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Defense

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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Defense

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’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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Defense

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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Defense

Maritime Theater missile defense forum completes at sea demonstration

Posted October 28, 2015 by Cmdr. Pamela Rawe

Navy photograph by PO1 Mike Wright The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) fires a Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) as part of an at-sea demonstration showcasing its ability to intercept a short-range ballistic missile target, Oct. 20, 2015. The Maritime Theater Missile Defense Forum wrapped up its At Sea Demonstration 2015 event Oct….

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Defense

Strategy charts path to fuel-efficient forward operating base

Posted October 26, 2015 by C. Todd Lopez

"Energy and water issues -- operational energy, water and waste - these and other aspects of sustaining our force create vulnerabilities our enemies have in the past and will exploit in the future," Richard Kidd said.

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Defense

USS Reagan to conduct exercise with Republic of Korea

Posted October 26, 2015 by

Navy photograph by PO1 Abraham Essenmacher Sailors aboard the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), man the rails while participating in the Republic of Korea Navy’s Fleet Review. The fleet review celebrated the 70th anniversary of the ROK Navy and served as a symbol of the enduring U.S. and ROK…

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AF partners with Army, industry to successfully develop, test vehicle-to-grid technology

Posted October 23, 2015 by

The Defense Department’s first all-electric, nontactical vehicle fleet successfully completed its final vehicle-to-grid certification testing at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 15. The test was conducted by the California Independent System Operator and Southern California Edison, and highlights a milestone in the Air Force’s plug-in electric vehicle — the V2G project. The project…

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