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Two F-16D fighters grounded at Nellis

Two fighter jets at Nellis Air Force Base have been grounded. 

Inspections for canopy cracks have grounded more than half the Air Force fleet of F-16D Fighting Falcon jets including two assigned to Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas.

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Airmen honored for U.S. 95 flash flood rescue

LAS VEGAS-- A dramatic rescue of a couple trapped by flood waters was caught on tape and now the seven airmen from Nellis and Creech air force bases, who went above and beyond the call of duty, are being recognized for the bravery.

A few weeks ago, along U.S. 95, traffic heading into Las Vegas was stopped in its tracks as flood waters rolled down from Mt. Charleston. Some drivers tried to cross the median to get over to the dry side, but that is where one couple became trapped.

Cell phone video captured the airmen wading into rushing water. As they worked to free a woman trapped inside a car, the current picked up a Toyota Prius and sent it towards them.

“Looking back at the video it puts things in perspective, but I think given the same circumstances I would've done it again,” Tech Sgt. Adam Dixon with the 820th Red Horse Squadron said.

Midnight Mayhem returns to the Strip at the motor speedway

Midnight Mayhem returns to the Strip at the motor speedway

The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will start another season of Mopar Midnight Mayhem Friday.

The event provides a safe alternative to street racing, along a NHRA-sanctioned, quarter-mile drag strip, instead of on the streets with other drivers.

Racer gates for Friday’s event will open at 9 p.m. with street-legal racing from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The race is open to anyone with a street-legal vehicle and a valid driver’s license. Entry fee is $15 to race or to ride along and admission to watch the race is only $5.

For more information about the rules, go to lvms.com/dragstrip/midnight_mayhem.  

New commander has plans for Nellis AFB's future

LAS VEGAS -- A new commander has taken the reigns of one of the most important military installations in the country.

Colonel Richard Boutwell spent his first month settling into his new position at Nellis Air Force Base. Col. Boutwell says he has wasted no time in taking a hard look at areas where Nellis can improve.

One of the biggest challenges he faces is the smallest department of defense budget since before World War II.

Fighter pilots fly in formation. Col. Boutwell knows from experience the teamwork gives them strength.

“It's funny when you are doing the combat patrols it can be boring and monotonous, followed by a few seconds of panic,” Boutwell said.

In 1994, Iraqi MiG's tried to shoot down a U.S. spy plane. Boutwell and another pilot rushed to defend. A team of two F-15's has never been defeated in battle. The enemy made a hasty getaway.

New ID-check system for military installations

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Military installations have a new system for checking the credentials of people trying to gain access.

Department of Defense spokeswoman Lt. Col. Valerie Henderson said in a statement that the system, called the Identity Matching Engine for Security and Analysis, became functional Friday.

The system matches people affiliated with the Department of Defense against an FBI database for active arrest warrants. It also alerts if a person is using a lost or stolen credential or one that is no longer valid.

Moving quickly to implement the system was one of four key recommendations made by the Secretary of Defense following last year's shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. The shooter had a valid credential to gain entry.

Henderson says she couldn't say how many installations are using the system.

One Nellis aggressor squadron being deactivated

Budget constraints is forcing Nellis Air Force Base to deactivate an aggressor squadron.

The next time fighter jets take off from Nellis Air Force Base for a Red Flag air combat exercise there will be fewer would-be “bad guys” to battle.

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Military strikes in Iraq among US options being considered

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House is considering direct military strikes in Iraq, to help stop the advances of an Islamic militant group. That's according to U.S. defense officials and others who are familiar with what's being considered.

They say the options also include humanitarian relief tor thousands of displaced religious minorities in the country's north.

President Barack Obama huddled with his national security team this morning to discuss the crisis, as the Islamic State group made further gains.

Airstrikes in particular would mark a significant shift in the U.S. strategy in Iraq, where the military fully withdrew in 2011 after nearly a decade of war.

Officials say Obama could announce a decision as early as today.

In recent days, the Islamic State militants have swept through villages in the north that are home to religious minorities including Christians and the Yazidis, who follow an ancient religion.