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Air Force offers ROTC cadets, newly-commissioned grads service commitment release

Posted December 4, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets slated to graduate in 2014 and recently commissioned graduates in the Individual Ready Reserve waiting to enter active duty may be eligible for release from their military service commitment, Air Force officials said today. Cadets and recent graduates classified into the following fields may apply: 13M Airfield Operations 13N Nuclear…

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AAR reaches key milestones at Louisiana facility

Posted December 4, 2013 by timchisham

AAR has completed the first heavy maintenance check on a commercial aircraft at its maintenance, repair and overhaul facility located at Chennault International Airport in Lake Charles, La. The work was performed on an Airbus A330. In addition, the Lake Charles MRO, which commenced operations using a short-term approval granted under its Miami facilitys operating…

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Veterans to receive 1.5 percent cost-of-living increase

Posted December 4, 2013 by

Veterans, their families and survivors receiving disability compensation and pension benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs will receive a 1.5 percent cost-of-living increase in their monthly payments beginning Jan. 1, 2014. Were pleased there will be another cost-of-living increase for Veterans, their families and their survivors, said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki….

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News Briefs December 2, 2013

Posted December 2, 2013 by

Iran deploys warships after overhaul Iran’s official news agency says the country has redeployed two warships after refitting them with new anti-ship missiles. The Sunday report by IRNA says the missile boats Neizeh and Tabarzin were equipped with Ghader and Noor anti-ship missile systems, with ranges of 120 miles and 70 miles respectively. It said…

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Apache ‘Guardian’ wins praise from pilots

Posted December 2, 2013 by David Vergun

The newest model of the Apache helicopter, the AH-64E Apache Guardian, was delivered to Soldiers in January. Since that time, pilots of 1st Squadron, 229th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, have had nothing but praise for it, said Lt. Col. John P. “Pat” Davis, the battalion commander, who said the pilots flew the helicopter during a period…

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U.S. Navy deploys Standard Missile-6 for first time

Posted December 2, 2013 by

The U.S. Navy is deploying Raytheon’s Standard Missile-6 for the first time, marking the initial operational capability milestone for the U.S. Navy’s newest, most advanced extended range area defense weapon. “We’re very pleased to achieve initial operational capability on schedule,” said Capt. Mike Ladner, Surface Ship Weapons major program manager. “The SM-6, with its ability…

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Last ‘new’ Phantom returns to service

Posted December 2, 2013 by Ashley M. Wright

Air Force photograph by SrA. Christopher Reel The final, of 314 QF-4s produced since 1998, landed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Nov. 19. It will be used as an unmanned-full-scale-aerial target during training exercises. The 82nd Aerial Target Squadron received the last of the “new” QF-4 aerial targets†as the Vietnam-era aircraft landed at Tyndall…

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U.S. Navy accepts MUOS-2 satellite, ground stations after Lockheed Martinís successful testing

Posted December 2, 2013 by

ULA photograph A United Launch Alliance Atlas V launches with MUOS-2 satellite July 19, 2013. Lockheed Martin has completed on-orbit testing of the second Mobile User Objective System satellite and handed over spacecraft operations to the U.S. Navy. †The handover also includes acceptance of three MUOS ground stations that will relay voice and high-speed data…

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News Briefs November 27, 2013

Posted November 27, 2013 by

Groups press EPA on Kirtland fuel spill cleanup Two New Mexico citizen groups are repeating demands for the federal Environmental Protection Agency to conduct an independent review of the Kirtland Air Force Base groundwater contamination. The Albuquerque Journal reports that the Albuquerque-based Citizen Action and the environmental group Amigos Bravos sent a letter last week…

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Headlines November 27, 2013

Posted November 27, 2013 by

News: Rules of engagement limit the actions of U.S. troops, drones in Afghanistan - The new U.S.-Afghanistan security agreement adds restrictions on already bureaucratic rules of engagement for American troops by making Afghan dwellings virtual safe havens for the enemy, combat veterans say. NASA under fire for bonus payments to contractors - The internal watchdog for NASA…

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