Air Force Museum Plans Special Activities for New Building

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DAYTON, Ohio — A ribbon-cutting June 8 is among special activities scheduled around the opening of the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in southwest Ohio. The 224,000-square-foot building houses four galleries, with such exhibits as the Air Force One used by eight presidents and the 96-ton Titan IVB space launch ... more

Obama Marks Memorial Day by Asking America to Remember the Fallen

A rose is visible on a seat before President Barack Obama speaks at the Memorial Amphitheater of Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Va., Monday, May 30, 2016, during a Memorial Day ceremony. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Barack Obama on Monday marked Memorial Day by laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns and calling on Americans to care for veterans and families of the fallen. "I'm honored to be with you once again as we pay our respects as Americans to those who gave their lives for us all," he told a crowd of military dignitaries, veterans and ... more

Four Military Retirement Pay Surprises for Families

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If you've reached the end of your service member's military career, you're probably really excited. No more TDYs, military moves, long training separations or sudden deployments for you. Instead, you're looking forward to enjoying all of those benefits, like continued health care and retirement pay, that you've spent 20 years earning. Life is a... more

World War II Vet Pays Tribute to Fallen on Cross-Country Bike Ride

Dr. Bruce Heilman, left, 89, a World War II Marine veteran, greets Bill Watson of the Band of Brothers Motorcycle Club during his April 2015 visit to Marine Corps Base Quantico. (US Marine Corps/David White)

Eighty-nine-year-old Bruce Heilman just put another 7,000 miles on his Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic in a cross-country ride that was all about the pain and pride of war that the nation honors on Memorial Day. Along the way, the World War II “Buck Sergeant” Marine veteran of the horrific battle of Okinawa met with the Gold Star fa... more

World War II B-17 Gunner Dies During 'Final Mission' in England

B-17 Flying Fortress bombers flew daylight bombing raids against Germany from August 1942 to the war's end; their 8th Air Force crews paid a heavy price. (DoD photo)

A retired U.S. Air Force master sergeant who returned to England this month for the first time in 71 years to visit the country he defended during World War II has died during his "final mission." Melvin Rector, 94, served in England with the 96th Bomb Group in 1945 as a radio operator and gunner on B-17 Flying Fortress bombers. Operating out ... more

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