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Air Force Academy on al-Qaida list of targets

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- An English-language al-Qaida publication that promotes "lone-wolf" terrorist attacks includes the Air Force Academy in Colorado on a list of possible terrorism targets.

The Gazette reported on Friday that the list in the online magazine al-Malahem also includes casinos and night clubs in Las Vegas, Times Square and Britain's Royal Military Academy Sandhurst as well as "tourist resorts where Israelis, Britons or Americans stay."

Academy officials say they're aware that the school is mentioned in the magazine and remain vigilant and aware of existing and emerging threats.

North Las Vegas resident’s dream job takes him to new heights

North Las Vegas resident now part of the elite Thunderbirds team.

Every two years, 12 individuals have the opportunity to be officers of an elite air demonstration squadron known for performing aerobatic formations. This honor comes as part of the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, most commonly known as the Thunderbirds.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Money raised for airman to replace car washed away in floods

LAS VEGAS -- A few weeks ago, a group of airmen made a daring rescue in flood waters. As a result,  the vehicle belonging to one of the airmen was destroyed by the floodwaters.

Airman Tyler Webb has just replaced his totaled car.

"It's an 06 Honda Accord, I got it because it was a good price and less than 60,000 which is pretty good for an 06," Webb said.

His former car was sent down U.S. 95 when it became a river a few weeks ago during major flooding. Although, Webb has replaced his car, there is something that was special about his previous ride.

"My grandmother was sick and she died on Thanksgiving and less than 24 hours later my grandfather died, and they left me the car,"

Webb's car was trapped in the median as he tried to make his way around the floodwaters while coming home from Creech Air Force Base.

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.