Latest Air force News

Biden abroad: Pitching America to welcoming if wary allies

Jun. 17, 2021 05:27 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden spent his first trip overseas highlighting a sharp break from his disruptive predecessor, selling that the United States was once more a reliable ally with a steady hand at the wheel. European allies welcomed the pitch — and even a longtime foe...

Delegation members urge DOD to act on Tucson contamination

Jun. 10, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Members of Arizona's congressional delegation are calling on the U.S. Department of Defense to prioritize cleanup of underground contamination linked to two military installations in Tucson. A letter sent by Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly and...

Biden opens overseas trip declaring 'United States is back'

Jun. 09, 2021 20:21 PM EDT

MILDENHALL, England (AP) — President Joe Biden opened the first overseas trip of his term Wednesday with a declaration that “the United States is back” as he seeks to reassert the nation on the world stage and steady European allies deeply shaken by his predecessor. ...

San Antonio base locked down for hour after gunfire reported

Jun. 09, 2021 16:20 PM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — An Air Force base in San Antonio was placed on lockdown for about an hour Wednesday after military officials said gunfire was reported near a base gate. Two gunshots were reported heard coming from outside Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland onto the base...

Soviet-made jet crashes; Bulgarian air force pilot missing

Jun. 09, 2021 06:19 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A Soviet-built MiG-29 fighter jet from Bulgaria's air force crashed into the Black Sea during a military exercise and the pilot is missing, the Bulgarian Defense Ministry said Wednesday. The ministry said the fighter jet disappeared from radar at...

Blunt message, search for answers mark VP's 1st foreign trip

Jun. 09, 2021 00:17 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris came to Latin America to deliver a message rather than clinch some kind of concrete deal. She bluntly told migrants not to travel to the United States. She spoke of the evils of government corruption that lead to...

South Korea's air force chief resigns over woman's death

Jun. 04, 2021 04:11 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s air force chief stepped down Friday in the face of public anger over the death of a female master sergeant whose family says she killed herself after being sexually abused by a male colleague. President Moon Jae-in's office...

Military leaders wary of changes in sexual assault policy

Jun. 03, 2021 05:53 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Military service leaders are privately expressing reservations about removing sexual assault cases from the chain of command, The Associated Press has learned, striking a note of caution as momentum builds toward changing a military justice system that has come under...

Democrat Melanie Stansbury wins US House race in New Mexico

Jun. 02, 2021 08:35 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democrat Melanie Stansbury won election to Congress for New Mexico on Tuesday with a campaign closely tied to initiatives of the Biden administration. Stansbury prevailed in an open, four-way race to fill a vacant seat previously held by...

Malaysia to summon Chinese envoy over alleged jet intrusion

Jun. 02, 2021 04:23 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government will issue a diplomatic protest over an intrusion by 16 Chinese military aircraft into its airspace, the foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said late Tuesday that he will summon the Chinese...