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15 years later: First Airmen in Afghanistan reflect on initial entry

Posted October 17, 2016 by Capt. Katrina Cheesman and Senior Airman Ryan Conroy

On Oct. 14, 2001, the rubble of the twin towers was still smoldering and rescue crews continued working through the devastation of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when special tactics set out help liberate the Afghanistan people, alongside U.S. Army Special Forces teams and Afghan Northern Alliance fighters.

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NAWCWD celebrates 70 years at Point Mugu

Posted October 31, 2016 by

Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division and nearly 200 community members and alumni marked 70 years of history at Point Mugu, Calif., during a ceremony in Hangar 324 on Oct. 27.

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U.S. service members mark Thanksgiving serving on global missions

Posted November 23, 2016 by Jim Garamone

While the vast majority of Americans will be sitting down with family for a Thanksgiving feast, hundreds of thousands of U.S. service members will be on guard around the world, ensuring their fellow citizens enjoy a day of peace. 

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Mission continues through Christmas

Posted December 30, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa

Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa Members of the 455th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron participate in a white elephant gift exchange Dec. 25, 2016 at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The mission continued over the holiday, but service members took time to celebrate the holiday by talking with their families and spending time with their…

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AETC loads, releases first live bombs from F-35A

Posted January 25, 2017 by Staff Sgt. Peter Thompson

The 33rd Fighter Wing loaded and released the Air Education and Training Command’s first live bombs from an F-35A at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Jan. 17, 2017.

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Air Force awards STPSat-6 payload integration contract to Orbital ATK

Posted February 8, 2017 by

The Space and Missiles Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., awarded a sole-source contract for Space Test Program Satellite 6 (STPSat-6) payload integration services to Orbital ATK, Feb. 3, 2017. The STPSat-6 spacecraft will be the primary payload on the STP-3 mission expected to launch no earlier than June 2019. The STPSat-6…

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Disbrow delivers State of the AF

Posted March 8, 2017 by Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross

Acting Secretary of the Air Force Lisa S. Disbrow addressed current and future issues, and talked about some of the occasions the Air Force has to look forward to in 2017 during the Air Force Association Air Warfare Symposium here March 3., 2017.

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AFRL lighting the way for military aircrews

Posted March 29, 2017 by Holly Jordan

Air Force photograph by Holly Jordan New portable temporary landing zone lighting, designed by Air Force Research Laboratory Materials and Manufacturing Directorate junior force researchers, offers a portable, reliable and more fully-featured solution to aging legacy portable lighting systems. Air Force Research Laboratory Materials and Manufacturing Directorate (RX) junior force researchers resolved an issue of…

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McConnell tankers enable first F-35 European deployment

Posted April 24, 2017 by by Ashley M. Wright

When the F-35A Lightning II deployed to Europe for the first time April 15, it was made possible by the backbone of the aerial refueling fleet, the KC-135 Stratotanker.

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USS Gabrielle Giffords begins sailaway

Posted May 15, 2017 by

USA Austal photograph Future USS Tulsa (LCS 16) is heading back to Austal USA after launching from the drydock at BAE Ship Systems. She’s passing Austal’s vessel completion yard where USNS Yuma (EPF 8), future USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) and future USS Omaha (LCS 12) are docked. The Navy’s newest littoral combat ship, the…

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