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Air Force budgets $11.8 billion to develop new bomber

Air Force budgets $11.8 billion to develop new bomber

Boeing and Lockheed Martin have teamed up to compete for long-range bomber contract.

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Pentagon seeks less weapons spending, end to F/A-18 funding

Pentagon seeks less weapons spending, end to F/A-18 funding

Emphasis shifts to Lockheed Martin's F-35 jet and Northrop Grumman's Global Hawk surveillance drones.

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Members of Congress Testify on War Powers and U.S. Operations in Libya..

Members of Congress Testify on War Powers and U.S. Operations in Libya..

Rep. Chris Gibson, R-N.Y. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly)

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'Transcom'  at Scott AFB ranks high among fed workplaces

'Transcom' at Scott AFB ranks high among fed workplaces

Metro East agency comes in 24th out of 300 federal job sites

January 15, 2014 11:15 am Related Loading…
Pearl Harbor Day

Pearl Harbor Day

James Griesenauer, 76, (right) who served in the Army from 1956 to 1957, pauses for reflection with Ted Richardson, (left) who served in Korea from 1951-52, and Roger Hadley, 79, (center), who served in the Air Force from 1958-78. The veterans, all from O'Fallon, Mo., attended the Pearl Harb…

December 07, 2013 5:06 pmLoading…
School holds Family Reading Night

School holds Family Reading Night

Michael Heth, an Air Force member stationed at Scott Air Force Base, reads to students and family members at a recent Summit Elementary School Family Reading Night.

November 15, 2013 12:20 pmLoading…
McClellan: The veteran who loved logistics

McClellan: The veteran who loved logistics

Like many veterans, Air Force General James "Bagger" Baginski provided unglamorous, but vital service to his country.

November 11, 2013 12:00 am Related Loading…

College football focus: Clowney sits out, annoys Spurrier

Preseason Heisman buzz fades as South Carolina defensive lineman surprises his coach.

October 07, 2013 1:20 am Related Loading…
Bill would direct millions into research on plant-based jet fuel

Bill would direct millions into research on plant-based jet fuel

The bill would give preference to an existing biofuels research center that is close to corn and soy fields as well as a military base.

September 16, 2013 5:30 pmLoading…

Southern Baptists say no to gay weddings for military chaplains

NEW YORK • The agency that commissions Southern Baptist military chaplains says no Baptist chaplain will be allowed to perform, attend or support a same-sex wedding either on or off base.

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Metro East native honored for heroism in Afghanistan that cost him his life

Metro East native honored for heroism in Afghanistan that cost him his life

'I don't want anyone to ever forget Brad,' his father says

September 07, 2013 9:30 am Photos

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Gus Arvanitakis dies at 68; owned Constantine's restaurant

He once threw out a customer he thought was speaking ill of America.

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Bradley R. Smith at Triad

Bradley R. Smith at Triad

Bradley Smith, then a senior on the Triad High School football team in Troy, Ill., stands with his parents, Gary and Paula Smith, in 2003. Smith graduated from high school in 2004. He enlisted in the Air Force in 2006.

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Bradley R. Smith remains arrive

Bradley R. Smith remains arrive

The remains of Senior Airman Bradley R. Smith arrive at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

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Businessman won't relent in fight over Air Force contract

Three-year legal battle comes down to a bill for $16,378

July 09, 2013 12:15 amLoading…
54th annual Memorial Day service at Jefferson Barracks

54th annual Memorial Day service at Jefferson Barracks

Ken Allison, Commander of VFW Post 5468 in Eureka, and Brigadier General Cassie A. Strom, Air National Guard Assistant to The Judge Advocate General of the Air Force, lay the memorial wreath during the 54th annual Memorial Day service at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in south St. Loui…

May 27, 2013 3:24 pmLoading…
54th annual Memorial Day service at Jefferson Barracks

54th annual Memorial Day service at Jefferson Barracks

Brigadier General Cassie A. Strom, Air National Guard Assistant to The Judge Advocate General of the Air Force, speaks during the 54th annual Memorial Day service at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in south St. Louis County on Monday, May 27, 2013. Photo by Erik M. Lunsford elunsford@po…

May 27, 2013 3:24 pmLoading…

In missile silos, inspections are meant to find any weakness

As an Air Force retiree and having served 12 years in missile operations, I take exception to your May 11 editorial, “Slackers in the silos.” It refers to the “less-than-sharp” performance of the missile wing at Minot AFB. However, according to the official Air Force website article from the…

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Short take: Air Force unhappy with slackers in its missile silos

Short take: Air Force unhappy with slackers in its missile silos

If you grew up during the Cold War missile crisis, you’ll recall the dramatic accounts of the lonely two-man crews standing 24-hour watches inside the nation’s ICBM launch sites below the western plains.

