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Headlines March 16, 2015

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News: Officials: U.S. to keep higher troop level in Afghanistan – The Obama administration is abandoning plans to cut the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan to 5,500 by year’s end, bowing to military leaders who want to keep more troops, including many into the 2016 fighting season, U.S. officials say. Jet lost control during takeoff…

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XCOR Aerospace announces new CEO

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XCOR Aerospace, Inc. announced March 16 that executive John H. (Jay) Gibson II has been appointed as chief executive officer and president of the company.

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AF develops high-temperature, abrasion-resistant coating for fighter aircraft

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The Air Force and a small business partner developed an innovative, high-temperature, abrasion-resistant coating product that could directly improve the reliability and maintainability of weapon systems across the Air Force, including the F-35 Lightning II.

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VA establishes MyVA advisory committee

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The Department of Veterans Affairs announced March 13 the establishment of the MyVA Advisory Committee. The committee brings together skilled experts from the private, non-profit and government sectors to assist in reorienting the Department to better meet the needs of Veterans. This committee is charged with advising the Secretary of Veterans Affairs with a focus…

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Headlines March 13, 2015

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News: All but two bodies recovered from U.S. military helicopter crash – Search teams March 12 found the wreckage of a crashed Army Black Hawk helicopter and recovered all but two of the bodies of servicemen killed in the March 10 accident off the coast of Florida.   Business: UTC boss: Sikorsky no longer a good…

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News Briefs March 13, 2015

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U.S. urges Vietnam to stop Russia refueling at base The U.S. is urging Vietnam to stop letting Russia refuel military planes at a key Vietnamese base, saying it could raise tensions in the Asia-Pacific region. U.S. officials have voiced concern in recent months over increased Russian air patrols around Japan and South Korea and as…

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Boeing delivers 50th airplane to EL AL

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Boeing and EL AL, the Israeli flag-carrier, celebrated a major milestone March 12 with the delivery of the airline’s 50th airplane purchased from Boeing – a Next-Generation 737-900ER. The delivery is the fifth 737-900ER for the airline following an order placed for eight between 2011 and 2013. Since taking delivery in 1961 of its first…

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Space station crew returns to Earth, lands safely in Kazakhstan

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Three crew members returned to Earth March 11 after a 167-day mission on the International Space Station that included hundreds of scientific experiments and several spacewalks to prepare the orbiting laboratory for future arrivals by U.S. commercial crew spacecraft.

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First-ever Italian F-35a ‘rolls out’ of Cameri production facility

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History was achieved March 12 when the first Italian F-35A Lightning II rolled out of the Cameri Final Assembly and Check Out facility, marking the first F-35A assembled internationally and the first of eight aircraft currently being assembled.

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Air Force releases investigation results on F-15D accident

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U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa officials have released the results of the accident investigation into the Oct. 8, 2014, crash of a F-15D Eagle near Spalding, Lincolnshire, England. At the conclusion of the accident investigation, the board president, Col. Russell D. Driggers, found clear and convincing evidence that the mishap was…

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