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Some Airmen Criticize Decision to Promote Train Hero from E-3 to E-5


Some Air Force members and veterans have turned to Facebook to vent their frustration with the service's decision to promote the heroic airman of the European train attack and have him skip a grade. Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh this week announced that Spencer Stone, who along with his two childhood friends helped foil a terrorist attack last... more

Air Force Delays Decision on Whether to Let Enlisted Airmen Fly Drones

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The U.S. Air Force has delayed until possibly next year a decision on whether to let enlisted airmen fly drones. A decision on the matter was expected in November, but will probably be pushed back until January, officials said this week at the Air and Space Conference near Washington, D.C. No explanation was immediately available. "We'll b... more

Russia 'Closing Gap' Between US with Newer Air Defenses, General Says

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Russia's development of new surface-to-air missile systems and other air defenses has 'closed the gap' between U.S. air superiority, a general said. The country in recent years has deployed an increasing number of higher quality air defense systems, particularly in and around Kaliningrad and Crimea – which it annexed from the Ukraine last y... more

Airman Who Helped Stop Attack on Paris-Bound Train to Get Purple Heart

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone meets Chief Master Sgt. Phillip Easton, 86th Airlift Wing command chief, upon his arrival to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 24. 2015. (Sara Keller/U.S. Air Force)

Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone will be awarded the Purple Heart in addition to the Airman's Medal for his actions with two American friends in taking down a suspected terrorist wielding an AK-47 assault rifle aboard an Amsterdam-Paris train last month, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said Monday. It was already known that Stone, who has b... more

Early Tests Show Female Airmen Can Perform Many SpecOps Tasks: General

Airmen with the 552nd Air Control Wing and 513th Air Control Group pose for a photograph prior to making an historic all-female flight on Aug. 23. (Air Force photo by Darren D. Heusel)

Preliminary tests show female airmen can perform many of the same battlefield tasks as their male counterparts in Special Operations positions, a general said. The Air Force ran a series of tests involving 170 airmen, including about 70 women, between May and July at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, to predict how they would perform o... more

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