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Air Force: Recon squadron keeps remotely piloted aircraft flying

Posted September 12, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez

Staff Sgt. Nelson Cherry inspects an MQ-9 Reaper with the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron Aug. 18, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. The Reaper is launched, recovered and maintained here. It is also remotely operated by pilots in bases located in the U.S. Cherry is an aircraft armament systems specialist with the 451st Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron….

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DoD announces guidance for upgrading discharge requests

Posted September 5, 2014 by Department of Defense

The Department of Defense announced Wednesday that it has issued supplemental guidance to Military Department Boards for Correction of Military/Naval Records, BCM/NR, when considering petitions regarding discharge upgrade requests by veterans claiming post-traumatic stress disorder, PTSD. “This is our responsibility and the right thing to do for veterans,” said Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. “This…

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Marines: Final flight of UH-1N Huey for HMLA-773

Posted September 5, 2014 by Cpl. J. Gage Karwick

The UH-1N Huey (right) escorts a UH-1Y Venom during the final flight of the UH-1N Huey for Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 773, Marine Aircraft Group 49, aboard Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, New Orleans, Aug. 28. The escort symbolizes the stepping aside of one helicopter platform to allow for an improved version to…

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Air Force: AF uses lasers to preserve space history

Posted September 5, 2014 by Jennifer Schneider

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas — The site of one of America’s proudest achievements is now little more than a weed-riddled concrete pad, surrounded by twisted, rusting metal. Cape Canaveral’s Launch Complex 14 is best known as the launch site for NASA’s “Friendship 7,” the flight that brought John Glenn fame as the first American…

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DoD: Officials expand space-tracking website

Posted August 28, 2014 by Amaani Lyle

WASHINGTON — Defense Department officials announced additions to its space situational awareness program’s Space-Track.org website. In a recent telephone interview with DoD News, Maj. Gen. David Thompson, U.S. Strategic Command’s director of plans and policy at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, said the release of new high-quality positional information on space debris of an unknown…

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Navy: Secretary of the Navy visits Marines, Sailors aboard USS America

Posted August 22, 2014 by Cpl. Christopher Moore

Cpl. Donald Holbert, U.S. Marine Corps Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus addresses the Marines and Sailors of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force South and the future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) during an all hands meeting held in the hangar bay, Tuesday. Visits like this remind the Marines and Sailors…

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Air Force: CMSAF discusses ‘way ahead’ for Airmen

Posted August 22, 2014 by Rich Lamance

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Air Force’s top enlisted leader focused on the future force, the new enlisted evaluation system and professional development during the Air Force Sergeants Association Professional Airmen’s Conference here Tuesday. Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody addressed an audience where he talked about the challenges of a smaller Air…

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DoD: Journalist recalls travels with Robin Williams

Posted August 15, 2014 by Jim Garamone,

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — U.S. service members truly lost a friend with the death of Robin Williams Monday. Williams made multiple USO tours to Iraq, Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf, Bahrain, Kuwait and other bases in Southwest Asia to give Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and DoD Civilians a little taste of home. It was my privilege to…

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DoD announces readiness, environmental protection awards

Posted August 8, 2014 by Amaani Lyle

File photo A REPI Challenge award of $4 million for Fort Huachuca will leverage just over $9 million in partner contributions to permanently restrict development on 5,900 acres of ranchland. Partnerships include Arizona Land and Water Trust, Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Bureau of…

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FH Army Substance Abuse Program encourages mental health readiness

Posted August 8, 2014 by Rosa Peralta

Being ready — whether for a mission, a job, or family responsibilities, requires a person to be mentally and physically healthy. Most people have a good idea of how physically fit they may be, but what about their mental health? Fort Huachuca Army Substance Abuse Prevention Program personnel encourage participation in the Rally for Readiness,…

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