Latest U.S. Air Force News

Celebrated Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee dies at 102

Jan. 17, 2022 00:14 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Charles McGee, a Tuskegee Airman who flew 409 fighter combat missions over three wars and later helped to bring attention to the Black pilots who had battled racism at home to fight for freedom abroad, died Sunday. He was 102. McGee died in his sleep at his home...

Ashli Babbitt a martyr? Her past tells a more complex story

Jan. 03, 2022 11:53 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first time Celeste Norris laid eyes on Ashli Babbitt, the future insurrectionist had just rammed her vehicle three times with an SUV and was pounding on the window, challenging her to a fight. Norris says the bad blood between them began in 2015, when Babbitt...

Decades of DOD efforts fail to stamp out bias, extremism

Dec. 29, 2021 16:35 PM EST

In February, with the images of the violent insurrection in Washington still fresh in the minds of Americans, newly confirmed Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin took the unprecedented step of signing a memo directing commanding officers across the military to institute a one-day stand-down to address...

Sentencing set for US airman convicted in teacher's killing

Dec. 28, 2021 15:36 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A U.S. Air Force airman who was convicted of killing a Mennonite woman after kidnapping her in New Mexico and taking her to Arizona will be sentenced next month. An Arizona judge during a status hearing on Tuesday scheduled Mark Gooch’s sentencing for...

How COVID-19 upended Blinken's diplomatic mission

Dec. 18, 2021 17:26 PM EST

HONOLULU, Hawaii (AP) — U.S. Air Force Special Air Mission 50601 departed from Joint Base Andrews on the night of Dec. 9 with an ambitious journey ahead — an eight-day, around-the-world trip with America's top diplomat, Secretary of State Antony Blinken. But the diplomatic...

Air Force officer announces plans to run for ND Senate

Dec. 15, 2021 12:35 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A U.S. Air Force Reserve officer has announced her intention to seek the North Dakota state senate seat held by Republican Nicole Poolman, who doesn't plan to seek reelection next year. Michelle Axtman is running as a Republican for the Bismarck-area District...

Drone crashes on runway at Holloman Air Force Base

Dec. 06, 2021 12:55 PM EST

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force says an unmanned aircraft has crashed on a runway during takeoff from Holloman Air Force Base in southern New Mexico. Officials with the 49th Wing say no injuries were reported in the Monday morning crash of an MQ-9 Reaper....

Meticulous restoration underway at Air Force Academy chapel

Dec. 04, 2021 14:15 PM EST

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The Air Force Academy chapel is one of the most distinctive pieces of architecture in Colorado. But few people have caught a glimpse of it for more than a year. That’s because the entire building is undergoing an exhaustive restoration...

Thousands of Air Guard, Reserves don't meet vaccine deadline

Dec. 03, 2021 17:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 6% of the Air National Guard and Reserve did not meet the deadline to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and could begin to face consequences if they don't get the mandated shots or receive an exemption, the Air Force said Friday. Air Guard members...

‘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...