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Senator ends hold on Air Force chief nomination

The White House pick for Air Force chief of staff was confirmed by the Senate Thursday as members of Congress continued to press the service for answers about the widening sex scandal at a Texas air base.

Thursday - 08/02/2012, 09:27pm EDT

Erik Fanning named new Air Force under secretary

The White House has named Erik Fanning as the new under secretary of the Air Force.

Thursday - 08/02/2012, 09:11am EDT

Arizona's Luke Air Force Base gets F-35 mission

The Department of Defense has chosen Luke Air Force Base in Glendale for the new pilot training center for the F-35 fighter jets, city officials announced Wednesday.

Wednesday - 08/01/2012, 08:47pm EDT

Budget-and-tax impasse threatens troops, economy

With the government heading toward a year-end "fiscal cliff," House Republicans approved a full plate of Bush-era tax cuts Wednesday that they said could help shore up a still-frail national economy. At the same time, the Obama administration warned that threatened budget cuts could send some of America's troops into battle with less training.

Wednesday - 08/01/2012, 06:47pm EDT

Retiring Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Schwartz talks F22 safety during final press conference

Outgoing Air Force Chief of Staff General Norton Schwartz, who retires in August, spoke to reporters during his last press conference at the Pentagon about the challenges facing the branch amid tensions with Congress and new geo-politics that pose security threats.

Wednesday - 08/01/2012, 06:21pm EDT

Air Force swears in new vice chief of staff

Lt. Gen. Larry Spencer was pinned with his fourth star and was officially sworn in as the Air Force's vice chief of staff. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz did the honors during a Pentagon ceremony Friday. Spencer previously served as the director of force structure, resources and assessment with the Joint Staff.

Tuesday - 07/31/2012, 07:50pm EDT

Military branches refine cyber roles

Two years after U.S. Cyber Command became operational, the military services that provide its cyber forces are beginning to more tightly define their respective responsibilities in the joint cyber environment. Gen. Keith Alexander issued a memo recently giving each of the services a lead cyber role for specific geographic areas of the world.

Monday - 07/30/2012, 05:21am EDT
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Pentagon chief says website to list award winners

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says a new Pentagon website will list the names of those Americans who have earned the Medal of Honor since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Wednesday - 07/25/2012, 10:47am EDT

AF Chief of Staff takes last flight as active-duty officer

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz has taken his last flight as an active-duty officer. Gen. Schwartz flew aboard a MC-130E Combat Talon I out of Hurlburt Field on Thursday for his "fini flight." He joined an MC-130E crew on a local training sortie.

Monday - 07/16/2012, 07:59pm EDT

Airmen fly high with iPads

About 700 airmen just received iPads to use as electronic flight bags.

Monday - 07/16/2012, 08:51am EDT

Air Force awards 5 contracts for cybersecurity project

The Air Force has awarded contracts to five companies to help it with a long-term cybersecurity project.

Wednesday - 07/11/2012, 08:30am EDT

Air Force Weapons School graduates first cyber warriors

The Air Force Weapons School recently graduated its first six airmen specially trained in cyber warfare.

Friday - 07/06/2012, 09:02am EDT

USDA, DoE, Navy kick starting biofuel development

The agencies are making $30 million available for companies to investigate the possibilities for creating military biofuels. The projects could help achieve the President's energy goals, military energy security and rural economic improvement.

Tuesday - 07/03/2012, 06:49pm EDT

Air Force joins Colorado firefighting effort

The Air Force is helping the fire fight in Colorado. At the same time, it had to evacuate 550 cadets from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs because of approaching flames.

Thursday - 06/28/2012, 10:30am EDT

OSC recognizes Dover whistleblowers

Three civilians who reported problems at the mortuary that handles soldiers' remains will be honored this week.

Tuesday - 06/26/2012, 09:56am EDT

Widening sex scandal rocks Texas Air Force base

From a chapel pulpit on Lackland Air Force Base, where every American airman reports for basic training, Col. Glenn Palmer delivered his first order to nearly 600 recruits seated in the pews: If you're sexually harassed or assaulted, tell someone.

Monday - 06/25/2012, 11:22pm EDT

Congresswoman calls for further inquiry into Air Force sex scandal

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) said the military needs to take sexual assault more seriously.

Monday - 06/25/2012, 03:56pm EDT
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Air Force commander relieved after Osprey crash

An Air Force squadron commander has been relieved following the crash of a tilt-rotor CV-22 Osprey from his unit in the Florida Panhandle.

Thursday - 06/21/2012, 09:39pm EDT

Northrop Grumman scores cryptography contract

The Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman a three-year contract to upgrade cryptography in the country's intercontinental ballistic missile system.

Thursday - 06/21/2012, 08:26am EDT

New site makes retirement easier for Air Force civilians

The service launched a new portal to let civilian workers prepare for retirement, request a retirement estimate and acquire the necessary paperwork to pay a military or civilian deposit.

Friday - 06/15/2012, 07:03pm EDT
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