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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force announced Wednesday that the new U.S. Space Command headquarters will be in Huntsville, Ala., after the state was selected over five others competing for the project, including Colorado, where Space Command is provisionally located.

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RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AFNS) — Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, traveled to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Tunis, Tunisia, and Algiers, Algeria, Jan. 4-7 to meet with service members and key defense leaders in the region.

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MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — On Dec. 11, 2020, Capt. Aaron “Brutus” Tindall, 390th Electronic Combat Squadron EA-18G Growler weapons officer, became the first airman to graduate from the Navy Airborne Electronic Attack weapons school, making him a subject matter expert in Airborne Electronic Attack and the EA-18G.

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BELIZE CITY, Belize (AFNS) — As Christmas approaches, the people of Belize received a much-needed gift in the form of nearly 7,200 lbs. of medical aid delivered via C-17 Globemaster III.

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NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFNS) — Gen. Mark D. Kelly signed COMACC Plan 21 Dec. 15, effectively formalizing the 53rd Wing’s Large Force Test Events into “Black Flag” — an event solely focused on test and tactics development in a realistic, massed force, fully integrated, high threat density environment.

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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) — A small aircraft that is poised to make a big impact on military personnel recovery made a brief stop in the Dayton area on its way to St. Mary’s County, Md., where it will be used to test the Air Force Research Laboratory-developed Low Altitude Sensing Helmet system.

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WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Department of the Air Force directed commanders to conduct a comprehensive review of official and unofficial unit emblems, morale patches, mottos, nicknames, coins and other forms of unit recognition and identity to ensure an inclusive and professional environment within 60 days from Dec. 23, 2020.

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday vetoed the annual defense policy bill, following through on threats to veto a measure that has broad bipartisan support in Congress and potentially setting up the first override vote of his presidency.

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Monday imposed sanctions on its NATO ally Turkey over its purchase of a Russian air defense system, in a striking move against a longtime partner that sets the stage for further confrontation between the two nations as President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take office.

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ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE — In a first for Air Education and Training Command and the 56th Air Refueling Squadron, two KC-46 Pegasus aircraft from the 97th Air Mobility Wing at Altus Air Force Base, along with 10 F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 49th Wing at Holloman AFB, N.M., teamed up in the skies over New Mexico to train and practice air refueling operations.

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ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) — In a unanimous ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court has reinstated rape convictions against three men in the Air Force, deciding that a lower military court improperly nullified the prosecutions and that the error was so stark that “resolving the question does not require lengthy analysis.”

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SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFNS) — The sun rose over Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., and aircraft began departing for the Air force’s annual Green Flag exercises.

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HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AFNS) — Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett was scheduled to present the Air Force Cross to a Special Tactics airman during a ceremony Dec. 10 at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M.

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TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Have you ever met someone who has never carved a pumpkin? This was the case here at the 60th Aerial Port Squadron, when five of the six carvers were doing this for the first time.

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Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 21-03 will graduate 29 junior officers in a 10 a.m. ceremony today at the Vance Air Force Base Auditorium.

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MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. (AFNS) — Air Force and Montgomery leaders honored Rosa Parks with a memorialization ceremony at Maxwell Air Force Base on Tuesday, the 65th anniversary of Parks’ arrest for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus.

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The memo, signed by Col. Timothy Danielson, commander of the 71st Flying Training Wing at Vance, applies to all military personnel assigned to Vance, even when they are off-base and on leave, and to government service civilian employees while on base.

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SELFRIDGE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mich. (AFNS) — Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett presented Maj. Brett DeVries, a 107th Fighter Squadron pilot, the Distinguished Flying Cross Nov. 6 for extraordinary flight achievement.

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MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AFNS) — The 81st Fighter Squadron, a geographically separated unit assigned to the 14th Flying Training Wing at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., graduated its last class of Afghan A-29 Super Tucano student pilots on Nov. 13 at Moody AFB.

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JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) — Rick Sinkfield is the president of the San Antonio Chapter of The Tuskegee Airmen Inc., which exists to motivate youth to outstanding achievement and leadership in American society and to preserve the legacy of their role models, the Tuskegee Airmen.

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❝We bring flags and flowers and memorial wreaths to hallowed ground where quiet reigns. We say prayers and play Taps. We speak of valor and honor, but what we’re really saying is ❛Thank you.❜❞ 

Hermann Kaiser, a member of the small community association behind the memorial, said he remembered finding military material as a kid growing up in the area, happily throwing on an old steel helmet and fighting “war” with his friends, while not understanding they were playing on graves.

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❝I couldn’t believe it, honestly. It’s really crazy that happened. It’s a really big blessing for me. It lifts so many burdens off us. We don’t have to pay for college, and I have a job afterwards. I am so thankful for the whole thing.❞ — Oklahoma Bible Academy senior Luke Wells

 

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EDITOR'S NOTE: State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister announced today that she will propose a Continuous Learning Plan to the State Board of Education this week to complete the school year for Oklahoma students without reopening school buildings during the global pandemic. While the education of schoolchildren will resume with distance learning, there will not be traditional, in-person instruction or extracurricular activities, instead following critical safety guidance from the Centers for Disease Control with regard to social distancing for students, staff and school families.

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FILE - In this Friday, March 13, 2020, file photo, a trader walks on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during President Donald Trump's televised speech from the White House, in New York. Stock markets are set for another week of turbulent trading as U.S. index futures fell sharply aft…

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FILE - In this Monday, March 9, 2020 file photo, people stop to look at the New York Stock Exchange. Stocks were opening sharply lower on Wall Street Wednesday as fears of economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak grip markets again. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

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Trader Michael Gallucci works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Stocks are closing sharply lower on Wall Street, erasing more than 1,400 points from the Dow industrials, as investors wait for a more aggressive response from the U.S. governmen…

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