Latest U.S. Air Force News

‘We just feel it’: Racism plagues US military academies

Dec. 03, 2021 00:39 AM EST

Eight years after he graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Geoffrey Easterling remains astonished by the Confederate history still memorialized on the storied academy’s campus – the six-foot-tall painting of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in the library, the barracks...

Ex-Air Force worker sentenced for stealing government funds

Nov. 30, 2021 08:24 AM EST

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A former U.S. Air Force civilian employee has been sentenced to more than a year in prison and another year in home confinement after his guilty plea in a scheme to use his travel credit card to get more than $1 million in cash advances, a federal prosecutor said. ...

1 pilot killed, 2 injured in crash involving 2 jet trainers

Nov. 19, 2021 20:00 PM EST

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — A crash involving two jet trainers Friday left a pilot dead and two other pilots injured, one critically, at the Laughlin Air Force Base in West Texas, Air Force officials said. It happened about 10 a.m. on the ground at the base near Del Rio,...

Air Force official says US to maintain presence in Mideast

Nov. 13, 2021 05:29 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The top U.S. Air Force general in the Mideast said Saturday that American airmen would continue to be stationed in the region even as military planners consider competition with China and Russia as Washington's next major challenge. ...

Air Force report: Nearly half in survey saw abuse, violence

Nov. 09, 2021 18:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than half of Air Force and Space Force personnel who responded to a survey said they've experienced some type of mental or physical abuse in the past two years, ranging from workplace bullying and hazing to rape or murder, according to a report released Tuesday, ...

2 F.E. Warren senior airmen among 4 killed in Colorado crash

Nov. 02, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The victims of a head-on crash that killed four people on a highway south of the Wyoming-Colorado line included two senior airmen at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne. The crash on U.S. 85 11 miles (18 kilometers) south of Cheyenne around 2:30...

American B-1B bomber flies over Mideast amid Iran tensions

Oct. 31, 2021 03:59 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. Air Force said Sunday it flew a B-1B strategic bomber over key maritime chokepoints in the Mideast with allies including Israel amid ongoing tensions with Iran as its nuclear deal with world powers remains in tatters. The...

South Carolina pilot honored for 50 years of safe flying

Oct. 31, 2021 00:12 AM EDT

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Air Force veteran Carroll William Joye of Orangeburg loves to fly. “I think it’s the greatest thing in the world that I ever did, other than give my life to God,” the 82-year-old said. Joye has been doing what he...

Former NFL official Carl Madsen dead at age 71

Oct. 25, 2021 18:25 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Carl Madsen, who worked as an NFL on-field umpire and then as a replay official, died Sunday. He was 71. The league confirmed Monday that Madsen, who had worked the Kansas City-Tennessee game, died on his way home. Madsen,...

Air Force professor admits concealing Chinese contacts

Oct. 25, 2021 15:57 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A longtime professor at a U.S. Air Force school in Alabama has pleaded guilty to lying to a federal investigator about his contacts with a Chinese official, prosecutors said Monday. Xiaoming Zhang, 69, a naturalized citizen of Chinese descent,...