Another SpaceX rocket set to take off from Vandenberg base amid busy launch year
A SpaceX rocket is set to launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base near Lompoc on Friday night, carrying 52 more of the aerospace company’s Starlink satellites into orbit.
Air Force, FBI raid homes in probe of Area 51 website
Agents from the U.S. Air Force and FBI recently raided homes in Clark and Lincoln counties in an investigation of a man who operates a website about the top-secret military base known as Area 51, a spokesman said Wednesday.
Ramstein Air Base program first overseas to offer commercial aviation mechanics’ certification
The program closes the gap between military maintainers’ training and FAA eligibility requirements for the same job in the civilian world. It also can broaden maintainers’ skills while they’re still in the military.
‘Unconventional’ delivery of US airpower in Arctic tailored to serve notice to Russia
U.S. special operations forces flying over the Arctic rolled a long-range missile out the back of a C-130 aircraft, marking the first-ever demonstration in Europe of Rapid Dragon.
Army sees its future in Pacific training grounds
The U.S. Army Pacific’s new Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Center includes a series of ranges and exercises the serv­ice is hosting in Hawaii and Alaska — as well as annually in rotating countries across the region.
Surgeries on hold at air base in Japan due to temperature malfunction
Routine surgeries at Misawa Air Base in northeastern Japan are on hold indefinitely thanks to a mechanical failure at the base hospital last week.
Air Force squadron demonstrates drones at new home in southern Japan
An Air Force unit recently deployed to southern Japan demonstrated an MQ-9 Reaper drone for Japanese government officials over the weekend, partly to ease community concerns about the newcomer aircraft.
Pilot ejects from Air Force training jet before plane crashes in Mississippi
The pilot of the T-38C Talon experienced an “in-flight emergency” about 20 miles south of Columbus AFB before safely ejecting from the aircraft, according to a statement from base officials.
F-22 Raptors begin rotating into Okinawa to replace Kadena’s aging F-15 fleet
The first F-22A Raptors roared into Kadena Air Base on Friday, kicking off a two-year plan to replace the installation’s aging F-15 fighters with a superior rotational force.
‘Awful mistake’: North Korea lashes out at US, South Korea over decision to extend air drills
North Korea’s state-media said the United States and South Korea made an “irrevocable and awful mistake” by extending their ongoing aerial exercise, which the two allies said was a decision based on Pyongyang’s recent flurry of missile launches.
New Grey Wolf helicopter makes a stop at Malmstrom
A new MH-139 Grey Wolf test helicopter from Boeing has stopped at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls for the first time.
Air Force adds nine inns to closure list as funding struggles persist
Nine more Air Force inns are shuttering and others may follow suit as the service struggles to sustain its network of dozens of lodges without taxpayer funding. All the inns in the latest closure round are in the United States.
Plan to replace F-15 fighters on Okinawa draws flak from Republican lawmakers
The Defense Department’s plan to remove Air Force fighters from Okinawa sends the wrong signal to China and U.S. allies in the region, according to prominent Republicans in Congress seeking more information about the decision.
Hawaii Health Department issues nearly $110K in fines for air pollution violations
The Hawaii Department of Health has fined six entities, including several major companies and the U.S. military nearly $110,000 for air pollution control permit violations in the state.
Beale Air Force Base planned power outage set for Wednesday
Officials with Beale Air Force Base said a planned power outage will take place Wednesday that will affect the entire base.
Changes coming to Vance Air Force Base, wing commander says
Major changes are on the horizon for Vance Air Force Base, 71st Flying Training Wing Commander Col. Jay Johnson said. One upcoming change involves the aircraft used at the pilot training base.
Basing B-52s in Australia would keep potential adversaries guessing, expert says
A plan to rotate U.S. B-52 bombers to Australia’s Northern Territory shows the Pentagon has found a useful alternative to basing aircraft on Guam, experts say.
A-10 Warthogs deploy to Guam with aim to keep adversaries guessing
U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolts arrived on Guam last week for a dynamic force employment operation that aims to foster unpredictability in overseas deployments.
Air Force blames ‘junior individual’ for congressional candidate’s wrongful records release
The protected military personnel records of an Air National Guard officer who is running for a House seat in Indiana were incorrectly released by an Air Force employee, a service spokeswoman said Thursday.