Eager to Shift Narrative, Biden Team Puts Airlift in Historical Context

In describing evacuation efforts, President Biden has referred to the Berlin airlift more than 70 years ago, in which food was flown into a city whose access had been choked off by the Soviet Union.

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Body Parts Found in Landing Gear of Flight From Kabul, Officials Say

Harrowing video of the chaos, recorded by Afghan media, have circulated around the world. The Air Force said the incident is under investigation.

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Air Force Is Most to Blame for 2017 Church Shooting, Judge Rules

The ruling in the case, which was brought by the families of the victims, found that the Air Force was “60 percent responsible” for the massacre in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

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U.F.O.s: Why the Truth Has Not Always Been Out There

Rather than explaining when U.F.O. sightings were really just top-secret planes, the government has sometimes allowed public eagerness about the possibility of aliens to take hold.

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U.F.O.s: The Truth Has Not Always Been Out There

Rather than explaining when U.F.O. sightings were really just top-secret planes, the government has sometimes allowed public eagerness about the possibility of aliens to take hold.

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Air Force Tries Virtual Reality to Stem Suicide and Sexual Assault

Officials are hoping that an immersive virtual reality experience aimed at getting airmen to intervene will succeed where years of traditional training have failed.

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Malcolm Gladwell on the Hard Decisions of War

Gladwell’s “The Bomber Mafia” looks at the air campaign against Japan in World War II and finds a surprising hero in Curtis LeMay.

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A Secret War. Decades of Suffering. Will the U.S. Ever Make Good in Laos?

America has never taken responsibility for spraying Agent Orange over the neutral country during the Vietnam War. But generations of ethnic minorities have endured the consequences.

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Intruder Boards a Military Plane at Joint Base Andrews

An unarmed man was given a summons for trespassing after he gained access to the base on Thursday and boarded an aircraft typically used by senior government and military leaders, officials said.

#kirby-john-f, #security-and-warning-systems, #united-states-air-force, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

U.S. Aircraft Carrier Returning Home After Long Sea Tour Watching Iran

The Pentagon had extended the deployment of the Nimitz in the Middle East after Iranian threats against President Donald J. Trump and U.S. troops in the region.

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The Newest Guardians of the Galaxy Are Run by the U.S. Military

On the first-anniversary celebration of the newest branch of the U.S. armed forces, Vice President Mike Pence announced that Space Force members would be called Guardians.

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Military Names Air Force Judge for Guantánamo Bay 9/11 Trial. But There’s a Snag.

The latest judge assigned to the long-running death penalty case is based in Virginia and has had a military career focused on defense work, but he has been on the bench for less than two years.

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U.S.-Russia Military Tensions Intensify in the Air and on the Ground Worldwide

Recent altercations in Europe, the Middle East and off the coast of Alaska have heightened tensions between the two rival powers.

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Medics Save Lives. Let Them.

The U.S. military, with its experience in disasters and its multiple medical corps, could do more to end the pandemic.

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Military Surveillance Planes Didn’t Spy on Protesters, Pentagon Report Finds

But the Air Force’s inspector general concluded that National Guard officials failed to obtain prior approval from Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper to use the planes.

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Air Force Helicopter Hit by Gunfire Was Forced to Make Emergency Landing, F.B.I. Says

One crew member was treated at a hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening, according to the authorities, who said they were investigating the shooting.

#aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #eisenhower-dwight-david, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #helicopters, #maryland, #transportation, #united-states-air-force, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #virginia

Gaps in Vetting Visas Allowed Saudi Gunman Into U.S. Pilot Training

The gunman who killed three in Florida was not directed by Al Qaeda, nor inspired solely by online ideology. He was a new kind of terrorist, harder to spot: an extremely enterprising freelancer.

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Air Force Sergeant With Ties to Extremist Group Charged in Federal Officer’s Death

The sergeant had expressed his allegiance to the so-called boogaloo movement, an extremist ideology that seeks to overthrow the U.S. government.

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U.S. Fighter Jet Crashes in Britain, With One Pilot Aboard

The British authorities were searching for the pilot, whose status American officials said was “unknown at this time.”

#aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #great-britain, #military-aircraft, #united-states-air-force

Milley, America’s Top General, Walks Into a Political Battle

The military that Gen. Mark A. Milley represents is facing what could be the worst schism with the American public since the fractious Vietnam War years.

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Air Force Removes Height Requirement to Attract More Women Pilots

The Air Force said it was dispensing with a restriction that effectively eliminated about 44 percent of American women between the ages of 20 and 29.

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For African-Americans in Uniform, It’s Duty, Honor, Country. But Don’t Expect to Lead.

Seventy-five years after integration, the military’s upper echelons remain the domain of white men.

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