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March 23, 2014
There is absolutely sufficient force postured on the eastern border of Ukraine to run to Transnistria if the decision was made to do that, and that is very worrisome.
U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove • Discussing the potential threat of more action by the Russian military in an effort to invade Ukraine. The take by Breedlove, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Europe, is shared by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsya, who says the situation in the country is “becoming even more explosive than it used to be a week ago.” source
21:48 // 6 months ago
January 15, 2014

Stuff you may have missed: January 15, 2014

As it turns out, highly-trained Air Force nuclear command officials are just as prone to cheating as the rest of us—34 of them got caught sharing answers to a proficiency exam.

Know those in-app purchases that seem super-dangerous in the wrong hands? Apple has to pay $32.5 million to parents who got hit with charges their kids unwittingly rang up.

The National Labor Relations Board says that Wal-Mart is illegally firing and disciplining workers who complain about their working conditions.

Speaking of labor issues, Amazon’s employees voted against unionizing.

Let’s deport Bieber.

23:54 // 8 months ago
December 29, 2013
17:24 // 9 months ago
October 11, 2013
There was misbehavior such that (his superior) decided that it didn’t exemplify the trust and responsibilities required of a commander who was responsible for these nuclear forces. The nuclear deterrence mission is one of great focus and discipline. Personal behavior is vital to that, especially from a commander.
Air Force spokesman Brigadier General Les Kodlick • Explaining the firing of Major General Michael Carey, the commander of the 20th Air Force who was relieved of his post two days ago, amid investigations into alleged gambling misdeeds (specifically, that he tried to use counterfeit chips at a casino). Today the Air Force declined to state explicitly what the reason was for the firing, a major personnel move in its own right before you consider he was the man in charge of America’s supply of intercontinental nuclear missiles.  They did state, however, that the firing had nothing to do with readiness issues or matters of operational consequence to the military. source
16:38 // 11 months ago
June 22, 2013
chrisgeidner:

Meet Eric Fanning. He’s gay, and, as of Friday, he’s the acting secretary of the Air Force — the highest ranking civilian in the service branch. 

Fanning, discussing working for the service before the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”: “I didn’t know what I was going to do if we didn’t get the repeal through because some people couldn’t work because they were openly gay or lesbian.”

chrisgeidner:

Meet Eric Fanning. He’s gay, and, as of Friday, he’s the acting secretary of the Air Force — the highest ranking civilian in the service branch. 

Fanning, discussing working for the service before the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”: “I didn’t know what I was going to do if we didn’t get the repeal through because some people couldn’t work because they were openly gay or lesbian.”

12:29 // 1 year ago
May 14, 2013
20:09 // 1 year ago
May 6, 2013
Today in forms of irony that simply shouldn’t exist: This ugly, depressing story.

Today in forms of irony that simply shouldn’t exist: This ugly, depressing story.

21:12 // 1 year ago
July 21, 2012
It’s made it extremely hard to interact with authority figures. During my tour in Afghanistan, I was a little bit more scared of everything. I can’t work with certain individuals just since they remind me of Staff Sgt. Walker.
A reported victim of Staff Sgt. Luis Walker • Discussing how she felt in the months and years after having been sexually assaulted by the Air Force instructor. She was one of five women to speak at his sentencing hearing on Saturday. Walker, convicted of multiple counts of rape and sexual assault, will face 20 years in prison for these crimes. He could have gotten life.
17:54 // 2 years ago
June 18, 2012

U.S. airman surfaces in Sweden nearly three decades after going AWOL

Think you can keep a secret for 28 years? Beat this guy. David Hemler, 49, evaded capture for nearly three decades after going AWOL from the U.S. Air Force after becoming a peace activist. Hemler said he didn’t know what he was getting into with the military and that they wouldn’t dismiss him after he requested. So, in 1984, he left his Germany-based squadron and moved to Sweden, where he has a wife and kids. He’s lived there so long that, as you’ll hear in the video above, he has a pronounced Swedish accent. The Swedish government promised not to extradite him if he went public with his tale, according to Hemler. So here he is.

10:08 // 2 years ago
June 16, 2012
Air Force space plane touches down in California after secret mission
After 469 days in orbit, a X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle has touched down at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, bringing to an end a lengthy, classified military mission. The spacecraft, made by Boeing, is reusable and unmanned. In a statement, the Air Force said the “newest and most advanced re-entry spacecraft” performed in space and successfully landed “safely and successfully.” source
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After 469 days in orbit, a X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle has touched down at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, bringing to an end a lengthy, classified military mission. The spacecraft, made by Boeing, is reusable and unmanned. In a statement, the Air Force said the “newest and most advanced re-entry spacecraft” performed in space and successfully landed “safely and successfully.” source

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17:50 // 2 years ago