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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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Multiple F-35s take to the skies to test communication data links

Posted December 9, 2016 by Kenji Thuloweit

All three variants of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter are being used by the 461st Flight Test Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., in recent multi-ship testing, which employs four or six jets to ensure communication systems between the planes are working properly and accurately.

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Colombians kick off Green Flag East in Louisiana

Posted August 17, 2016 by Capt. Bryan Bouchard

Forty-five Colombian Airmen and four Colombian Air Force A-29B Super Tucanos are operating from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., as part of Exercise Green Flag East Aug. 15-29.

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DOD ramps up training on blended retirement system

Posted June 1, 2016 by Karen Parrish

The Defense Department’s new retirement system will affect some 2.2 million people who all need to get smart on what it will mean. Two subject-matter experts from the department’s personnel and readiness branch described the issues involved to DOD News: Army Sgt. Maj. Luther Thomas Jr., senior enlisted advisor to the Defense Department’s Manpower and…

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Carter details force of future initiatives

Posted November 23, 2015 by Jim Garamone

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said his Force of the Future program is necessary to ensure the Defense Department continues to attract the best people America has to offer. The secretary told students at George Washington University’s Elliot School of International Affairs Nov. 18 that one of his core commitments “is to help more of our…

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GA-ASI expand presence in Middle East, North Africa

Posted November 9, 2015 by

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., announced Nov. 8 that it opened an office in Abu Dhabi in August to support its Middle East and North African customers. Additionally, it will support the United Arab Emirates, the first customer of the Predator® RPA -series outside of the U.S. and NATO countries. GA-ASI is a leading manufacturer…

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Forging the KC-46: New training center opens to prepare tanker aircrews

Posted August 31, 2016 by Senior Airman Dillon Davis

A new training center for the KC-46 Pegasus was officially dedicated at Altus Air Force Base, Okla., Aug. 30, 2016, along with the activation of the 56th Air Refueling Squadron, which will be the formal training unit for the Air Force’s next-generation refueling aircraft.

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CARAT 2016 series kicks off in Malaysia

Posted June 1, 2016 by

The 22nd annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise series between the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of nine partner nations began June 1 with a commemoration ceremony for the Malaysia phase in Sandakan.

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Navy names destroyer for Medal of Honor recipient

Posted July 29, 2016 by

In a ceremony at Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C., July 28, 2016, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Arleigh-Burke class destroyer, DDG 124, will be named Harvey C. Barnum Jr. in honor of the retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel who received the Medal of Honor for valor during the Vietnam War. Barnum also served…

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Testing at AEDC assists in further integration of the ASRAAM

Posted April 11, 2016 by Deidre Ortiz

In February, missile manufacturer Matra BAE Dynamics Alenia announced that the first Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missiles were delivered to the U.S. for integration and testing on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Lightning II.

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