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Luke pilot flies 500th hour in F-35

Posted February 5, 2016 by A1C Ridge Shan

A 61st Fighter Squadron pilot made history Feb. 2 as the first Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., pilot to achieve 500 flight hours in an F-35 Lightning II.

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Comms program hits 100,000 hours of warfighter connectivity

Posted February 3, 2016 by by Patty Welsh Hanscom AFB, Mass.

A program managed at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., to ensure war fighters can stay connected despite differing networks and austere environments recently reached a significant milestone and is also on a path to keep moving forward.

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Carter previews FY2017 defense budget request

Posted February 3, 2016 by Cheryl Pellerin

Addressing diverse global challenges requires new thinking, new postures in some regions and new and enhanced capabilities, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Feb. 2 during a preview of the Pentagon's fiscal year 2017 budget request.

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Standardizing base camps could achieve efficiencies, save money

Posted February 1, 2016 by Bob Reinert

As a former Army officer, Dave Roy knows that commanders seek to upgrade base camps as time passes. "We're taught, it is ingrained in us," Roy said. "If you're going to be in any one place for any amount of time, you improve your position."

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Navy to christen Littoral Combat Ship Sioux City

Posted January 29, 2016 by

The Navy will christen its newest Freedom variant littoral combat ship, USS Sioux City (LCS 11), during a 10 a.m., CST, Jan. 30 in Marinette, Wisc. Sioux City, designated LCS 11, honors the city of Sioux City, Iowa. Adm. Michelle Howard, vice chief of Naval Operations, will serve as principal speaker. Mary Winnefeld, wife of…

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Army to go universal with UAS operator training

Posted January 29, 2016 by J.D. Leipold

The Army is working toward a universal control interface for unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, that will help operators pilot more than one type.

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Nellis goes full throttle for Red Flag 16-1

Posted January 29, 2016 by SrA. Alex Fox Echols III

Combat air forces squadrons from across the world joined Tyndall Air Force Base’s Checkertails at Nellis AFB, Nevada, this week for the joint-training, full-spectrum, readiness exercise, Red Flag 16-1.

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Guard should retain Apaches, force must stand at 980,000, commission says

Posted January 29, 2016 by C. Todd Lopez

The National Commission on the Future of the Army, or NCFA, made its recommendations public Jan. 28 at the Hall of States in Washington, D.C. Chief among those recommendations, one of 63 in total, is that the Army National Guard should retain some of the AH-64 Apache helicopters it currently has.

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KC-46A makes first contact; successfully demonstrates fuel transfer in flight

Posted January 29, 2016 by Rebecca Amber

The KC-46 Tanker Program reached a major milestone Jan. 24, when it successfully demonstrated its first-ever aerial refueling contact and fuel transfer with an F-16C from Edwards Air Force Base.

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AFIT team develops enhanced imaging system to aid in SAR, security and surveillance

Posted January 29, 2016 by Sandy Simison

The Sensors Exploitation Research Group at the Air Force Institute of Technology, led by Dr. Michael J. Mendenhall, has honed in on the process of differentiating human skin from other materials within an image to reduce false detection.

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