Author Markeshia Ricks

With the threat of being dragged into court hanging over head, the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base has decided to reschedule its industry days for this year. The planned annual event was scheduled to occur Sept. 25 to 27, which would have put it in conflict with the celebration of Yom Kippur, which also is known as the Day of Atonement, and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a watchdog organization, was having none of that. The foundation was prepared to take the center to federal court to get an injunction to stop the event…

***UPDATE*** Air Force Times has learned that the Space and Missile Systems Center is planning to reschedule its industry days out of respect to the Jewish celebration of Yom Kippur. Stay tuned! Whomever  scheduled this year’s  Space and Missile Systems  Center industry days for Sept. 25 through Sept. 27, might need to repent  if they don’t move the event to another set of days. It just so happens that this year’s event has been scheduled at exactly the same time that Jewish people  observe what is considered the holiest day of their calendar, Yom Kippur,  or the Day of…

Sixty days ago, the Air Force said it would give “appropriate consideration” to allegations that the Air Force Academy’s dean of faculty ordered a campaign against a religious freedom watchdog group and then lied about it during a deposition. And low and behold the organization in question — the Military Religious Freedom Foundation — wants to know what the Air Force has found since it began it’s considering. The foundation has pressed the Air Force to investigate allegations that Brig. Gen. Dana Born directed a subordinate, in writing, to launch a campaign against the watchdog group and then denied it…

Someone has got some explaining to do at Aviano Air Base, Italy. And when the 31st Security Forces Squadron and the Italian national military police, get a hold of them, they might be in a lot of trouble. Pilots at the base have reported that small lasers have been directed into aircraft on approach and take off from the base on several occasions, according to a press release from the base. The lasers are not only a visual distraction for pilots, but apparently can cause irreparable harm to a pilot’s vision, according to 31st Aerospace Medicine Squadron physiologist Capt. Chris…

Air Force District of Washington Commander Maj. Gen. Darren McDew got to rub elbows with a few Hollywood and music industry celebrities earlier this month. McDew was among nine people inducted into the Boys and Girls Club of America Alumni Hall of Fame May 2 in San Diego, Calif. Every year the organization recognizes distinguished alumni during the its national conference, according to a press release. The event honors alumni who have made major contributions in their fields. McDew and his three brothers attended the Hampton Boys Club for five years while their father was stationed at Langley Air Force…

Not running the Air Force Marathon this year, but still want to be a part of the festivities? If that sounds like you, Air Force marathon officials have a mission for you. Once again the  September 15 race is looking for 2,000-plus volunteers to do everything from unwrapping the medals that runners receive at the finish line to post-race clean up. Volunteers do it all and race officials have announced that would-be helpers can start signing up at www.usafmarathon.com. “We couldn’t have this marathon without the support of the volunteers,” Jeanette Monaghan, a volunteer coordinator, said in a press release. …

It’s that time of the year where airmen and their families prepare to bid adieu to their current duty stations and start that all consuming process of moving to the next. In an effort to minimize that stress, the Air Force has unveiled a new housing Website that features links to the housing pages of every Air Force installation around the world. The new site features maps of each base, information on housing options and support services, links to other important moving related websites and a list of FAQs, according to a press release. The new site also includes information…

Shriever Air Force Base airmen set out to smash the world record for the largest dodgeball marathon and they think they did it. But it will be up to the good people of the Guinness Book of World Records to deem it so. About twenty airmen from the base attempted to break the record as a cool way to raise money for the Air Force Assistance Fund, though they had the support of plenty of their fellow airmen to get the job done. To break the record they had to play dodgeball for more than 31 hours, so they set…

You probably couldn’t imagine playing dodgeball for more than a few hours, let alone more than 31 hours — the longest dodgeball marathon, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. But that’s what airmen at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado plan to do March 22-23. They’ll attempt to break the Hometown Dodgeball and Albany Dodgeball teams of Albany, N.Y. — current record holders of almost two years for a game that lasted 31 hours 11 minutes and 13 seconds — by playing dodgeball for 40 hours. Breaking the record is no small feat. To do it,  playing members must…

If you’ve been dragging your feet about finally signing up for the Air Force Marathon, you might want to make a decision fast. Not only is the time to sign up before a price increase goes into effect approaching, but marathon officials are predicting that the event might be sold out before it does. On April 2, the cost of the full and half marathons increase to $90 and $75, respectively. The 10K will go up to $45, while the 5K will remain at $25. The prices go up further on June 2, but that’s only if there are any…

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