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Army joins the Air Force, Navy in attempt to develop hypersonic weaponry

Posted October 24, 2018 by Joe Lacdan

Similar to precision weapons being developed by the Air Force and Navy, the Army is developing its own unique hypersonic weapon. Col. John Rafferty, director of the Long-Range Precision Fires Cross-Functional Team, discussed the development of these new long-range precision weapons at the Association of the U.S. Army's Annual Meeting and Exposition, Oct. 9, 2018.

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Participants ‘ROK’ RED FLAG-Alaska 19-1, ‘Finnish’ strong

Posted October 22, 2018 by Airman 1st Class Eric M. Fisher

Finnish air force photograph U.S. Air Force and Finnish air force aircraft fly together in Oct. 2018, on the way to Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska to participate in Red Flag-Alaska 19-1. RF-A 19-1 is the first Red Flag exercise the Finnish air force has participated in. Oct. 19, 2018, marks the conclusion of the…

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U.S. Navy holds ceremony to mark first dedicated UAS test squadron

Posted October 22, 2018 by

The U.S. Navy commissioned its first Unmanned Aircraft System test and evaluation squadron during a ceremony Oct. 18, 2018, at Naval Air Station Patuxent River’s Webster Outlying Field. The new unit, Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (UX) 24, flies over 23 fixed and rotary wing UAS including the MQ-8 Fire Scout, RQ-20 Puma, RQ-21 Blackjack,…

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Air Force extends high year of tenure for E-4s through E-6s

Posted October 22, 2018 by

The Air Force is extending the high year of tenure for senior airmen through technical sergeants beginning Feb. 1, 2019. The memo, signed Oct. 18, 2018, extends the high year of tenure from eight to 10 years for senior airmen, from 15 to 20 years for staff sergeants and from 20 to 22 years for…

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F-16CM Thunderbird accident investigation report released

Posted October 17, 2018 by

Air Force photograph by Master Sgt. Christopher Boitz Maj. Stephen Del Bagno, Thunderbird 4/Slot Pilot, and Staff Sgt. Michael Meister, Thunderbird 4 Dedicated Crew Chief, await the signal to start their F-16 Fighting Falcon during a practice show at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., March 14, 2018. Del Bagno was killed when his aircraft crashed…

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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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F-35 ITF conducts first shipborne rolling vertical landing on HMS Queen Elizabeth

Posted October 15, 2018 by

The first ever Shipborne Rolling Vertical Landing was carried out Oct. 13, 2018, with an F-35B conducting trials onboard the new British aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth.

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Air Force awards three Launch Service Agreements

Posted October 12, 2018 by

The U.S. Air Force announced Oct. 10 the award of three Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Launch Service Agreements to (in alphabetical order) Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, and United Launch Alliance. The award to Blue Origin will be for development of the New Glenn Launch System. The award to Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems is…

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Air Force leaders say increased funding is improving readiness

Posted October 10, 2018 by

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein thanked Congress for providing the resources necessary to restore the service’s readiness while testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support Oct. 10, 2018. During her testimony, Wilson praised Congress for…

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Secretary of the Navy names newest Independence variant Littoral Combat Ship

Posted October 10, 2018 by

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer announced Oct. 9 that the next Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship will be named USS Santa Barbara (LCS 32). The future USS Santa Barbara (LCS 32) is named in honor of Santa Barbara, Calif., and is the third ship to bear the name. “I am pleased to name the…

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