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NATIONAL
December 30, 2013 | By David S. Cloud
TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - Shortly after he arrived at Ramstein Air Base in Germany in March 2012, Air Force security guard Trent Smith was at an off-base apartment when, he says, a male sergeant touched him and pressed him to go into the bedroom for sex. "I said, 'No, I don't want to spend the night,'" Smith recalled. But Smith, 20, says he felt he had no choice. "I went along with it. " For Smith, the encounter - which he reported up the chain of command three days later - began an emotional ordeal.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 2013 | By Tony Perry
Another high-ranking U.S. military officer has been dismissed after getting drunk during a goodwill mission to Russia, officials said. Last year, the captain of the San Diego-based frigate Vandegrift was relieved of command for getting drunk during a visit to the port of Vladivostock to review the Russians' Pacific fleet. Three other officers were also punished for "inappropriate behavior" involving alcohol. This week it was revealed that Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael Carey was dismissed for getting drunk and insulting his hosts during an official visit to Moscow in July.
OPINION
December 12, 2013
Re "Global Hawk flies into budget battle," Dec. 6 The Air Force's decision to curtail its use of the Global Hawk spy drone demonstrates how clouded decisions can become in today's fiscally constrained environment. Near-term decisions based on fiscal challenges have to be tempered with their long-term strategic impacts. The Air Force is well aware of this, and balancing the fiscal realities of today with long-term benefits has always been a significant challenge for all the armed services, the Global Hawk being a prime example.
WORLD
December 3, 2013 | By Barbara Demick, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
BEIJING - How to reassure Japan and South Korea that the United States will stand behind them, without inflaming the Chinese? That is the mission that stands before Vice President Joe Biden as he arrives in the region with a potential crisis developing over China's designation of a large swath of the East China Sea as an air defense identification zone. The trip, which was supposed to advance economic ties in the region, has been waylaid by China's Nov. 23 declaration of an air defense zone over waters controlled by Japan and South Korea.
WORLD
December 3, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Nigerian officials on Tuesday played down the damage wreaked by Al Qaeda-linked militants in an attack the day before on an air base near the capital of Borno state. The official account -- which said only two civilians were among the dead, and who for the most part were said to be rebels -- differed sharply from witness accounts and unnamed military officials who said scores of people were slain, including members of the security forces. Nigerian military spokesman Brig.
WORLD
November 23, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING -- Upping the gamesmanship with Japan over disputed East China Sea waters, China said Saturday it had established an air defense identification zone that would allow its military to take “emergency defensive measures” against unidentified aircraft. The Chinese Defense Ministry said that aircraft flying through the zone would be required to identify themselves and implied that those in violation could be shot down. To underscore the threat, the air force conducted its first patrol at 10 a.m. Saturday, using two reconnaissance planes accompanied by early-warning aircraft and fighter jets "providing support and cover.
NATIONAL
November 13, 2013 | By Timothy M. Phelps
WASHINGTON -- An Air Force colonel charged with groping a woman in a drunken incident outside a bar near the Pentagon in May was acquitted by a Virginia jury Wednesday afternoon. The charges against Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski were notable because he was leading an Air Force program responsible for preventing sexual assault at the time of the alleged attack. A 23-year-old graduate of American University in Washington testified that she felt violated after Krusinski came up to her outside Freddie's Beach Bar in Crystal City, Va., and squeezed her buttocks.
SPORTS
November 4, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Former Upland quarterback Nate Romine has become a key contributor as a freshman at Air Force. He completed seven of eight passes for 111 yards in Air Force's 42-28 victory over Army last week. Air Force has had injury problems at quarterback, forcing Romine to contribute immediately. And he's delivering. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2013 | By Steve Chawkins
The captured fighter pilot had already been through so much at the infamous Hanoi Hilton. He had been beaten up and starved, thrown for months into a dark cell crawling with rats, held immobile with his legs pinned in stocks, and strapped with ropes so tightly that his right arm was torn from its socket. When he passed out from pain, the ropes were briefly loosened until the ordeal could start yet again. Now, with his jailers ordering him to do a propaganda broadcast, J. Robinson Risner, in the solitude of his cell, tried to destroy his voice.
NATIONAL
October 21, 2013 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - A flood of misconduct cases involving generals and admirals has created deep concern at the Pentagon about ethical and moral shortcomings among senior military officers and prompted new steps to tighten rules, increase inspections and weed out offenders, officials said. The most recent cases - a Navy admiral under investigation for using counterfeit gambling chips and an Air Force general in charge of nuclear-tipped missiles relieved for drunkenness off duty - follow a long list of officer wrongdoing over the last year.
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