en-us Copyright 2014, SaxoTech Online Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:20:31 -0400 15 Army specialist charged in strangling death of sailor A second service member has been charged in the death of a sailor in Germany, Stars and Stripes has reported. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:50:00 -0400 Pilots blamed in October crash that killed Guardsman The failure of contracted pilots to keep their aircraft over water during an Oct. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:40:00 -0400 Today's MTIs, through the eyes of an old airman I normally don't jump into the fray of Internet social commentary, but as Air Education and Training Command's senior enlisted airman, I felt compelled after seeing many readers' comments stemming from a March 31 news article on the court-martial of a for Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:28:00 -0400 Final count: More than 2,100 enlisted members granted early retirement The Air Force has finished processing and approving enlisted airmen's early retirement applications and is nearly finished officers' applications. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:28:00 -0400 Training aircraft overruns runway at Tyndall A QF-4 targeting aircraft overran a runway Tuesday at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., causing damage to the aircraft. Investigators say there was no danger to the public or a nearby highway. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:44:00 -0400 Altus selected for KC-46A training KC-46A Pegasus crews will train at Altus Air Force Base, Okla., when the tanker begins to enter the fleet in fiscal 2016, the Air Force announced Wednesday. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:40:00 -0400 Welsh: Afghanistan could create 'meaningful' aerospace industry Afghanistan is not a country known for its aeronautical industry, but at least one top-ranking U.S. official believes that could change. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:38:00 -0400 FDA warns maker of controversial workout supplement Craze Federal regulators have warned the maker of the once-popular sports supplement Craze about its proprietary blend of ingredients and tests showing an undisclosed methamphetamine-like compound in the product, records now made public show. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:22:00 -0400 Spy plane outlasts Cold War, but not defense cuts The U-2 spy plane outlasted the Cold War, outlived its successor and proved crucial a half-century ago when two superpowers were on the brink of nuclear war. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:16:00 -0400 Judge grants Manning's name change request A Kansas judge has granted a request to formally change the name of the soldier convicted of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks from Bradley Edward Manning to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:04:00 -0400 First lady announcing one-stop job site for vets Aiming to streamline employment resources for people leaving the military, the government is creating an integrated website that can help job-seekers create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database of veterans and their spouses for co Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:26:00 -0400 2 years in jail for misusing money for homeless vets A Nashville, Tenn., woman who stole more than $364,000 earmarked to help homeless veterans will spend two years in jail for the crimes. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:08:00 -0400 McConnell base gets final OK for refueling tankers The U.S. Air Force has given final approval to McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita as the home of the new KC-46A air refueling tanker, according to Kansas congressmen. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:30:00 -0400 Obama: U.S.-Japan treaty applies to disputed islands President Barack Obama confirmed Wednesday that America's mutual security treaty with Japan applies to the islands at the center of a territorial dispute between China and Japan. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:54:00 -0400 Obama visit to Asia seen as counterweight to China President Barack Obama's travels through Asia aim to reassure partners about the renewed U.S. commitment to the region, with an eye both to China's rising assertiveness and the fast-growing markets that are the center of gravity for global growth. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:48:00 -0400 State Dept. says Egypt cleared for US military aid The Obama administration said Tuesday it has certified that Egypt is upholding its 35-year-old peace treaty with Israel and therefore qualifies for some military and counterterrorism assistance. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:18:00 -0400 Recruits trending older in U.S. military New recruits in the U.S. military are getting slightly older, with more than half of Army enlistees age 20 or above compared with a few decades ago when only a third were in the older age group, according to a RAND Corp. study released Wednesday. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:14:00 -0400 4 Army units heading to Eastern Europe The U.S. military in Europe is sending four company-sized infantry units, a total of about 600 soldiers, to Eastern Europe, the latest effort to reassure NATO allies in light of Russian aggression in Ukraine, a Pentagon official said Tuesday. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:58:00 -0400 Letter: Why I won't re-enlist Tired of waiting for deployments to slow down and other hardships of military life, Staff Sgt. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:02:00 -0400 Spy vs. Spy: Former SecDef Gates talks Putin Before he became secretary of defense, Robert Gates spent a career at the CIA when U.S intelligence agents were pitted against the KGB. