{FD} US troops killed in plane crashes skyrockets in 2017

Even before the Navy cargo plane crash Wednesday, the number of US troops killed in plane crashes had skyrocketed in the past year along with the total number of crashes overall compared to this point a year ago, a Fox News investigation has uncovered.

{FD} US nuclear general says would resist ‘illegal’ Trump strike order

Amid rising nuclear tensions with North Korea and concern over the potential for war, the top U.S. nuclear commander said on Saturday that he would resist President Donald Trump if he ordered an “illegal” launch of nuclear weapons.

{FD} Air Force secretary says Texas church killer’s court-martial ‘should have been reported’

The Air Force’s top civilian official acknowledged Thursday that the domestic abuse charges for which Texas church massacre gunman Devin Patrick Kelley was court-martialed in 2012 “should have been reported” to the FBI.

{FD} Leave No Man Behind: Expert team prepares to retrieve remains of fallen WWII servicemen from up to 350 feet below ice

A 15-person team from the nonprofit Fallen American Veterans Foundation (FAVF) with the Defense Department, the Coast Guard, and Google Earth is preparing to embark on the search and recovery of U.S. service personnel missing in action during WWII in some of the most inhospitable parts of the planet.

{FD} Air Force Academy discovers racial slurs were hoax, months after superintendent lauded for tough speech

A racist message posted outside an Air Force Academy dorm in September was written by one of the alleged victims, the school confirmed Tuesday, casting blaring initial coverage of the incident — which lauded the school superintendent’s forceful reaction in an apparent bid to ding President Trump — in a new light.

{FD} Botched Air Force handling of Texas shooter’s criminal history may be ‘systemic’ issue

The Air Force’s failure to report Texas church shooter Devin Kelley’s domestic violence conviction to the FBI — a misstep that left the door open for Kelley to buy weapons — is a systemic issue in its criminal investigations unit, according to a 2015 Pentagon analysis and a former Air Force agent who spoke to Fox News.

{FD} The Latest: Cornyn urges military to submit criminal records

The Latest on the Pentagon’s responsibility to provide military criminal history information to the FBI (all times local): 2:20 p.m. Texas’ senior senator says he wants to ensure the military complies with the law on background checks after the Air Force failed to submit the criminal history to the FBI of the gunman who killed 26 at a Texas church.

{FD} Air Force error allows Texas church shooter to buy guns

The gunman who slaughtered 26 people at a Texas church was able to buy weapons because the Air Force failed to report his domestic violence conviction to the federal database that is used to conduct background checks on would-be gun purchasers, authorities said.