Photos of military airplanes landing on U.P. highway
ALGER COUNTY, MI – A 9,000-foot section of M-28 in the Upper Peninsula played host to a history combat training exercise on Wednesday, June 29. While military aircraft have landed on U.S. highways before, this was the first time they landed on a highway and then were quickly refueled and rearmed while running, before taking off again. The method is called “integrated combat turns,” or ICTs, and is a vital part of the U.S. Air Force’s Agile Combat Employment doctrine, of being ready to execute missions quickly and in unpredictable ways.mlive.com
‘Top Gun’ fighter among planes, balloons swooping in for Battle Creek Field of Flight air show
BATTLE CREEK, MI — The skies will be alive in Battle Creek June 30 through July 4 as the annual Battle Creek Field of Flight takes place at the Battle Creek Executive Airport, 15551 S. Airport Road. A primary aspect of the 2022 Field of Flight is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force. The event, organized by nonprofit Battle Creek Hot-Air Balloon Championships Inc., is one of the longest running air shows in Michigan, according to the press release. “To be able to have one of the largest and best air events in the country ... to have that right here in Battle Creek is simply amazing,” said Bretten Bailey, Battle Creek Field of Flight media director. “People love seeing the balloons fill the skies and the best come here to compete to prep for the big competitions,” Bailey said.mlive.com
Lost in the mail? Pentagon reply to Michigan governor goes AWOL
LANSING, MI — Did the Pentagon blow off Michigan’s governor, or did their reply just get lost in the mail? The communications indicate the Department of the Air Force also did not have a copy of the DOD letter until last month. I just received it today,” Air Force program manager Steven Willis replied to Place on April 22, along with a copy of the letter. Peter Hughes, a Pentagon spokesperson, said the reply was sent last July but could not provide specifics on how exactly letter was delivered and to whom. Sawyer Air Force Base near Marquette.mlive.com
Scathing reports find military failures in 2020 Kenya attack
U.S. officials tell The Associated Press that military investigations have found that poor leadership, inadequate training and a "culture of complacency” among U.S. forces undermined efforts to fend off a 2020 attack by militants in Kenya that killed three Americans.
EXPLAINER: Why a no-fly zone is unlikely in Ukraine
Russia’s attack on Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant has renewed calls for NATO to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine, That's despite the repeated rejection of the idea by Western leaders, who are concerned about triggering a wider war in Europe.
Air Force dismisses evidence of PFAS exposure to Michigan veterans
“We didn’t know PFAS was an issue before those drinking water wells were decommissioned,” said Varley, who co-chairs the base Restoration Advisory Board (RAB). The base water was also highly contaminated with trichlorethylene (TCE), cancer-causing solvent that was found at high levels in base wells. The agency declined to reopen a health assessment of PFAS exposure among veteransPuneet Vij, a DHHS toxicologist who is working on developing a formal assessment of PFAS exposure among current Oscoda residents, said he agreed with Varley. However, the legislation, which would cover treatment for any health condition found to be associated with exposure to PFAS, has failed to gain traction. EPA drafts point that wayBiden EPA plans key PFAS actions by 2023‘They brought the poison.” Air Force wont own PFAS issueIn Oscoda, a tourist town wrestles a ‘forever’ problemAir Force says Superfund bars state law complianceWhitmer invokes defense bill to force stricter cleanupPentagon needs ‘culture change’ on pollutionmlive.com
Veteran wants bagpipes back after vehicle stolen in Detroit
