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  • 80 US Air Force personnel on ground in Chad

    May 22, 2014 10:24 AM

    NAIROBI, Kenya - A U.S. military spokesman says that the 80 personnel deployed to Chad to help find nearly 300 kidnapped Nigerian school girls are from the Air Force and have already begun their mission. Chuck Prichard, a spokesman at the U.S. military's Africa command in Germany, said Thursday that... more »
  • 17 cadets commissioned from LSU ROTC

    May 15, 2014 5:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Military dignitaries commissioned more than a dozen cadets and midshipmen from LSU's ROTC programs Thursday at the campus. The 17 cadets were commissioned as second lieutenants in the respective branches. They included nine cadets from the LSU Air Force ROTC program, five from the LSU Army... more »
  • Delaware Air Force base on lockdown

    May 8, 2014 11:31 AM

    DOVER, Del. - Dover Air Force Base in Delaware is on lockdown after a suspicious person was reported on the post. Military officials say in a news release that the lockdown was ordered as a precautionary measure after the suspicious person was reported around 11 a.m. All personnel were... more »
  • Air Force investigation grows to include cheating

    January 15, 2014 7:35 PM

    WASHINGTON- The Air Force investigation in drug use by nuclear missile launch offers has widened now to allegations of cheating on certification tests. Last week the Pentagon disclosed the original investigation looking at officers at six Air Force bases in the U.S. and England. Two of the bases included officers... more »
  • Key nuke officers "burned out"

    November 20, 2013 7:36 PM

    WASHINGTON- The trouble inside the nuclear missile units in the Air Force runs deeper and wider than the Pentagon has let on. The Associated Press obtained a study done for the Air Force that found "burnout" among launch officers. They have their fingers on the triggers of 450... more »
  • Veterans honored in Gonzales Play Video

    November 11, 2013 5:54 PM

    GONZALES- Hundreds showed up at Ascension's Veteran's Memorial Park today to honor the men and women who fight for America's freedom. It was the largest annual gathering at the park, which featured more than 150 school choir members and service men and women from every branch. "I appreciate... more »
  • Nuke unit fails key security test

    August 13, 2013 12:07 PM

    WASHINGTON - Air Force officials say a unit responsible for operating nuclear missiles has failed a safety and security inspection. This is the second major setback this year for the Air Force's nuclear weapons force, which is responsible for 450 land-based nuclear missiles on 24/7 alert for potential launch at... more »
  • Military aircraft grounded

    April 9, 2013 7:20 PM

    PENSACOLA NAVAL AIR STATION- The U.S. Navy canceled the remainder of the vaunted Blue Angels 2013 season and the Air Force grounded about a third of its combat forces due to federal budget cuts. The Blue Angels have performed at various air shows for more than 60 years and... more »
  • Women sought in credit card theft

    November 14, 2012 3:21 PM

    GONZALES - Gonzales Police asked for the public's help today tracking down two women they said used a stolen credit card. Police said the card was taken back on Sept. 4 from an St. Elizabeth Hospital employee's purse, and later used at the Gonzales K-Mart. Investigators said the... more »
  • Vote to honor veterans Play Video

    September 19, 2012 5:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE- This year your going to the ballot box can mean more than just a vote thanks to the new "Honor Vets" program instated by the Secretary of State. The program aims to encourage voters to go to the polls in honor of the men and women who... more »
  • TS Helene re-forms in Gulf of Mexico

    August 17, 2012 5:06 PM

    GULF OF MEXICO - The Mexican government issued a tropical storm warning for the coast of Mexico after Air Force hurricane hunters determined that Tropical Storm Helene reformed in the Bay of Campeche today. The storm is headed for the Mexican coast and could be pushed along the coast... more »
  • Sentencing begins in Air Force sex scandal trial

    August 2, 2012 10:41 AM

    SAN ANTONIO - A military jury will hear evidence in the sentencing of an Air Force basic training instructor convicted as part of a wider sex scandal at a base in Texas. The jury will begin hearing evidence Thursday at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio in the case... more »
  • Openings set in Texas base sex scandal trial

