The Pentagon on Monday identified three soldiers killed in a reported insider attack in Eastern Afghanistan on Saturday. Sgt. Eric Houck, 25, of Baltimore; Sgt. William Bays, 29, of Barstow, Calif.; and Cpl. Dillon Baldridge, 22, of Youngsville, N.C.; were killed after being shot in Pela Valley, Nangarhar Province. The soldiers were assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Company D, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Ky., according to a Pentagon
release. The incident is under investigation, though the Taliban has claimed responsibility. The Associated Press reported that the Taliban infiltrated the Afghan army “just to attack foreign forces.” Nangarhar Province, where American forces are fighting ISIS-Khorasan, has been the site of multiple US deaths this year. It is also where the
Air Force dropped the GBU-43/B “Mother of All Bombs” against an ISIS tunnel structure. A US convoy, with Afghan personnel, also was struck by a roadside bomb and small arms fire on Monday in the region, US Forces-Afghanistan announced. There were no US casualties in that incident.
An F-22A Raptor with the 27th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron rests on the flight line after flying in support of Combined Joint Task Force- Operation Inherent Resolve at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, May 3, 2017.
Air Force photo by SSgt. Marjorie A. Bowlden.
—Vice Adm. Paul Grosklags, commander of Naval Air Systems Command, told members of the House Armed Services Committee recently the service "has considered using other aircraft, potentially Air Force," to replace its grounded fleet of T-45 trainer jets:
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—The Air Force's Fiscal 2018 budget request includes an 8.7 percent increase in funding for aircraft depot maintenance and contractor logistic support compared to Fiscal 2017 omnibus appropriations:
—Sundance Head, the winner of season 11 of NBC’s “The Voice," will launch his tour of 10 Air Force Bases on June 30 at Beale AFB, Calif.:
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