DETROIT - A U.S. Air Force veteran just wants his bagpipes back after they were stolen along with his SUV on Saturday in Detroit’s Corktown, WDIV-TV Local 4 Detroit reports. Brian Leslie, who plays the bagpipes as part of the Metro Detroit Police and Fire Pipe and Drums, told the TV station that while his vehicle may be gone, the person responsible can drop the bagpipes off at any police precinct without any questions. “The car itself, if that can help somebody else, I’m all for it,” Leslie said. “But if we can get the bagpipes back in our hands, we can do more for some of the other fallen police, fire and soldiers and maybe bring a few more smiles to some of the people in Detroit.”Anyone with information about the Saturday, Feb. 12, theft can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAKUP, or 1-800-773-2587, to report a tip anonymously. Read more:Grand Rapids man sentenced to life in prison for Kalamazoo murderWind advisory issued for southern Lower Michigan, 45 mph gusts expectedFormer Michigan GOP chair says she cooperated with Jan. 6 committee, has ‘nothing to hide’ after being subpoenaedmlive.com
Fighter jet flown by contractor crashes in Arizona; pilot OK
A fighter jet operated by a military contractor crashed outside Phoenix on Thursday, but the pilot ejected safely and no one on the ground was hurt, a spokesman for the contractor and U.S. Air Force officials said. The French-made Mirage F1 crashed near Buckeye, a growing community about 30 miles (48 kilometers) west of Phoenix. John Rupp, director of foreign military sales for Airborne Tactical Advantage Co., confirmed it was one of his company's jets that went down.news.yahoo.com
Helicopter lifted from Pennsylvania crash site
A crane lifted a medical helicopter from its crash site next to a church in a residential area of suburban Philadelphia on Wednesday. Investigators planned to move the wreckage to Delaware and continue searching for evidence there. (Jan. 13)news.yahoo.com
U.S. Air Force medical team arrives to support Muskegon hospital during COVID-19 surge
MUSKEGON, MI – A medical team from the U.S. Air Force arrived in Muskegon last week to provide support for healthcare workers strained by a fourth surge of COVID-19. Members of the federal crew are working in the Mercy Health Muskegon’s emergency department and providing the monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19 patients. The 15-person team dispatched to Muskegon includes physicians, five nurses, seven medics and one administration support staff member. “Mercy Health Muskegon is truly grateful for the clinical support being provided by the skilled team of Air Force men and women deployed on our behalf,” Dr. Justin Grill, chief medical officer of Mercy Health Muskegon, said in a statement. Mercy Health Muskegon is one of four Michigan hospitals to receive emergency federal support at Gov.mlive.com
50 tons of PFAS soil spilled onto highway after Wurtsmith excavation
HARTLAND, MI — Fifty tons of soil contaminated with toxic PFAS chemicals from an excavation site in northern Michigan spilled across the highway and into a roadside ditch last month when a hazardous waste truck crashed on Veterans Day. Southbound U.S. 23 at Exit 70 near Hartland was closed for three hours while the polluted soil was put back into the undamaged truck, which then delivered it to the landfill. The driver was not injured and no other vehicles were involved in the crash, according to Mark Kinkade, a public affairs officer with the U.S. Air Force. The polluted soil was dug from the old fire training area No. The Air Force is currently expanding a groundwater treatment system at the site that’s scheduled to begin operating in May.mlive.com
Whistleblower: As Afghanistan fell, UK abandoned supporters
A whistleblower has alleged that Britain’s Foreign Office abandoned many of the nation’s allies in Afghanistan and left them to the mercy of the Taliban during the fall of the capital, Kabul, because of a dysfunctional and arbitrary evacuation effort.
American B-1B bomber flies over Mideast amid Iran tensions
The U.S. Air Force said Sunday it flew a B-1B strategic bomber over key maritime chokepoints in the Mideast with allies including Israel amid ongoing tensions with Iran as its nuclear deal with world powers remains in tatters. The B-1B Lancer bomber flew Saturday over the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf through which 20% of all oil traded passes. The Strait of Hormuz has been the scene of attacks on shipping blamed on Iran in recent years, while the Red Sea has seen similar assaults amid an ongoing shadow war between Tehran and Israel.news.yahoo.com
Dad who fled Afghanistan sues US to reunite with young sons
An Afghan man who worked for the U.S. government in Afghanistan says the Biden administration has ignored his pleas for help to evacuate his two young sons from Afghanistan after their mother died of a heart attack while being threatened by the Taliban.
