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Receiving fuel

Posted January 20, 2016 by

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Nathan Lipscome A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels a French F-2 Rafale over Iraq to support Operation Inherent Resolve, Jan. 8, 2016. The aircraft crew is assigned to the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron.

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Soldiers, Marines exercise joint capabilities aboard Army vessel

Posted January 20, 2016 by Sgt. Jon Heinrich

Exercising their joint capabilities, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, or TSC, mariners partnered with 25th Infantry Division's Lightning Academy soldiers and Heavy Marine Helicopter Squadron 463 pilots during inset and extract training off the shore of Oahu, Hawaii, Jan. 11-12.

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Chief of Naval Research helps steer new tech for fleet

Posted January 18, 2016 by Warren Duffie

On Jan. 13, Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Mat Winter gave the keynote address at the Surface Navy Association's 28th Annual National Symposium, held in Crystal City, Va.

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Recapitalizing JSTARS: the communication system

Posted January 18, 2016 by Justin Oakes

And for the Air Force’s Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft, its communication component is one of four major areas undergoing a combined multi-billion dollar recapitalization. Since JSTARS’s introduction in 1991, Air Force command posts, Army mobile ground stations and many airborne platforms have come to rely on the information passed through the aircraft’s…

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Navy Secretary names expeditionary sea base ship

Posted January 18, 2016 by

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced the Navy's newest Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) ship, T-ESB 4, will be named USNS Hershel "Woody" Williams during a ceremony in Charleston, W.Va., Jan. 14.

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Acquisitions enterprise: Experimentation and agility

Posted January 18, 2016 by SrA. Ashley Powell

A key leader in Air Force acquisitions testified Jan.7 on Capitol Hill before the House Armed Services Committee on acquisition reform, explaining how the Air Force is improving its acquisitions processes through agility and experimentation. Rich Lombardi, the acting assistant secretary of Air Force acquisition, discussed how the acquisitions enterprise needs to focus on three…

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B-1B Lancer sets rotational records before leaving downrange

Posted January 15, 2016 by TSgt. Terrica Y. Jones

A B-1B Lancer that achieved rotational milestones is scheduled to leave Al Udeid Air Base soon for a six-month hiatus for aircraft modifications stateside.

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From air to ground, RPAs partner with JTACs to accomplish mission objectives

Posted January 15, 2016 by TSgt. Nadine Y. Barclay

As we enter 2016, the demand for remotely piloted aircraft in conflict areas around the world continues to rise, and with it, the misconceptions about this unique capability are on the rise.

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Remembering Desert Storm: Where we are today in the Total Force Continuum

Posted January 15, 2016 by Brig. Gen. Craig La Fave

“See all those contrails heading north, captain?” the salty lieutenant colonel asked me on Jan. 16, 1991. “Yes sir!” I replied flying as a brand new aircraft commander in the C-141B Starlifter. The contrails covered the darkening sky and seemed like hundreds of fingers reaching north into Iraq to grab Saddam Hussein. “That means we…

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The Ghost over the highway: Reservists renew bond with Desert Storm AC-130A gunship

Posted January 15, 2016 by Paul H. Larson

More than 20 years after two Air Force Reserve Command leaders flew into combat together over the "Highway of Death" in Iraq, they were reunited with the aircraft that took them on the mission.

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