Latest U.S. Air Force News

Eielson to receive Air Force's first nuclear microreactor

Oct. 20, 2021 13:28 PM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A base in interior Alaska has been chosen by the U.S. Air Force to receive its first nuclear microreactor. Eielson Air Force Base was selected in a project that began in 2019, when a National Defense Authorization Act requirement to identify...

New Mexico finishes tests of wells for Air Force chemicals

Oct. 19, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico environmental protection officials have wrapped up testing of nearly five dozen private wells near a U.S. Air Force base on the eastern side of the state for so-called “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, which can be toxic to humans and animals. ...

Veterans, hospital in Bible dispute agree to mediation

Oct. 18, 2021 09:29 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Two U.S. Air Force veterans and New Hampshire's veterans hospital involved in a legal dispute over the display of a Bible have agreed to mediation. The lawsuit filed in federal court in 2019 by the veterans against the Manchester hospital director...

Saab opens Indiana plant building sections for Air Force jet

Oct. 16, 2021 09:32 AM EDT

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Swedish manufacturer Saab has opened a new Indiana facility where it will build sections for a new U.S. Air Force training jet. Company executives joined state officials and others for a ceremony this past week for the facility at Purdue...

Air Force general is second woman to lead a top US command

Oct. 15, 2021 14:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost on Friday became only the second woman to lead one of the Pentagon's 11 so-called combatant commands, the multi-service organizations that spearhead U.S. military operations around the world. At a change-of-command...

Airman convicted of kidnapping, killing Mennonite teacher

Oct. 13, 2021 22:09 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Sasha Krause loved words. She loved learning and translating them into different languages. She loved reading them in nursery rhymes and assembling them into poetry. She wrote about her purpose in life, her unwavering faith, the possibility of...

Town honors first Black tow truck business owner in Delaware

Oct. 10, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

DOVER, De. (AP) — A flatbed tow truck from Harris Towing Group sat silently in front of Bennie Smith Funeral Home in Dover Thursday night, a solemn reminder that Delaware businessman and trailblazer Luke J. Harris Jr. had died at age 76 on Sept. 18. But it turned out...

Arizona murder case against US Air Force airman goes to jury

Oct. 08, 2021 19:32 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — No one saw Sasha Krause being taken from a Mennonite community in northwestern New Mexico where she worked in the publishing ministry, dominated in card games and ping pong, and where her poetry became song. No one saw the woman with a quiet and...

Ballistics experts in Arizona case against airman disagree

Oct. 07, 2021 20:28 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The attorney for a U.S. Air Force airman accused of killing a Mennonite woman grilled a ballistics expert who concluded that a bullet taken from the skull of the victim matched a rifle the airman owned. The cross-examination of Lisa Peloza, a...

Trial begins to assess damages in 2017 Texas church massacre

Oct. 05, 2021 19:52 PM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A trial to assess damages owed to families of the victims of the Sutherland Springs church massacre began with vivid witness accounts of the shooting. John Porter Holcombe testified for several hours Monday about the horrors of Devin Patrick Kelley's...