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United States Air Force: Air warfare branch of the United States Armed Forces
The United States Air Force (USAF) is the aerial warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces. It is one of the eight U.S. uniformed services. Initially formed as a part of the United States Army on 1 August 1907, the USAF was established as a separate branch of the U.S. Armed Forces on 18 September 1947 with the passing of the National Security Act of 1947. It is the second youngest branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, and the fourth in order of precedence. The U.S. Air Force articulates its core missions as air superiority, global integrated intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, rapid global mobility, global strike, and command and control.


U.S. Air Force lifts ban on Boeing KC-46A tanker after fix

The U.S. Air Force said on Friday it has lifted a three-month ban on Boeing's KC-46A aerial refueling tanker for cargo and passenger operations after the aircraft maker fixed a problem related to..
Reuters - Published

Chile Air Force says cargo plane crashed with 38 on board, search operation underway

Chile's Air Force on Tuesday said one of its cargo planes had crashed with 38 people on board after going missing in an isolated area between South America and the Antarctic, and a rescue team was..
Reuters - Published

Videos for United States Air Force

How troops in Iraq escaped a devastating attack [Video]How troops in Iraq escaped a devastating attack

Nearly eight hours before Iran’s Jan. 8 missile attack on U.S. forces at bases in Iraq, American and Iraqi soldiers at Ain al-Asad air base scrambled to move personnel and weaponry to fortified..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:10Published

SpaceX launches 60 satellites into orbit [Video]SpaceX launches 60 satellites into orbit

SpaceX launched its third batch of Starlink satellites into orbit from a U.S. Air Force base in Florida on Monday evening.

Credit: Reuters - 3D Animations (Next Me     Duration: 01:11Published


Sexual misconduct, due process and the military

Colonel Don Christensen is the president of Protect Our Defenders, an organization dedicated to helping those in the military combat sexual assault, and he is also the former chief prosecutor for the..
CBS News - Published

2 Die in ‘Mishap’ at Air Force Base in Oklahoma

The deaths occurred during a training mission at Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Okla., the Air Force said.
NYTimes.com - Published

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff hopeful Gulf crisis will end soon

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff David Goldfein said on Saturday he was hopeful a bitter dispute between Gulf Arab states could soon end and urged them to unify military capabilities as tensions with Iran..
Reuters - Published

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff calls for Gulf Arab unity to counter Iran

United States Air Force Chief of Staff David Goldfein on Saturday pressed Gulf Arab states to reconcile differences and unify military capabilities as tensions with Iran simmer.
Reuters - Published

Female Thunderbird pilot wants to inspire others

Major Michelle Curran is the only female fighter pilot on the Thunderbirds, the Air Force demonstration team. She also flew 160 combat hours in Afghanistan before joining the team. "CBS Evening News"..
CBS News - Published

Air Force X-37B spaceplane successfully returns to earth after 780-day mission

Air Force X-37B spaceplane successfully returned to earth Saturday after a 780-day mission, a record flight for a top secret U.S. military plane with no pilot. The solar-powered plane is believed to be..
CBS News - Published

Yard work: More than just blowing leaves

Five-year-old Brian Kelly misses doing yard work with his dad, Air Force Captain Dan Kelly, who last month was sent overseas. Brian's neighbor, a father-figure with a yard of his own, has been only too..
CBS News - Published

Moment of impact: Soldiers recall friendly fire killing of U.S. troops in Afghanistan

"Oh my God. They just hit our hill," says a former Army medic, recalling a 2014 friendly fire incident in Afghanistan. A U.S. Air Force bomber – sent to help the troops during a firefight with the..
CBS News - Published

Air Force's mystery space plane returns to earth

The Air Force's mystery space plane is back on Earth, following a record-breaking two-year mission. The X-37B landed in Florida early Sunday. (Oct. 29)  
USATODAY.com - Published

U.S. Airforce's X-37B returns to Earth with a 'boom' and a new record for spaceflight

The U.S. Air Force's X-37B landed at the Kennedy Space Center overnight after being in orbit for more than two years.
USATODAY.com - Published

Air Force spaceplane lands after 780-day mission

The fifth flight of an X-37B spaceplane set a new endurance record for the secretive program
CBS News - Published

Retired Air Force Colonel Kim Olson calls decision to leave Syria "immoral"

The ceasefire agreement between the U.S. and Turkey in Syria expired today, as American troops begin leaving the region. Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Kim Olson calls President Trump's decision to..
CBS News - Published

