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Lockheed Martin celebration 60 years of U-2

Posted September 4, 2015 by by Linda KC Reynolds

Lockheed Martin is celebrating 60 years of the U-2 program with festivities planned throughout the company. “It’s not a 60-year old aircraft, it is a 60-year old program that is still going strong,” said Melani Austin, U-2 program director at Skunk Works, Palmdale, Calif., during a recent press tour. “We have people that have started…

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Olympic Athletes make it special for everyone

Posted May 15, 2015 by by Linda KC Reynolds

Athletes from the Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita and the greater Tri Valley areas participated in the Special Olympics May 2 at the Palmdale High School where they competed in basketball, track-and-field, swimming and other events. “I couldn’t be more proud of our athletes, our volunteers, our cheerleaders in the stands and especially our military for…

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WWII Veteran, POW receives Presidential Unit Citation

Posted July 10, 2015 by Senior Airman Hailey Haux

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — A veteran from the greatest generation was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation with one oak leaf cluster by Sen. John S. McCain on Capitol Hill, July 7. Second Lt. John R. Pedevillano, U.S. Army Air Corps World War II veteran and Prisoner of War, was the youngest B-17 bombardier in the 306th…

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JetHawks baseball team honors Jerry Ross

Posted August 14, 2015 by by Jay Levine

Former NASA astronaut Jerry Ross is a seven-time space shuttle mission veteran and nine times walked into the void of space. The U.S. Air Force and NASA have recognized him dozens of times for his excellence and contributions to human spaceflight. Ross earned an honorary doctorate from Purdue University and he even has an elementary…

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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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Honorary commander spotlight – Gary Chapman

Posted August 14, 2015 by by Rebecca Amber

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.  — For many years Edwards Air Force Base has valued the support of the local community. One of the ways the base stays connected with the surrounding communities is through the Honorary Commanders Program. Each year, community leaders are inducted as honorary commanders and paired with group and squadron commanders at…

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Civil Air Patrol joins total force ‘Airmen’

Posted August 28, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Whitney Stanfield

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — When conducting missions for the Air Force as the official Air Force auxiliary, the Civil Air Patrol is now included in the Air Force’s definition of the total force. CAP has provided 74 years of support to emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs. In August 2015, the Air Force updated Doctrine…

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Lockheed Martin donates to Habitat for Heroes

Posted June 19, 2015 by by Linda KC Reynolds

Veterans are one step closer to moving into their new homes in Santa Clarita, Calif., thanks to Habitat for Humanity and Lockheed Martin employees. In 2011, Habitat LA established Habitat for Heroes, an outreach initiative seeking to engage veterans, military members and their families in Habitat for Humanity’s mission. Since then, more than 4000 veterans have volunteered and…

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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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AF Vietnam veterans honored on Capitol Hill

Posted July 10, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Current and former service members, members of Congress, Vietnam veterans and Air Force senior leaders gathered in the Emancipation Hall of the U.S. Capitol in Washington July 8 for a Congressional Commemoration to honor those who served during the Vietnam War. The ceremony was part of the 50th Vietnam War Commemorative Partner…

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