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Nevada Service Members Get Financial Advice

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The wife of retired Army Gen. David Petraeus is giving Nevada service members some advice on how to protect their cash.

Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and Holly Petraeus are scheduled to meet with service members Wednesday at Nellis Air Force Base outside Las Vegas.

Holly Petraeus is director of the Office of Service Member Affairs at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Petraeus and Masto are expected to dine with service members and then hold a town hall for military families on predatory lending practices and other financial issues.

Petraeus was a military spouse for 37 years. She held a similar event in Colorado on Tuesday.

Her husband served as the top U.S. commander in Iraq and now heads the CIA.

Air Force Whistle-Blowers to Get Protection

 

 WASHINGTON (AP) -- Air Force officials say there will be no actions taken against two whistle-blower pilots who complained about problems with the F-22 fighter jet, including comments made during a recent "60 Minutes" television interview.

Lt. Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, told a Senate subcommittee Tuesday the pilots would get whistle-blower protections. Because the pilots are members of the Virginia Air Guard, the decision was formally announced by the Guard.

Col. Thomas K. Wark, commander of the Virginia Air Guard's 192nd Fighter Wing, said there would be no disciplinary or administrative actions taken against the pilots. The pilots spoke out about oxygen-deficit problems with the stealth fighter, which have resulted in pilot dizziness, blackouts and other hypoxia-like symptoms. The Air Force continues to review the problems.

First Responder Team Now Certified

First Responder Team Now Certified

An important group of first responders has received approval to be certified.

The Nevada Guard’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear or Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package or CERF-P team received notice that it passed its final test to be certified. There are only 26 certified CERF-P teams in the country.

The team features 180 specially trained airmen and soldiers. They are ready to respond to local, state or federal emergencies from natural disasters to man-made catastrophes. The final test occurred at Nellis Air Force Base. The unit responded to a simulated train derailment that included a mustard gas leak.

To be certified, the CERF-P team had only 90 minutes to put together a tent city to provide services and shelter to nearly 2,000 mock victims. Local residents participated in the final test in Feburary. The certification means the team is ready and could be called out at any time to respond to a disaster.

Weapons School Plans Exercises at the End of May

Weapons School Plans Exercises at the End of May

 

The Air Force Weapons School will be conducting exercises at the Nevada Test and Training Range at the end of the month.

The weapons school will simulate what is known as “forced entry,” which is a seizure of a landing site in hostile territory. The exercises will involve 22 C-17 and 29 C-130 aircraft and the 820th RED HORSE Squadron.

The aircraft will be conducting simulated and actual drops of airborne troops in a drop zone. After the drops, the aircraft will land on nearby dirt airstrip and recover the paratroopers. The idea is to work on coordination of land forces, air and space capabilities, intelligence gathering operations and tactical strike forces like the F-22, F-15 and F-16.

The exercises are set for May 23. Base officials are warning people living in the northern part of the valley that there will be increased noise because of the aircraft.

Two Pedestrians At Fault in Crash, Driver Arrested

LAS VEGAS -- Two pedestrians are at fault in the latest deadly auto-pedestrian accident in Las Vegas Valley.

The pedestrians were hit on Craig Road about 586 feet west of Las Vegas Boulevard just after 11 o'clock Saturday night.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department says two pedestrians jaywalked across Craig Road from the south side to the north side, and not in a marked cross walk.

As they crossed the westbound travel lanes, they were struck by a Nissan Xterra.

Both pedestrians were transported to University Medical Center. An unidentified female pedestrian, 58, was pronounced dead. A second pedestrian is in critical condition. 

The driver, was arrested for misdemeanor DUI and booked into the Clark County Detention Center. 

Metro says jaywalking is the cause of the crash.

This is the 45th traffic-related fatality in Metro's jurisdiction for the year.

Cuts Won't Impact Thunderbirds

Cuts Won't Impact Thunderbirds

 

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- The Air Force says it is scaling back its participation at dozens of air shows this year.

The decision by officials at Air Combat Command in Virginia is being made to cut costs and ensure its combat pilots are getting the training hours they need. The Air Force is eliminating the solo performances of A-10, F-15 and F-16 aircraft based in Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Utah. The only combat plane that will perform solo flights for crowds this year is a Virginia-based F-22 Raptor.

The Air Force says eliminating the other performances will save more than $15 million and allow more than 900 training flights that otherwise would have been canceled.

 The cutbacks will not affect the service's premier demonstration, the Thunderbirds.

 

Man Injured at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

LAS VEGAS - A member of a prominent racing family has suffered injuries following an accident at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Joey Granatelli was transported to University Medical Center in critical condition.

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