Tag Archives: Air Force

Air Force Held Liable For 2017 Texas Mass Shooting

The Wall Street Journal reports: A federal judge ruled that the U.S. Air Force bears most of the responsibility for the 2017 mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, because it failed to enter the shooter’s criminal history into a federal background check database used for gun purchases. The decision Wednesday from U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez of …

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Space Force Colonel Fired Over Diversity Complaints

Military.com reports: A commander of a U.S. Space Force unit tasked with detecting ballistic missile launches has been fired for comments made during a podcast promoting his new book, which claims Marxist ideologies are becoming prevalent in the United States military. Lt Col. Matthew Lohmeier, commander of 11th Space Warning Squadron at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, was relieved from …

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Air Force Releases Full List Of Rejected Space Force Troop Names: Floaty Bois, Jetsons, Stargeants, More

Politico reports: The Space Force caught a lot of flak for naming its members Guardians. But it could’ve been Floaty Bois or Astrogators. Those are two of the 400 suggestions military space personnel submitted as potential nicknames for Space Force members, according to a list released Friday by the Air Force. In December, Vice President Mike Pence announced members of …

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Air Force One Base Commander Jailed For Child Porn

Newsweek reports: A decorated U.S. Air Force colonel slated to take command of the base that hosts Air Force One has been sentenced to five years in prison for receiving child pornography. Mark Visconi, 48, of Fairfax, Virginia, was jailed on Friday after he plead guilty to receipt of child pornography in October. He was also sentenced to 15 years …

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Appeals Court Win: Air Force Can’t Boot HIV+ Airmen

Via press release from Lambda Legal: Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld a lower court ruling in Roe & Voe v. Esper that halted efforts by the Trump administration to discharge members of the Air Force because they are living with HIV. The decision will allow two active-duty Airmen living with HIV, identified pseudonymously as …

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Air Force Declines To Eject Avowed White Supremacist

Stars & Stripes reports: For years, Cory Reeves allegedly posted hundreds of messages on a secret online forum for white supremacists under a pseudonym. In now-public posts, Reeves appeared to swap workout routines and diet tips with his like-minded internet friends; he also appeared to paper his town with far-right propaganda, participate in white-nationalist group meetups and share racist memes. …

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Air Force Orders Probe Into Trump Resort Stays

Politico reports: The U.S. Air Force has ordered a world-wide review of how it chooses overnight accommodations on long flights following revelations that air crews had occasionally stayed at President Donald Trump’s Scotland resort while refueling at a small commercial airport nearby. The review comes as additional instances of military personnel staying at Trump properties have been uncovered. The C-17 …

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Air Force: So What If We Book Stays At Trump’s Hotel?

CNN reports: The crew of a US Air Force C-17 stayed at President Donald Trump’s golf resort in Turnberry, Scotland, during a March refueling stop en route to Kuwait, the Air Force acknowledged, again raising ethics questions about government use of the President’s private entities. The Air Force, which said in a statement it was reviewing the trip records, said …

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Air Force Warns Of Violent Incels With Wild Screenshot

From the military blog Task & Purpose: At least one Air Force base is on the lookout for a sinister new threat: angry men who can’t get laid. Personnel at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland were recently treated to a threat brief regarding an “increase in nationwide activity” by self-described “incels,” members of an online subculture of “involuntary celibacy” who …

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Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson Resigns

The Air Force Times reports: Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson will resign and take a job in academia. The University of Texas System Board of Regents on Friday announced that it had voted unanimously to make Wilson the sole finalist to be president of the University of Texas at El Paso. Wilson, an Air Force Academy graduate, has been Air …

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Sen. Martha McSally: I Was Raped By Superior Officer

The Associated Press reports: Sen. Martha McSally, the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat, said Wednesday that she was raped in the Air Force by a superior officer. The Arizona Republican, a 26-year military veteran, made the disclosure at a Senate hearing on the armed services’ efforts to prevent sexual assaults and improve the response when they occur. …

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REPORT: Trump May Fire Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson Because She Takes Dim View Of Space Force

Foreign Policy reports: President Donald Trump is peeved with Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson over her handling of his directive to stand up a separate Space Force in the U.S. military, and he’s considering ousting her after the midterm elections, three sources with knowledge of the matter told Foreign Policy. Wilson, a former Republican congresswoman from New Mexico, recently angered …

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Pentagon Busts LSD Ring At Nuclear Missile Base

The Associated Press reports: One airman said he felt paranoia. Another marveled at the vibrant colors. A third admitted, “I absolutely just loved altering my mind.” Meet service members entrusted with guarding nuclear missiles that are among the most powerful in America’s arsenal. Air Force records obtained by The Associated Press show they bought, distributed and used the hallucinogen LSD …

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Hate Groups Pressure Air Force Into Ending Discipline For Colonel Who Defied Protocol On Same-Sex Marriage

Stars & Stripes reports: The Air Force has affirmed the religious rights of a colonel who claimed he was wrongly disciplined for refusing to sign a certificate of appreciation for the same-sex spouse of one of his airmen last year. The Air Force said that Col. Leland Bohannon “had the right to exercise his sincerely held religious beliefs and did …

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90 Year-Old Lesbian Awarded Honorable Discharge From Air Force 62 Years After Her Expulsion For Being Gay

NBC News reports: A FedEx delivery arrived at Helen Grace James’ door on Wednesday. It was a message from the U.S. Air Force. She called two of her closest friends to come be with her before she opened it, and they arrived 20 minutes later. Once she opened it, she received the good news: The military had upgraded her discharge …

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90 Year-Old Lesbian Sues Air Force Over 1955 Ouster

The Air Force Times reports: Airman Second Class Helen Grace James wanted to follow in the footsteps of her father and her great-grandfather and serve in her country’s military. But her service was cut short after she was investigated, interrogated and then given an “undesirable” discharge from the Air Force because she was a lesbian, the Washington Post reported. Now, …

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Hate Group Sues After Air Force Colonel Is Disciplined For Refusing To Follow Protocol On Same-Sex Marriage

The Air Force Times reports: An Air Force colonel who refused to sign a certificate of appreciation for the same-sex spouse of a retiring master sergeant in his command claims he was wrongly disciplined for holding to his religious beliefs. Following the May incident, the master sergeant filed an Equal Opportunity complaint alleging that Col. Leland Bohannon, then-commander of the …

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Hate Group Rages Over Nomination Of “Ungodly” Lesbian To Be Air Force Academy Commandant

Hate groups are furious over the nomination of openly lesbian Col. Kristin Goodwin to be commandant of the US Air Force Academy. The Foundation for Moral Law, the hate group founded by deposed Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, has written an open letter to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. The letter was written by Moore’s wife, Kayla, the group’s …

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US Air Force: Lasers On Fighter Jets By 2020 [VIDEO]

This seems like the right story to follow up a Star Wars post. CNN reports: The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, or AFRL, said it’s on track to demonstrate a working laser weapon on a fighter jet by 2020. “It really is a national tipping point,” said Kelly Hammett, chief engineer for the AFRL’s directed energy directorate. “We see the …

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Air Force Eases Trans Service Ban

Via USA Today: The Air Force announced policy changes Thursday that will make it more difficult to discharge transgender troops, a move that mirrors one made in March by the Army and puts the Pentagon a step closer to allowing transgender people to serve openly. Troops diagnosed with gender dysphoria or who identify as transgender are generally discharged from serving, …

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