For the first time, Air National Guard aircrews will be the sole operators of a new aircraft straight off the assembly line.
The C-27J Spartan, the latest propeller-driven airlifter, is an "extremely rugged" aircraft, designed for austere environments, said Air Force officials. It is about half the size of a C-130 Hercules and has 3.5 cargo pallet positions.
"It is the first time in U.S. Air Force history where the service acquired a new airframe solely owned, operated and maintained by the Air National Guard," said Lt. Col.
The Coast Guard suspended the search and rescue mission for the second pilot of the downed Navy T-34C Turbomentor training aircraft Nov. 1 at about 7 p.m.
Coast Guard crews found the body of Lt. Bret Travis Miller at approximately 4:40 p.m. Oct.
One of China's most powerful politicians, Vice Premier Li Keqiang, has urged Australia to put aside differences with Beijing that have strained relations between the two Asia-Pacific trading partners. Li's comments came at the conclusion of a visit to Australia Monday aimed at soothing diplomatic tensions.
Niger has issued arrest warrants for two prominent members of the opposition, including the president's main-rival Mahamadou Issoufou, who has returned to Niger to face charges.
Just weeks after Niger went ahead with legislative elections boycotted by the opposition, the government has issued arrest warrants for two prominent opposition leaders. Mahamadou Issoufou and Hama Amadou are accused of money-laundering while traveling abroad.
Issoufou, leader of the Nigerien Party for Democracy and Socialism, has returned to Niger to fight the charges.
Issoufou made a sho
Pakistan's foreign minister says his country's military is likely to uproot Taliban militants hiding in the mountains along the Afghan border by late December.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Sunday in Malaysia that Pakistan's offensive in South Waziristan has been "very successful" and has the Taliban fighters "on the run." He spoke on the sidelines of a conference for developing Islamic countries.
Pakistan's army says its forces killed nine terrorists and apprehended two others in the last 24 hours of the offensive. It says two soldiers died in the fighting.
Russian authorities say a heavy-lift military cargo plane has crashed on takeoff in eastern Siberia, killing all 11 people on board.
Investigators say the huge four-engine Ilyushin IL-76 had just taken off Sunday from Mirny, in the Yakutia region, when it rolled at an altitude of about 20 meters, crashed, and burst into flames.
The plane, bound for the Siberian city of Irkutsk, went down in an open field about two kilometers from the runway. There were no reports of injuries on the ground.
A concerned local citizen recently contacted U.S. Soldiers about a site insurgents used to store weapons here, just northwest of Abu Ghraib.
With the help of local Iraqi Army Soldiers, the Fort Lewis-based troops assigned to Company A, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, quickly sprang into action and dug up the insurgent’s weapons cache, Nov.
A joint Afghan-International Security Assistance Force operation detained one militant in Kandahar province on Sunday while in pursuit of a Taliban District leader and senior commander of a sizable militant element in the area.
The joint force targeted a location outside of the village of Daylanur, north of Kandahar City, after intelligence indicated militant activity. The joint force used escalation of force measures to stop two motorcycles travelling south toward the city.
Iraqi Security Forces arrested two individuals today during a joint security operation searching for a suspected terrorist safe house in northern Baghdad.
Iraqi Security Forces and U.S. advisors, searched one building in a northern Baghdad neighborhood allegedly used to house Lebanese Hizbollah terrorist members.
Based on evidence found at the scene, the security team arrested two individuals suspected of acquiring illegal weapons and financing Lebanese Hizbollah operations.
WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Defense Department officials here said Oct. 29 that they expect U.S. forces in Afghanistan to continue to be targeted by improvised explosive devices -- which have claimed more lives there than any other weapon -- while it seeks ways to counter the threat.
As President Barack Obama and his advisers weigh decisions on the next phase of the Afghan war, Defense Secretary Robert M.
The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) departed Sasebo, Japan, Nov. 1 for a scheduled deployment.
Essex's deployment comes at the end of a successful two-month ship's restricted availability (SRA) and will feature Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 21G, conducted annually with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) to enhance interoperability between the U.S. and Japanese navies.
"The crew and contractors did an outstanding job getting the ship ready to get back underway," said Capt. Troy Hart, Essex's commanding officer.
Nothing says pride like a Soldier in uniform. Today's Soldier has much to be proud of in the current Army Combat Uniform (ACU).
As Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston said, the ACU was designed by Soldiers, for Soldiers. Developed with functionality in mind, many design aspects of the uniform lend themselves to low maintenance, such as the 50/50 cotton/nylon wrinkle-free fabric and the shine-free boots.
FORT MONROE, Va. – A team of environmental and unexploded ordnance experts here unearthed an 11-foot-long cannon and a 10-inch cannonball on Oct. 21. The find was part of a four-month munitions probe in preparation for the installation’s closure in September 2011.
Buried vertically, with the uppermost edge about two inches below ground level, the cannon is believed to be a four-and-a-half-inch ordnance rifle, pattern 1861 (produced until 1865), according to Paul Morando, director of the Casemate Museum on post.