U.S. F-16 crashes over western Germany, but no injuries

An F-16 warplane belonging to the United States Air Force crashed over uninhabited territory in western Germany on Tuesday but the pilot escaped with minor injuries after ejecting, officials said.
Reuters - Published

Toddler cheers on her graduating airman dad

After much thought and a lot of prayer, this new mom and dad decided his future was in the Air Force.  
USATODAY.com - Published

Death in the Mediterranean, The Battle Above

Desperation fuels the largest mass migration since WWII in which thousands have died trying to reach Europe by sea; then, David Martin gives a rare look at how a branch of the U.S. Air Force called..
CBS News - Published

Denied, The Battle Above

Scott Pelley reports on what can happen when insurance companies deny the mentally ill the treatment their doctors prescribe; and, David Martin gives viewers a rare look at a branch of the U.S. Air..
CBS News - Published

Air Force tests intercontinental missile after North Korea launch

U.S. Air Force tests unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile with early launch from California
CBS News - Published

Military grapples with rising suicide rates

The Army, Navy and Marine Corps all saw the rate of suicides go up as well as the overall numbers, with only the Air Force showing a decrease, according to data released by the Pentagon
CBS News - Published

Airman saves child on flight to get award for heroism

U.S. Air Force Technical Sergeant Kenneth O'Brien is used to stepping up to help others in danger
CBS News - Published

Airman honored for series of heroic actions

U.S. Air Force Technical Sergeant Kenneth O'Brien always seems to be in the right place at the right time. He's rescued someone from a burning car, a Thai soccer team that was trapped in a flooded cave..
CBS News - Published

Secretive US Air Force spacecraft has been orbiting Earth for a record 719 days

Imagine spending 719 days orbiting the earth...that’s exactly what this Air Force spacecraft just did and it’s still going.  
USATODAY.com - Published

U.S. Air Force Col. Roy Knight welcomed home with full military honors

Fifty-two years after he was shot down during the Vietnam War, U.S. Air Force Col. Roy Knight was welcomed home with full military honors in Texas. Norah O'Donnell reports.
CBS News - Published

Air Force orders day off training to focus on rising suicide rate

In a video message, Chief Master Sgt. Kaleth Wright said if they don't do something, they could "lose up to 150, 160 airmen in 2019"
CBS News - Published

Trump's choice for Pentagon's No. 2 officer denies sexual assault charges

Air Force Gen. John Hyten denied sexually assaulting a subordinate, charges that threaten to derail his nomination as military's No. 2 officer.
USATODAY.com - Published

Behind the scenes of the Air Force's drone piloting

Remotely piloted aircraft are getting new attention amid reports Iran shot down a U.S. Navy drone last month and the U.S. downed an Iranian drone last week. Many of the drones the U.S. Air Force flies..
CBS News - Published

Exclusive: Air Force suspends fee payments to landlord Balfour Beatty following Reuters report

The U.S. Air Force has suspended paying incentive fees at all 21 military housing bases operated by landlord Balfour Beatty Communities following a Reuters-CBS News report that the company falsified..
Reuters - Published

Lil Nas X raids Area 51 in new "Old Town Road" music video

The U.S. Air Force, which conducts tests and trains combat aircraft there, said the event could be "dangerous"
CBS News - Published

Balfour Beatty unit appoints counsel to probe U.S. Air Force base allegations

A unit of British infrastructure group Balfour Beatty has appointed Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP to work with the U.S. Air Force and other authorities to investigate allegations that it falsified..
Reuters - Published

Joint Chiefs nominee cleared of sexual misconduct charges

Senior officer who accused Air Force Gen. John Hyten tells AP, "My life was ruined by this"; Hyten has been tapped to be Joint Chiefs vice chairman
CBS News - Published

Defense contractor consolidation a security concern: U.S. Air Force acquisition head

The number of major U.S. defense contractors has shrunk to the point of becoming a national security concern, according to the U.S. Air Force's acquisition head, who said his service needed to have..
Reuters - Published

Sen. Warren seeks investigation of landlord at U.S. Air Force base

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is seeking an official inquiry and demanding answers from the Air Force and one of its top housing contractors following a Reuters-CBS News report describing how the company..
Reuters - Published

U.S. Air Force allows Sikh beard and turban

Last year, a female Air Force officer made history as the first to wear a hijab during service and training
CBS News - Published

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