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News Briefs – December 18, 2017

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NASA drops replica Orion spacecraft to test parachutes YUMA, Ariz.–NASA on Dec. 15 successfully dropped a replica Orion spacecraft from an Air Force transport aircraft to a southwestern Arizona desert site to test the craft’s ability to cope with a partial parachute failure. The test used two of Orion’s three main parachutes to simulate the…

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Headlines – May 10, 2017

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News Rumored US troop increase in Afghanistan draws praise, worry on Capitol Hill – Reports of a proposed significant increase in the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan brought praise from critics of the drawdown of forces in the region but renewed concerns from Democrats unsure of the president’s strategy for the war.   U.S.-made…

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News Briefs – December 20, 2017

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UK’s newest, most expensive aircraft carrier needs repair The British navy’s newest and most expensive aircraft carrier needs repairs after a faulty shaft seal was identified during sea trials. Officials say the HMS Queen Elizabeth, which cost roughly 3 billion pounds ($4 billion) to build, will be “scheduled for repair” at Portsmouth. Defense Secretary Gavin…

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News Briefs – September 16, 2016

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U.S., Israel sign massive military aid deal; $38B, 10 years The United States and Israel have signed a new aid deal that will give the Israeli military $38 billion over the course of 10 years. It’s the largest such agreement the U.S. has ever had with any country. After months of negotiations, the unprecedented deal…

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News Briefs – February 15, 2017

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Report cites increased Chinese, Russian military activity An annual report on military power throughout the world cites Chinese and Russian activity as rising threats to Western powers. The International Institute for Strategic Studies report, released Tuesday, said analysts have noted “real and important” increases in Chinese military activity in the air, at sea, and in…

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T-6A Texan II Crash

Posted September 19, 2018 by

A 12th Flying Training Wing T-6A Texan II crashed near Rolling Oaks Mall in Texas at approximately 4 p.m., Sept. 18. The crew ejected and is safe with minor injuries reported at the site. Both were transported to the Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Medical Clinic for evaluation and both pilots were released. There were no…

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Fallen hero arrives in Dover

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U.S. Navy military leaders and the family of fallen hero, Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott C. Dayton, paid their respects Nov. 27 at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware during the dignified transfer of his remains. Dayton, who was serving with Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, died Nov. 24 after wounds sustained in an…

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Carter: U.S. Servicemember’s death shows more work lies ahead

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An improvised explosive device killed a U.S. service member near Lashkar Gah in Afghanistan’s Helmand province Aug. 23, and wounded another U.S. service member and six Afghan soldiers, officials of NATO’s Resolute Support mission said. In a statement announcing the incident, officials said the service member was killed conducting activities with Afghan counterparts under NATO…

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News Briefs – October 28, 2015

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Officials: Navy pilot who buzzed Berkeley broke no rules The Navy has determined a military jet pilot who zoomed close over Berkeley in January, alarming many residents, broke no federal rules. Officials said Oct. 26 that the Jan. 27 flyover complied with all Federal Aviation Administration rules and Navy safety regulations. The Los Angeles Times…

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News Briefs – March 9, 2018

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Foes of F-35 jet project hope referendum will change plans Opponents of a plan to base 18, F-35 fighter jets at the Burlington International Airport in Vermont hope the results of a non-binding referendum will prompt the Air Force to change those plans. On March 6, 55 percent of Burlington voters cast ballots in favor…

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