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First Italian F-35 mission highlights partnerships

Posted November 6, 2015 by

Two Italian pilots completed their initial F-35 Lightning II training flights Nov. 5 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., marking the first F-35 flights under control of Italian pilots.

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Tobyhanna, industry merge talents to repair new technology

Posted November 4, 2015 by Jacqueline Boucher

With an eye to the future, Army aviation officials recently merged the talents of Tobyhanna Army Depot and Rockwell Collins to repair cutting-edge technology used on the CH-47F Chinook helicopter.

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Expert: Rapid modeling of new systems vital to countering threats

Posted November 2, 2015 by David Vergun

Winning in an increasingly complex world means overcoming unforeseen and rapidly-emerging threats. The Army and the rest of the Department of Defense cannot yet effectively counter unanticipated threats with new weapons systems.

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General Dynamics Bath Iron Works christens future USS Rafael Peralta

Posted November 2, 2015 by

On Oct. 31, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works christened the U.S. Navy’s newest guided-missile destroyer Rafael Peralta (DDG 115). The ship is named for Sgt. Rafael Peralta, U.S. Marine Corps, who was deployed to Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom and was killed Nov. 15, 2004, during the Second Battle of Fallujah in house-to-house urban combat….

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Osan U-2s celebrate nearly 40 years of surveillance

Posted October 30, 2015 by SSgt. Benjamin Sutton

U-2 aircraft from the 5th Reconnaissance Squadron at Osan Air Base, South Korea, have spent almost 40 years delivering vital imagery and signals intelligence to command leaders throughout the Korean Peninsula.

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AF announces KC-46A preferred, reasonable alternatives

Posted October 30, 2015 by

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., has been chosen as the preferred alternative for the first Reserve-led KC-46A Pegasus main operating base, Air Force officials announced Oct. 29. The KC-46As are expected to begin arriving in 2019. Tinker AFB, Okla.; Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass.; and Grissom ARB, Ind., were named as the reasonable alternatives….

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FAB-T poised for production

Posted October 28, 2015 by Justin Oakes

The Family of Advanced Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminals program here received approval to enter Low Rate Initial Production following a recent Milestone C Department of Defense acquisition board meeting.

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U.S. Air Force receives two additional MC-130Js

Posted October 28, 2015 by

Lockheed Martin photograph by Thinh D. Nguyen U.S. Air Force crews recently ferried two MC-130J Commando II aircraft from the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Ga. Both aircraft are assigned to the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command. One will be operated from Kadena Air Base, Japan, and the other from RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom….

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Navy photograph by PO1 Rosalie Chang
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Navy’s first hybrid ship celebrates commission anniversary

Posted October 28, 2015 by PO1 Corwin Colbert

The amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) celebrated her sixth commissioning anniversary, Oct. 24. The ship was formally commissioned in 2009 aboard Naval Air Station North Island.

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Army photograph by Conrad Johnson
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Early environmental testing quickly pushes equipment to limit

Posted October 28, 2015 by Kathryn Bailey

Explosive atmospheres, extreme temperature fluctuations and powerful vibrations are just some of the punishing environmental conditions military communications equipment must endure on the battlefield or in the sky.

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