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California ANG battles raging wildfires

Posted May 6, 2013 by

The California Air National Guard's 146th Airlift Wing is providing two specialized firefighting C-130J aircraft and crews to assist with wildfires raging across the state.

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X-47B completes key milestone as it prepares for carrier tests at sea

Posted May 6, 2013 by

The Navy’s X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator completed its first-ever arrested landing Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., May 4, another key step to mature the system for its historic carrier-based tests later this month.

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Eglin AFB munitions unit creates ammo linker for AFSOC

Posted May 6, 2013 by Samuel King Jr.

A new, lighter, mobile 30 mm ammo linker system is set for delivery to Air Force Special Operations Command units at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., in May.

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NATO secretary general warns Europe on defense cuts

Posted May 6, 2013 by Nick Simeone

– NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen warned May 6 that further cuts in defense spending by European nations risk reducing the continent’s defense and security to “hot air,” turning the alliance into what he called a “global spectator” rather than a real force on the world stage. “The only way to avoid this is…

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Three Fairchild Airmen perish in KC-135 crash

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Three airmen from the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron based at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., tragically perished May 3, near Chon-Aryk, Kyrgyzstan, in the crash of a KC-135 Stratotanker. The crew and aircraft were assigned to the Transit Center at Manas near Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.   The deceased are: Capt. Mark T. Voss, 27, hometown of…

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NASA partners with Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Lab

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NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center’s Innovative Partnerships Office in Greenbelt, Md., has entered into a Space Act Agreement with Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory, North Logan, Utah, to develop a high-resolution optical encoder. The partnership, funded by SDL through a Reimbursable Space Act Agreement, allows for the joint development of a high-resolution cryogenic optical…

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C-130 squadron first to perform new airdrop method

Posted May 6, 2013 by Capt. Brian Maguire

The 772nd Expeditionary Airlift Squadron executed the first combat Extracted Container Delivery System, or XCDS, airdrop April 29, successfully demonstrating the increased accuracy that this new technology provides.

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Headlines May 3, 2013

Posted May 3, 2013 by

News Solar-powered plane takes off for cross-country flight The first plane that can fly day and night powered only by the sun May 3 began a transcontinental journey that will reach Washington by mid-June. Solar Impulse, which lifted off from this World War II-era airfield shortly after 6 a.m., PDT, has room for only one…

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Air Force awards KC-46A aircrew training system contract

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The Air Force awarded a contract to FlightSafety Services Corporation on May 1, taking a major step forward in achieving the service’s top acquisition priority – delivering a new aerial refueling capability to the warfighter. The contract, a Fixed Price Incentive Firm and Firm Fixed Price contract of $78,369,818 which includes an initial obligation of…

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Hagel to make furlough decion soon, press secretary says

Posted May 3, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will make a decision soon on the scope of civilian furloughs in response to sequestration spending cuts, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said May 1. Hagel is reviewing analysis on the budget “and he’ll reach a decision in the near future,” Little told reporters. Little acknowledged news reports that some services…

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