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General Officer Assignments Announced

General Officer Assignments Announced

 

Air Force Times

The Defense Department announced the following assignments on Feb. 5:

• Brig. Gen. Scott J. Zobrist, who has been selected for the rank of major general, commander, 31st Fighter Wing, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Aviano Air Base, Italy, to director of requirements, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.

Security Forces Using More Electroshock Weapons

Security Forces Using More Electroshock Weapons

 

by Air Force Times
By Oriana Pawlyk - Staff Writer

Security forces airmen across the Air Force are being trained to use Tasers, a tool that is increasingly replacing batons as nonlethal weapons during base patrols.

The latest base to train on the Tasers is Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., where security forces airmen began classroom sessions that include using the weapon on volunteers.

F-16 Pilot's Body Recovered in Adriatic Sea

F-16 Pilot's Body Recovered in Adriatic Sea

 

Air Force Times

Rescue crews have found the body of Air Force Capt. Lucas Gruenther, family members announced Thursday.

Gruenther, 32, had been missing since Monday after officials at Aviano Air Base, Italy, lost contact with his F-16 during a night training mission. Air Force aircraft, including F-16s from the 31st Fighter Wing, along with Navy planes and Italian rescue crews had been searching for the pilot since contact was lost.

Lawmaker: Ban Sex Between Recruits, Instructors

Lawmaker: Ban Sex Between Recruits, Instructors

Air Force Times
By Rick Maze

A California congresswoman wants to protect military recruits during training by barring sexual advances from instructors.

The Protect Our Military Trainees Act would prohibit an instructor from engaging in sex with a trainee during the time of instruction and for up to 30 days after the training has ended.

Base Chapel Hosts MLK Commemorative Service

Base Chapel Hosts MLK Commemorative Service

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. commemorative service, "Celebrating Diversity in the Legacy of Dr. King", was Jan. 17 at Robins Chapel. Attendees watch Dr. King's "I Have A Dream" speech.

Funeral Held for Former Tuskegee Airman

 

DENVER (9News) - A funeral service will be held on Monday for Colonel Fitzroy Newsum, a former Tuskegee Airman who was well known for his passion for flying and community involvement. He was 94 years old.

The service begins at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church at 2201 Dexter Street in the Park Hill neighborhood.

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A luncheon reception follows at 11:30, and the burial will be at 2:15 p.m. at Fort Logan National Cemetery with full military honors provided by Buckley AFB personnel. Newsum passed away on Jan. 5.

JSTARS Airman to Receive Purple Heart

JSTARS Airman to Receive Purple Heart

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – An Air National Guard Airman will be presented the Purple Heart medal at Robins Air Force Base Monday at 3:30pm, by Gen. Michael Hostage III, Air Combat Command commander.

In a unique ceremony held by the ACC commander, Tech. Sgt. Barry Duffield, 116th Air Control Wing explosive ordinance disposal technician, will receive the medal prior to an All Call with Hostage and the troops.

While deployed to Afghanistan in 2011, Duffield sustained injuries from a massive Improvised Explosive Device emplaced under a road.  Upon detonation of the IED, the violent motion of the blast caused head pain and several injuries to areas of his body. 

 During the same deployment, Duffield earned the Bronze Star and Air Force Combat Action Medal.