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May 31, 2013

Headlines May 31, 2013

Defense

Kansas religion bill urges military to defend ‘Judeo-Christian tradition’ against alleged discrimination

Republican lawmakers in Kansas want the state Legislature to call on the U.S. military to aggressively defend the “Judeo-Christian tradition” in the face of alleged discrimination by the Defense Department.

 

Veterans

Shinseki on stopping homelessness: ‘The climb will get steeper’

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki warned Wednesday that tackling the problem of homelessness among veterans, like so many other problems vets face, is likely to get more difficult before it is solved.

How veterans can combat employment discrimination

I recently discussed how veterans can improve their employability, including ramping up their online presence, connecting with mentors, and seeking out ways to grow their skills. But what happens when veterans are faced with discrimination?

 

International

United Kingdom: RAF unable to teach new pilots for five months after propellers fall off two training aircraft in mid-flight grounding entire fleet  

The RAF has had to ground an entire fleet of training aircraft following two incidents when propellers came off in mid-flight, meaning they have been unable to teach new pilots for almost five months. Defence sources have described the grounding of the Grob 115E Tutor aircraft, which are maintained by defense contractor Babcock, as a ‘complete fiasco.’

Syrian president Assad boasts he has received Russian anti-aircraft missiles and holds the ‘balance of power’ in civil war

Syria has received the first shipment of Russian missiles that are part of a more sophisticated air defense system, President Bashar Assad bragged May 30.

War in Afghanistan set to cost every British household £2,000 as bill soars to £4 billion

Every family has paid £2,000 towards the bill for the war in Afghanistan, it emerged May 30. Over a decade and a half the conflict will have cost Britain at least £40billion – enough to hire and pay 5,000 nurses or police officers for their whole career.

U.S. drone strike that killed Taliban deputy commander scuppers Pakistan’s hopes of negotiating with the extremists

Future peace negotiations in Pakistan are now in jeopardy after the Pakistani Taliban’s deputy leader Waliur Rehman was killed in a U.S. drone strike May 29. Rehman was considered the best chance for talks with the incoming Pakistani government over his more hardline superior, Hakeemullah Mehsud, who remains at large.




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Air Force photograph by SrA. Jensen Stidham

World War II pilot reunited with P-47

Air Force photograph by SrA. Jensen Stidham Retired Air National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 2 Robert Hertel, laughs while under the wing of a P-47 Thunderbolt during the Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course Feb. 2...
 
 

News Briefs March 4, 2015

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Lockheed Martin photograph

Turning up the heat

Lockheed Martin photograph Lockheed Martin ATHENA laser weapon system defeats a truck target by disabling the engine, demonstrating its military effectiveness against enemy ground vehicles. Latest evolution of Lockheed Martin l...
 
 

USO Visit

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara Actor Vince Vaughn speaks with Edwards Airmen and 412th Security Forces Squadron members at the base library before introducing an advance screening of his new movie, “Unfinished Business,” at the base theater Feb. 28.
 
 

Sikorsky S-97 RAIDERô team begins final assembly of second aircraft

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., announced March 4 the start of final assembly of the second S-97 RAIDERô helicopter at the company’s Development Flight Center. Along with a team of industry suppliers, Sikorsky is developing two RAIDERô prototypes to demonstrate the revolutionary new capabilities in improved maneuverability and flight speed. The...
 




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