May 10, 2013 6:00 pmLoading…
McCaskill blocks astronaut's promotion in drive to curb sexual assaults

McCaskill blocks astronaut's promotion in drive to curb sexual assaults

For the second time this spring, Claire McCaskill is questioning the decision by an Air Force general to overturn a sexual assault conviction.

May 07, 2013 10:45 am Related Loading…
Homeless vet Frederick Birkl buried at Jefferson Barracks

Homeless vet Frederick Birkl buried at Jefferson Barracks

Members of the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery crew lower the casket containing the body of Frederick W. Birkl into the ground on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Birkl was an Air Force veteran. He was given a full military burial service. Photo by J.B. Forbes, jforbes@post-dispatch.com

May 01, 2013 5:34 pmLoading…
Homeless vet Frederick Birkl buried at Jefferson Barracks

Homeless vet Frederick Birkl buried at Jefferson Barracks

Cemetery worker Russel McKenzie positions flowers next to the temporary grave marker at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery for Frederick W. Birkl on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Photo by J.B. Forbes, jforbes@post-dispatch.com

May 01, 2013 5:31 pmLoading…
Homeless vet Frederick Birkl buried at Jefferson Barracks

Homeless vet Frederick Birkl buried at Jefferson Barracks

Members of the Jefferson Barracks cemetery crew lower the casket containing the body of Frederick W. Birkl into the ground on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Photo by J.B. Forbes, jforbes@post-dispatch.com

May 01, 2013 5:30 pmLoading…
Homeless vet Frederick Birkl buried at Jefferson Barracks

Homeless vet Frederick Birkl buried at Jefferson Barracks

Patriot Guard Rider Jerry Craft, 52, from St. Ann, salutes the casket of Frederick W. Birkl in the chapel at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Craft is a Navy veteran. Birkl, who had been homeless, was a member of the Air Force. Birkl was given a full military b…

May 01, 2013 5:30 pmLoading…
Homeless vet Frederick Birkl buried at Jefferson Barracks

Homeless vet Frederick Birkl buried at Jefferson Barracks

Air Force color guard members remove the flag that covered the casket of Air Force veteran Frederick W. Birkl in the chapel at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Photo by J.B. Forbes jforbes@post-dispatch.com

May 01, 2013 5:29 pmLoading…

Military justice has worked well

You cannot be more wrong. Every assertion in your editorial “Air war” (April 16) was ill-founded. Unlike the civil courts, military justice has worked extremely well for over 200 years. Sen. Claire McCaskill (and your editor) should stop talking about things they know very little about. But,…

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Representative Bill Enyart (D-IL-12) and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) hold a press conference at Scott Air Force Base

Representative Bill Enyart (D-IL-12) and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) hold a press conference at Scott Air Force Base

With sequestration set to take effect on March 1, U.S. Representative Bill Enyart (D-IL-12) and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) hold a press conference addressing the possible negative impacts after they attended morning briefings inside Scott Air Force Base Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in Illinoi…

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Representative Bill Enyart (D-IL-12) and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) hold a press conference at Scott Air Force Base

Representative Bill Enyart (D-IL-12) and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) hold a press conference at Scott Air Force Base

With sequestration set to take effect on March 1, U.S. Representative Bill Enyart (D-IL-12) and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) hold a press conference addressing the possible negative impacts after they attended morning briefings on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, inside Scott Air Force Base in Illi…

February 25, 2013 12:28 pmLoading…
f-15s

f-15s

A group of U.S. Air Force F-15 aircraft fly in formation during a training mission at Mountain Home Air Force Base in this Associated Press file photo.

October 24, 2012 7:15 pmLoading…
Scribbles of the Scribe: Battle on Ballas edition

Scribbles of the Scribe: Battle on Ballas edition

Welcome to Scribbles of the Scribe, where STLhighschoolsports.com columnist David Kvidahl runs down all the things making news in high school sports.

October 05, 2012 3:00 pmLoading…
Air Force vet gets flame job on walker

Air Force vet gets flame job on walker

The flame paint job Sylvia Longmire got on her walker is subtle with the colors of her beloved University of Miami Hurricanes. Longmire, an Air Force veteran lost full strength in her legs from multiple sclerosis. She wanted something bold on her walker so people think she's cool rather than…

August 20, 2012 5:45 pmLoading…
Air Force vet gets flame job on walker

Air Force vet gets flame job on walker

Sylvia Longmire (right) picks up her freshly painted walker from Darren Williams of Liquid Illusions in St. Louis on Monday, Aug. 20, 2012. The flame paint job has the colors of her beloved University of Miami Hurricanes. Longmire, an Air Force veteran lost full strength in her legs from mul…

August 20, 2012 5:45 pmLoading…
Air Force vet gets flame job on walker

Air Force vet gets flame job on walker

Sylvia Longmire reacts as she picks up her freshly painted walker at Liquid Illusions Custom in St. Louis on Monday, Aug. 20, 2012. The flame paint job has the colors of her beloved University of Miami Hurricanes. Longmire, an Air Force veteran lost full strength in her legs from multiple sc…

August 20, 2012 5:45 pmLoading…

Air Force sex scandal at training base grows

SAN ANTONIO • From a chapel pulpit on Lackland Air Force Base, where every American airman reports for basic training, Col. Glenn Palmer delivered his first order to nearly 600 recruits seated in the pews: If you're sexually harassed or assaulted, tell someone.

