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Staff Sgt. Eric Proctor of the 50th Security Forces Squadron is responsible for the security and protection of Air Force Space Command assets on Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado.
Krystal Ardrey / U.S. Air Force

While President Trump pushes Congress to create a new military branch called the Space Force, the Pentagon is about to choose a permanent home for its existing Space Command.

Wildlife biologist Kory McLellan shoots off pyrotechnics to scare birds away from the airfield at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.
Mariette Adams / U.S. Air Force

Fireworks, drones, and habitat relocation projects are among the ways that Air Force biologists are fighting the expensive and potentially deadly problem of bird strikes.

The Holcombe family, which lost nine members in the Sutherland Springs shooting, has filed a wrongful death claim against the Air Force.
Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

Before Devin Kelley killed 26 people at a Texas church, the Air Force failed to enter his criminal history into the FBI's background check system. Several victims' families are suing.

Airman 1st Class Jack Pepper (with goggles) attempts a maneuver on a simulator while Lt. Col. Paul Vicars looks on. Pepper is among the first participants in Pilot Training Next, which uses off-the-shelf virtual reality technology.
Carson Frame / American Homefront

Facing a shortage of pilots, the Air Force is experimenting with ways to make training programs faster and less expensive.

Speaking at the National Press Club Nov. 6, Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin said he considered Texas shooter Devin Kelley a criminal, not a veteran.
National Press Club

This month’s mass shooting at a Texas church has raised questions of whether the military does enough to help former service members with bad conduct discharges. They're not eligible for veterans' mental health care.  

Pilots from the 45th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron fly a C130 to evacuate patients from St. Croix.
Julio Ochoa / WUSF Public Media

More than a week after Hurricane Maria, the Air Force continues daily medical evacuation flights from St. Croix. Patients are heading to South Carolina, Georgia, and elsewhere.

Humanitarian flights to the islands of St. Croix and Puerto Rico are continuing in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Crews based at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa on Friday loaded a cargo plane with supplies and headed for St. Croix, where patients from island hospitals were picked up and taken to a Columbia, South Carolina hospital

Patients are evacuated from St. Croix by the 45th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron of Reserves based at Tampa's MacDill Air Force Base.
The 927th Air Refueling Wing

Military C-130 and C-17 aircraft have been outfitted with medical equipment, as the Air Force flies patients to hospitals in the mainland U.S.