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New’s Briefs May 4, 2015

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Senator proposes extended military foreclosure protection Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse says he has introduced legislation to help protect military service members from losing their homes to foreclosure. The Rhode Island Democrat said May 2 he has introduced a bill to extend one that is due to expire this year. The law protects service members for a…

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Global Hawk earns unprecedented third consecutive sustainment award

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Northrop Grumman photograph A U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk on a runway in Palmdale, Calif. For an unprecedented third year in a row, the U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft program was officially awarded the Dr. James G. Roche Sustainment Excellence Award for most improved performance in aircraft maintenance and logistics readiness…

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MQ-8C Fire Scout completes developmental flight test

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Northrop Grumman photograph An MQ-8C Fire Scout†conducts its†final†developmental test flight April 29 from Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu, Calif.† Since its first flight in October 2013, the Navy’s new, larger unmanned helicopter†has†completed 327 flights and logged†over 450 hours. The system has met all of its†performance objectives that allow it to begin operational test…

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Boeing upgrading RAAF F/A-18 Trainers to aid maintenance effectiveness

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Boeing will update two maintenance trainers for the Royal Australian Air Force so they better support the RAAF’s F/A-18F and EA-18G aircraft. Australia is the only nation other than the United States flying F/A-18 Super Hornet fighters and EA-18G Growler airborne electronic attack aircraft. While it operates the two-seat F variant of the Super Hornet,…

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News Briefs April 29, 2015

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High court rejects appeal from protester at military base The Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal from a man who was convicted of protesting outside a military base in California. The justices April 27 let stand an appeals court ruling that said officials did not violate the First Amendment rights of John Dennis Apel when…

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VA expands Choice Program eligibility, effective immediately

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In order to expand eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced April 24 that it will determine eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program based on the distance between a veteran’s place of residence and the nearest VA medical facility using driving distance rather than straight-line distance. This change has been…

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Eglin to temporarily host Navy backup F-35C fleet

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The Air Force recently signed an Addendum to the Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Base Realignment and Closure 2014 record of decision for two temporary actions–shifting the primary runway to Runway 01/19 (RW 01/19) and allowing a temporary increase in previously limited F-35 operations for the construction-related closure of Runway 12/30, and the Department of…

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Can you C an M?

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Lockheed Martin photograph by Thinh Nguyen The first C-5C to be modernized as an ìMî was ferried on April 28 by Maj. Gen. Timothy M. Zadalis, commander, 618th Air Operations Center (Tanker Airlift Control Center), Scott Air Force Base, Ill. The C-5M will be delivered to Travis Air Force Base, Calif., after a stop at…

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USAF test pilot school applications due in June

Posted April 29, 2015 by Debbie Gildea

The 2015 USAF Test Pilot School selection board will convene July 20-24 to consider candidates for July 2016 and January 2017 classes. Applications are due to the Air Force Personnel Center by June 5. The board will select applicants for fighter, multi-engine aircraft, helicopter and remotely piloted aircraft pilot, combat systems officer (including navigators, electronic…

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Russian resupply ship experiencing difficulties; ISS, crew are fine

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The six crew members of the International Space Station are safe and continuing regular operations with sufficient supplies as Russian flight controllers plan for another attempt to communicate with a cargo resupply spacecraft bound for the station. The next attempt to link with the spacecraft comes at 8:50 p.m. EDT Tuesday. The ISS Progress 59…

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