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:02:00 -0400 Report: U.S. may leave fewer troops in Afghanistan The Obama administration is reportedly considering options to leave far fewer troops in Afghanistan after this year than the top U.S. and NATO commander for Afghanistan has recommended. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:16:00 -0400 General officer assignments announced Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh announced the following general officer assignments April 21: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:40:00 -0400 Ukraine orders offensive as Biden presses Russia Ukraine's president on Tuesday ordered the country's forces to renew a military operation against pro-Russian militants in East Ukraine after the killing of two men and a shooting at a plane. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:40:00 -0400 South Carolina's top military man begins re-election campaign Maj. Gen. Robert Livingston, South Carolina's adjutant general, lauded the state's Army and Air Force National Guard as one of the nation's top military organizations Tuesday and asked voters to re-elect him so he can work to keep it that way. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:12:00 -0400 Activity at North Korea site hints at nuke test preps Commercial satellite imagery shows increased activity at North Korea's nuclear test site but not enough to indicate an underground atomic explosion is imminent, a U.S. research institute said Tuesday. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:22:00 -0400 Judge: Prosecutors must turn over info on secret CIA prisons Prosecutors must turn over never-revealed details about the time a Guantanamo Bay detainee spent in secret CIA prisons after his arrest in connection with the deadly attack on the USS Cole in Yemen, according to a military judge's order released Tuesday. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:18:00 -0400 Top VA official questions use of term 'Gulf War illness' After the Institute of Medicine in March recommended using the term 'Gulf War illness' to describe symptoms affecting more than 200,000 Persian Gulf War veterans, a top Veterans Affairs Department official expressed concern that such a change would imply Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:52:00 -0400 Foreign troops now eligible for Defense Meritorious Service Medal President Obama has signed an executive order that allows foreign troops who work with the U.S. military to be eligible for the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:19:00 -0400 91-year-old World War II veteran gets honor A 91-year-old World War II veteran in suburban Detroit has received a long-overdue honor. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:21:00 -0400 WWII vet overcomes survivor's guilt, tells story For nearly 69 years, Frances Corona has wondered how her brother met his fate in World War II. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:17:00 -0400 Air Force corrects figures on early retirement approvals The Air Force has corrected an error in the number of enlisted airmen it said had been approved for early retirement. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:45:00 -0400 U.S. seeks to navigate military-civilian power blocs in Pakistan It has been six years since the Pakistani military gave up direct control of that nation's government. But U.S. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:01:00 -0400 Pakistan says it's test-fired short-range missile Pakistan's military says it has successfully test-fired a short-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:53:00 -0400 NATO minesweepers set off on Baltic deployment Five NATO mine-hunting ships set off Tuesday on a deployment in the Baltic Sea, part of the alliance's efforts to strengthen its presence in Europe's ex-communist east as members there worry about Russia's intentions in Ukraine. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:43:00 -0400 Militants attack balloting center in Iraq, kill 10 Militants wearing military uniforms carried out an overnight attack against a balloting center in a remote area of the country's north and killed 10 guards, a senior police official said on Tuesday. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:59:00 -0400 Biden to speak at Air Force Academy graduation Vice President Biden will be the guest speaker at the Air Force Academy graduation in May. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:36:00 -0400 4 standouts in Afghanistan honored with Sijan Award Lt. Col. Grant Hargrove helped Afghan leaders expand electric power and other essential services to 2.7 million citizens of Nangarhar Province, an area where Afghan forces and the Taliban often clash for control. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:31:00 -0400 U.S.: Russia has 'days, not weeks' to follow accord Russia has 'days, not weeks' to abide by an international accord aimed at stemming the crisis in Ukraine, the top U.S. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:05:00 -0400 Interview: 5 questions for the naked veteran Vietnam War veteran Max Sanchez struggles with controlling issues stemming from post-traumatic stress. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:00:00 -0400 Russians inspect Montana nuclear launch facilities Russian nuclear inspectors visited the U.S. amid heightened tensions between the two nations to verify that 18 nuclear missile launch facilities had been demolished as part of a 2011 arms control treaty, Air Force officials said Monday. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:28:00 -0400 Army personnel to take part in prayer event Army officials say they will not back away from participating in a Capitol Hill prayer event next month despite complaints that the event amounts to an endorsement of evangelical Christians. