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Savings, reprogramming enable furlough reduction

Posted August 7, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Savings and the ability to reprogram funds made possible Aug. 6 announcement by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that unpaid furlough days for about 650,000 civilian employees are being reduced. Hagel signed a memo cutting furlough days for about 650,000 Defense Department civilian employees from 11 to six. This means that for most employees, the furlough…

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News Briefs August 5, 2013

Posted August 5, 2013 by

Army Fleet Support to lay off 70 in August An Alabama company that supplies aviation support to the U.S. Air Force at Fort Rucker is planning to lay off 70 employees this month. The Dothan Eagle reported Saturday that Army Fleet Support is laying off employees to align its staffing with flying hours. Spokeswoman Lisa…

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Lockheed Martin-built defense weather satellite delivered to Vandenberg AFB

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The U.S. Air Force, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman team successfully delivered the 19th Defense Meteorological Satellite Program, block 5D3, weather satellite Aug. 1 to Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., where it will be prepared for launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle. An Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft, operated by…

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NASA selects launch services contract for OSIRIS-REx mission

Posted August 5, 2013 by

NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC of Englewood, Colo. to launch the Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft. The OSIRIS-REx mission is scheduled to launch in September 2016 aboard an Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. This new firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity, launch service task…

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Boxer becomes first West Coast ship to deploy with Osprey

Posted August 5, 2013 by PO2 Kenan O'Connor

Sailors and Marines aboard amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) will become the first West Coast ship to deploy with the MV-22 Osprey this fall. Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 166 (Reinforced) is embarked on Boxer as a part of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), and will deploy with a complement of 12…

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Lockheed Martin to offer universal mission equipment package For U.S. Army helicopters

Posted August 5, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin will offer a universal, highly adaptable and affordable mission equipment package to meet requirements for the Joint Multi-Role/Future Vertical Lift rotary wing program, with potential applications for other customers and platforms. The Lockheed Martin MEP will integrate proven solutions from three of the Corporation’s business areas and more than 30 years of experience…

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NASA begins launch preparations for next Mars mission

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NASA photograph NASAís Mars Atmosphere and Volatiles Evolution spacecraft is seen inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility Aug. 3. 2013, at the agencyís Kennedy Space Center in Florida. MAVEN will be prepared inside the facility for its scheduled November launch to Mars. NASA’s next spacecraft going to Mars arrived Friday, Aug. 2, at the agency’s…

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HH-60 helicopter crashes near Camp Hansen, Okinawa

Posted August 5, 2013 by

A Kadena Air Base, Japan,-based HH-60G Pave Hawk†helicopter crashed in the Central Training Area near Camp Hansen, Okinawa, at about 4 p.m., Aug. 5. U.S. fire and rescue crews are responding to the scene of the mishap. There were at least four people on board. Three of the four have been accounted for and are…

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France to cut defense jobs, hold line on spending

Posted August 5, 2013 by Sylvie Corbet

France plans to hold the line on military spending while reducing 34,000 defense jobs over the next five years, a decision the defense minister said would still allow the country to prepare for the future. President Francois Hollande’s Socialist government laid out its five-year military program at a Cabinet meeting Aug. 2 that would keep…

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Exercises, training to posture NATO for future challenges

Posted August 5, 2013 by Donna Miles

Sharpened by the past decade of combat operations, NATO forces are launching an ambitious effort to build on that foundation and to enhance the capabilities of the NATO Response Force, the top U.S. and NATO commander reported. After more than 10 years of experience fighting together in Afghanistan, we have achieved an unprecedented level of…

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