Michigan man convicted of sex offenses in military court pleads to similar federal charges
BAY CITY, MI — Eight years ago, a Michigan man was dishonorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force and imprisoned after being convicted in military court of possessing child porn. Having relocated to Clare County, the man is facing another prison term after pleading guilty to more sex crimes in federal court. Investigators discovered Tessner was already required to register as a sex offender, having been convicted of possessing child porn in 2013. Tessner was convicted in U.S. Air Force military court in Tennessee, receiving a dishonorable discharge and 18 months in prison. Read more:Man convicted of sex crime in military court now charged with making child porn in MichiganSaginaw drive-by shooting leaves infant, adult injuredSaginaw man pleads no contest to shooting neighbor five times, killing himmlive.com
After Afghans fell from plane, families live with horror
It’s a scene that has come to symbolize the chaotic end to America’s 20 years of war in Afghanistan: A lumbering U.S. Air Force cargo plane takes off from Kabul airport, chased by hundreds of desperate Afghan men scrambling to get on the aircraft. The dots, it turns out, were desperate Afghans hidden in the wheel well. More than a month later, much remains unclear about what happened in that tragic takeoff on Aug. 16, a day after the Taliban swept into Kabul, prompting a flood of Afghans trying to escape the country.news.yahoo.com
Justice Department Settles with Massachusetts Storage Company for Unlawfully Auctioning Off Deployed Servicemember’s Possessions
The SCRA provides financial and housing protections and benefits to military members while they are in military service. Father & Son must also implement certain new policies to prevent future SCRA violations. “The Department of Justice is committed to vigorous enforcement of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to protect the rights of those individuals who sacrifice so much for their country,” said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Since 2011, the department has obtained over $474 million in monetary relief for over 120,000 servicemembers through its enforcement of the SCRA. For more information about the department’s SCRA enforcement efforts, please visit www.servicemembers.gov.justice.gov
U.S. cargo plane set record transporting 823 Afghans from Kabul
A C-17 cargo plane set a record by safely transporting 823 Afghan citizens — 200 more than originally thought — from the international airport in Kabul after the city was seized by the Taliban on Sunday.Driving the news: A photo showing hundreds of Afghans cramped inside the plane went viral on social media this week. Instead of trying to force the refugees off, "the crew made the decision to go," a defense official told Defense One.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscrinews.yahoo.com
Human errors, mechanical woes caused Marine tank sinking
FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2020, file photo, provided by the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Marines and sailors carry a casket inside a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, in Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. The U.S. Marine Corps is expected to release results of its investigation into a seafaring tank that sunk off San Diego's coast last summer, killing eight Marines and one sailor. “Ultimately this tragic mishap was preventable,” wrote Lt. Gen. Steven R. Rudder, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, in his review of the investigation. It was one of the deadliest Marine training accidents in decades. After the accident, the Marine Corps adopted stricter inspections for its fleet of amphibious assault vehicles, and a majority failed to meet the standards, the report stated.
Airman accused of rape, suspected in 5 other criminal sexual conduct cases in Oakland County
WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A U.S. airman was arrested after deserting the U.S. Air Force and a warrant issued for his arrest out of Oakland County. Ian Mitchell Wilson, 20, was arrested in the state of Washington after trying to cross the border into Canada. Wilson was extradited back to Oakland County and made his first appearance in the Waterford Township district court. During the hearing, it was revealed that he is a suspect in five other criminal sexual conduct cases going back to 2017, all in Waterford and Independence townships. AdREAD MORE: Oakland County news
Water near Arizona Air Force base is tainted in latest case
FILE - In this April 14, 1999, file photo, F-16 Fighting Falcons sit on the tarmac at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Calif. The U.S. Air Force says it will be distributing bottled water until at least April to thousands of residents and business owners near Luke Air Force Base in suburban Phoenix in the latest case of fire firefighting foam from a military base contaminating a nearby community's water supply. Luke Air Force Base announced this month that studies showed high levels of contaminants had affected drinking water for about 6,000 people in roughly 1,600 homes as well as a few neighboring businesses. Gen. Gregory Kreuder, commander of Luke Air Force Base, said a study showed the chemicals may have affected “supply wells that provide drinking water” to properties nearby. The chemicals also have been discovered around the Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs.
