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Pentagon leaker Jack Teixeira to face a military court-martial, Air Force says

Jul. 17, 2024 16:27 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Air National Guard member Jack Teixeira, who pleaded guilty in March to federal criminal charges for leaking highly classified military documents, will now face a military court-martial. Teixeira admitted to illegally collecting some of the nation’s...

Italian Air Force precision team flies over Vegas Strip, headed to July 4 in Los Angeles area

Jul. 03, 2024 19:46 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — An Italian Air force precision demonstration team made a colorful green, white and red flight over the Las Vegas Strip on Wednesday as part of a North American tour headed to Los Angeles and Huntington Beach, California, for the U.S. Independence Day holiday. ...

In Hawaii, Maui council opposes US Space Force plan to build new telescopes on Haleakala volcano

Jun. 05, 2024 23:47 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Local officials on the Hawaiian island of Maui on Wednesday voted to oppose a U.S. military proposal to build new telescopes on the summit of Haleakala volcano, the latest observatory project to meet objection in the islands. The U.S. Space Force and Air Force want...

Harris addresses US Air Force Academy graduates near 80th D-Day anniversary

May. 30, 2024 19:43 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris spoke Thursday to a sea of white-capped graduates of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado, looking back at U.S. airpower during D-Day and then forward to this generation's edge on technological innovation, such as artificial...

Another US MQ-9 Reaper drone goes down in Yemen, images purportedly show

May. 29, 2024 21:33 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Another U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone went down in Yemen, images purported to show Wednesday, as Yemen's Houthi rebels continued attacks on shipping around the Red Sea over the Israel-Hamas war. The Houthis released footage they said showed the aircraft...

What to know about airman Roger Fortson's fatal shooting by a Florida sheriff's deputy

May. 29, 2024 08:05 AM EDT

The fatal shooting of Roger Fortson by a Florida sheriff's deputy when the Air Force senior airman opened his door armed with a handgun pointed down happened almost a month ago, but the information released so far hasn't clarified why the officer was directed to his apartment. The...

Hundreds pack funeral for Roger Fortson, the Black airman killed in his home by a Florida deputy

May. 17, 2024 18:47 PM EDT

STONECREST, Ga. (AP) — Hundreds of Air Force members in dress blues joined Roger Fortson's family, friends and others at a suburban Atlanta megachurch on Friday to pay their final respects to the Black senior airman, who was shot and killed in his Florida home earlier this month by a sheriff's...

Lawyer for family of slain US Air Force airman says video and calls show deputy went to wrong home

May. 16, 2024 20:00 PM EDT

STONECREST, Ga. (AP) — A lawyer for the family of Roger Fortson said Thursday that police radio traffic and the body camera footage of the Florida sheriff’s deputy who killed the Black U.S. Air Force airman reinforce their assertion that the deputy was directed to the wrong apartment while...

Experts say gun alone doesn't justify deadly force in fatal shooting of Florida airman

May. 11, 2024 17:07 PM EDT

On the afternoon of May 3, Roger Fortson opened the door of his Florida apartment with a gun in his hand and was immediately shot six times by a sheriff’s deputy responding to a complaint about an argument. Fortson's supporters point to the deputy's rapid decision to open fire and...

Airman shot by deputy doted on little sister and aimed to buy mom a house, family says

May. 10, 2024 12:59 PM EDT

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Just two days before a sheriff's deputy in Florida shot him dead, U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Roger Fortson called home to find out what his 10-year-old sister wanted for her birthday. It was a typical gesture for the 23-year-old from Atlanta, who...