Browsing: Air Force

If you’re a mixed martial arts fan, you may have noticed that Will Chope, a former airman, was pulled from last night’s UFC Fight Night 38 in Natal, Brazil. His UFC contract was also terminated. Chope (19-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC) was scheduled to fight Diego Brandao (18-9 MMA, 4-2 UFC) televised on Fox Sports 1 until allegations surfaced on Saturday that Chope was kicked out of the Air Force after assaulting his wife on more than one occasion, according to Bleacher Report. The Air Force court of appeals documents, obtained by Bleacher Report, detail the assault: “The appellant [Airman Basic…

A U.S. service member who fought in Vietnam will move to his final resting place at Arlington National Cemetery this week. The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced March 18 that the remains of Army Staff Sgt. Lawrence Woods of Clarksville, Tenn., will be buried as part of group on March 21 at Arlington in a ceremony honoring the servicemen who were lost in an aircraft crash on Oct. 24, 1964. Woods and seven other service members were aboard a C-123 Provider aircraft that crashed when it was struck by enemy fire while resupplying the U.S. Special Forces camp…

The Air Force’s “strategic pause” on much of its voluntary force-shaping programs created a great deal of concern from many airmen, who feared they were about to be left in the lurch. Some worried that the pause will delay their exit from the Air Force and complicate their efforts to accept job offers from the private sector. In this week’s Air Force Times, we have an exclusive interview with Lt. Gen. Samuel Cox, deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services, in which he lays out exactly what is behind the pause, what it means for you, and dispels…

The Air Force is reminding airmen to think before they act, lest it end up online for posterity. “You may know a few of our fellow Airmen (and Soldiers) recently made news headlines for all the wrong reasons,” Christa D’Andrea, an Air Force Recruiting Service spokeswoman wrote this week.  “Within the last few weeks photos that were taken several years ago popped up on a number of official Air Force Facebook pages, including ours. These photos show Airmen acting in a way that is utterly disrespectful and is not consistent with the Air Force’s core values.” D’Andrea was referring to, among…

When it comes to boosting morale, Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh goes all out. This is a man who donned a Captain America mask last year as part of his “Captain Airpower” persona. Some smirked, but Welsh didn’t care. He loves airmen and he is passionate about airpower. If you don’t get it, you don’t get it. Most recently, Welsh has declared that this Mustache March will be one for the ages. The Major Commands are competing for the honors of top mustache. Welsh is in the game too. His wife Betty recently posted pictures on Facebook showing her…

The last Stratotanker has left the Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan, ending 12.5 years of refueling operations at the base. The transit center’s last refueling mission landed Feb. 24, according to the Air Force. The KC-135, deployed from MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., flew for six hours, refueling A-10s and F-16s over Afghanistan. “It’s pretty special to be able to say that we were able to fly on the last sortie out of Manas,” said Col. Mike Seiler, the commander of the 376th Expeditionary Operations Group, according to a release. “When [I] think about it, we flew our last sortie…

If industry is willing to pitch new IT system ideas, the Air Force is here to listen. “It’s clear to me that we’re going to have to do a little bit of a better job in the Air Force of building the kind of capabilities from some of the [industry companies] we have here today,” said Lt. Gen Charles Davis, military deputy for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, during a Feb. 11 luncheon hosted by the Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association Washington, D.C. Chapter. The panel — moderated by Lt. Gen. Michael Basla,…

Taking our “Here’s Why” from the paper to the blog. An explanation for why something is the way it is in the Air Force/military. Whether you’re riding on a jet ski or are an Air Force aircrew flight equipment journeyman, life vests are part of protocol. During World War II, life vests were nicknamed “Mae Wests” after the popular 1930s and 40s actress Mae West. Could you guess why? Linguist and author Henry Alexander explains that members of the Royal Air Force and Army Air Forces who were issued flight gear began calling their life vests — manufactured by Peter…

How do dogs do excitement? Like this. This video shows Staff Sgt. Tyler Bigler, 606th Air Control Squadron, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, coming home to his playful pooch, Sherlock, on Jan. 15 after six months of deployment in Southwest Asia. Bigler’s wife, Melissa, posted the video on Upworthy’s (a website for viral and “meaningful” content) Facebook page saying, “My husband came home yesterday from a deployment, this is our little dog’s reaction! He hasn’t left his side all day.” Watch the cuteness unfold in the video above. First reported by HuffPost Good News.

Police have credited an active-duty airman with stopping a would-be robber from making off with nearly $26,000 worth of watches at a TJ Maxx store in Evesham, N.J., Sunday evening. This video, released by the Evesham Police Department, shows a man in dark clothes, a ski mask and gloves throwing a large rock through a glass jewelry case. About half-through the 42-second clip, the airman, in civilian clothes, appears in the frame. As the robber tries to make a run for it, the airman tackles him to the ground. The robber ultimately gets away – but not before his ski…

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