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:12:00 -0400 North Dakota to begin drone tests for ag research North Dakota could begin flying a drone next month to test how the unmanned aircraft can check soil quality and the status of crops to help farmers improve agricultural management. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:32:00 -0400 Andrews NCO pleads guilty to child porn An Air Force officer has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:28:00 -0400 Yemen says strikes on al-Qaida base kill 55 Yemeni forces, reportedly backed by U.S. drone strikes, hit al-Qaida militants for a second straight day Monday in what Yemen officials said was an assault on a major base of the terror group hidden in the remote southern mountains. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:10:00 -0400 Hagel vows to keep fighting sexual assault Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said his visit Monday to the military's sexual assault hotline sends this message: No single issue has a higher priority at the Pentagon. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:08:00 -0400 Express Scripts to continue as Tricare prescription provider Express Scripts, the Pentagon's pharmacy benefit management company, has been awarded a contract worth up to $5.4 billion over eight years to continue providing pharmacy services for Tricare beneficiaries. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:06:00 -0400 Army doc is back to run in Boston A year ago, Army Reserve Lt. Col. (Dr.) David King crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon with a time of 3 hours, 12 minutes - a slow pace for the experienced runner but a thrill nonetheless for the Cambridge, Mass., resident. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:53:00 -0400 Retirees create network to help active-duty families One airman couldn't fit an oil change into his busy schedule. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:57:00 -0400 U.S. weighing military exercises in Eastern Europe The United States is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks, a Western official said Saturday. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:16:00 -0400 Abdullah's lead grows in new Afghan vote results Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah's lead slightly increased in partial results for Afghanistan's presidential election released Sunday, but he and rival Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai still seem to be heading for a runoff next month. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:51:00 -0400 Fla. vets say vandalism of military memorials should stir revulsion The vandalizing of military veterans' memorials in Milton and Pensacola during the past year or so is prompting the stewards of those monuments to plan security measures, but they're saddened at the need to do so. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:38:00 -0400 Commentary: Every airman has role in preventing sex assaults Every April the Air Force recognizes Sexual Assault Prevention and Response month, using it as an opportunity to renew our commitment to treating each other with dignity and respect. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:07:00 -0400 Civilian named Exceptional Sexual Assault Response Coordinator When Cindy Graver first went to work as the sexual assault response coordinator at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., in 2005, she was half of a two-member team in a job new to the military. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:15:00 -0400 As tension with Russia flares, U.S. senators meet with Marines in Baltics United States Marines assigned to the Black Sea Rotational Force, based at Mihail Kogalniceanu air base in Romania, wrapped up a 10-day exercise called Summer Shield with Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian troops on April 17. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:32:00 -0400 On-base fast food outlets get temporary reprieve from new wage rules The Labor Department has pulled back - at least temporarily - from new minimum wage rules that had led several fast-food restaurants to end their contracts on military installations and prompted others to possibly follow suit. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:30:00 -0400 Tops in Blue returns, gets visit from Sinbad Tops in Blue, the Air Force's traveling musical performance troupe, will kick off this year's 85-show tour May 17 - and earlier this month, got encouragement and advice from a surprise visitor. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:43:00 -0400 Army, National Guard ready to leverage, expand Eastern European alliances Pending any orders to ramp up its forces or engagements, U.S. Army Europe and the National Guard are focused on reassuring their allies and partners. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:18:00 -0400 Pakistani girl's seminary names library after OBL Most didn't notice the new library at this Islamic seminary for girls near Pakistan's capital, until locals saw the paper sign in Urdu posted on its wooden door: 'Library of Osama bin Laden, the Martyr.' Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:46:00 -0400 N.C. community college rate break for vets proposed Gov. Pat McCrory says he wants to make it easier for new veterans to attend any of North Carolina's community colleges. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:08:00 -0400 U.S.: Forfeiture deal over Iran assets sets record A federal judge has approved plans to sell a 36-story Manhattan office building and other properties owned by Iran nationwide in what will be the largest terrorism-related forfeiture ever, a prosecutor said Thursday. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:24:00 -0400