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Every year the nation pauses on the third Friday of September to remember the sacrifices and service of prisoners of war, members still missing in action and their families. This year, National Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Recognition Day falls on Sept. 19. Nearly 1,500 airmen are still missing and unaccounted for from various conflicts. There are more than 83,000 Americans still unaccounted for across the Defense Department, according to the Air Force Personnel Center. The remains of one missing airmen — Army Air Forces 1st Lt. William Bernier, missing since his B-24D Liberator was shot down over the Madang…

Many observed President Obama pay homage at the Pentagon yesterday to the nearly 3,000 victims who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. But by nightfall, another commemoration ceremony was gathering — 50 service members joined together to give each rep, each lunge, each workout move in honor of the victims who died 13 years ago.  Army Staff Sgt. River Mitchell,  a chef in the secretary of defense mess at the Pentagon, planned the workout of the day — or  “9/11 Tribute WOD” —  so that his fellow comrades could test their strength on behalf of the fallen in a unique way,…

Elmo has been making the rounds lately. Last night, he hobnobbed with Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show.”  And on Monday, he met with the Air Force’s top general. The furry red monster appeared this week alongside Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh and wife, Betty, on photos posted to social media. The chief had this to say about the Sept. 8 meeting: “We had some special visitors to the Pentagon today…thanks to Elmo and Rosita as well as the incredibly talented folks from Sesame Street for stopping by and helping us share a message with a very important audience –…

Making more than $65K right out of college isn’t a bad deal, mainly because it means you don’t have to resort to your parents’ couch. According to a new report from PayScale, some of the top universities where grads in the civilian workforce can get the most for their bachelor’s is at a military university. And the Air Force Academy makes the top 10. If you’re an Academy grad, chances are, you’ve landed a job that pays on average $66,700 as a starting salary, the study said. But pump the brakes: after ten or more years, you probably won’t be…

The mission: Air-drop critical supplies of food and water to Iraqi citizens displaced from their homes by Islamic State militants. Aircrews from the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron fulfilled that mission — and then some, according to a report from Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel, Air Forces Central Command Public Affairs. Master Sgt. Stephen Brown, for one, taped a package of Skittles to a bundle of Halal Meals Ready to Eat, which was delivered in an August airdrop to displaced Iraqis in the vicinity of Sinjar Mountain. “Although my favorite candy that doesn’t melt in this desert heat is Starburst, I…

An al-Qaida propaganda pamphlet has listed the Air Force Academy and the company that makes Predator drones as potential targets for terrorist attacks. Fox affiliate KXRM-TV in Colorado Springs first reported on Thursday that the publication from Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula listed the Air Force Academy as a target as part of an article explaining how to make car bombs. The story, “Make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom,” lists which materials are needed to build an “Iraqi style car bomb.” The author – listed only as “The AQ Chief” – urges would-be terrorists to select their…

Canada this week adopted a great sense of humor along with its Burger King takeover. @CanadaNATO tweeted this photo for the Russian soldiers stationed at the Russia-Ukraine border: Reuters reported Wednesday that Russian soldiers have been traveling into Ukraine “by mistake.” But who among us hasn’t accidentally refused to stop and ask for directions and ended up in a war zone…wearing a uniform of an enemy combatant? Right? No? The Kiev government said they had been on a ‘special mission’ “linked to the pro-Russian separatist rebellions in the east,” the report said. The flow of weapons and armored vehicles into…

Her gut told her to turn around. Airman 1st Class Ashli Harris was returning to Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, from visiting family in San Antonio the morning of July 14 when a glimpse in the rear-view mirror told her something wasn’t quite right. “I knew I had a choice, to keep going or turn around,” she said in an Air Force news release.  Harris took the next exit off I-410 and made a U-turn. Back on the freeway, she saw a car stopped on the side of the road. Harris pulled over and got out. That’s when she saw…

An Air Force unit is willing to pay more for iPhones than they cost in stores and online, but the story is more complicated than a simple case of the military buying the most expensive hammer in the world. The 48th Fighter Wing in Lakenheath, England, has asked vendors how much it would cost to order 120 iPhone 5s for the wing’s commanders and other essential personnel to replace their BlackBerrys as government-issued phones, said wing spokesman 1st Lt. Keenan Kunst. The wing estimates that the phones will cost $82,518.34 in total, or about $687 per phone. An unscientific online…

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