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Journalist's Guide to Aircraft Identification

Journalist’s Guide to Aircraft Identification 

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The Air Force veteran who has been trying to reconnect with a girl he rescued 10 years ago during Hurricane Katrina has finally found her, here thanks to the power of social media, and he said.

This past March, Master Sgt. Michael Maroney started the social media campaign hashtag #FindKatrinaGirl in the hopes of reuniting with the three-year-old girl he rescued. She was was photographed smiling in pigtails and pink shirt hugging Maroney back in 2005.

The iconic New Orleans image has served as a symbol of hope after the devastation.

“When she wrapped me up with that hug, I just melted, and the weight of the world was lifted off my shoulders,” Maroney, 40, previously told ABC News. “Everything in the world just stopped, and I wasn’t in New Orleans or in the devastation, I was just being hugged by a beautiful little girl.”

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U.S AIR FORCE AIRCRAFT IDENTIFICATION CHART

U.S AIR FORCE AIRCRAFT IDENTIFICATION CHART

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A review of active shooter cases by the Air Force has confirmed what gun rights advocates have long been saying: Firearms in the hands of good guys are often the best bet for stopping massacres.

The military branch earlier this month sent out a letter to its base commanders around the nation reminding them that they can authorize subordinates to carry guns, even while off-duty and out of uniform. It also established three programs to help ensure that armed service members are in a position to protect their bases.

“None of these programs gives the installation commander authorizations they didn’t already have the authorization to do,” Maj. Keith Quick, the Air Force Security Forces Integrated Defense action officer, said in a statement according to Military.com. “We are now formalizing it and telling them how they can use these types of programs more effectively.”

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WASHINGTON — The head of Air Combat Command wants to see the US Air Force build up its inventory of F-35s quicker than planned, but its civilian head signaled Wednesday that it might not be feasible in the current fiscal climate.

Speaking to the press on Tuesday, Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle said he was concerned about the service’s current F-35 buy rate, which hovers in the 40s until fiscal 2021 when that number jumps up to 60. Carlisle stated he would like the Air Force to buy at least 60 aircraft per year in the near term to replace legacy aircraft that is aging out.

But in an interview with Defense News and sister publication Air Force Times, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said boosting the number of active-duty airmen is currently a bigger priority than ramping up the F-35 buy.

“It’s all a matter of money. I would love to increase the buy also, but I don’t see that as more urgent than staying the course to increase our end strength, for example,” she said in an interview Wednesday. “Increasing that end strength is the top thing. We think it’s the top thing for all of our senior leaders.”

The Air Force is facing a variety of demands, James added, and there simply may not be space in the budget to afford any more F-35s.

 

 

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Afghanistan has sought more military supplies from India including attack helicopters and US favours Indian support in enhancing Afghan security forces, stuff a top American commander overseeing US operations in the war-ravaged country said on Wednesday.
India has already provided four Mi-25 helicopters to Afghanistan and US Commander General John Nicholson said the country needs more military aircraft to deal with Taliban and various other terror outfits.
Welcoming India’s contribution to restoring peace and stability in Afghanistan, sildenafil Nicholson said terror outfits like Haqqani network, site Lashkar-e- Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad are not only a threat to Afghanistan but to the region including India.
Nicholson, who heads the US operations in Afghanistan, on his second visit to India has met National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, foreign secretary S Jaishankar and defence secretary G Mohan Kumar and discussed a range of issues including situation in Afghanistan and terror threats to the region.
The US Commander said military training by India to thousands of Afghan security personnel has helped that country significantly which is in tune with the objective of the NATO and the US.

“I cannot speak for the Afghan government. But I know that they have requested more and would like more and I think there is an immediate need for more as these aircraft can immediately get into the fight,” he said, when asked whether Afghanistan was seeking more military helicopters from India apart from the four Mi 25 choppers.

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As part of the Continuous Bomber Presence mission in the Pacific, the US has regularly kept bombers stationed at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, but in the last few days the fleet of aging B-52 bombers has been replaced with newer B-1 and B-2 bombers.

The planes were positioned in the Pacific by US Strategic Command (STRATCOM), which commands fleets of bombers, many of which are nuclear-capable, to maintain stability and deter potential threats.

Though these deployments are routine, they are likely to raise eyebrows in Beijing, where China has defiantly ignored a ruling from the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague by continuing to destabilize and militarize its man-made islands in the South China Sea.

“Our strategic bomber force routinely operates around the globe and with our regional allies and partners, and this deployment is one such demonstration of the US commitment to supporting global and regional security,” said US Navy Adm. Cecil D. Haney, STRATCOM’s commander, in a statement.

“Bomber training missions ensure crews maintain a high state of readiness and proficiency and demonstrate our ability to provide an always-ready global strike capability, whenever and wherever we are called to do so,” he said.

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