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  1. Petty Officer 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov was declared dead Dec. 14 in Kaiserslautern, Germany, after being found unresponsive in the passenger seat of a vehicle driven by Air Force Staff Sgt. Sean Oliver, according to police. Screenshot

    Prime Content For Germans, death penalty is concern in U.S. airman's murder trial

    Nearly a week after German police discovered the lifeless body of a U.S. sailor inside a car in Kaiserslautern Dec. 14, the remains were turned over to the U.S. armed forces regional medical examiner.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  2. Master Sgt. Roger Sparks is congratulated by son Ozric after receiving the Silver Star. Erik Hill/Anchorage Daily News

    Prime Content Silver Star PJ recounts 5 hours in firefight with Taliban

    Master Sgt. Roger Sparkshad deployed to war zones too many times to count when he descended into a firefight in Afghanistan's Watapur Valley on the evening of Nov. 14, 2010.

    • Jul. 18, 2014
  3. More than 2,000 people attended a Jan. 17 memorial service at RAF Lakenheath, England, for the four Pave Hawl crew members killed in the crash. Airman First Class Erin O'Shea/Air Force

    Prime Content Pave Hawk tragedy: Geese hit Jolly 22 at a force of 130 knots

    A small flock of geese that had migrated to a new area caused an HH-60G to crash off the English coast in January, killing the four airmen aboard.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  4. Air Force pilots depart the flight line at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. A trademark dispute raises questions about whether retired or former pilots can wear flight suits when speaking in public. Airman 1st Class Krystal M. Jeffers/Air Force

    Can a trademark restrict who wears flight suits?

    Whether former military pilots can dress like pilots and talk like pilots in public appearances are issues at the heart of a trademark dispute between two rival motivational speaking companies run by former fighter pilots.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  5. Senior Airman Andy Schliepsiek and his wife, Jamie, were stabbed to death 10 years ago. Air Force Judge Advocate General's Office

    Prime Content Airman back on death row, but nightmare continues for victims' family

    The Bielenbergs stopped celebrating Independence Day after their daughter and son-in-law were stabbed to death at their home on Robins Air Force Base in Georgia early on the morning of July 5, 2004.

    • Jul. 11, 2014
  6. Brig. Gen. Brian Kelly says two major factors threaten pilot retention: The high operations tempo of recent years and the lure of private- sector jobs. Rob Curtis/Staff

    Prime Content AF fighting — with cash — to keep fighter pilots

    The Air Force is afraid the commercial airline industry's long-awaited hiring boom is right around the corner. And for the second year in a row, the service is planning to pay big to keep airlines from poaching their fighter pilots.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  7. Anthony Jones, second from right, left the Navy as a chief petty officer. He was serving in force protection when he realized the Transportation Security Administration had similar job descriptions that fit his interests, so he jumped to federal civilian service. He now supervises 15 people and 15 working dogs for the TSA in Atlanta. Kevin Liles/kevindliles.com

    Prime Content How to land a federal job: 25 tips from insiders and experts

    You've probably heard that federal agencies give some hiring preferences to veterans.

    • Jul. 7, 2014
  8. Prime Content Initiatives that give vets an edge

    Federal agencies aren't trying to hire veterans just because they think it's a nice thing to do. They've been ordered to do so by their chief executive and board of directors — the president and Congress.

    • Jul. 7, 2014
  9. Staff Sgt. Darius Boscarino gets a quick workout before returning home from work. Courtesy photo

    Fix the PT test: Former PT leader creates new scoring

    He's done the calculations. He's gotten positivefeedback from fellow airmen. And now Staff Sgt. Darius Boscarino wants to take his PT test Air Force-wide — and eventually to all services.

    • Jun. 30, 2014
  10. Adding up run points

    It's easy enough to calculate points for pushups and situps under Staff Sgt. Darius Boscarino's proposed PT test: half-point for each.

    • Jun. 30, 2014
  11. PT test reimagined

    Staff Sgt. Darius Boscarino has come up with a plan for a new physical training test that sets minimum passing scores by age, rather than age group.

    • Jun. 30, 2014
  12. How points add up

    Here is how 28-year-olds, for example, gain points under Staff Sgt. Darius Boscarino's proposed revisions to the PT test:

    • Jun. 30, 2014
  13. Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody says the new enlisted performance report will be out in six months. Samuel King Jr./Air Force

    Prime Content Cody: 18-month overhaul starts with new feedback form

    Get ready for some awkward conversations with your supervisor.

    • Jun. 16, 2014
  14. Prime Content Retention boards: 1 in 4 airmen will be told to leave

    The Air Force's first enlisted retention boards are two weeks away from convening — and they could end the careers of roughly 4,000 airmen.

