? Defense Department forensic scientists identified the remains of two airmen who had been missing in action since World War II, announced the Pentagon. DOD officials returned the remains of SSgt. Robert E. Howard, 21, of Moravia, Iowa, and SSgt. David R. Kittredge, 22, of Oneida, Wis., to their families for burial with full military honors. Howard’s remains were interred on July 19 in Moulton, Iowa, while Kittredge’s remains were buried on Aug. 13, in Green Bay, Wis., according to the Aug. 20 release. Additional remains that DOD could not individually identify will be buried as a group in a single casket at a future date at Arlington National Cemetery. Howard and Kittredge were in a B-26B Marauder shot down on April 16, 1945, during a bombing raid on Wittenberg, Germany. After a German national reported finding possible human remains in 2012, a US accounting team excavated the site and recovered human remains, personal effects, and aircraft wreckage. The forensic scientists used circumstantial evidence and forensic identification tools such as mitochondrial DNA and dental comparisons to identify the two airmen.
June 22, 2021
Two officials with the Air Force Research Lab have ideas for what to expect from a war in space and where in orbit they think the U.S. military should next extend its reach. Looking past the need to manage space traffic in Earth’s increasingly crowded satellite belts, Col. Eric Felt,…
Flying hours dropped in the Air Force's fiscal 2022 budget request because weapon system sustainment costs ballooned, senior USAF officials told lawmakers on June 22. They said the service would value Congress adding money to the budget to help with weapons system sustainment, which in turn would help the Air…
June 21, 2021
June 21, 2021
As the Air Force transitions its nuclear missile force from the Minuteman III to the GBSD, it will have to balance legacy systems with modernization.
June 17, 2021
President Joe Biden on June 17 signed into law the Juneteenth National Independence Day, designating June 19 a national holiday to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States 156 years ago. With June 19 falling on a Saturday this year, the federal government will observe the holiday June…