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Starting this fall, Iraq will start receiving F-16 fighters, giving the Iraqi military the capability to attack al-Qaida militants who have proven to be too well armed for Iraq’s fleet of helicopters. The first two F-16s are slated to arrive in Iraq this September, according to the U.S. State Department. By the fall 2017, Iraq will have received 36 F-16 fighters, the first of which recently made its maiden flight, said Mark Johnson, a spokesman for Lockheed Martin.  Johnson declined to say how many smart bombs the fighters bound for Iraq can carry. To date, 11 Iraqi pilots have trained…

Air Force Times wants to know: How’s the PT test going? How has the PT test changed for you since the instruction was updated in October? Is the new waist tape rule tougher than the old one? If you’ve failed the waist measurement, have you been referred to the BMI measurement? If you’ve also failed BMI, what’s the next step for you? What components of the PT test – situps, pushups, waist measurement, run – have been the most challenging for you? Sound off below or email Oriana Pawlyk at opawlyk@airforcetimes.com. Your comments may be used in an upcoming Air Force…

Staff Sgt. Tom Sherrill caught a piece of baseball history last night, and decided to give it back without asking for anything in return. Sherrill, a native of Pomona, Calif., caught a homer run ball off the bat of Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols on Tuesday night at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. The homer was historic, the 500th hit by Albert Pujols. It would have gone for thousands, but Sherrill said he wanted to just give it back to Pujols. “I’ll take whatever they want to give me, but I’m not going to be picky. I just…

Divorced and in the Air Force? Male or female, enlisted or officer, if you want to share your story, we’re here to listen. Are you an Air Force member who’s gotten divorced or the ex-spouse of an Air Force member? How have you been coping with the changes? Have you reached out to resources such as a chaplain or a military family life consultant? If you’ve been divorced for some time, did you remarry? How has your life changed? What has been the toughest part? OR if you were on the verge of divorce, what stopped you? How did you resolve…

What are some of the best and worse bases in the Air Force? We’d like to hear your thoughts on which are the dream postings, and which are to be avoided at all costs. You can either sound off below, or send me an email at slosey@airforcetimes.com. Feel free to say what makes you feel this way. Does the base offer plenty of solid amenities? Are the county schools in the area lacking? Is the area clean, and the climate nice? Does the cost-of-living make it tough to stretch a buck? And as always, if you’d like to talk anonymously,…

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/91663177] Hangar 30, a video production firm that specializes in work for the Defense Department, just released this “trailer” on the A-10 budget battles in Congress, asking the question: Will Bacon be Fried? The latest on the fight: A group of lawmakers this week vowed to craft amendments to the defense authorization bill to prevent the Air Force from cutting the Warthog.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3ilJg5xZC4 A common argument from A-10 supporters is that it is far and away the preferred close air support platform for troops on the ground, but the top soldier said today that the Army would be OK without the Warthog having its back. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno told lawmakers today that while the Army did not make a recommendation to retire the A-10, the Air Force has worked with the service to ensure that the best close air support will be provided. The Air Force, in its fiscal 2015 budget request, is proposing retirement of the entire…

An airman was one of five medics and corpsmen who were honored last week at the 8th annual ‘Angels of the Battlefield’ gala sponsored by the Armed Services YMCA in Washington, D.C. Gen. Larry Spencer, Air Force vice chief of staff, presented the ‘Angel’ award on behalf of the Air Force to Senior Airman Taylor Renfro. Renfro, 23, received the award for providing life-saving treatment during her career as an Air Force medic. Renfro herself was saved by another medic in May 2013 when her vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. Severely injured, the Jacksonville, Ill.,…

If you are thinking about becoming a Tactical Air Control Party airman, you should know how hard the training is, said legendary TACP instructor Tech. Sgt. Israel Del Toro Jr. Recently, a rash of service members from other branches of the service and airmen from other career fields have either washed out of or quit TACP training, Del Toro told Air Force Times on Wednesday. Unlike airmen straight out of basic training, those people “should know what they’re getting into” when they try out to become TACP airmen, said Del Toro, who re-enlisted in 2010 after suffering burns over 80…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4UoaitLUmE The Defense Department recently posted this video of a C-130 from the Missouri Air National Guard’s 139th Airlift Wing dropping soldiers from Cameroon during “Exercise Central Accord 2014.” It’s the first ever airdrop of soldiers from that country by U.S. forces, according to the Defense Department. Central Accord included more than 450 U.S. troops, along with military and civilian participants from Cameroon, Burundi, Chad, Gabon, Nigeria, the Republic of Congo, the Netherlands and the U.S., according to U.S. Army- Africa. The exercise is one of many recent operations by the Air Force in Africa with the aim of building…

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