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News Briefs March 28, 2014

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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,176 As of March 25, 2014, at least 2,176 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,802 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Navy to christen research vessel Neil Armstrong

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May 29, the Navy will christen the Auxiliary General Oceanographic Research (AGOR) R/V Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27) during a ceremony held at the Port of Anacortes Transit Shed in Anacortes, Wash. In keeping with tradition, Carol Armstrong, the ships sponsor, will break a bottle of sparkling wine against the ship and christen it in the…

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Navy photograph by PO2 Ernest R. Scott
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Navy’s most advanced command, control aircraft joins fleet

Posted March 28, 2014 by PO2 Ernest R. Scott

Navy photograph by PO2 Ernest R. Scott An E-2D Hawkeye assigned to the Tiger Tails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125 flies over Naval Station Norfolk. VAW-125 provides airborne early warning and command and control to Carrier Air Wing 1 and is assigned aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The…

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Finalists announced for Orionís exploration design challenge

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Evaluators from Lockheed Martin, NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace have selected five teams from high schools in California, Illinois, Kansas, Utah and Virginia as finalists in the Exploration Design Challenge. The winning team will be announced in April at the United States Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C., and will have their…

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Ogden ALC completes organic mods on first F-35

Posted March 28, 2014 by Richard W. Essary

The Ogden Air Logistics Complex completed the Air Force’s first-ever organic depot modifications on an F-35 Lightning II. The F-35A variant aircraft, arrived at Hill Air Force Base†in mid-September 2013, and received four structural modifications intended to strengthen areas of the aircraft and extend its service life. Maj. Gen. H. Brent Baker Sr., the Ogden…

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Orbital beings production of 81 satellites

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Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the worldís leading space technology companies, announced March 27 that it has started production of 81 satellites for the Iridium NEXT program as part of a contract between Orbital and Iridiumís prime contractor, French-Italian aerospace company Thales Alenia Space. Orbital will complete the assembly, integration, test and launch support phases…

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Union alleges Spirit used health info in layoffs

Posted March 28, 2014 by Roxana Hegeman

The union representing engineers at Spirit AeroSystems Inc. accused the aerospace company March 26 of terminating hundreds of workers last year because they were too old and a burden on health insurance costs, claims that the company vehemently denies. The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace made the allegations in discrimination complaints that 10…

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Air Force leaders announce accountability actions, way forward for ICBM force

Posted March 28, 2014 by MSgt. Amaani Lyle

In a press briefing at the Pentagon March 27, Air Force officials announced the findings from the Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., test compromise investigations, to include accountability actions and a way forward for the ICBM force. In January, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Global Strike Command commander Lt….

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NASA’s Hubble space telescope spots Mars-bound comet sprout multiple jets

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NASA released an image March 27 of a comet that, on Oct. 19, will pass within 84,000 miles of Mars – less than half the distance between Earth and our moon. The image on the left, captured March 11 by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, shows comet C/2013 A1, also called Siding Spring, at a distance…

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DARPAs role to change whats possible, director says

Posted March 28, 2014 by Claudette Roulo

As part of the Defense Department’s science and technology community, the role of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is to change what’s possible, the DARPA director said March 26. DARPA makes pivotal early investments that allow the department to “take big steps forward in our national security capabilities, Arati Prabhakar told members of the…

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