Air Force orders new review into racial, ethnic disparities
FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2021, file photo Marine One, with President Joe Biden aboard, is seen past a member of the U.S. Air Force as it approaches Andrews Air Force Base, Md. The Air Force inspector general will do a second investigation into racial and ethnic disparities across the force, service leaders said Friday, expanding the review to include gender and additional racial categories such as Asian and American Indian. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)WASHINGTON – The Air Force inspector general will do a second investigation into racial and ethnic disparities across the force, service leaders said Friday, expanding the review to include gender and additional racial categories such as Asian and American Indian. AdActing Air Force Secretary John Roth, who ordered the latest review, said the IG will go directly to Air Force and Space Force service members for input. “The IG team has already begun to gather information contained in a wide array of previous reports, studies and various databases across the Department of the Air Force,” Roth said.
US puts hold on foreign arms sales, including F-35s to UAE
The Biden administration has put a temporary hold on several major foreign arms sales initiated by former President Donald Trump. Air Force via AP)WASHINGTON – The Biden administration has put a temporary hold on several major foreign arms sales initiated by former President Donald Trump. It called the pause “a routine administrative action” that most incoming administrations take with large-scale arms sales. In its waning months, the Trump administration authorized tens of billions of dollars in new arms sales, including announcing plans to send 50 F-35s to the UAE. Less than a month after the Nov. 10 UAE sale was announced, an effort to block the deal fell short in the Senate, which failed to halt it.
US calls Bahrain, UAE 'major security partners'
The United States called Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates "major security partners" early Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, a previously unheard of designation for the two countries home to major American military operations. Air Force via AP)DUBAI – The United States called Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates “major security partners" early Saturday, a previously unheard of designation for the two countries home to major American military operations. Bahrain is home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, while the UAE's Jebel Ali port is the busiest port of call for American warships outside of the U.S. Bahrain hosts some 5,000 American troops, while the UAE hosts 3,500, many at Al-Dhafra Air Base. Already, the U.S. uses the designation of “major non-NATO ally” to describe its relationship with Kuwait, which hosts the forward command of U.S. Army Central. Trump forged close ties to Gulf Arab countries during his time in office in part over his hard-line stance on Iran.
US Space Command site to be located in Huntsville, Alabama
The U.S. Air Force is expected to announce Huntsville, Ala. as the location for the U.S. Space Command headquarters, according to Gov. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The U.S. Air Force announced Wednesday that the new U.S. Space Command headquarters will be in Huntsville, Alabama, after the state was selected over five others competing for the project, including Colorado, where Space Command is provisionally located. The role of Space Command is to conduct operations such as enabling satellite-based navigation and troop communication and providing warning of missile launches. That is different from the Space Force, which is a distinct military service like the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. “I couldn’t be more pleased to learn that Alabama will be the new home to the United States Space Command,” Alabama Republican Gov.
US Air Force deploys airmen, drones to base in Romania
The U.S. Air Force has deployed on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, about 90 airmen and an unspecified number of drone aircraft to a base in central Romania, boosting its military presence in the region where there are allied concerns that Russia is trying to display its military strength. The Romanian Defense Ministry said Wednesday that the U.S. deployment in its Campia Turzii Air Base will be for “a few months” to conduct information gathering, surveillance and research missions in support of NATO operations. NATO-member Romania shares the Black Sea border with Russia, and Moscow has lately been arming its neighbor Serbia with military aircraft, tanks and other armored vehicles. The Pentagon has spent millions of dollars in recent years to upgrade the Cold War communist-era base in central Romania where its air force hosts two squadrons of modernized version MiG-21 aircraft and two Puma helicopter squadrons. The United States and Romania enjoy a close military-to-military relationship as NATO allies and cooperate on numerous regional security issues, the U.S. statement said.
