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News Briefs March 19, 2012

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Air Force disciplining two mortuary supervisors The Air Force is disciplining two supervisors after an investigation into retaliation against workers who blew the whistle on the mishandling of remains at the Dover Air Force Base, Del., mortuary. The U.S. Office of Special Counsel released a report March 16 that says three officials retaliated against four…

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News Briefs June 1, 2012

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National Guard worker gets 21/2 years for $15 million fraud A former manager for the California National Guard has been sentenced to 21/2 years in federal prison for arranging $15.2 million in bonuses and other payments to fellow guards who weren’t eligible for them. A U.S. attorney’s statement says 52-year-old Retired MSgt. Toni Jaffe received…

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Senior leaders stress safety over Labor Day weekend

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Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy issued the following message to all Air Force personnel:   “As our nation pays tribute to American workers during Labor Day weekend, we thank all airmen for your…

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Ex-NASA worker: Firing was over intelligent design

Posted April 16, 2012 by by Gillian Flaccus

A former computer specialist with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory spent much of his free time advocating for the idea that a higher intelligence must have had a hand in creation. Now, a judge will decide if his commitment to that belief cost him his job. Closing arguments in the wrongful termination lawsuit filed by David…

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MAFFS-equipped C-130 crashes in South Dakota

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At approximately 6 p.m., MDT, July 1, a Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System equipped C-130 aircraft supporting firefighting missions crashed in the southwest corner of South Dakota. The aircraft was supporting the efforts against the White Draw Fire. The cause of the crash is not known and the incident is under investigation. There are no…

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Obama Nominates Clark as Next Air Guard Director

Posted December 12, 2012 by Col. Nahaku McFadden

Lt. Gen. Stanley E. “Sid” Clarke III, commander of the Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region-1st Air Force, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be the next director of the Air National Guard. If confirmed by the Senate, Clarke will replace Lt. Gen. Harry “Bud” Wyatt III, who is retiring in…

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F-16 crashes at Utah Test and Training Range

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An Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon, assigned to the 388th Fighter Wing, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, crashed at the Utah Test and Training Range at approximately 8:35 a.m. May 4. At the time of the accident, there was one person on board. The pilot successfully ejected and is being evaluated by…

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News Briefs – August 14, 2012

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U.S. Navy ship collides with oil tanker in Gulf   The U.S. Navy says one of its guided-missile destroyers collided with an oil tanker early Aug. 12 but that no one was injured in the accident. The collision involving the USS Porter and the Panamanian-flagged bulk oil tanker M/V Otowasan occurred at approximately 1 a.m….

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New California council to promote defense industry

Posted April 1, 2013 by Julie Watson

Gov. Jerry Brown launched a major push March 28 to bolster California’s military installations and defense industries amid federal cutbacks by establishing a council of retired generals and admirals to promote the state. The 18-member Governor’s Military Council will be led by former congresswoman and Undersecretary of State Ellen Tauscher. It will include former military…

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News Briefs March 22, 2012

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F-22 fighter jets retrofitted after Alaska crash The Air Force is replacing handles that engage the F-22 Raptor fighter jet’s emergency oxygen system after numerous reports of pilots reporting feeling light-headedness. The move comes after the 2010 death of pilot Capt. Jeffrey Haney when his stealth fighter crashed 100 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska. Haney’s…

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