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May 14, 2014

News Briefs May 14, 2014

Obama presents top medal to Afghanistan veteran

President Barack Obama has presented the Medal of Honor to former Army Sgt. Kyle White for heroism during an ambush in Afghanistan in 2007.

White saved a comrade’s life and helped ensure that other wounded survivors of the attack were evacuated.

Obama says White motivates Americans to be the best they can be. He says, quote, You make us proud.

White is only the seventh living recipient of the top U.S. military award for valor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.

The Army says White was knocked unconscious soon after the ambush began. When he came to, most of his platoon had slid for cover down a cliff. He stayed above to protect a fellow soldier, help direct mortar fire at attackers and mark a landing zone for a medical evacuation helicopter. AP

No more searching Lake Ontario for military drone

The New York National Guard says it won’t resume the search for parts of the unmanned military aircraft that crashed into Lake Ontario late last year.

Guard spokesman Eric Durr said May 12 that the Air National Guard has decided not to resume the search this spring for the MQ-9 Reaper because a harsh winter of strong waves likely dispersed the debris field.

The drone crashed Nov. 12 after taking off from Fort Drum in northern New York. Military officials say the multimillion-dollar aircraft went down about 20 miles northeast of Oswego. Pieces of the drone later washed ashore about 12 miles east of where it crashed.

The drone was among those flown by the Air Guard’s Syracuse-based 174th Attack Wing.

The Air Force is investigating the cause of the crash. AP

Airbus plane orders down in Q1, profits up

Airbus Group said May 13 that orders for its jets slumped in the first quarter, but profits rose and it hopes to put its A350 long-range jet into service by the end of the year.

The European plane maker, Boeing’s chief rival, said in a statement that it took in 103 orders in the quarter, worth 21.1 billion euros (US$28.9 billion). That is down from 410 orders in the first quarter of 2013.

CEO Tom Enders said Airbus isn’t changing its 2014 outlook, which predicts a stable year compared to 2013. But he said the company faces many challenges and is focusing on improvement and restructuring plans
The group, formerly known as EADS, confirmed plans for 5,800 job cuts as it restructures its defense and space business, Chief Financial Officer Harald Wilhelm said.

The company saw overall sales up 5 percent to 12.6 billion euros in the first quarter, from 12.1 billion euros in the same quarter a year ago. Profits nearly doubled to 439 million euros in the quarter.

Aircraft deliveries were down slightly in the quarter to 141 from 144 last year.

Airbus is pinning hopes on success for the A350, a competitor to Boeing’s 787, and said Tuesday the A350 should complete certification in the third quarter. After years of delays and cost overruns, Wilhelm said the program is in a critical phase. AP




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