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AF: Unpublished Guidance Allows for 'Unofficial' Flag-folding Script

Video captures a retired U.S. Air Force sergeant being forcibly removed from a ceremony at Travis Air Force Base (Video Still)

The Air Force says that when it adopted an official instruction barring religious references and non-factual information about the American flag during folding ceremonies it was not intended to be a blanket ban. The revelation that there was some never-published guidance allowing for "unofficial" flag-folding narratives comes as the Air Force r... more

Welsh Retires as Air Force Chief of Staff at Andrews Ceremony

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh marked his retirement -- officially scheduled for July 1 -- with a ceremony Friday morning at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. Welsh, the Air Force's 20th chief of staff, bid his official farewell in a hangar filled with family, colleagues past and present, and two aircraft he had flown during the cou... more

Atlas Rocket Launches for 1st Time since March Grounding

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a U.S. Navy communications satellite lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Friday, June 24, 2016, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — America's Atlas rockets are flying again, successfully launching a communications satellite for the Navy. The unmanned Atlas V rocket blasted into a brilliantly clear sky Friday morning. It was the first Atlas flight by rocket maker United Launch Alliance since March, when a fuel-valve problem popped up on a space station... more

Hampton Roads Defense Economy Faces Major Challenges, Lobbyist Says

Norfolk Naval Shipyard

Anyone wanting to know if Congress will provide enough money to keep stable Hampton Roads' military-centric economy is going to have to wait until after the Nov. 8 presidential election, the region's top Washington lobbyist said Thursday. Although the new federal budget year begins Oct. 1, Congress likely will not pass a spending plan in time a... more

Senator: Grand Forks Base on Short List for Tanker Mission

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. — U.S. Sen. John Hoeven says Grand Forks Air Force Base is one of five bases being considered for the new KC-46 air refueling tanker. Hoeven says Grand Forks is on the short list along with Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington, Travis Air Force Base in California and Joint Base McGuire-Dix i... more

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