    • Jun. 2, 2014
  15. Staff Sgt. Aaron Driver said that, in writing his letter explaining why he doesn't plan to re-enlist, he wanted to spark a conversation about the burdens all airmen bear. Courtesy Aaron Driver

    Prime Content Separating airman answers critics

    To some, Staff Sgt. Aaron Driver is a truth-teller, laying out the hard realities of the toll everything from repeated deployments to Mickey Mouse regulations have taken on rank-and-file airmen and their families.

    • May. 12, 2014
  16. Prime Content House panel rejects benefits cuts in 2015 defense budget

    In the first official congressional action on the Pentagon's proposed 2015 budget, House lawmakers have rejected proposed cuts in housing allowances and commissary funding, as well as an overhaul of the Tricare system that would increase out-of-pocket cos

    • May. 5, 2014
  17. Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, would have lost most of its equipment and aircraft under the 2005 BRAC proposal. The proposal was rejected, and since then the Alaska congressional delegation has been sensitive to any movement on the base. Kevin Robertson/Air Force

    Prime Content Too many bases: The plan to sidestep Congress' opposition to closures

    The Air Force is digging deep to achieve extensive budget cuts — cutting people, eliminating entire aircraft fleets and begging Congress for another round of base closures.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  18. Airmen who work on the A-10 are receiving a reprieve this year, due to a congressional restriction on reductions in the A-10 workforce. Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez/Air Force

    Prime Content Thousands of airmen spared under revised force-shaping plan

    At least 8,751 airmen's jobs are no longer on the chopping block this year, according to the latest charts obtained by Air Force Times.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  19. Ellis Jerry Lara/San Antonio Express-News

    Prime Content The cases against two MTIs

    The case: Former basic trainees under Ellis in 2010 and 2011 accused her of threatening to beat them up, send them home in body bags and other violent acts, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

    • Mar. 31, 2014
  20. Prime Content Cost of buyouts

    The Air Force plans to spend nearly $1 billion on early retirement and separation payments to more than 20,000 airmen in fiscal 2015:

    • Mar. 24, 2014
  21. A pair of A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft take off from Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Aug. 10, 2012. The aircraft's paint scheme helps to camouflage the aircraft, particularly on an overcast day. This aircraft is operated by the 107th Fighter Squadron, Michigan Air National Guard. Tech. Sgt. Robert Hanet / U.S. Air Force

    Prime Content Guard units to get new aircraft to replace A-10s

    The Air Force plans to replace all National Guard A-10 units with new flying missions to make sure their states and bases will not lose positions, according to budget documents obtained by Air Force Times.

    • Mar. 10, 2014
  22. Two 210th Rescue Squadron HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters fly over Alaska. The Air Force wants to buy 112 helicopters to replace the aging Sikorsky Pave Hawks. Master Sgt. Sean Mitchell/Air National Guard

    Prime Content Money found for new Combat Rescue Helicopter

    The Air Force will award a contract on its new Combat Rescue Helicopter before the end of June, despite the program not being included in the fiscal 2015 budget request, said Maj. Gen. James Martin, the service's budget director.

    • Mar. 10, 2014
  23. Prime Content Pay changes run counter to troops' 'cash is king' mantra

    New proposals to shrink military compensation would hit troops in the wallet, almost immediately.

    • Mar. 10, 2014
  24. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, briefs reporters at the Pentagon, where he outlined significant changes to military compensation and troops levels in an effort to balance postwar defense needs with budget realities. Carolyn Kaster / The Associated Press

    Prime Content DoD pushes forward on pay, benefits cuts

    Never in the 40-year history of the all-volunteer force has the Pentagon sought to roll back the existing military compensation package for service members.

    • Mar. 3, 2014
  25. Airmen from the 81st and 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadrons and soldiers with the 1/18th Battalion conduct joint training Jan. 12 at Grand Bara Range in northeast Africa. Staff Sgt. Erik Cardenas/Air Force

    Prime Content Vast distances, unexpected dangers — and rewards — as Africa mission expands

    The order to help evacuate Americans from the violence-seized capital city of South Sudan came just 21/2 months after the small group of airmen from Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., arrived at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.

    • Mar. 3, 2014
  1. Body of young 'stowaway' found in wheel well of C-130 after Africa missions

    The body of an unidentified male between 15 and 20 years old was found in the wheel well of an 86th Airlift Wing C-130 on Sunday after the plane returned to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, from missions in Africa, officials said....

      10:32 AM, Jul. 30, 2014
  2. AF takes aim at obesity in dependents, retirees

    The Air Force is taking aim at obesity among dependents and retirees through two pilot programs that could eventually go servicewide....

