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Northrop Grumman-built sunshield on NASA’s Webb Telescope meets fabrication, test milestones

Posted July 6, 2012 by Staff

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – The preflight test layers of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope sunshield are meeting expected performance targets during tests by engineers at Northrop Grumman. The company is under contract to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., for the design and development of Webb’s sunshield, telescope and spacecraft. One of the…

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Northrop Grumman awards grants to Los Angeles area teachers to support STEM initiatives

Posted June 22, 2012 by Staff

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has provided grants worth a total of $3,300 to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics educational initiatives in Los Angeles metropolitan area schools. Northrop Grumman awarded 11 individual grants of $300 each to teachers in local elementary, middle and high schools to fund projects that increase student awareness of…

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Boeing completes fifth GPS IIF satellite for U.S. Air Force

Posted June 22, 2012 by Staff

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing has completed the fifth of 12 Global Positioning System IIF satellites the company is building for the U.S. Air Force. The spacecraft was built at the Satellite Development Center in El Segundo, Calif., using the GPS IIF pulse-line manufacturing approach, which draws on commercial production line practices to build satellites…

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Boeing completes design review of MEXSAT Geomobile Satellite System

Posted June 22, 2012 by Staff

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing and its supplier partners have completed the Critical Design Review of the MEXSAT Geomobile Satellite Communications System with their customer, the Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes of the government of Mexico. “The successful completion of this milestone review verifies that MEXSAT will operate as promised to deliver greatly enhanced telecommunications…

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Officials release technical sergeant promotion stats

Posted June 22, 2012 by Staff

Air Force officials selected 8,518 of 37,402 eligible staff sergeants for promotion to technical sergeant for a selection rate of 22.77 percent. The average score for those selected was 321.94, with an average time in grade of 5.39 years and time in service of 10.58 years. Weighted factor averages included the following: 132.69 for enlisted…

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Air Force releases colonel, lieutenant colonel promotion list

Posted June 22, 2012 by Staff

Fourteen lieutenant colonels and 1,269 majors were selected for promotion to colonel and lieutenant colonel during the 2012A line of the Air Force and LAF-judge advocate central selection boards, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced. To see the entire promotion list, go to http://www.afpc.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-120614-132.pdf. The boards considered 124 lieutenant colonels and 6,639 majors for promotion….

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Nominations open for 64th Annual Arthur S. Flemming Award

Posted June 22, 2012 by by Gloria Kwizera

Air Force officials are accepting nominations for the 64th Annual Arthur S. Flemming Award. The award is sponsored by the George Washington University, in conjunction with the Arthur S. Flemming Awards Commission. It honors outstanding federal employees who have made significant and extraordinary contributions to the federal government. Nominations are open to federal employees and…

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Seal Beach opens new energy efficient training building

Posted June 22, 2012 by By PO1 Eli Medellin

Base and Marine Corps staff celebrated the grand opening of a new energy efficient office and training building aboard Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif., June 14. The new building is designed to be certified to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards through the use of sustainable materials, incorporating energy and water efficiency, on-site…

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Original 1972 space shuttle mock-up to emerge

Posted June 22, 2012 by Staff

Just when it seemed all the space shuttles had been doled out to museums for display, it turns out there’s one more – sort of. A full-size mock-up built in 1972 by the shuttle contractor Rockwell has for years been under wraps in a dark and empty warehouse in Downey, Calif., a southeast Los Angeles…

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Total Force Personnel Services Customer Experience survey launches June 22

Posted June 22, 2012 by by TSgt. Steve Grever

Air Force officials will distribute an online survey June 22 to to solicit feedback about user’s experiences using the myPers-Total Force Service Center and myPers website. Thousands of Regular Air Force, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and civilian members will be asked for their participation in the survey. Mary McAfee, the quality assurance project…

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