News Briefs – September 15, 2017

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Remains of missing Vietnam-era soldier identified

A northeast Oklahoma soldier’s remains have been identified more than 50 years after the Vietnam War.

The Claremore Daily Progress reports that Air Force Col. Ronald Scott’s remains will arrive in Claremore next week. He’ll be honored with a graveside service in Woodlawn Cemetery on Sept. 22.

The Defense POW and MIA Accounting Agency says Scott was declared missing in action following an explosion during an armed reconnaissance mission over northern Vietnam in 1966.

A recovery team collected material from the site in 2014. Additional recovery operations were conducted in 2015 and 2016. Remains were sent to the Central Identification Laboratory for analysis.

Scott’s remains were identified through DNA analysis, dental analysis and other circumstantial evidence.

Scott is survived by two sons, Ron and Mark Scott. AP
 

New Mexico base seeks expanded training space for flights

Officials at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., officials say their current array of flight training areas in southern New Mexico is outdated and that some need to be expanded, reshaped and relocated.

Officials from the base Alamogordo, N.M., are holding public meetings this week in several communities to receive public input on proposed changes that would have jet fighters flying over sparsely populated rural areas not now used for that purpose.

Holloman says its goals include maximizing training time, minimizing transit time for aircraft and limiting impacts to civil aviation.

The changes will be assessed in an upcoming environmental impact statement.

The charges are being considered as F-16s now based at Hill Air Force Base near Ogden, Utah, are being shifted to Holloman to make room for new F-35s at Hill. AP