US bomber mission over Persian Gulf aimed at cautioning Iran
A U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress from Minot Air Force Base, N.D., is refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020. The United States flew strategic bombers over the Persian Gulf on Wednesday for the second time this month, a show of force meant to deter Iran from attacking American or allied targets in the Middle East. Because of the potential for escalation that could lead to a wider war, the U.S. has sought to deter Iran from additional attacks. Iran denied involvement but was blamed by the United States for that attack. That flight was repeated this week, with two B-52s flying nonstop from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota and heading home Wednesday after cruising over the western side of the Gulf.
Air Force: Black people more often investigated, punished
FILE - This Friday, Aug. 10, 2007, file photo, shows the logo of the Department of the U.S. Air Force at the United Staes embassy, in Berlin. And it concluded that “racial disparity exists" for Black service members, but that the data did not explain why it happens. It said that a large number of Black service members reported experiences with bias and racism. "Black service members need to work twice as hard and you can’t mess up.”Discrimination beliefs cut across the ranks. Gen. Charles Brown Jr., chief of staff of the Air Force, said service leaders must rebuild trust with their force.
Senate falls short of halting Trump's $23B arms sales to UAE
But on Wednesday the effort to turn back the arms sales failed to reach the 51-vote majority needed for passage. The Senate will take up the broader defense bill soon. Israeli officials have previously expressed some concern about an F-35 sale. Even after Wednesday's setback, Congress is poised to approve the sweeping annual defense bill despite Trump's objections. Trump has warned he would veto the bill over a provision to study stripping the names of Confederate leaders from U.S. military bases.
James Meredith film weighs 'complicated' civil rights figure
FILE - In this July 19, 2018, file photo, civil rights movement activist James Meredith, right, greets a friend with a black power salute as he takes a coffee break at a north Jackson, Miss., grocery store. It was one of the most violent moments of the Civil Rights Movement and it forever changed life in the American Deep South. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)RIO RANCHO, N.M. – A new documentary is diving into the complicated, and sometimes contradictory life of James Meredith, a Black civil rights figure who helped change Mississippi. It was one of the most violent moments of the Civil Rights Movement and Meredith's determination to enroll in Ole Miss forever transformed life in the American Deep South. “I hope that people will see this from the viewpoint from the first person ... almost as if they are James Meredith going through this.”___Russell Contreras is a member of The Associated Press’ Race and Ethnicity Team.
First US spring flight to Antarctica aims to keep out virus
Staff board a U.S. Air Force C-17 as they prepare to take the season's first flight to McMurdo Station in Antarctica from Christchurch Airport, New Zealand, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. The first U.S. flight into Antarctica following months of winter darkness left from New Zealand Monday with crews extra vigilant about keeping out the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)WELLINGTON – The first U.S. flight into Antarctica following months of winter darkness left from New Zealand on Monday with crews taking extra precautions to keep out the coronavirus. Antarctica is the only continent without the virus, and there is a global effort to make sure incoming scientists and workers don’t bring it with them. The U.S. Air Force flight left from the gateway city of Christchurch carrying 106 passengers and crew, said Tony German, the U.S. Antarctic program's representative in New Zealand.
Fighter jet accidentally fires rocket into Arizona desert
A U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II takes off during the Bushwhacker 18-02 Cactus Flag exercise at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Feb. 11, 2018. Chris Drzazgowski)(CNN) - A routine training mission turned out to be anything but that aboard an Air Force plane in Arizona. The M-156 rocket that was launched landed in an uninhabited area and caused no injuries, damage or fires, according to the Air Force. "This training area is not designated for munitions release," a statement from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base said. The A-10C Thunderbolt II is assigned to the 354th Fighter Squadron, which is part of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base's 355th Fighter Wing.
Feds warn UFO enthusiasts against storming Area 51
(CNN) - They've got a plan to raid Area 51 and "see them aliens." "[Area 51] is an open training range for the U.S. Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces," a spokeswoman told The Washington Post. "The U.S. Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets." CNN has reached out to the Air Force and is waiting to hear back. In short, it's thought that Area 51 holds all the government secrets about aliens -- though the CIA has published documents confirming its use as a test base.