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USAF considering stop-loss to keep pilots

By John M. Donnelly WASHINGTON — Faced with pilots leaving the Air Force in droves for the airlines, top generals are considering the option of forcing some to stay in the service against their will, a senior Air Force general told CQ Roll Call. Gen. Carlton Everhart, chief of Air Mobility Command, said in an interview that he and other senior Air Force generals will join Gen. David Goldfein, the service’s chief of staff, alongside representatives of the other armed services, in a meeting with U. ... More

A fifth branch of the military for space exploration?

Tom Roeder The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Space has become so important to U.S. military efforts overseas that it deserves its own service branch, putting it on equal footing with the Army, Navy and Air Force, a congressional leader said at the Space Symposium at The Broadmoor on Tuesday. Alabama Republican Rep. Mike Rogers, who heads a space-aimed subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, told a breakfast crowd that the Pentagon is mishandling its responsibilities in orbit because generals ... More

Trump to nominate former medic for Army Secretary position

By Military1 Staff Tennessee Sen. Mark Green is expected to be President Trump’s choice for Secretary of the Army, according to The Tennessean. Green, a former Army officer and West Point graduate was poised to run for governor of Tennessee in 2018, plans which will be scrapped should he be confirmed by Congress. As an Army medic, Green was part of the special operations team that captured Saddam Hussein during one of his three deployments to the region. While Hussein was in military custody, Green ... More

USAF command chief faces 15 UCMJ charges

Tara Copp Stars and Stripes WASHINGTON — Former 12th Air Force Command Chief Master Sgt. Jose A. Barraza was charged Thursday with 15 violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, according to an Air Force statement. The Air Force would not specify what generated the charges but said they were tied to Barraza’s time as the top noncommissioned officer at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona. The base is home to the Boneyard, where preserved and retired aircraft are stored, and a sizable ... More

USCG seizes $420 million in 17 separate stops

Sun Sentinel The U.S. Coast Guard Tuesday is scheduled to offload about 16 tons of seized cocaine at Port Everglades. According to the agency, the drugs have an estimated wholesale value of about $420 million. The drugs were interdicted along Central and South America during a 26-day period by Coast Guard and Canadian ships as part of the Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment, according to Coast Guard officials. The drugs being offloaded by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter James represent 17 separate suspec ... More