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Veterans Day 2014: Events around the Las Vegas valley

There are numerous events happening around southern Nevada in honor of Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2014. There are also many discounts and freebies being offered to the men and women who served in the United States Military.

Here's a compiled list of events and discounts happening around the valley:

4th Annual National Veterans Day Run
The 4th Annual National Veterans Day Run
in Las Vegas will take place at Bruce Trent Park Sunday, Nov. 9. The race will offer three distances including an 11K, 5K and a 1-mile family and supporter walk/run.  The race starts at 8:11 a.m.  More information on the race here.

Faster airport screening set for military students

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Students at four U.S. military service academies are now eligible for expedited airport screening.

The Transportation Security Administration announced the extension of the Pre-Check system on Monday. It will apply to students of the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and the U.S. Air Force Academy at more than 120 participating airports when flying on 11 major airlines.

TSA Administrator John Pistole noted the announcement comes just before Veterans Day. He says providing the fast-lane screening program is the least the agency can do for members of the nation's military and service academies.

Last year, TSA extended the Pre-Check benefits system to all U.S. Armed Forces members. On average, more than 50,000 Defense Department employees benefit from the system on a weekly basis.


Officials: Over 75,000 attended first day of Aviation Nation

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE -- The numbers are in and the amount of people that attended the first day of Aviation Nation was more than what military officials expected.

An official at Nellis Air Force Base said there were over 75,000 people in attendance Saturday at the Aviation Nation Air Show.

This was exciting news for officials at Nellis because it comes on the heels of the show's return.  

Aviation Nation was cut last year due to national budget cuts, but it looks like it back with a punch.

The last day of the show is Sunday from 10:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m.  It's free and open to the public.

Attendees planning to go to the air show Sunday, should be advised that there are restrictions as to what you will be able to bring, including food and drinks. 

Aviation Nation: Day 1

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE -- Thousands of plane and stunt enthusiasts flocked to Nellis Air Force Base Saturday for the Aviation Nation Air show.

Colonel Richard Boutwell, a Commander at Nellis Air Force Base said he expected 60-thousand people to attend the free event the first day.

Colonel Boutwell said it's a good way to improve base-community relations.

"I like to turn around and watch the crowd. I like to see their reaction as the aircraft is in the air and just see how people respond to the performance,” said Col. Boutwell.

Aviation Nation also brought out fans far and wide.

"Ever since I was a small boy I liked airplanes. I grew up in a part of the U.K. which is full of airfields from World War II, so I just became interested in taking pictures of them,” said John Brumhead, visiting from the United Kingdom.

Brumhead said the crowds are bigger where he's from, but the variety of planes and jets are unmatched at Nellis.

Nellis Air Force Base prepares for 'Aviation Nation'

LAS VEGAS -- The open house air show has returned to the valley and the flight line for Aviation Nation is ready to go.

The air show was cut last year due to national budget cuts, but now there are about 50 planes and fighter jets fueled up at Nellis Air Force Base.

“We're thrilled to be able to put it on again this year,” said Colonel Aaron Steffens, 57th Wing Vice Commander.

Watching planes roar high above her head, Tori Granec was one of the first people to get a sneak peek of Aviation Nation at Nellis Air Force Base.

"I love watching all the planes. It's so neat and amazing how these huge things are up in the air and they do all of these different acrobatic maneuvers,” said Granec.

Officials say it takes a lot to put on a great show for the fans.

Military sex survey draws complaints

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Shocked and offended by explicit questions, some U.S. servicemen and women are complaining about the military's new sexual-assault survey that hundreds of thousands were asked to complete.

The survey is conducted every two years, but this year's three-page version, developed by the Rand Corp., is unusually detailed, including questions on numerous sexual acts.

The Defense Department said it made the survey more explicit in order to get more accurate results, as the military struggles to reduce the number of sexual assaults while also encouraging victims to come forward to get help.

 Military members who filled out the survey told The Associated Press that they were surprised and offended at the questions. Some said they felt re-victimized by the blunt language. Pentagon officials confirm that they have received complaints.


Nellis airman indicted for infant's death

Andrew Leach

LAS VEGAS -- A Nellis Air Force Base airman was indicted by the Clark County grand jury Friday on a murder charge in the death of his 3-month-old son.

Andrew Leach was arrested in Feb. 2014 after a doctor who treated Aiden Leach said the infant's injuries were consistent with shaken baby syndrome. Leach told the police he had dropped the baby while bathing him.

Leach's wife had told police they had some previous domestic violence issues and Andrew Leach was "rough with the baby."