The Air Force has implemented the new Pentagon policy giving servicemembers 12 weeks of paid maternity leave. The policy — which doubles the amount of time new mothers can take off after giving birth — went into effect last Friday. Airmen currently on maternity leave will automatically be granted a six-week extension, Air Force officials said.
More Air Force intelligence-gathering assets, Army attack helicopters and special operations forces are headed to Europe under a Pentagon budget plan to boost the military’s presence in a region unnerved by a more assertive Russia.
The U.S. government released its proposed $4 trillion budget for fiscal 2017 on Tuesday, and the Pentagon's slice of the pie is about $582.7 billion. That represents about a 1 percent increase over the $580.3 billion budget for fiscal 2016 at a time when the U.S. military is balancing operations in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, aggressive actions by Russia and China and the modernization of a force that has been at war since 2001.
As a city that hosts MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa is no stranger to military drama. The base is the only military center in the U.S. with two four-star commands, both key players in America’s power projection at a tense time.
In the 2016 Fiscal Defense Budget, signed into effect by President Barack Obama in December, the Air Force will add about 6,600 airmen, including 4,020 active-duty personnel, 2,100 to the Air Force Reserve and 500 to the Air National Guard.
Maj. Gen. Robert D. McMurry, vice commander of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles, will take command of the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson in Ohio, as the current commander, Maj. Gen. Thomas Masiello, retires.
A red carpet at Joint Base Andrews led to an F–16 emblazoned with Michael Oliver’s name. The Stafford High School student, diagnosed with an ultra-rare disease last year, was an honorary pilot at the Maryland base on Friday.
Sheppard Air Force Base officials said they went above and beyond proper procedures to divert aircraft from closed runways Jan. 21. Base personnel met with media to discuss the incident, which was the second event in recent months where an airliner went back to Dallas because of allegations of darkened runways.
Securing a performance by the nine-jet Canadian Armed Forces Snowbirds demonstration team was so important that Owensboro, Ky. will move its fifth annual Air Show back a month to Sept. 30-Oct. 2 this year.
For about five years during America's long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Tech. Sgt. Loren Wells had what he called the "best and the worst job in the Air Force." He felt filled with purpose at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, where he participated in the detail that handles the bodies of slain military servicemembers when they return to U.S. soil.
The Air Force Reserve unit at the Niagara Falls Air Base is about to get its first new mission since its founding in 1963, and the local lawmakers and base advocates who pushed for it think the move will keep the base operating for many years to come.
The Pentagon's top weapons tester has condemned aspects of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program in a new report, raising questions about the $1.5-trillion effort's ability to meet its already slipped production schedule, synthesize information on the battlefield and keep aircraft available to fly.
It’s been a long, winding road for Montgomery Academy’s Barton Lester, so he’s taking to the skies. After waiting his time, Lester started at quarterback for the Eagles this season and led them to a 9-1 regular season. He caps off his high school career by heading to the next level after signing with Air Force on Wednesday.
In an effort to maintain the status of Abilene's largest employer, the Development Corporation of Abilene on Tuesday agreed to provide $200,000 to help Dyess Air Force Base secure a state grant that would fund security upgrades at the base Visitors Control Center.
If the U.S. public isn't asking many questions about the government's use of drones in the country's Middle East conflicts, it's quite possible that it's because they don't trust the people who are, a Duke law professor says.
A pair of Democratic U.S. senators representing New York held a call Thursday with the U.S. Secretary of the Air Force, encouraging her to prioritize the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station as considerations are made for new military missions for fiscal year 2017.
In March, Tucson residents will finally be able to glimpse — and hear — the U.S. military’s newest fighter jet over the Old Pueblo. Two F-35 Lightning II stealth fighters will fly at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base for a few days in early March.
Tests of how Lockheed Martin Corp.'s F-35 will perform in combat won't begin until at least August 2018, a year later than planned, and more than 500 of the fighter jets may be built before the assessment is complete, according to the Pentagon's test office.
A federal judge on Thursday sentenced a retired U.S. Air Force procurement officer to 18 months in jail for cheating on taxes and taking bribes to help fix contracts for a Broward firm during a 2009-10 deployment to Afghanistan.
Federal agencies in the Washington area will open Wednesday on a three-hour delay as the nation’s capital continues to deal with the aftermath of a massive winter storm that dumped up to 30 inches of snow on the region.
Kadena Air Base has offered reassurances that its water is safe to drink even though high levels of a restricted substance were discovered in streams running through the base and in adjacent groundwater wells.
In perfect weather for a test flight Sunday, Boeing’s KC-46 tanker successfully passed jet fuel to an F-16 jet fighter in the air, the first time the new tanker has accomplished an air-to-air refueling mission.
William Y. Smith, a four-star Air Force general who flew combat missions in Korea, wrote a book about the Cuban missile crisis and retired as deputy commander of U.S. forces in Europe, died Jan. 19 at his home in Falls Church, Virginia. He was 90.
A dozen Alaska-based F-22 Raptor stealth fighters have arrived in Japan amid tensions in Northeast Asia over North Korea’s latest nuclear test and the prospect of Taiwan declaring independence from China.
The court-martial trial of an Air Force technical sergeant facing a charge of aggravated sexual assault and causing bodily harm resumed Wednesday morning at Scott Air Force Base, following a day devoted to the testimony of the female accuser.
The 20 teams comprising DODDS-Europe’s far-flung wrestling ranks have been sorted into three sectional meets for Saturday’s opening round of the postseason. Wrestlers advancing through this weekend’s meet will secure spots in the European championship meet set for Feb. 19-20 in Wiesbaden, Germany.