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Atomic Age: Alamogordo and the bomb

Posted July 20, 2018 by Arlan Ponder

Courtesy photograph The birth of the Atomic Age took place precisely at 5:29 a.m., July 16, 1945, on a remote 18 mile by 24 mile portion of the Alamogordo Bombing and Gunnery Range northwest of then-Alamogordo Army Air Field, N.M. On a rain-soaked Monday morning in 1945 in an area known to locals and early…

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New DOD policy prohibits GPS-enabled devices in deployed settings

Posted August 6, 2018 by Jim Garamone

Deployed service members are going to have to ditch their “geolocation devices” in response to a new memo from Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan. This includes physical fitness aids, applications in phones that track locations, and other devices and apps that pinpoint and track the location of individuals. “Effective immediately, Defense Department personnel are…

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F-35C Lightning II conducts operational test-1 aboard USS Abraham Lincoln

Posted August 29, 2018 by PO2 Jacques-Larent Jean-Gilles

Navy photograph by Seaman Maxwell Anderson An F-35C Lightning II assigned to the Rough Raiders of Strike Fighter Squadron 125 lands on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln is currently underway conducting carrier qualifications. F-35C Lightning II aircraft from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 are conducting…

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U.S. Navy beings exercise with Royal Canadian Navy

Posted October 23, 2015 by

U.S. and Canadian naval units began a Task Group Exercise off the coast of Southern California, Oct. 20. Participating units from the Royal Canadian Navy include Canadian Fleet Pacific, Halifax-class frigates HMCS Calgary (FFH 335) and HMCS Vancouver (FFH 331), and Victoria-class submarine HMCS Chicoutimi (SSK 879). “The Royal Canadian Navy frequently participates in training…

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Mad Scientists: Brainpower next frontier in Army’s arsenal

Posted November 13, 2015 by David Vergun

"Human performance will be as important, if not more important, than technology in 2030," predicted a high-level Army intelligence expert. The reason is that "we've seen an erosion in our technological advantage to overmatch adversaries," a trend that will continue, said Thomas Greco, G-2 for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.

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Team Edwards air-launches target missile to space and back for Missile Defense Agency test

Posted December 11, 2015 by Rebecca Amber

Over the summer, the Air Force Test Center sent a C-17 with air and maintenance crews from Edwards to Hawaii, but it was no vacation. The crews worked 24-hour shifts for several months to support a Missile Defense Agency test of the Ballistic Missile Defense System over the western Pacific Ocean.

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Dancing with a dragon: A pilot’s tale

Posted January 6, 2016 by SSgt. Kentavist P. Brackin

Gliding more than 13 miles above the Earth’s surface, the U-2S reconnaissance aircraft, also nicknamed Dragon Lady, flies unnoticed and silent to all but a select few.

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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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F-22 Raptors conduct show of force over South Korea

Posted February 17, 2016 by

Four U.S. F-22 Raptors conducted a combined formation flight alongside South Korean F-15K Slam Eagles and U.S. F-16 Fighting Falcons at Osan Air Base, South Korea, to demonstrate the capabilities of both nations Feb. 17, in response to recent provocative actions by North Korea.

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C-17 puts flares to the test over Eglin

Posted March 7, 2016 by SSgt. Naomi Shipley

A 62nd Airlift Wing C-17 Globemaster III aircrew found itself away from the rainy climate of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., and into the sunshine at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., to participate in an Air Mobility Command flare effectiveness test, that began Feb. 29.

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