The Air Force needs to train to deploy to austere forward bases instead of established installations with mature infrastructure, the service’s chief of staff said on Tuesday.

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Retired Adm. William McRaven, a career SEAL and a former JSOC commander, followed the stripping of a security clearance of former CIA chief John Brennan by asking the president to do the same to him. “Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John,” McRaven wrote. “He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don’t know him.”

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An interesting conversation has sprung up in the Air Force regarding the officer promotion system recently, led by the pseudonymous Col ‘Ned Stark’ over at War on the Rocks. His May 2018 article provided an insider’s view on how the Air Force’s promotion system functions, who it affects, and why it’s failing. His account is shocking — and instantly relatable.  

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A “crimped” part prevented an ejection seat from a stricken B-1B Lancer bomber from firing in May during an in-flight emergency, forcing the aircrew to land the bomber rather than abandon a stranded crew member, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein told reporters on Tuesday.

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After weeks of the U.S. military and veterans community melting down over that viral dino puppet reenlistment video, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein decided it would be a great idea to drop his own puppet video featuring Elmo and Abby from Sesame Street on Twitter to mark the end of April's Month of the Military Child program.

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Editor’s Note: This article by Oriana Pawlyk originally appeared on Military.com, the premier source of information for the military and veteran community.

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