Col. Jason Costello. (Air Force photo)

An Air Force colonel who flies F-22 Raptors will serve 35 days' confinement after being found guilty of assault and battery, but was found not guilty on other charges including rape, service officials said this week.

Col. Jason W. Costello was accused of multiple sexual-assault offenses that allegedly took place between 2012 and 2014.

"Col. Costello was found guilty of one specification of Article 128, assault consummated by battery," Stephen Brady, a spokesman for the 21st Space Wing, said in a statement.

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An entrance gate at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota. Photo: Air Force/Airman 1st Class Alyssa M. Akers

A former airman has been charged with receiving and distributing child pornography after investigators found more than 600 files of sexually explicit digital images and video in his possession, Justice and Defense Department officials told Task & Purpose.

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Marvel's latest addition to its cinematic universe stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, an Air Force test pilot in the 1980s who survives a crash landing with an alien named Mar-Vel, and becomes infused with power, transforming into the titular Captain Marvel.

Though the super hero flick, and not-so-subtle Air Force advertisement (not officially endorsed), premiered on March 8, we here at Task & Purpose spent too many hours during work speculating about one key point: After Danvers vanished from earth in the 1980s, only to return six years later with amnesia, super human strength, and the ability to absorb and redirect energy... does she rate back pay?

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U.S. Air Force MC-130J Command IIs assigned to the 17th Special Operations Squadron fly in formation Feb. 17, 2016, off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. The 17th SOS conducted a unit-wide training exercise which tasked the entire squadron with a quick-reaction, full-force sortie involving a five-ship formation flight, cargo drops, short runway landings and takeoffs, and helicopter air-to-air refueling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Peter Reft/Released)

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The Air Force has received an upgraded version of its Ghostrider gunship.

The 4th Special Operations Squadron, 1st Special Operations Wing, at Hurlburt Field, Florida, received its first AC-130J Ghostrider Block 30 gunship this week during a ceremony at Bob Sikes Airport in Crestview, Florida, Air Force Special Operations Command said in a news release Thursday.

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Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson has resigned after being selected as the "sole finalist" to become president of the University of Texas at El Paso, the service confirmed on Friday.

If she is formally appointed as university president, Wilson will step down on May 31 to allow for a smooth transition, said Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek.

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Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), the first female Air Force pilot to fly a combat mission, has come forward as a military sexual assault survivor.

"My drive to fight against sexual assault in the ranks is not from the outside looking in. It is deeply personal," McSally said on Tuesday at the opening of a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on sexual assaults at the service academies.

McSally's voice was full of emotion as she told witnesses at Tuesday's hearing, "I also am a military sexual assault survivor."

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