    July 17, 2012 8:54 AM

    SAN ANTONIO - A military jury will begin hearing the case of an Air Force sergeant who faces charges in a widening sex scandal at a Texas base. Opening statements were set for this morning in the court-martial of Staff Sgt. Luis Walker. It's the first trial resulting from... more »
  • US airmen accused in sex scandal

    June 25, 2012 5:36 PM

    SAN ANTONIO - A widening sex scandal has rocked Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, one of the nation's busiest military training centers. Four male instructors are charged with having sex with, and in one case raping, female trainees. Charges against others are possible. The most serious accusations surround... more »
  • U-2 pilot to be awarded Posthumous Silver Star

    June 14, 2012 8:24 PM

    The pilot of a U-2 spy plane shot down over the former Soviet Union in 1960 will be awarded the Silver Star and his grandchildren will accept it. Francis Gary Powers is now dead and will be honored by the Air Force on Friday. After he was shot down, he... more »
  • Air Force debated disposal of 9/11 remains

    March 30, 2012 3:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - Newly released Pentagon documents show that U.S. Air Force officers debated about burial at sea before concluding that 1,321 unidentifiable fragments of human remains from the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon should be treated as medical waste and incinerated. A string of emails from August 2002 reveal that... more »
  • Air Force Falcons land at BTR Metro Airport Play Video

    February 17, 2012 5:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Not to worry, they're here to play baseball, and they came in on one of the largest cargo planes in the world. The C-17 Globemaster can carry up to 170,000 pounds or roughly 517,000 baseballs. On this trip the plane was only responsible for about 20... more »
  • Air Force baseball team flies in on C-17

    February 17, 2012 10:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Ever seen a C-17? It's massive, and happens to be the transportation aircraft of choice for the Air Force Falcons baseball team. They're playing Alcorn State Friday morning and LSU later this evening at Alex Box Stadium. Mike Shingleton is taking a tour of the... more »
  • 8th ranked Tigers host Air Force

    February 17, 2012 8:50 AM

    It's a big night of baseball as the 8th ranked LSU Tigers opens the 2012 season at 7 p.m. playing host to Air Force in Alex Box Stadium. The Tigers will meet Alcorn State at 6:30 p.m. Saturday before the concluding the weekend on Sunday with a 1 p.m. matchup... more »
  • Air Force Lost Body Parts from War Dead

    November 8, 2011 7:40 PM

    The Air Force admits the mortuary that receives war dead and prepares them for burial lost portions of human remains. It led the military branch to discipline three senior officials for "gross mismanagement." The loss of the body parts came in 2009 and involved deaths in Afghanistan where bodies were... more »
  • MIA Pilot Recovered

    August 12, 2011 7:48 PM

    An Air Force pilot shot down over North Vietnam in 1965 is finally coming home. The remains of Captain Thomas Reitmann were recovered in 2009 from Vietnam and the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command in Honolulu declared a positive identification and notified his former wife. Carol Reitmann Sumner of Waikiki will... more »
  • 2 US airmen killed in Frankfurt airport shooting

    March 2, 2011 12:14 PM

    FRANKFURT, Germany - A gunman fired at U.S. Air Force personnel on a bus outside Frankfurt airport Wednesday, killing two airmen and wounding two others before being taken into custody. Police have identified the shooter as a man from Kosovo. U.S. Air Force Europe spokeswoman Maj. Beverly Mock... more »
  • Daughter's DNA could bring missing father home

    February 26, 2011 6:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lt. Cdr. Kerry Sully has spent her whole life searching for her father, Air Force Major Wayne G. Brown, who went missing in action during the Vietnam war. Saturday afternoon she got a helping hand in her search thanks to the US Military. Sully, along with dozens of... more »
  • House votes to let Pentagon sponsor NASCAR races

