US-backed fighters on Tuesday claimed they have taken
the city of Raqqa from ISIS, routing the group from its self-proclaimed
capital after about four months of operations.
—John A. Tirpak
On Tuesday, SSgt. Richard Hunter, a combat controller
assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla.,
will receive the Air Force Cross for his actions directing airstrikes
and fighting off an enemy ambush in northern Kunduz province, Afghanistan, on Nov. 2, 2016.
Iraqi forces claimed Kurdish-held territory in and
around the city of Kirkuk on Monday as US officials encouraged both
Iraqi leaders and the Kurdish Peshmerga to avoid any conflict and return
their attention to defeating ISIS.
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The former head of the Air Force Academy and retired
three star general has been tapped for a new position of
power—overseeing the National Basketball Association’s referees.
Security forces at the Air Force’s missile squadrons
recently changed their operational structure, the latest in a series of
steps to improve the service’s nuclear capability.
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More Air National Guard units from across the country
are deploying to help the continuing relief efforts in Puerto Rico,
where still just a fraction of the island has seen power return and many
are still without water.
Congress needs to “turn off autopilot” and take
responsibility on budgetary planning because the US military’s readiness
continues to decline and the need for stable funding is becoming ever
more critical, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said Tuesday.
Before the Defense Department can elevate the profile
of its air advisory role in Afghanistan, it needs to find airmen with
advising experience—a capability currently easier said than done.
Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson made it clear
Thursday that she is focusing her tenure significantly on space. “I
spend about a third of my time … focused on space,” she told the
audience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in
The Defense Department is delaying the deployment of
additional US forces to Afghanistan as a result of the “finite number”
of US transportation aircraft, which are currently in high demand
Stateside following the recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto
Rico, the Pentagon said Thursday.
Leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee
criticized top Pentagon officials Monday over their reluctance to share
information with Congress about ongoing US wars and clarified that
senators have been delaying confirmation of Department of Defense
nominees over the complaint.
The US-led coalition is not close to winning the war in Afghanistan, but the Trump administration’s new strategy there is making a difference already, top Defense Department leaders told Congress Monday.
The US military’s response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto
Rico could be so lengthy it may impact the deployments of the units
that have responded, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told lawmakers
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