Portland aluminum supplier linked to NASA rocket explosions pays millions to settle criminal charges
Jeff Manning The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. A Portland aluminum company that sold NASA defective aluminum, which allegedly caused two rockets to explode shortly after launch, has agreed to pay $46 million to settle criminal charges and civil claims. Hydro Extrusion USA LLC, formerly known as Sapa Extrusions or Sapa... Read more
Air Force OKs 2-piece flight suits for regular duty, changes patch placement on OCP uniforms
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes The Air Force on Tuesday announced it is changing the placement of unit patches on its new combat uniforms and is authorizing the use of two-piece flight uniforms for air crewmen at home stations or while deployed. The decisions are part of an ongoing... Read more
Air Force kills 328 regulations. It’s far from done.
Brian Ferguson Stars and Stripes Airmen should soon have fewer unnecessary boxes to check and conflicting rules to mull over as the Air Force nears completion of an effort to streamline instructions across the service. With four months left on a 24-month timetable, the Air Force has eliminated 328... Read more
Army considers better pay for aviation as pilots and crews leave at record rate
Jennifer H. Svan Stars and Stripes The Army wants to boost flight pay and award pilots with incentive money for career achievements in a bid to stem a record 10% attrition rate due largely to aging air crews and competition from commercial airlines. Maj. Gen. William Gayler, commander of... Read more
Army astronaut set to blast off on moon landing’s 50th anniversary
Seth Robson Stars and Stripes An Army Special Forces surgeon and former military brat is getting ready to blast off into space on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Col. Andrew Morgan, a veteran of two deployments to Afghanistan and one to Iraq, is set for... Read more
Marines are bringing more air power than ever to annual training in Australia
Seth Robson Stars and Stripes The United States is sending more air power than ever in support of this year’s contingent of 1,700 Marines to Australia’s Northern Territory. Marines have begun arriving in Darwin, Australia, with the bulk of the force scheduled to arrive this month, according to a... Read more
Tokyo eyes nearby US air base for handling flights during Olympics
Seth Robson and Hana Kusumoto Stars and Stripes American forces say they’ll consider any detailed proposal for shared civilian use of a base in western Tokyo during the 2020 Olympics. The Japanese government has suggested that allowing civilian planes to land at Yokota, home of U.S. Forces Japan and... Read more
Iran shows off newest fighter jet, which came out 50 years ago
Amidst policy woes with the United States, Iran showcased its new fighter during the Thursday National Army Day Parade in Tehran, hoping to strike fear into the West with the country’s first indigenous fighter aircraft. There’s just one problem- not only is it not particularly terrifying, the United States... Read more
US, Indian navies practice hunting submarines together in Indian Ocean
Christian Lopez Stars and Stripes (TNS) A Navy P-8A Poseidon and guided-missile destroyer recently joined with the Indian navy’s P8-I Neptune for submarine-hunting drills near Diego Garcia. It was the first U.S. anti-submarine warfare exercise with India since the countries agreed in September to closer cooperation between their militaries.... Read more
Officials dismiss speculation that rival nations might try to salvage downed Japanese F-35A
Hana Kusumoto and Seth Robson Stars and Stripes Speculation about foreign nations racing to find the wreckage of a downed F-35A stealth fighter in the Far East appears unfounded, according to U.S. and Japanese officials. A search for the lost aircraft, property of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, and... Read more
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