Author Jeff Schogol

The American Battle Monuments Commission will soon take over the responsibility of maintaining Clark Veterans Cemetery in the Philippines, said commission spokesman Tim Nosal. The US and Philippine governments are expected to sign an agreement on Monday that would allow the commission to restore and operate  the cemetery, which is on Philippine soil, according to an advisory from the Philippine government. “We will be able to get to staff to Clark Cemetery within a couple of days or sooner,” Nosal said on Friday. The cemetery was badly damaged by a 1991 volcanic eruption, which happened just as the U.S. military…

A former Air Force Academy cadet who claims he was ordered to break cadet policy while working as a confidential informant and then expelled for doing what he was told has exposed the scope of the Office of Special Investigations’ use of informants to spy on their fellow airmen. In this week’s Air Force Times, you can read how this cadet was recruited to work for OSI and what happens to airmen after they become confidential informants. Also this week: It’s been two years since Air Force wife Kelli Abad disappeared from Kadena Air Base, Japan, but her mother refused…

A former Air Force Academy cadet who claims he was ordered to break cadet policy while working as a confidential informant and then expelled for doing what he was told has exposed the scope of the Office of Special Investigations’ use of informants to spy on their fellow airmen. In this week’s Air Force Times, you can read how this cadet was recruited to work for OSI and what happens to airmen after they become confidential informants. Also this week: It’s been two years since Air Force wife Kelli Abad disappeared from Kadena Air Base, Japan, but her mother refused…

Santa Claus will not get an armed escort from the North American Aerospace Defense Command this year. When NORAD launched its yearly Santa tracker online, the Boston Globe reported that the site featured a video showing the jolly old elf being escorted by US fighters “bristling with missiles.” This caused a minor earthquake in the Twitterverse about why Santa would need an armed escort. The answer: Russia. But a NORAD spokesman confirmed to FlightLines’ weapons/Santa expert that the “missiles” are actually fuel tanks. “Guilty as charged, we tried to give it a more operational feel this year; that was purposefully…

The Air Force has announced steep cuts to re-enlistment bonuses and retraining opportunities as budget cuts force the service to get smaller. In this week’s Air Force Times, we explain who is getting a re-enlistment bonus and who isn’t as well as which career fields are no longer on the retraining list. In the next few weeks, even more bad news may be coming. Also this week: the Air Force recently selected about 1,000 staff sergeants for special duties out of an eligibility pool of roughly 7,500 nominees. You can read the five things you need to know about special…

The Air Force has announced steep cuts to re-enlistment bonuses and retraining opportunities as budget cuts force the service to get smaller. In this week’s Air Force Times, we explain who is getting a re-enlistment bonus and who isn’t as well as which career fields are no longer on the retraining list. In the next few weeks, even more bad news may be coming. Also this week: the Air Force recently selected about 1,000 staff sergeants for special duties out of an eligibility pool of roughly 7,500 nominees. You can read the five things you need to know about special…

More fighter pilots took the $225,000 bonus to extend their contracts for nine years than senior Air Force officials have indicated. Air Force Times looks at how many fighter pilots took the bonus in fiscal 2013 and why Acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning said earlier this month that pilots were being lured away by the airlines. Also this week: Next month, the Air Force plans to roll out its new web portal that will support mobile devices, such as smart phones and tablets. Here is what you need to know. Meanwhile, budget cuts have limited the opportunities for enlisted…

More fighter pilots took the $225,000 bonus to extend their contracts for nine years than senior Air Force officials have indicated. Air Force Times looks at how many fighter pilots took the bonus in fiscal 2013 and why Acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning said earlier this month that pilots were being lured away by the airlines. Also this week: Next month, the Air Force plans to roll out its new web portal that will support mobile devices, such as smart phones and tablets. Here is what you need to know. Meanwhile, budget cuts have limited the opportunities for enlisted…

The Senate’s recent decision to break with tradition and end the 60-vote requirement for most Presidential nomination has not changed Lt. Gen. Susan Helms’ decision to retire. Helms was nominated to be the next vice commander of Space Command, but Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., blocked her nomination because Helms overturned the sexual assault conviction of Capt. Matthew Herrera at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., in February 2012. Under the old Senate rules, it took 60 votes to overcome a hold on a nomination, but on Thursday the Senate voted to lower that threshold to 51 votes. But Helms has not…

The Air Force will soon announce how it plans to cut 25,000 airmen over the next five years if sequestration continues, Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh told Air Force Times reporter Stephen Losey. In this week’s Air Force Times, you can read how the Air Force expects to make those cuts. In other news, a plan to rapidly deploy F-22 fighters is closer to reality after a successful test this summer at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. The concept would drastically cut the logistics and overhead needed to schedule a deployment. Meanwhile, the Air Force Academy is allowing junior cadets…

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