Latest Air force News

Pentagon nominee regrets Turkey's 'drift' from West

Jul. 16, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Secretary Mark Esper, President Donald Trump's nominee to become secretary of defense, told his Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday he is troubled by Turkey's decision to defy the United States by acquiring Russian-made air defenses. "It is very disheartening to see how they have...

US deciding how to punish ally Turkey over Russian arms deal

Jul. 12, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. edged closer to crisis Friday with NATO ally Turkey, which began receiving components of a Russian-made air defense system in defiance of Trump administration warnings that the deal would mean economic sanctions and no access to America's most advanced fighter jet. Despite the...

Despite US warnings, Russian S-400 systems land in Turkey

Jul. 12, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The first shipment of a Russian missile defense system has arrived in Turkey, the Turkish Defense Ministry said Friday, moving the country closer to possible U.S. sanctions and a new standoff with Washington. A Defense Ministry statement said "the first group of equipment" of the...

The Latest: US aware Turkey taking Russian missile system

Jul. 12, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Russian missile systems arriving in Turkey (all times local): 6:55 p.m. The acting U.S. secretary of defense says Washington is aware that Turkey has begun taking delivery of a Russian-made S-400 air defense system. Mark Esper, who is expected to be officially nominated...

AP Exclusive: Officer alleges sexual misconduct by general

Jul. 11, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior military officer has accused the Air Force general tapped to be the next vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of sexual misconduct, potentially jeopardizing his nomination. Members of Congress have raised questions about the allegations and the military investigation that...

Swiss air force team apologizes for fly-by in wrong place

Jul. 8, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The commander of the Swiss air force's aerial display team has apologized after his unit performed a low-altitude pass over the wrong municipality. Residents of Langenbruck looked up in vain Saturday while expecting to see Switzerland's Patrouille Suisse squadron swoop by to mark the...

Trump asks Americans to 'stay true to our cause'

Jul. 4, 2019 10:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump celebrated the story of America as "the greatest political journey in human history" in a Fourth of July commemoration before a soggy but cheering crowd of spectators, many of them invited, on the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial. Supporters welcomed his tribute to...

Nebraska Guard ready to build armory at Air Force base

Jul. 4, 2019 12:26 PM EDT

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska National Guard is leasing space on a U.S. Air Force base south of Omaha for a new armory that could begin to take shape this year if federal funding comes through, officials said. What will be called the Bellevue Readiness Center will include office space, a...

Trump vows July 4 'show of a lifetime' as protesters gather

Jul. 3, 2019 11:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A reality TV host at heart, President Donald Trump is promising the "show of a lifetime" for the hundreds of thousands of revelers who flock to the National Mall every year on the Fourth of July. The tanks are in place for the display of military muscle and protesters are ready to make...

Trump touts July 4 military 'salute'; critics see politics

Jul. 3, 2019 10:06 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is marshalling tanks, bombers and other machinery of war for a Fourth of July celebration that traditionally is light on military might, while critics accused him of using America's military as a political prop. Under White House direction, the Pentagon was...