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The Department of the Air Force was created with the signing of the National Security Act of 1947. The Air Force’s missions are broken down into Air and Space Superiority, Global Attack, Rapid Global Mobility, Precision Engagement, Information Superiority and Agile Combat Support.

There are approximately 310,000 Active Duty airmen currently serving across the globe with an additional 71,400 airmen serving in the Air Force Reserve.

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Sexual Assault Case Against Former Joint Chiefs Vice Chair Gets Green Light from Appeals Court

A federal appeals court has ruled that a civil sexual assault case filed by former Army Col. Kathryn Spletstoser against retired Air Force Gen. John Hyten can proceed, rejecting the government’s arguments about immunity from lawsuits. The ruling not only allows a lawsuit that seeks thousands of dollars in damages from a man who was once one of the highest-ranking

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Air Force Allows Facebook Comments Criticizing the Service Online After Veteran’s Lawsuit

An Air Force veteran who was tired of having his pointed Facebook comments deleted on the service’s senior enlisted leader’s official page took the noncommissioned officer to court over being blocked online and won. Richard Lee Rynearson III, a retired Air Force major, filed a lawsuit in August 2021 with the Center for Individual Rights — a nonprofit legal firm

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Defense Department Keeping Its Autism Care Program Through 2028

The Defense Department will extend its program meant to help provide care for military dependents diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder through 2028 to evaluate its effectiveness, the agency announced Thursday. In a Federal Register notice, DoD officials said research at the University of Rochester, as well as a newly required review by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and

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Did an Airman Offer a Bribe to Pass Fitness Test? Ramstein Officials Investigating

Officials at Ramstein Air Base in Germany are investigating a claim that a Security Forces airman bribed their way to a passing score on their annual physical fitness test. Sandra Archer-Harris, a spokesperson for Ramstein’s 86th Security Forces Squadron, did not provide any additional details but confirmed that there is an “ongoing investigation” into allegations that surfaced on social media.

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F-35 Ejection Seat Problem Was Discovered 3 Months Ago, But Jets Kept Flying

A widespread issue with ejection seats that impacted hundreds of aircraft across the U.S. military last week was first discovered on an F-35A Lightning II back in April, but the Air Force didn’t ground its jets for three months as it investigated. Martin-Baker, a U.K. manufacturer, said there was a problem with certain productions of its cartridge-actuated devices — explosive

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South Carolina Governor Candidate Picks Former Fighter Pilot as Running Mate

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Joe Cunningham has chosen Tally Parham Casey, a civil litigator who flew fighter jets during three combat tours over Iraq, to be his running mate in his quest to become South Carolina’s first Democratic governor in 20 years. “She’s one of the most impressive people that I’ve ever met,” said Cunningham, who previewed his lieutenant governor pick

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Air Force, Navy Ground Hundreds of Planes Due to Faulty Ejection Seat Parts

Hundreds of Air Force and Navy planes are being grounded due to a faulty part in their ejection seats, a major safety concern if a pilot needs to eject from the aircraft suddenly. The issues first became public Tuesday, when the Navy grounded an undisclosed number of F/A-18 Hornets, F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers, as well as T-45 Goshawk

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Ukraine Official Says Country Doesn’t Want Old American A-10s

Air Force officials said last week that a variety of American planes could be given to Ukrainian pilots in their fight against Russia, including the A-10 Warthog. But in a message to Military.com on Tuesday, Yuriy Sak — an adviser to Ukraine’s minister of defense — made it clear: The country doesn’t need A-10s, it needs the more modern F-16

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Army and Air Force Run Out of Female Hot Weather Uniforms Amid Summer Heat Wave

Base exchange stores have mostly run out of hot weather uniforms for women due to a contract dispute that has halted production, according to the Defense Logistics Agency. The shortage comes as the Army and Air Force wrangle with Golden Manufacturing Co. Inc., which was awarded a $22.6 million contract by the Defense Department in April 2021 to produce trousers

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