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General becomes 1st Black head of U.S. Air Force Academy

Sep. 23, 2020 9:34 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force Academy installed a new superintendent who will be the first Black officer to lead the military institution. Lt. Gen. Richard Clark also became the first former commandant of cadets to return to the top position at the academy near Colorado Springs, The...

French Health Minister Olivier Veran points to a graphic on the virus situation in central France during a press conference in Paris, Wednesday Sept. 23, 2020. French Health Minister Olivier Veran announced the closure of all restaurants and bars in the Marseille region and restrictions across a dozen other cities to stem the resurgent spread of the virus. With COVID-19 patients now occupying more than 10% of France's intensive care beds, Veran stopped short of imposing new lockdowns, but urged people to resume working from home and stop gathering with big groups of family and friends. (Eliot Blondet/Pool via AP)

French defense chief misled nation on troops' virus safety

Sep. 23, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France’s defense minister admitted to misleading the nation about virus protections for air force personnel who evacuated French citizens from the Chinese city of Wuhan last winter, and have been suspected of links to France’s first confirmed COVID-19 cluster. The revelation by...

In this photo released by the U.S. Air Force, Capt. Ryan Vickers stands for a photo to display his new service tapes after taking his oath of office to transfer from the U.S. Air Force to the U.S. Space Force at Al-Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. Space Force, the first new U.S. military service since the creation of the Air Force in 1947, now has some 20 members stationed at Qatar's Al-Udeid Air Base in its first foreign deployment. (Staff Sgt. Kayla White/U.S. Air Force via AP)

US Space Force deploys to vast new frontier: Arabian Desert

Sep. 21, 2020 2:01 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The newly formed U.S. Space Force is deploying troops to a vast new frontier: the Arabian Peninsula. Space Force now has a squadron of 20 airmen stationed at Qatar's Al-Udeid Air Base in its first foreign deployment. The force, pushed by President Donald Trump,...

Superintendent Lt. Gen. Jay B. Silveria speaks to a group of incoming cadets before they were sworn in Thursday, June 25, 2020, during In-Processing Day at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. Silveria's no-compromise message on racism and other societal ills have reached far beyond the academy's gates. Silveria, a former fighter pilot who led an air war against the Islamic State, is retiring this month after 35 years in uniform (Christian Murdock/The Gazette via AP)

Air Force Academy general’s fight against racism resonates

Sep. 19, 2020 8:10 AM EDT

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — A month into his tenure as Air Force Academy superintendent and before Black Lives Matter sparked a nationwide discussion on the treatment of minorities, Lt. Gen Jay Silveria pulled his 4,000 cadets and hundreds of officers, civilian professors and airmen into cavernous...

In this photo released by the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu pose for a selfie with U.S. Under Secretary of State Keith Krach, right, during a meeting in Taipei, Taiwan, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. China's military sent 18 planes including fighter jets over the Taiwan Strait in an unusually large show of force Monday as a U.S. envoy held a day of closed-door meetings on the self-governing island claimed by China. (Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs via AP)

China flies 18 warplanes near Taiwan during US envoy's visit

Sep. 18, 2020 8:09 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China’s military sent 18 planes including fighter jets over the Taiwan Strait in an unusually large show of force Friday as a U.S. envoy held a day of closed-door meetings on the self-governing island claimed by China. Under Secretary of State Keith Krach, who handles the...

This February 2019 photo provided by the Westover Air Reserve Base shows U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ronald Ouellette, 23, of Merrimack, N.H., at the air base in Chicopee, Mass. Ouellette died Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, from non-combat injuries suffered in an ATV accident while deployed in Kuwait. (Courtesy of Westover Air Reserve Base via AP)

Airman from New Hampshire killed in accident in Kuwait

Sep. 16, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

A U.S. Air Force staff sergeant from New Hampshire has died from non-combat injuries suffered in an ATV accident in Kuwait, the Department of Defense said. Ronald Ouellette, 23, of Merrimack, died Monday, Col. Craig Peters, 439th Airlift Wing commander, said in a news release. Ouellette was assigned to the 42nd...

Court argument seeks reversal of military HIV policies

Sep. 14, 2020 12:44 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Lawyers for military service members whose careers were halted after testing positive for the AIDS virus asked a federal judge Monday to overturn policies restricting their service as irrational and discriminatory. Lawsuits filed on behalf of two airmen and an Army National Guard...

A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bomber, assigned to the 96th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, lands during exercise Lightning Focus at Royal Australian Air Force Base (RAAF) in Darwin, Australia, Dec. 6, 2018. The U.S. Air Force flew three B-1 heavy bombers over the East Siberian Sea, north of Russia’s far east, as part of recent maneuvers that the military said Friday are meant to demonstration of American capabilities and ability to support allies, but which a Russian commander blasted as “hostile and provocative.” The flight of the three Texas-based U.S. Air Force Reserve B-1 Lancer bombers on Thursday followed a similar mission a week ago in which three temporarily Britain-based B-52 bombers were flown over Ukrainian airspace, near Russia’s western flank. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Quail via AP)

US flies heavy B-1 Lancer bombers over East Siberian Sea

Sep. 11, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The U.S. Air Force flew three B-1 heavy bombers over the East Siberian Sea, north of Russia's far east, as part of a series of recent maneuvers that the military said Friday are meant to demonstrate American capabilities and ability to support allies, but which a top Russian commander blasted...

New Mexico approves settlement over groundwater violations

Sep. 10, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — State water quality officials announced Thursday that they approved a settlement agreement with the U.S. Defense Department over groundwater violations at Cannon Air Force Base in eastern New Mexico. The agreement addresses a compliance order that was issued over Cannon’s lack...

This photo released by the semi-official Fars News Agency shows Iranian troops participating in a military drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, Iran, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. Units from the navy, air force and ground forces are participating in a nearly 2 million-square-kilometer (772,200-square-mile) area of the Gulf of Oman. (Mehdi Marizad/Fars News Agency via AP)

Iran begins expansive annual war games amid tensions with US

Sep. 10, 2020 7:26 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s military Thursday began an expansive annual three-day exercise near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, state TV reported, with the maneuvers taking place amid heightened tensions between the Islamic Republic and the U.S. Units from the navy, air force and ground forces are...