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Navy’s first joint high-speed vessel visits St. Petersburg

Posted February 11, 2013 by Jessica F. Alexander

Military Sealift Command's first joint high-speed vessel, USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1), made its first port visit to the Port of St. Petersburg, Fla., Feb. 10.

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Defense

Same-sex couples can claim new benefits by October

Posted February 11, 2013 by Karen Parrish

Military members and retirees with same-sex partners will qualify for up to 24 new benefits under policy changes Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced Feb. 11. In a memo to the service chiefs outlining the new policy, Panetta noted the department has “essentially completed” repeal of the so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law that barred…

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Panetta signs memo extending benefits to same-sex partners

Posted February 11, 2013 by

Calling it “a matter of fundamental equity,” Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta Feb. 11 signed a memorandum to the service secretaries and the Pentagon’s top personnel official extending benefits to same-sex partners of service members. Here is the secretary’s announcement of the policy change: “Seventeen months ago, the United States military ended the policy of…

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Cannon debuts latest in moving target technology

Posted February 11, 2013 by A1C Ericka Engblom

Explosions shook the air as the white truck, almost invisible through the dust and smoke, weaved its way across a training range towing a target being shot at by 40mm rounds from aircraft patrolling the sky.

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Space

NASA unveils Strategic Space Technology investment plan

Posted February 11, 2013 by

NASA’s Strategic Space Technology Investment Plan has been posted to the agency’s website. The comprehensive strategic plan prioritizes space technologies essential to the pursuit of NASA’s mission and achievement of national goals. The NASA Strategic Space Technology Investment Plan was created following development of a series of agency draft Space Technology Roadmaps. After careful review…

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Allen passes NATO Security Assistance command to Dunford

Posted February 11, 2013 by Jim Garamone

U.S. and NATO leaders Feb. 10 congratulated Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen for a job well done as commander of the alliance’s International Security Assistance Force and praised Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. as the strategic leader needed for the next phase of the command. At a ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan, Allen…

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Veterans

Army vet receiving Medal of Honor for Afghan fight

Posted February 11, 2013 by

President Barack Obama is awarding the Medal of Honor to an Army veteran for his courageous leadership during a daylong firefight in Afghanistan. Former SSgt. Clinton Romesha was recognized Feb. 11 at the White House for his actions during the 2009 attack on Combat Outpost Keating in the mountains near the Pakistan border. About 50…

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Space

NASA Curiosity rover collects first Martian bedrock sample

Posted February 11, 2013 by

NASA’s Curiosity rover has, for the first time, used a drill carried at the end of its robotic arm to bore into a flat, veiny rock on Mars and collect a sample from its interior. This is the first time any robot has drilled into a rock to collect a sample on Mars. The fresh…

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Lockheed Martin completes assembly, begins environmental testing of NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft

Posted February 11, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin has completed the assembly of NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft and is now undergoing environmental testing at the company’s Space Systems facilities near Denver, Colo.

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NASA’s refueling demonstration proves viability of satellite-servicing technologies

Posted February 11, 2013 by

NASA has demonstrated robotic fluid transfer in space, an objective that will help inform the development of robotic technology to refuel satellites. The first-of-its-kind demonstration was performed during the Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) aboard the International Space Station. “This achievement is a major step forward in servicing satellites,” said Frank Cepollina, associate director of the…

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