Another A-10 ally gains a seat

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Republican Martha McSally beat incumbent Ron Barber on Wednesday after a recount to take over Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District. McSally, a retired Air Force colonel who flew A-10s over Iraq and Kuwait, picked up six more votes to give her a 167 votes victory, according to RollCall. McSally joins the coalition of congressional members — which include Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. — rallying to preserve the A-10. McSally criticized Barber during the race saying he “was asleep at the switch while the obvious threat of the A-10 retirement grew on his watch,” according to the Arizona Daily…

Academy Athletic Corporation seeking donations to send troops to bowl game

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The Air Force Academy Athletic Corporation  is soliciting donations to help send troops to their football bowl game later this month. The Air Force Falcons will take on Western Michigan in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Dec. 20 in Boise. The Academy has set up a site for supporters to donate money to get troops in the Boise area to the game. The Academy is donating helmets and jerseys for different amounts that have been donated. The donations are tax deductible. As of Dec. 10, the site has raised money for 272 tickets with a goal of 1,000 by…

Airman’s screenplay bought by Paramount Pictures

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Whatever started out as just a hobby has now brought this airman one step closer to Hollywood. Capt. Eric Koenig, the 412th Aerospace Medicine Squadron dental flight commander, recently accepted an offer from Paramount Pictures to purchase one of the many scripts he’s written in the last three years, according to a news release. The screenplay sold for an amount in the mid six-figure range, the release said. The story, called “Matriarch,” revolves around two powerful, female characters. According to Koenig: The plot follows a female serial killer on death row and her prison psychologist. There is one undisclosed piece of…

Colorado guardsman named Broncos ‘man of the year’

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The Denver Broncos this week announced that offensive guard, and Colorado Air National Guard Capt. Ben Garland has been named their Walter Payton Man of the Year recipient. Garland, a public affairs officer with the 140th Wing at Buckley Air Force Base and Air Force Academy graduate, received the award for “outstanding leadership both on the field and in the community,” according to the team. Each NFL team names a player for the award, and one player will be named the award winner league-wide at the end of the season. Garland was selected both for his service and for founding…

VIDEO: USAF Band kicks off holiday season with flash mob

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The Air Force Band on Tuesday delivered a surprise for hundreds of spectators at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center: An outstanding flash mob performance of “Greensleeves/What Child is This” and “Carol of the Bells.” As you can see in the video below, the performance began with a single oboist playing “Greensleeves” beneath the Space Shuttle Discovery, in the James S. McDonnell Space Hanger. She was soon joined by a cellist, another oboist, a harpist, and before long, the performance swelled to dozens of musicians throughout the hanger. The performance moved over to the main section of the hanger…

NORAD launches Santa tracker. We still have questions.

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Each year, North American Aerospace Defense Command launches a website that allows little children to track Santa. Other media outlets may think, “Wow, what a cute story,” but we at FlightLines/Air Force Times want to go deeper and ask the hard-hitting questions you’ve come to expect from the best Air Force news blog on the web. Here is what we want to know about Santa’s upcoming sortie: 1) Has Santa cut training due to sequestration? The Defense Department’s fiscal 2015 plan – over the sequester cap, calling for $115B more over the next four years – still sits in the…

Jalopnik compares Star Wars, US military tech–then and now

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If you’ve been anywhere near the Internet this weekend, you’ve probably seen the first trailer for the new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens. Fans applauded the return of the legendary Millennium Falcon and the debut of an updated X-wing starfighter, and how their appearance hews closer to the utilitarian, beat-to-hell look of the original movies and not the shiny, spiffy look of the much-derided prequels. Jalopnik’s military-focused blog, Foxtrot Alpha, took things one step further this weekend by outlining how the advancement — or lack thereof — of weapons platforms in the Star Wars universe mirrors our own. Said Foxtrot Alpha: Like…

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