Daily Report

June 3, 2016

Thunderbird Crashes After Academy Flyover

An Air Force Thunderbirds F-16 jet crashed outside Colorado Springs, Colo., after performing at the Air Force Academy graduation Thursday afternoon. The pilot ejected and was unhurt, but will be evaluated by medical personnel, Air Combat Command spokeswoman Melissa Walther...

Blue Angels Jet Crashes in Tennessee

A Navy Blue Angels pilot died Thursday afternoon after his F/A-18 crashed during a practice air show in Smyrna, Tenn. The pilot was taking off to begin practice when the crash occurred, the Navy said. The other five jets were...

Obama Addresses Class of 2016

President Barack Obama on Thursday offered words of advice to the Air Force Academy class of 2016, in what he said was his last time addressing a graduating class of military officers. “As you look at the world, be guided...

STO Receives Posthumous Silver Star

Special Tactics officer Capt. Matthew Roland on June 1 received a Silver Star posthumously, about nine months after he was killed in an insider attack in Afghanistan. Roland, 27, of Lexington, Ky., was deployed from the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron...

Amendment Would Ease Moving Pains

Two senators plan to propose an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would make it easier for professional military spouses to keep working after a move. The amendment, sponsored by Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and cosponsored by Sen....

Lockheed Flies T-X Offering

Lockheed Martin’s entry in the competition to field the Air Force’s T-X trainer flew for the first time Thursday. The T-50A “performed flawlessly,” Mark Ward, Lockheed’s lead test pilot for the program, said after the initial flight test in Sacheon,...

Arizona KC-135s Return from Guam Deployment

Four KC-135s and airmen from the Arizona Air National Guard’s 161st Air Refueling Wing on May 31 returned from a deployment to Andersen AFB, Guam. The unit, based at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, spent three weeks supporting Pacific operations,...