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SUBMITTED PHOTO A crew interviews James Moad while rehearsing for "The Telling Project." The Granite City native recently performed a monologue about his experiences in the Air Force at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

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St. Louis hosts National Veterans Golden Age Games

St. Louis hosts National Veterans Golden Age Games

Air Force veteran Janet Escobedo, 57, of Pittsburgh, Pa. is congratulated by Charles Miller after throwing the shot put during field events of the National Veterans Golden Age Games at the St. Louis University Medical Center track Friday June 1, 2012. Photo by Robert Cohen, rcohen@post-dispatch.com

June 01, 2012 3:40 pmLoading…
St. Louis hosts National Veterans Golden Age Games

St. Louis hosts National Veterans Golden Age Games

Air Force veteran Jerry Hull, 66, of Milford, Texas, throws the javelin during field events of the National Veterans Golden Age Games at the St. Louis University Medical Center track Friday June 1, 2012. Hull lost his leg when he was hit by a car. Photo by Robert Cohen, rcohen@post-dispatch.com

June 01, 2012 3:30 pmLoading…
St. Louis hosts National Veterans Golden Age Games

St. Louis hosts National Veterans Golden Age Games

Air Force veteran Joe Tompkins, 57, of Chicago, competes in discus during field events of the National Veterans Golden Age Games at the St. Louis University Medical Center track Friday June 1, 2012. Photo by Robert Cohen, rcohen@post-dispatch.com

June 01, 2012 3:20 pmLoading…
Today I'd buy: Peace Cord bracelets

Today I'd buy: Peace Cord bracelets

A fitting Memorial Day tribute, Peace Cord bracelets are handmade by women in Afghanistan of United States-produced parachute cord and military grade buttons.

May 28, 2012 8:00 am Photos

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Air Force adds safety restrictions for F-22 jet

In response to growing concern about problems with its F-22 Raptor fighter jet, the Air Force revealed it has slapped on new safety restrictions to protect its pilots.

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Veterans employment

Veterans employment

Col. Jeff Swegel attends a TAP class at Scott Air Force Base on Tuesday, March 27, 2012. Swegel will retire from the Air Force on Sept. 1 and hopes to work in international business development. Photo by Emily Rasinski, erasinski@post-dispatch.com

March 28, 2012 3:35 pmLoading…
Veterans employment

Veterans employment

Senior Master Sgt. George Owen, photographed Tuesday, March 27, 2012, hopes to get a job in project management once he retires from the Air Force next year. Photo by Emily Rasinski, erasinski@post-dispatch.com

March 28, 2012 3:35 pmLoading…
Veterans employment

Veterans employment

Col. Jeff Swegel attends a TAP class at Scott Air Force Base on Tuesday, March 27, 2012. Swegel will retire from the Air Force on Sept. 1 and hopes to work in international business development. Photo by Emily Rasinski, erasinski@post-dispatch.com

March 28, 2012 3:35 pmLoading…
Pooling resources: Air Force uses St. Peters Rec-Plex for training recruits

Pooling resources: Air Force uses St. Peters Rec-Plex for training recruits

Before he started recruit training to become an Air Force combat controller last June, Jake Tolias could barely swim.

February 06, 2012 11:34 am Photos

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Rehab center salutes veterans

Rehab center salutes veterans

SUBMITTED PHOTO Collinsville Rehab and Healthcare held a special ceremony on Nov. 11 to honor Veterans Day. Resident Peter Gillis, a Navy veteran, played "God Bless America" on the piano. Collinsville Rehab and Healthcare is home to nine veterans of the Navy, Air Force and Army.

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SUBMITTED PHOTO Collinsville Rehab and Healthcare held a special ceremony on Nov. 11 to honor Veterans Day. Resident Peter Gillis, a Navy veteran, played “God Bless America” on the piano. Collinsville Rehab and Healthcare is home to nine veterans of the Navy, Air Force and Army.

November 18, 2011 4:25 pmLoading…
Veterans Day Assemby at Crestview Middle School

Veterans Day Assemby at Crestview Middle School

Charles Prather raises his hand and Lewis Smith stands to be recognized as the Crestview Middle School choir sings The Air Force Song during the Veterans Day assembly at the middle school Ellisville on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011. Both men are Air Force veterans. Along with the assembly, veteran…

November 09, 2011 2:30 pmLoading…