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U.S. Air Force Capt. Zack Martin, 33rd Rescue Squadron pilot, was part of the team to rescue a III Marine Expeditionary Force pilot after he ejected from his AV-8B Harrier Sept. 22, 2016, off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. The pilot ejected safely from his aircraft and was rescued successfully by the 31st and 33rd Rescue Squadrons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stephen G. Eigel)

THEIR FINEST HOUR: Kadena, JASDF rescue units save downed pilot

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September 26, 2016

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Within 30-minutes of an AV-8B Harrier Jump Jet crash, Airmen from the 31st and 33rd Rescue Squadrons were in the air intent on saving

In this Feb. 24, 2015 file photo, Veteran Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald speaks to reporters outside VA Headquarters in Washington. More than one-third of calls to a suicide hotline for troubled veterans are not being answered by front-line staffers because of poor work habits and other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

One-third of calls to VA suicide hotline roll over

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September 27, 2016

WASHINGTON — More than one-third of calls to a suicide hotline for troubled veterans are not being answered by front-line staffers because of poor work habits and other...

Residents from two Okinawan villages are fighting to end construction of U.S. military helipads in the island prefecture's remote Northern Training Area. Both villages are near two helipads completed in 2014 and handed over to the U.S. military in January 2015, according to Japan's Ministry of Defense. Diana Quinlan/U.S. Navy
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Okinawa villagers sue Japan to stop construction of US helipads

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September 27, 2016

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Citing noise concerns, residents from two Okinawan villages have filed a lawsuit against the Japanese government to end construction of U.S.

Air Force Col. Eugene Marcus Caughey, formerly vice commander of the 50th Space Wing, was found dead at his Colorado Springs home Sunday, a few weeks before he was to be court-martialed on sexual-assault charges. In this 2014 photo, Caughey speaks at a ceremony at Schriever Air Force Base marking the anniversary of the attack on the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. Christopher DeWitt/U.S. Air Force

Air Force colonel, facing court-martial for rape, found dead

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September 27, 2016

An Air Force colonel facing court-martial next month on multiple counts of sexual assault was found dead Sunday at his Colorado home, according to the Air Force.

A remote-controlled F-16 fighter jet lands in front of an Air Koryo commercial airplane at the Kalma Airport after a flight demonstration on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Wonsan, North Korea. Thousands of Koreans and hundreds of foreign tourists and journalists invited to Wonsan, for the Wonsan International Friendship Air Festival, were given a glimpse of North Korea's own Air Force fighters, remote-controlled scale mock-up planes. Wong Maye-E/AP Photo

Attendees at North Korean air show wowed by model F-16

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September 26, 2016

WONSAN, North Korea — Now here's something you don't see every day: an F-16 fighter jet buzzing through the skies of North Korea and launching — fireworks.

In a September, 2015 file photo, Second Lt. Duston Obrien, 435th Fighter Training Squadron upgrade pilot, and Maj. Gavin Peterson, 435th FTS instructor pilot, perform a pre-flight check at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph. The 435th Fighter Training Squadron conducts Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals student training in nearly 50 T-38C Talon aircraft and trains IFF instructors for Air Education and Training Command at large.  502nd Air Base Wing

Air Force is losing pilots, and the headwind is getting worse

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September 26, 2016

SAN ANTONIO (Tribune News Service) — At the controls of a T-38 training jet high over Hondo, 1st Lt. Alex Lauer dueled at up to 485 mph against Capt.