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Remediation work continues at Az's border wall construction sites

The Army Corps of Engineers has continued remediation work along two sections of the border wall near Yuma, cleaning up the remnants of construction left by contractors during the last days of the Trump administration's rush to complete the boundary barrier. ... Read more»

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Supreme Court will hear challenges on Trump's border wall, 'Remain in Mexico' policy

The Supreme Court will hear two challenges to the Trump administration's immigration and border policies, including the siphoning of $2.5 billion from military funds for border wall construction, and a policy that requires thousands of asylum seekers to remain in Mexico while their claims for protection are processed.... Read more»

9th Circuit again slaps Trump admin for siphoning Defense funding for border wall

The Trump administration unlawfully siphoned $3.6 billion in construction funds from the Defense Department, the 9th Circuit Court ruled, forcing a halt to 11 border wall projects, including four in Arizona. ... Read more»

9th Circuit: Trump administration unlawfully siphoned Defense funds for border wall

The 9th Circuit Court ruled Friday that the Trump administration unlawfully used $2.5 billion in Defense Department funds to build the president's long-promised border wall without congressional approval. ... Read more»

2 Arizona bases may see cuts as Pentagon siphons $3.8B to border wall

The Pentagon will once again shift military funding to border wall projects along the U.S.-Mexico border, diverting $3.8 billion from defense programs, including two in Arizona worth nearly $1.4 billion. ... Read more»

Az officials wary as Defense budget again targets A-10

Arizona officials said they will fight to make sure that Davis-Monthan Air Force Base does not take a hit as a result of the Pentagon’s decision to retire 44 A-10 fighter jets, a mainstay at the Tucson base. ... Read more»

Luke F-35 funds could be tapped for Trump's border wall emergency

Arizona lawmakers have vowed to fight the loss of any funding at Luke AFB, where $40 million in construction projects could be tapped for border wall funding under President Trump’s national emergency declaration.... Read more»

Luke Air Force Base feels effects of national pilot shortage

Luke Air Force Base is feeling the effects of a national pilot shortage that is leaving the Air Force without enough pilots, maintenance crew and support staff to fully power U.S. military needs.... Read more»

F-35 flights resume after 11-day grounding at Luke AFB

The U.S. Air Force said on Monday it will resume local flying operations of Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 jets at Luke Air Force base in Arizona after an 11-day suspension. ... Read more»

F-35s still grounded at Luke AFB over oxygen issues

About a quarter of the Air Force's F-35 fighter jets, or 55 planes, have stopped flying until further notice because of irregularities in pilots' oxygen supplies. Training flights at Arizona's Luke AFB were canceled Friday and scheduled to resume Monday, but the grounding was extended indefinitely.... Read more»

D-M flight training going old school

Among the dozens of visiting fighter planes flying out of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base this month will be be classic warbirds — P-51 Mustangs, a P-38 Lightning, a P-47 Thunderbolt, two F-86 Sabres and more will take off along with F-22 and F-35 fighter jets, as well as Dutch F-16s and National Guard A-10s.... Read more»

GAO: Air Force plan to retire A-10 did not fully weigh impact, costs

The Pentagon’s attempt to retire the A-10 fighter jet was based on insufficient information that did not fully consider vulnerabilities that could come from the loss of the “Warthog,” the Government Accountability Office said.... Read more»

D-M could host F-35 reserve squadron, Air Force announces

Tucson's Davis-Monthan is among four bases being considered as possible hosts for an Air Force Reserve squadron of F-35 fighter jets within the next seven years, officials said Tuesday. The Air Force has repeatedly tried to phase out the base's mainstay, the A-10 close air support jet. ... Read more»

Pentagon: A-10s will fly through 2022

The Air Force's A-10 attack jets will not be retired until at least 2022, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday, previewing the Obama administration's military budget. The planes, including those based in Tucson, had been on a path to an earlier retirement in favor of the F-35, with some already grounded.... Read more»

McSally hails reports Air Force backing off A-10 retirement

The Pentagon "is finally coming to its senses," said Rep. Martha McSally, welcoming reports that the military is backing off plans to retire the Air Force's fleet of A-10 attack aircraft, including planes based at Tucson's Davis-Monthan.... Read more»

Report: F-35 had ineffective oversight

The Pentagon failed to supervise the design and construction of its new fleet of F-35 stealth warplanes adequately, its own auditor concluded on Sept. 30, placing the blame squarely on military brass for performance and safety problems in the largest and most expensive weapons program in history.... Read more»1

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