Air Force vows to protect service families from ‘anti-LGBTQ’ state initiatives

Sig Christenson San Antonio Express-News Apr. 14—The Air Force has issued a reminder to service members that it has resources that can protect them from anti-LGBTQ state initiatives, such as the one in Texas that raised the possibility of child welfare investigations against parents with transgender children. The guidance, issued by Air Force Undersecretary Gina Ortiz Jones, said […]

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Air Force offers bonuses up to $50k in response to manpower shortages and recruiting challenges

In light of tough recruiting prospects, the USAF has begun offering new incentives, from financial bonuses to “quick ship” rollouts of recruits. Six skills have been identified as being added to the FY2022 Initial Enlistment Bonus Program. The skills have been tied to four and six-year contracts in hard-to-fill job specialties. According to the USAF, […]

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Air Force officer kept getting paid for 6 years after being dismissed from service

Air Force Maj. Brandon Bailey, 332nd Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron medical crew director, awaits the arrival of patients from a forward operating base in Mosul, Iraq, on Sept. 23, 2008. (Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon/Air Force) Hayley Fowler, The Charlotte Observer Brandon Bailey was kicked out of the U.S. Air Force in 2010 after he was convicted by court […]

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Airmen upset after entire C-17 crew receives Distinguished Flying Cross except for the maintainer

Lt. Col. Dominic Calderon, 301st Airlift Squadron chief of training; 1st Lt. Kyle Anderson, 301st AS assistant operations officer; Master Sgt. Silva Foster, 301st AS loadmaster; Senior Airman Michael Geller, 517th Airlift Squadron loadmaster; and Staff Sgt. Dennis Gonzalez-Furman, 437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron flying crew chief, listen before being recognized during a Distinguished Flying Cross award ceremony […]

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Airmen caught flying into Martha’s Vineyard to pick up a vintage motorcycle

A WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft assigned to the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., takes off for a mission into Tropical Depression Nine Aug. 26, 2021. The 53rd WRS Hurricane Hunters support the National Hurricane Center by collecting atmospheric data in tropical systems allowing for more accurate forecasting. (U.S. Air Force […]

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Wright-Patterson AFB finds chemicals above advisory levels in groundwater

Thomas Gnau Dayton Daily News, Ohio Mar. 29—In most of the 16 sites where Wright-Patterson Air Force Base environmental engineers are investigating the presence of PFAS and PFOA chemicals, those substances were found in amounts above EPA-recommended lifetime health advisory levels, base staff members said in a virtual public meeting Monday. But those levels have been found […]

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Biden budget cuts Pentagon’s F-35 by more than 25%

Joseph Morton The Dallas Morning News WASHINGTON — The Pentagon would cut its annual order for new Fort Worth-made F-35 joint strike fighters by more than one-fourth under President Joe Biden’s budget proposal released Monday, a move sure to set off alarm bells in many Capitol Hill offices. The sophisticated, radar-evading fighter jets represent the most expensive weapons program […]

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‘Heartbreaking to end awesome career:’ USAF officer to be booted after ten years of service for refusing COVID vaccine

Mitchell Willetts McClatchy Washington Bureau A husband, father and Air Force captain in Oklahoma is reportedly facing discharge for refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Cpt. Daniel Knick told TV station KOKH that he and his family stand to lose a lot if that happens, but he isn’t changing his mind. “It’s heartbreaking to end an awesome career that way,” Knick […]

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