    February 18, 2011 1:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has voted to let the Pentagon continue using taxpayer dollars to sponsor NASCAR race teams. By a 281-148 vote, lawmakers rejected an effort by Minnesota Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum that would have ended the practice. McCollum aides said the Army is spending $7 million... more »
  • Air Force Sex case

    January 18, 2011 7:33 PM

    The lawyer for a member of the Air Force accused of having unprotected sex with multiple partners without telling them he was HIV positive layed out his case by attacking the science of the disease. He says the latest research shows what Tech. Sgt. David Gutierrez did does not amount... more »
  • Military head wants policy on gays to end soon

    November 21, 2010 9:57 AM

    WASHINGTON D.C.- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says he supports Congress using its lame-duck session to end the ban on gays serving openly in the military. Adm. Mike Mullen says he backs action before the new Congress in January - if that's what it takes to... more »
  • Facebook could give away troop locations

    November 17, 2010 7:50 PM

    The Air Force warned troops to be careful when using Facebook and other social networking sites because some new features could show the enemy where U.S. forces are in war zones. The Air Force says use of the features by airmen can have devestating implications. The applications are offered by... more »
  • Military wants more Sophisticated Drones

    November 4, 2010 7:50 PM

    A senior Air Force officer says the military wants to develope more-sophisticated, high-tech drones that can collect intelligence in dangerous combat airspace. Lt. Gen. Philip Breedlove says the U.S. needs aircraft able to gather information and wage electronic attacks in airspace that is more contested. The Pentagon is aware the... more »
  • Brazil to make UFO Sightings Public

    August 11, 2010 8:09 PM

    Brazil ordered its air force to document UFO sightings and make the information available to the public. The air force is now required to register any sightings by military and commercial pilots, as well as air traffic controllers. All past and future data will be processed by the air force... more »
  • Tropical Storm Bonnie forms on path to Gulf spill

    July 22, 2010 5:48 PM

    Tropical Storm Bonnie has formed with winds of 40 mph in the eastern Caribbean, on a course that could take it into the BP oil spill zone. An Air Force plane sent to study the storm determined it had reached tropical storm strength Thursday. The storm system was... more »
  • 2 Air Force planes to help with oil spill

    April 30, 2010 4:59 PM

    Two Air Force planes will spray chemicals to help break up the Gulf Coast oil spill, Pentagon officials said Friday as they considered what more the military could do to assist. The two C-130 Hercules cargo planes were staging for their flights at Lake Charles, La., after getting their... more »
  • Oil Spill: Air Force gets order to help

    April 30, 2010 11:58 AM

    The Air Force has gotten the "green light" to dump chemicals on the oil spill threatening the Gulf Coast. The Pentagon approved the use of two C-130 Hercules cargo planes today. The planes were already on standby in Mississippi; they were sent from Ohio on Thursday to await... more »
  • Mystery Spacecraft

    April 20, 2010 8:21 PM

    The Air Force will launch a mystery spacecraft that's described as an unmanned winged plane resembling a miniature shuttle this week. The Air Force under secretary for space programs says it probably won't be the last since the agency contracted for a second space plane depending on the success of... more »
  • Osprey aircraft lost in Afghanistan, 4 dead

    April 9, 2010 8:41 PM

    The U.S. lost its first Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft ever in a combat zone in Afghanistan and three service members and a civilian contractor died when it went down. The military says numerous others were hurt. The Taliban claim they shot it down but the cause remains unclear. The Air Force... more »
  • Discovery lands in Louisiana

    September 20, 2009 8:13 PM

    The space shuttle Discovery is stopped for the night at Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, as part of its cross-country flight to Florida. The shuttle is being ferried atop a modified 747 aircraft, known as a Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. Discovery landed from space Sept. 11 in California.... more »
  • Mold forces airmen out of dorms

    September 18, 2009 11:13 AM

    Mold remediation is under way at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City. A release from 2nd Bomb Wing Public Affairs says it spread through two dormitories this summer. More than 140 airmen have been told to move out, but the Air Force says the mold doesn't pose a... more »

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