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Ex-Air Force officer sentenced for transporting child porn

May. 06, 2022 09:08 AM EDT

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A former U.S. Air Force officer has been sentenced to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty earlier this year to moving videos of child pornography from Maryland to New York, a federal prosecutor said. U.S. Attorney Erek L. Barron said in a news release...

Vermont F-35s to fly Europe air policing missions

May. 04, 2022 09:14 AM EDT

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The first overseas deployment of the Vermont Air National Guard’s F-35 fighter jets will have the pilots and their aircraft patrolling the skies of Europe during one of the most tense periods in recent history. More than 200 Vermont air guard...

Boeing CEO laments deal with Trump for Air Force One planes

Apr. 27, 2022 15:21 PM EDT

Boeing’s CEO is lamenting the deal that his company cut with former President Donald Trump to produce new Air Force One jets. David Calhoun said “it was a public negotiation” and “we took some risks” in accepting a fixed-price contract that made Boeing responsible if it...

Docked pay, reprimand in first-ever Air Force general trial

Apr. 26, 2022 12:06 PM EDT

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AP) — An Air Force major general in Ohio who was convicted on one of three specifications of an abusive sexual contact charge was told Tuesday he would receive a reprimand and must forfeit $10,910 of monthly pay for five months. Maj. Gen....

Split verdict in first-ever Air Force general military trial

Apr. 23, 2022 14:50 PM EDT

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AP) — An Air Force major general in Ohio has been convicted by a military judge of one of three specifications of abusive sexual contact in the first-ever military trial of an Air Force general. The charge faced by Maj. Gen. William Cooley...

Judge blocks Air Force discipline over vaccine objections

Apr. 04, 2022 12:13 PM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has blocked the military from disciplining a dozen U.S. Air Force officers who are asking for religious exemptions to the mandatory COVID-19 vaccine. The officers, mostly from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, along with a...

Pop's way: From a sabbatical to the NBA coaching summit

Mar. 08, 2022 02:18 AM EST

Red Auerbach. Lenny Wilkens. Don Nelson. Going back to the end of the NBA’s inaugural season 75 years ago, before it was even called the NBA, they’re the only coaches to hold the distinction of having more wins than anyone else. Until now. Pop has finally joined...

NTSB: Fighter jet’s engine quit before it crashed in Arizona

Mar. 04, 2022 11:59 AM EST

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The pilot of a fighter jet operated by a military contractor that crashed outside Phoenix last month reported a fuel problem and then a failure of the jet's engine before he ejected and the plane went down in the open desert, according to a preliminary report from the...

Air Force officers sue over religious exemption denials

Feb. 23, 2022 20:15 PM EST

Toledo, Ohio (AP) — A dozen U.S. Air Force officers have filed a lawsuit against the federal government after the military denied their religious exemptions to the mandatory COVID-19 vaccine. The officers, mostly from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, along with a...

Former teacher sentenced to probation on child porn charges

Feb. 20, 2022 10:47 AM EST

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A former Minot elementary teacher and retired U.S. Air Force member has been sentenced to five years of supervised probation on child pornography charges. Richard Owen Ditmars, 47, Minot, was sentenced on Thursday to five years in prison, all suspended but the 30...