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Some worries about nuclear weapons at Turkey base

Oct. 19, 2019 1:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Frayed U.S. relations with Turkey over its incursion in Syria raise a sensitive question rarely discussed in public: Should the United States remove the nuclear bombs it has long stored at a Turkish air base? It's a tricky matter for several reasons, including the fact that by...

Senate confirms former ambassador as new Air Force leader

Oct. 16, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed a former ambassador and senior official at the Federal Aviation Administration as civilian leader of the Air Force. Wednesday's 85-7 vote makes Barbara Barrett the third consecutive woman to lead the Air Force, following Heather Wilson and Deborah James. Wilson...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's premature win on trade, Syria fiction

Oct. 14, 2019 1:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a week of caustic rhetoric by President Donald Trump over Syria and the impeachment inquiry, and truth often took a beating. Seeking to justify pulling U.S. troops out of Syria, Trump spread false information about the total defeat of the Islamic State and misrepresented the scope...

Air Force base facing dilemma of aging workforce

Oct. 12, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio air base is facing the increasingly common dilemma of an aging workforce. Around half of the 30,000 people who work at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton are nearing the end of their careers, the Dayton Daily News reported . Air Force Gen. Arnold Bunch Jr., commander of...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's shoddy info on Syria, impeachment

Oct. 12, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump spread shoddy information about Syria, the economy and matters at the heart of the impeachment inquiry against him in a week of caustic rhetoric. Some examples: TRUMP, on Hunter Biden, whose father is former Vice President Joe Biden, a Trump political rival: "Guy...

Esper: US is not abandoning Kurds in face of Turkish attack

Oct. 11, 2019 9:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Pentagon officials on Friday denied the U.S. is abandoning its Syrian Kurdish allies in the face of a Turkish military offensive, although the future of a counterterrorism partnership with the Kurds was in grave doubt. "We have not abandoned the Kurds. Let me be clear about that,"...

Some in GOP want Trump inquiry but balk at impeachment talk

Oct. 3, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — They don’t like the talk of impeachment, but there’s a small and growing number of Republicans who want the Democratic-run House investigation of President Donald Trump to proceed. Several House Republicans have said in recent days that they want answers to questions about...

As Air Force mulls Truax F-35s, locals hope to sway opinion

Sep. 30, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — With unanswered questions and increasingly vocal opposition from some residents, Madison's City Council has asked the Air Force to potentially reconsider Truax Field as a preferred site for a squadron of F-35 fighters, while 15 Dane County supervisors have signed a letter opposing the...

Tuskegee Airmen's legacy to soar on new Air Force jet

Sep. 28, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — The Tuskegee Airmen's legacy will take flight once again with the launch of a new Air Force jet. The Air Force is honoring the famed group of airmen with the naming of its new trainer jet, the Boeing T-7A, The Opelika-Auburn News reported. Military officials last year chose the T-7A as...

Military sees frustrating trend as suicides spike

Sep. 27, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Military suicides have surged to a record high among active duty troops, continuing a deadly trend that Pentagon officials say is frustrating and they are struggling to counter. The Army, Navy and Marine Corps all saw the rate of suicides go up as well as the overall numbers, with only...