      10:08 AM, Jul. 27, 2014
  3. Body of young 'stowaway' found in wheel well of C-130 after Africa missions

    The body of an unidentified male between 15 and 20 years old was found in the wheel well of an 86th Airlift Wing C-130 on Sunday after the plane returned to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, from missions in Africa, officials said....

      10:32 AM, Jul. 30, 2014
  4. Gen. Hostage: Manned, unmanned mix needed in Iraq

    ISR mission still requires pilots who can 'look out the window and see something coming,' ACC commander says....

      3:21 PM, Jul. 30, 2014
  5. Special Report: The top 5 best bases for airmen

    No matter the service, no matter the era, one of the favorite pastimes of troops has always been comparing duty stations — griping about the lousy ones and singing the praises of the good ones....

      4:43 PM, Jul. 23, 2014
  6. Last crew member of Enola Gay dies

    The last surviving member of the crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, hastening the end of World War II and forcing the world into the atomic age, has died in Georgia....

      7:53 AM, Jul. 30, 2014
  7. Air Force unveils 30-year strategy document

    The Air Force is calling for closer ties to industry, better relations with Congress, and increased flexibility for both airmen and acquisitions — all part of a 30-year strategy document unveiled Wednesday....

      1:01 PM, Jul. 30, 2014
  8. Divers find wreckage of World War II-era plane

    David and Drew Losinski are struck by the coincidence....

      9:29 AM, Jul. 30, 2014
  9. Some F-35 flight restrictions lifted

    The Pentagon has lifted some flight restrictions on F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, while inspections will continue for the foreseeable future, according to a Defense Department official....

      3:21 PM, Jul. 30, 2014
  10. Body of young 'stowaway' found in wheel well of C-130 after Africa missions

    The body of an unidentified male between 15 and 20 years old was found in the wheel well of an 86th Airlift Wing C-130 on Sunday after the plane returned to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, from missions in Africa, officials said....

      10:32 AM, Jul. 30, 2014
  11. This week's letters to the editor

    I am an Army Reserve air defense officer, commonly referred to by Air Force liaison officers as 'Duckhunters.' On the civilian side, I am a major airline captain/pilot of a Boeing 737 with 10,000 hours of flight time....

      3:26 PM, Jul. 29, 2014
  12. Body of young 'stowaway' found in wheel well of C-130 after Africa missions

    The body of an unidentified male between 15 and 20 years old was found in the wheel well of an 86th Airlift Wing C-130 on Sunday after the plane returned to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, from missions in Africa, officials said....

      10:32 AM, Jul. 30, 2014
  13. Admiral: World getting 'numb' to North Korean missiles

    Amid concerns about its development and testing of nuclear weapons, North Korea may be lulling the world into largely accepting its advances in missile technology, the admiral in charge of American forces in Asia and the Pacific said Tuesday....

      7:12 PM, Jul. 29, 2014
  14. SOCOM chief McRaven set to become next chancellor for University of Texas System

    University of Texas System regents on Tuesday selected one of the top U.S. military special operations leaders as the lone finalist for the job of chancellor, overseeing the system's 15 campuses and $14 billion budget....

      4:07 PM, Jul. 30, 2014
  15. Board targets enlisteds in overmanned fields for cuts

    The Air Force in June plans to hold its first enlisted retention board for senior airmen through senior master sergeants in overmanned specialties, the Air Force Personnel Center said Dec. 27....

      10:54 AM, Jan. 14, 2014
  16. Pig-castrating Senate candidate returns from Guard duty

    Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst has returned from two weeks of training with the Iowa National Guard to a midterm election race against Democrat Bruce Braley that has become a competitive contest in the battle for Senate control....

      2:52 PM, Jul. 29, 2014
  17. Divers find wreckage of World War II-era plane

    David and Drew Losinski are struck by the coincidence....

      9:29 AM, Jul. 30, 2014
  18. CPS worker in 2012 Dyess toddler death charged with evidence tampering

    Abilene, Texas, police have charged a former state child protective services worker with tampering with evidence in the case of a toddler found dead at her Dyess Air Force Base home nearly two years ago....

      1:26 PM, Jul. 29, 2014
  19. SOCOM chief McRaven set to become next chancellor for University of Texas System

    University of Texas System regents on Tuesday selected one of the top U.S. military special operations leaders as the lone finalist for the job of chancellor, overseeing the system's 15 campuses and $14 billion budget....

      4:07 PM, Jul. 30, 2014
  20. Japanese practice amphibious landing in Hawaii

    Japan has been practicing storming beaches with the U.S. and other countries in Hawaii this month....

      10:19 AM, Jul. 30, 2014

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