Air Force Changes Message on Space Force Amid Criticism It Stifled DebateAir Force Brig. Gen. Ed Thomas: There was uncertainty in the past about who should be engaging the press about space issues. "That time has long since passed and we have moved out.”
Space NewsFind Your New Job: Retraining Slots Open for More Than 2,700 AirmenAccording to retraining statistics provided by the Air Force Personnel Center, there are 1,708 slots available for first-term airmen to retrain into new jobs. There are also 797 retraining slots for staff sergeants, 258 slots for technical sergeants, and 10 slots available for master sergeants.
Air Force TimesWarships and Aircraft Ready for First US-ASEAN Maritime DrillsEight warships, four aircraft, and more than a thousand personnel from the US and ten Southeast Asian countries will join maritime drills kicking off Sept. 2, as part of a joint exercise extending into the flashpoint South China Sea. The first Asean-US Maritime Exercise (AUMX) between the regional bloc and Washington lasts for five days, starting at the Sattahip Naval Base in Thailand and ending in Singapore.
Agence France-Presse via Military.comYokota Air Base Hosts Pacific Unity 2019The four-day bilateral training event spanning from Aug. 20-23 brought together airmen from throughout the Pacific to team up with Japanese Air Self-Defense Force service members to learn the advanced rapid airfield damage repair skills necessary to respond in wartime contingency operations.
USAF releaseUS Envoy Meets Afghanistan's President over US-Taliban TalksA US envoy has met with the Afghan president in the capital, Kabul, to brief him on the latest round of talks with the Taliban as a deal nears on ending America's longest war, an official said Sept 2.
NBC Washington and Associated PressMore Than 100 Military Construction Projects Could Be Put on Hold to Free Up Funds for a US-Mexico Border WallThe Pentagon is prepared to fund 175 miles of border wall construction, Pentagon officials said Sept. 3, using $3.6 billion in military construction funds that had been designated for 127 projects over the next year. Officials declined to release a full list of the affected projects until the Pentagon has finished notifying the lawmakers who oversee the districts where they are planned, but said that family housing, barracks, or projects that have had contracts awarded or are expected to be awarded in fiscal year 2020 will not be affected.
Military TimesOPINION: Women Help Prevent Terrorism. Congress Should Encourage the Pentagon to Pay Attention“As Congress argues over the 2020 defense authorization bill, there is one issue that should provide common ground: the benefits of investing in women’s contributions to security,” writes Jamille Bigio, a senior fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations’ Women and Foreign Policy Program. “The House has already passed a set of provisions requiring the Defense Department to better draw on women; these should become part of the bill ultimately sent to the White House.”
Defense OneIn New Book, Retired Air Force Major Claims Alien Was Killed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-LakehurstWas an alien shot and killed in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey? A new book titled, “Strange Craft: The True Story of an Air Force Intelligence Officer’s Life with UFOs,” claims that a military police officer shot an extraterrestrial being at Fort Dix in the early morning hours of Jan. 18, 1978.
Asbury Park PressOne More Thing …The Pentagon Would Like to Borrow Your Underground Lair, If That’s Cool. It’s for “Research.”The Pentagon’s research arm turned Twitter into a Craigslist post on Aug. 28, soliciting the country for lightly used urban tunnels and underground facilities “able to host research & experimentation.” There was a deadline: Aug. 30 at 5 p.m. Eastern time. But to do what exactly?
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