Defense

Many AFMC employees to convert to AcqDemo Pay, Appraisal System

Posted April 20, 2016 by

Some 13,000 Air Force Materiel Command personnel have been notified they will transition to the Department of Defense Civilian Acquisition Workforce Demonstration Project (AcqDemo) pay system on June 12, 2016. For those converting to AcqDemo, their current GS performance period will end on June 11, 2016, and they will enter into the AcqDemo Contribution-Based Compensation…

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U.S. Marine Corps’ CH-53K helicopter completes first external load test

Posted April 20, 2016 by

Sikorsky photograph A CH-53K King Stallion conducts its first hover with a 12,0000-pound load Apr. 19, 2016, at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation’s Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. A CH-53K King Stallion, the U.S. Marine Corps’ newest helicopter, completed its first external load flight test Apr. 19 at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation’s Development Flight Center…

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John P. Murtha first ship to successfully test new technology afloat

Posted April 20, 2016 by PO1 Timothy Wilson

Sailors aboard the Pre-Commissioning Unit John P. Murtha (LPD 26) successfully tested the Navy's first High Frequency Distribution Amplifier Group (HF DAG) system during Builder's Sea Trials March 1-3 and Acceptance Sea Trials April 13-15 in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Exercise Max Thunder 16 launches at Kunsan

Posted April 18, 2016 by 1st Lt. Ashley Wright

U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Navy personnel and aircraft will train with South Korean air force counterparts in the bilateral training exercise Max Thunder 16, at Kunsan Air Base April 15-29.

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Next Generation Jammer Increment 1 contract award moves system’s capability

Posted April 18, 2016 by

The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon an approximately $1 billion Engineering and Manufacturing Development contract April 13 for the Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) Increment 1 (Inc. 1) system. NGJ Inc. 1 is an external jamming pod that will disrupt and degrade enemy aircraft and ground radar and communication systems. The contract supports the final design efforts…

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PACAF Airmen stand up air contingent in Philippines

Posted April 18, 2016 by

Airmen assigned to the Pacific Air Forces stood up the first rotation of an air contingent at Clark Air Base, Philippines, April 16, following a joint announcement by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin in Manila.

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New research ship ready for duty

Posted April 15, 2016 by Warren Duffie

Amid booming fireworks, steely skies, blustery winds and the joyful cheers from a large crowd of well-wishers the brand-new research vessel Neil Armstrong recently arrived at its new home at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, officials announced April 14. During a pierside ceremony featuring remarks from former astronaut Neil Armstrong’s widow, Carol, current…

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What is the value of developmental test?

Posted April 15, 2016 by Ryan Parsons

Imagine the frustration of having a brand new rotary launcher, capable of carrying 16,000 lbs of smart bombs, and you discover that the dropped bombs potentially would not arm or explode on impact?

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Marine Corps aircraft deploy to Turkey for Operation Inherent Resolve

Posted April 15, 2016 by

EA-6B Prowler aircraft from Marine Corps Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 4 have deployed to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, to support electronic attack requirements in Operation Inherent Resolve, the effort to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The deployment is planned to last through September, U.S. European Command officials said. The Prowler provides…

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Massachusetts, California ANG units hoist TSP colors during Frisian Flag

Posted April 15, 2016 by SSgt. Joe W. McFadden

Eight F-15 Eagle fighter aircraft and nearly 250 Airmen and support equipment from the 131st Fighter Squadron, Barnes Air National Guard Base, Mass., and the 194th Fighter Squadron, Fresno ANGB, Calif., commenced flight operations in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve at Leeuwarden Air Base, Netherlands, April 11. 

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