First female airman starts training to be a special operations combat controller

The US Air Force Combat Controller community may soon no longer be an all-male affair, provided the latest female Airman makes it through the training pipeline. The female candidate, who is currently unidentified, is currently in the training program’s eight-week special warfare prep course, which began on October 14. If she passes, she will begin […]

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Netherlands receives first F-35, accidentally sprays foam on it during ceremony

A Dutch Air Force fire crew -hoping to celebrate the arrival of the Netherlands’ first F-35A Lightning II with a water cannon salute- bungled a recent ceremony, spraying firefighting foam on the expensive warplane. The nation’s air force was looking forward to celebrating the replacement of the aging F-16 fleet, with one of the older […]

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Tyndall AFB recovery is major focus of recent congressional hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tyndall Air Force Base was mentioned frequently during a recent congressional subcommittee hearing at which Department of Defense leaders were grilled for two hours on how military installations are being prepared for future severe weather threats, as well as climate change issues and cybersecurity challenges. Two subcommittees of the House Armed Services […]

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USAF Academy ethics instructor pleads guilty to sexual exploitation of a child; faces up to 3 months in jail

An ethics instructor at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a child for trying to set up a meeting with a sheriff’s deputy posing as a 14-year-old girl. As part of the plea deal, Paul Sikkema, 29, will serve 10 years of sex offender intensive supervised probation, […]

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Air Force makes largest change to promotion system since the USAF was created

The US Air Force has made changes to the officer promotion categories, placing more emphasis on field expertise when it comes to ranking up. The move is a major one, and the first of its kind since the Air Force was founded in the late 1940s. Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Manpower and […]

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Seven companies splitting adversary training contract worth up to $6.4B

The US Air Force is pushing up to $6.4 billion in funding to “Red Air” services, in hopes that the contracted companies can provide top-tier aggressor services. While the USAF has their own aggressor squadrons, the organization has been looking to seven companies -Air USA, Airborne Tactical Advantage Company, Blue Air Training, Coastal Defense, Draken […]

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The Air Force is about to double its lodging rates in Europe

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany – The nightly rates for rooms at the Air Force’s European inns will more than double starting next month as the services begin to foot the bill for most of their operating expenses. The cheapest rooms at some lodging on Air Force bases in Europe will be $149 a night from Nov. 1, […]

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