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News Briefs May 6, 2013

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One German soldier killed, one wounded in Afghanistan The German military says one of its soldiers has been killed and another one wounded in fighting with insurgents in northern Afghanistan. It said May 5 the soldiers were accompanying an Afghan-led military operation in Baghlan province when they came under fire Saturday. It says the troops called…

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Better information improving Army readiness decisions

Posted May 6, 2013 by David Vergun

Army leaders face challenging decisions regarding manpower, readiness and modernization as budget restrictions and uncertainties continue.

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Ohio air base to slash budget, start furloughs

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Federal cuts will force a 40 percent reduction in the budget of Ohio’s largest military base, and furloughs will begin next month for its 13,000 civilian employees, base officials say. But no more job cuts are expected. Civilian employees at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton can expect to receive 14-day furlough notices beginning early…

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Australia plans to buy 12 EA-18G Growler aircraft

Posted May 6, 2013 by Rod McGuirk

Australia said May 3 it would buy 12 Boeing EA-18G Growler advanced electronic warfare technology aircraft because it can’t risk delivery delays in their replacement, the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighters. The government announced last year that its air force will equip 12 of Australia’s F/A-18 Super Hornet jet fighters with Growler radar-jamming equipment…

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Field artillery training integrates women into combat specialties

Posted May 6, 2013 by Marie Berberea

The loud booms from the fields of Fort Sill will sound the same, but for the first time women may be responsible for launching the artillery.

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California ANG battles raging wildfires

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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

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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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