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Air Force: 1,000th F-35 training sortie flown at Luke AFB

Posted April 3, 2015 by 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE (AFNS) — The 56th Fighter Wing flew its 1,000th F-35A Lightning II training sortie Tuesday, making it the fastest F-35 wing to reach the 1,000-sortie milestone in the Defense Department. This is the second historic milestone in the past two weeks. Last week, Luke’s first F-35 student sortie was flown marking…

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Disaster preparedness mirrors military readiness, official says

Posted April 3, 2015 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department takes pride in its readiness to defend the nation against military threats, and also in its role as a partner in emergency and disaster response, a DOD official said. In an interview with DOD News on the April observance of the “America’s PrepareAthon!” campaign, Robert Salesses, deputy assistant secretary of…

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DOD warns troops, families to be cyber crime smart

Posted March 27, 2015 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON — Defense Department employees and their families should be vigilant when guarding personal and work information from expanding cyber-criminal activity, and to know how to recognize scammer tactics, according to DOD’s chief information officer. Terry Halvorsen issued a DOD-wide memorandum March 18 about the growing threat of cybercrime “phishing” and “spear phishing” in emails,…

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Navy: 86th Naval Academy commandant announced

Posted March 27, 2015 by U.S. Naval Academy Headquarters

Annapolis, Md. — Col. Stephen Liszewski was recently selected to be the 86th commandant of midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He is an alumni of the Naval Academy Class of 1990. Similar to the dean of students at a civilian university, the commandant is responsible for the day-to-day conduct, military training…

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Air Force: First AF female general paves way for military women

Posted March 20, 2015 by Air Force News Service

U.S. Army photo Maj. Gen. Jeanne Holm, pictured here as an Army company commander in 1948, was the first woman to attend the Air Command and Staff School at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., in 1949. Her awards include two Distinguished Service Medals and a Legion of Merit. FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. — Jeanne…

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DOD: U.S. Marine, Army Special Forces prepare for crisis scenarios

Posted March 20, 2015 by Sgt. Paul Peterson

Their final strike came at night, when two platoons of U.S. Marines and an Army Special Forces troops slipped in under the cover of darkness.

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Directive opens 4,100 special ops positions to women

Posted March 20, 2015 by David Vergun

WASHINGTON — A directive signed by Army Secretary John McHugh, Feb. 25, opened more than 4,100 positions to women in the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, or USASOC. Directive 2015-08 opened positions in the U.S. Army Special Forces Command, National Guard airborne battalions and tactical psychological teams. Although recent news has focused on female Soldiers…

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RQ-4B soars past 10,000 flying hours

Posted March 13, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. Marie Brown

Airmen from an RQ-4B Global Hawk aircraft maintenance unit welcome an RQ-4B after a flight Sunday in Southwest Asia, in which the aircraft surpassed 10,000 flying hours. The RQ-4B aircraft 2019, or A2019, was the first block 20 and first RQ-4B model to arrive here Oct. 16, 2010. During its service, the aircraft has been…

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Marines observe 70th anniversary of Battle of Iwo Jima

Posted March 13, 2015 by Lance Cpl. Caitlin Bevel

Members of the Marine Corps Historical Company present an Iwo Jima Flag Raising Tableau during the Iwo Jima Commemorative Banquet for the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Saturday. The evening included a sunset memorial, 21-gun salute, banquet and a video message for veterans from Commandant…

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Air Force: WWII pilot reunited with P-47

Posted March 6, 2015 by Senior Airman Jensen Stidham

Sitting in a wheelchair with images of airplanes on his shirt and a U.S. Army Air Corps hat on his head, 92-year-old Retired Air National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 2 Robert Hertel was reunited with the P-47 Thunderbolt during the Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course here Saturday.

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