second from right, flanked by acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, second from left, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, right, speaks during a meeting with military leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 3, 2019. At left is Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
April 09, 2019 - 11:16 am
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Sharpening his argument for a Space Force, the acting Pentagon chief on Tuesday called it a "low cost, low bureaucracy" way to stay ahead of China, Russia and other nations seeking to erase American military advantages in space. The Pentagon and Congress have...
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FILE - In this March 7, 2019 file photo, U.S. Africa Command Commander Gen. Thomas Waldhauser testifies before the House Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. U.S. Africa Command says new information shows a woman and a child were killed in a U.S. airstrike that was targeting al-Shabab insurgents in Somalia last year. The information released Friday contradicts military insistence last month no civilians had been killed in Somalia strikes since 2017, despite a human rights group’s claims casualties had occurred. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
April 05, 2019 - 8:11 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Just weeks after insisting that American airstrikes in Somalia had killed no civilians, U.S. Africa Command said Friday that new information reveals that a woman and a child died last April when a U.S. strike targeted al-Shabab militants. The revelation comes on the heels of a...
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March 27, 2019 - 12:52 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force says it will need nearly $5 billion over the next three years to rebuild a Florida base heavily damaged by Hurricane Michael last fall and repair a base in Nebraska struck by flooding this month. The estimate was disclosed Wednesday by Air Force Secretary Heather...
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Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, joined at left by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, testifies at a House Armed Services Committee hearing on the fiscal year 2020 Pentagon budget, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. Lawmakers are concerned about military construction projects that could lose funding this year to pay for President Donald Trump's border wall. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
March 26, 2019 - 4:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is coming under increasing pressure to nominate someone to lead the Pentagon, nearly three months after President Donald Trump's first secretary of defense, Jim Mattis, resigned in a policy dispute. Patrick Shanahan, who has been the acting secretary since...
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President Donald Trump holds a a copy of two maps of Syria as he arrives on Air Force One, Friday, March 22, 2019, at Palm Beach International Airport, in West Palm Beach, Fla. One map is awash in red shows IS controlled territory in Syria in November 2016. The other, without red, indicates that IS as of today no longer controls territory in Syria. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
March 22, 2019 - 1:05 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Islamic State-held territory in Syria has been "100 percent" eliminated, the White House announced Friday, though officials said sporadic fighting continues on the ground between coalition forces and the group's holdouts. The complete fall of the last IS stronghold in...
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FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2017, file photo, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson is testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Officials say Wilson has resigned. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
March 08, 2019 - 1:12 pm
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 Texas at El Paso. A former U.S. House Republican member from New Mexico and graduate of the U.S. Air Force...
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March 07, 2019 - 2:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top leaders of the U.S. military services apologized to Congress on Thursday for allowing substandard living conditions in military family housing. They acknowledged failing to have fully understood the problem earlier and promised to fix it. At a Senate Armed Services Committee...
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