Defense

Pentagon ends ban on transgender troops in military

Posted June 30, 2016 by by Lolita C. Baldor

The Pentagon announced June 30 that transgender people will be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military, ending one of the last bans on service in the armed forces. Saying it’s the right thing to do, Defense Secretary Ash Carter laid out a yearlong implementation plan declaring that “Americans who want to serve and…

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Inert nuclear gravity bomb passes first F-16 flight test

Posted April 21, 2017 by

Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Brandi Hansen An Air Force F-16C dropped an inert B61-12 during a development flight test by the 422nd Flight Test and Evaluation Squadron at Nellis AFB, Nev., on March 14, 2017. The test is part of a life-extension program for the bomb to improve its safety, security and reliability….

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Delivering MRAPs safely downrange

Posted January 9, 2018 by Tech. Sgt. Louis Vega Jr.

Air Force photograph by Tech. Sgt. Louis Vega Jr. Senior Airman Christian Allen, 386th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron ramp specialist, guides a mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle onto a C-17 Dec. 28, 2017, before its transportation downrange at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Delivering mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles downrange to U.S. troops is vital to their safety…

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AF Research Lab seeks to turn waste into energy

Posted March 23, 2016 by Holly Jordan

It may seem like a scene from “Back to the Future,” but the Air Force Research Laboratory is looking to turn fiction into reality with a nearly $7 million waste-to-energy project.

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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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More robust US airpower needed, AF leaders tell lawmakers

Posted February 17, 2016 by SSgt. Whitney Stanfield

Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein and other senior leaders testified before the House Armed Services Committee about readiness and the fiscal year 2017 Air Force budget request Feb. 12. The panel, which also included Lt. Gen. John Raymond, the deputy chief of staff for operations, and Lt. Gen. John Cooper, the…

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CH-53K completes first 20K lift

Posted May 27, 2016 by Sikorsky photograph

The U.S. Marine Corps’ newest helicopter, the CH-53K, completed its first external load flight test carrying a 20,000 lb. load May 26 at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation’s Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. Envelope expansion tests will continue with incrementally increasing speeds with the 20,000 load, and then on to the CH-53K’s requirement, a…

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Second phase of Multi-Domain Task Force pilot headed to Europe

Posted October 15, 2018 by Sean Kimmons

After recent testing of multi-domain operations in the Pacific, the Army now plans to expand its future warfighting concept to Europe this coming fiscal year. As part of the second phase of the Multi-Domain Task Force pilot program, a new specialized unit with the 41st Field Artillery Brigade as its foundation will experiment with capabilities in Europe.

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New turbine engine to restore helicopter lift capability

Posted May 6, 2016 by David Vergun

Degraded lift capability is especially problematic in areas where high-altitude, high-temperature flights are required, including nearly half of Afghanistan, said Maj. Gen. William K. Gayler.

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Unmanned Aerial System: More than just remote controlled planes

Posted March 21, 2016 by Sgt. David Nathaniel Beckstrom

Soldiers with 3rd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, provide a set of eyes in the sky in the fight against Daesh through the use of Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems.

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