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Air Force suicides surged last year to highest in 3 decades

The number of suicides in the active-duty Air Force jumped last year to the highest level in at least three decades, exceeding the worst years of the post-9/11 period

Shawn Vestal: Mitchell and Jessen, with waterboards and PowerPoints, stand at center of new film

Film about post-9/11 torture program paints Spokane psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen as the bad guys.

Air Force’s mystery space plane lands, ends 2-year mission

The Air Force’s mystery space plane is back on Earth, following a record-breaking two-year mission.

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 20, 2019

‘Nice girls don’t join the military’: New Fairchild commander proves her mettle – and critics wrong

Lt. Col. Cindy Dawson is the new commander of the reactivated 97th Air Refueling Squadron at Fairchild Air Force Base, the largest wing of KC-135 Stratotankers in the world.

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019

Air refueling squadron touches back down at Fairchild, will bring 400 new service members

“We are the center of excellence for air refueling, which essentially is the backbone of our global reach capability,” said Col. Gene Jacobus, vice commander of the 92nd Air Refueling …

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019

U.S. bolsters Saudi defense against Iran with jets, missiles

The U.S. is deploying dozens more fighter jets and additional air defenses to Saudi Arabia, beefing up efforts to defend the kingdom against Iran even as President Donald Trump repeatedly …

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 12, 2019

Air Force finds another problem with Boeing’s KC-46 tanker

The U.S. Air Force has indefinitely barred the Boeing-built KC-46 from carrying cargo and passengers, the trade publication Defense News has reported.

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 29, 2019

Space Command set to open, will defend US interests in space

Mindful of President Donald Trump’s intense interest in space, the Pentagon is declaring U.S. Space Command open for business as part of a broader effort to better defend American interests …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 1, 2019

Second rocket tube recovered from U.S. service member at BWI

Officials say an Air Force sergeant tried bringing home a rocket launcher tube as a souvenir at the same airport where another service member tried returning with a similar weapon …

UPDATED: Tue., July 30, 2019

Pentagon nominee denies sexual misconduct allegations

The Air Force general nominated to be the nation’s number two military officer strongly denied allegations of sexual misconduct Tuesday, telling a Senate committee that he was falsely accused and …

UPDATED: Sat., June 22, 2019

Thousands flock to Fairchild Air Force Base for Skyfest 2019

Thousands of veterans, families and aircraft enthusiasts flocked to Fairchild Air Force Base on Saturday for Skyfest 2019, an air show featuring new and old aircraft.

Meet the pilot who organized the 2019 U.S. Air Force SkyFest

When he was 7, Mark Watson remembers his eyes glued to the window of his first airplane ride. “I couldn’t believe what was happening,” he said.

UPDATED: Mon., May 13, 2019

Airway Heights calls off water shortage alert after Spokane crews quickly re-establish connection during road work

A Facebook post on Friday alerted Airway Heights residents they may need to conserve water after one of two water connections with Spokane was interrupted due to road work. Airway …

Air Force bombers making temporary return to Grant County

U.S. Air Force B-52 bombers are coming back to Moses Lake in May. At least for a few days.

UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019

New Mexico sues U.S. Air Force over groundwater contamination

New Mexico on Tuesday sued the U.S. Air Force over groundwater contamination at two bases, saying the federal government has a responsibility to clean up plumes of toxic chemicals left …

Boeing tanker jets grounded due to tools and debris left during manufacturing

Boeing leadership was forced to ground its 767-based KC-46 tankers for the past week after the Air Force expressed concern about loose tools and other foreign object debris (FOD) found …

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019

U.S. says ex-intel official defected to Iran, revealed secrets

A former counterintelligence agent with the U.S. Air Force has been accused of revealing classified information to Iran.

Landmark Air Force chapel suffering from leaks, corrosion

The landmark Cadet Chapel that towers over the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado is suffering from leaks and corrosion, so the school has drawn up the most ambitious restoration …

Airmen sue military for firing them after they tested positive for HIV

Testing positive for HIV was difficult enough. Getting forced out of the military by the Air Force because of the diagnosis proved even harder.

Then and Now: George Washington Carver USO Club

Rosa D. Malone arrived in Spokane as a Works Progress Administration supervisor and founded the Booker T. Washington Community Center in the basement of Calvary Baptist Church in 1937.

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 23, 2018

Airman invents piece for 60-year-old plane to keep its landing-gear doors from breaking

The window behind Tech. Sgt. Shawn Roberge’s computer at Fairchild Air Force Base reveals a shop arranged with metal fabrication machines and tools he uses to tinker with parts for …

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket gets Air Force certification

Four months after its first test flight, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket is now certified by the Air Force to carry national security satellites.

Missing Air Force officer found 35 years later

A high-ranking Kirtland Air Force Base officer with top security clearance who disappeared 35 years ago has been found in California.

UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018

Pentagon: No survivors in American helicopter crash in Iraq

All seven service members aboard a U.S. helicopter that crashed in Iraq were killed, the Pentagon said Friday in a written statement.

UK air force scrambles 2 fighters to intercept Russian jets

Britain’s Royal Air Force scrambled two fighter jets to intercept Russian strategic bombers near U.K. airspace on Monday, in another illustration of ongoing tensions.

President Trump sends Christmas greetings to US troops abroad

President Donald Trump opened his first Christmas Eve in office by offering season’s greetings to U.S. troops stationed around the world and chatting up children who called into a Defense …

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 28, 2017

Air Force: Several dozen criminal histories not given to FBI

The Air Force said Tuesday that its failure to report the criminal history of the former airman who massacred 26 people at a Texas church in early November was “not …

Scientists say concerted effort needed to study types of chemicals leaked into Fairchild water

A group of scientists, physicians and public health officials is calling for a nationwide research initiative to better understand the health effects of man-made fluorinated compounds, such as those leaked …

Pentagon has known of military crime reporting lapses for 20 years

The Pentagon has known for at least two decades about failures to give military criminal history information to the FBI, including the type of information the Air Force didn’t report …

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017

At 30,000 feet and 300 miles per hour, Air Force breezes through midair refueling

Journalists got a first-hand look at the high-speed, highly technical operation of midair refueling during a mission high above the eastern Nevada desert Thursday.