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Former Army captain receives Medal of Honor at White House

Posted October 17, 2013 by Lisa Ferdinando

President Barack Obama presented the Medal of Honor to former Army Capt. William D. Swenson in a White House ceremony Oct. 15, citing Swenson’s heroism during a six-hour battle that followed a deadly Taliban ambush in Afghanistan four years ago.

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Former AFFTC commander dies

Posted October 17, 2013 by

Retired Maj. Gen. Hugh Boyd Manson died Oct. 4 in Los Gatos, Calif. He was 98.

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Headlines October 14, 2013

Posted October 14, 2013 by

News: U.S. nears agreement with Afghanistan on troops post 2014 – Afghan President Hamid Karzai and U.S. Secretary of Defense John Kerry said they were close to completing a security agreement that would allow some U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014.   Business: Boeing’s Pentagon charges questioned in audits four times – Four times in…

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Headlines October 11, 2013

Posted October 11, 2013 by

News Congress’ research service says Pentagon can pay death benefits during shutdown The non-partisan Congressional Research Service said Oct. 10 that a special military play bill signed by President Obama on Sept. 30 can be used to pay the death gratuity to families of fallen heroes. The Pentagon has argued otherwise. It has refused to…

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Reservists, National Guard members wait for training funds

Posted October 11, 2013 by Lisa A. Ferdinando

The Army Reserve and the National Guard say they are on standby to see what happens in Congress, as they wait for the resumption of funding for inactive and active-duty training, or IDT and ADT. The cancellation of the IDT and ADT training is affecting readiness and hurting the soldiers, said Capt. Eric Connor, deputy…

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Unemployment benefits may help some furloughed DOD civilians

Posted October 11, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

On the 10th day of the partial government shutdown, DOD civilians excluded by law from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s Oct. 7 recall to work of thousands of fellow employees still await an end to the political standoff that sent them home and stopped their paychecks Oct. 1. Hagel said Oct. 5 that the department tried…

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Business

Raytheon awarded U.S. Navy next generation Air, Missile Defense Radar contract

Posted October 11, 2013 by

Raytheon has been awarded a $385,742,176 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for the engineering and modeling development phase design, development, integration, test and delivery of Air and Missile Defense S-Band Radar and Radar Suite Controller. AMDR is the Navy’s next generation integrated air and missile defense radar and is being designed for Flight III Arleigh Burke (DDG 51)…

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Navy cancels, postpones Zumwalt christening

Posted October 11, 2013 by

The Navy announced Oct. 11 that the christening of the future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) originally scheduled for Oct. 19 has been cancelled and postponed until a future date. “It is incredibly unfortunate that we are being forced to cancel the christening ceremony for this great warship,” said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, “but…

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Australia’s first F-35 Lightning II starts to take shape

Posted October 11, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin photograph by Angel DelCueto   Jeff Babione, Lockheed Martin Vice President and Deputy Program Manager of the F-35 Program; and Air Vice-Marshal Kym Osley, Royal Australian Air Force Program Manager for New Air Combat Capability, celebrated the beginnings of the first F-35 Lightning II for Australia yesterday at a ceremony in Fort Worth,…

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VA secretary warns of shutdown impact on veterans, families

Posted October 11, 2013 by Donna Miles

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki painted a dire picture Oct. 9 of the impact of the government shutdown on benefits and services to veterans – from a slowdown in claims reviews to the threat of cancelled compensation checks to more than 5 million beneficiaries if funding isn’t restored soon. “All the effects … are…

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