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Vietnam vets commemorate 50th anniversary of ‘helicopter war’

Posted September 4, 2015 by Damien Salas

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va. — Hundreds of Vietnam combat helicopter pilots, their guests and Gold Star families planted a tree in Arlington National Cemetery, Aug. 28, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first U.S. combat troops entering the Vietnam War. The spectators gathered before the tree dedication in the cemetery’s Memorial Amphitheater to remember…

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111th MI Bde. NCO, Soldier, Platoon Sgt. of Quarter winners selected

Posted June 26, 2015 by Natalie Lakosil

Fort Huachuca, Arizona – The winners of the second quarter Soldier, Platoon Sergeant and Non-commissioned Officer of the Quarter for the 111th Military Intelligence Brigade were selected last week. Spc. Courtney Williams, Bravo Company, 309th Military Intelligence Battalion, was named the Soldier of the Quarter. Sgt. Jason Grider, Alpha Company, 309th MI Bn., was named…

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POW visits Pentagon tribute section, reminisces about hard times

Posted July 17, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Whitney Stanfield

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Retired Col. Leon Ellis was a prisoner of war for 1,955 days during the Vietnam War. During a July 16 visit to the Pentagon, he and his family stopped by the Air Force POW tribute section. Ellis said some painful memories flooded back about his time as a POW as he viewed…

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NASA’s WISE spacecraft discovers most luminous galaxy in universe

Posted May 22, 2015 by adriennek

A remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. The galaxy is the most luminous galaxy found to date and belongs to a new class of objects recently discovered by WISE — extremely luminous infrared galaxies, or ELIRGs. “We are…

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NASA Completes Key Milestone for Orion Spacecraft in Support of Journey to Mars

Posted September 4, 2015 by

NASA’s mission to send astronauts to deep space destinations where no other human has traveled has taken another important step forward with the completion of a critical milestone for the Orion spacecraft currently in production. Agency officials have completed a rigorous technical and programmatic review, confirming continued support of the program and establishing NASA’s commitment…

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5,000 days of war: Any time, anywhere, all the time

Posted June 26, 2015 by Airman Kai White and Airman First Class Ryan Conroy

Hurlburt Field, Fla — It’s been 5,000 days of struggle, rugged landscapes, blood and sweat. It’s been 5,000 days of exhaustion, injuries, and long separations from family, friends and home. On June 27, the 17th Special Tactics Squadron will mark 5,000 days of unremitting war. Their 5,000-day epoch began in October 2001, one month after the…

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Optimism helped Vietnam vet survive as POW

Posted July 17, 2015 by Karen Abeyasekere

ROYAL AIR FORCE MILDENHALL, England (AFNS) — When 2nd Lt. John “Spike” Nasmyth climbed into his F-4 Phantom II on Sept. 4, 1966, to fly a combat mission over Vietnam, he never foresaw that he’d be blown out of the sky by a surface-to-air missile. The last words he heard before his jet was transformed…

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Northrop awards scholarships to two students

Posted May 29, 2015 by

Northrop Grumman recently announced winners of its eighth annual Engineering Scholars program, which will provide college scholarships to graduating high school seniors in the greater San Fernando Valley community who are interested in studying engineering, computer science, physics or mathematics. During an awards reception hosted by Northrop Grumman’s Woodland Hills, Calif., facility May 21, Huong…

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High Desert Hangar Stories with Bob Alvis September 18, 2015

Posted September 18, 2015 by

It was still dark at 4:30 in the morning on Aug. 27 as the P-38F was taking off from the Palmdale Army Airfield (Plant 42), heading east with famed Lockheed test pilot Milo Burcham at the controls. What was about to be undertaken was classified and the mission would push man and machine to their…

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Pave Hawk maintainers keep rescue birds flying

Posted July 1, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. Joseph Swafford

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFNS) — Airmen assigned to the 41st Expeditionary Helicopter Maintenance Unit here constantly work maintaining HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters so that the combat rescue mission in Afghanistan can be a success if and when it is needed. The 41st EHMU is part of the 455th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and is responsible…

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