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Fleet launches aircraft energy-saving initiatives

Posted February 27, 2013 by

Navy photograph Fleet F/A-18s perform the SMART Tanking refueling practice that saves energy by configuring a Super Hornet tanker with only the centerline refueling tank. The tanker launches to refuel the aircraft returning from their mission then lands within about 20 minutes. Referred to as ìYo-yo Tankingî in the fleet, this method delivers up to…

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First littoral combat ship to deploy in March

Posted February 25, 2013 by PO1 Jen Blake

During a media availability Feb. 21, Navy officials announced the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) is on track to begin its first deployment March 1. This milestone was announced by the LCS Council, a group established by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert Aug. 22, to oversee continued fleet testing and the…

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Africa Command deploys 100 service members to Niger

Posted February 25, 2013 by Jim Garamone

President Barack Obama notified congressional leaders Feb. 22 that the last of 100 U.S. military specialists have deployed to Niger to support intelligence efforts in the region. The move is done with Niger’s full consent and cooperation and the troops – mostly Air Force specialists – are working out of Niamey, officials said. Forty troops…

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Air Force secretary discusses sequestration impacts at AFA

Posted February 25, 2013 by SSgt. David Salanitri

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley delivers his keynote speech on the State of the Air Force during the Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium & Technology Exhibition in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 22, 2013. In his remarks, Donley talked about the service’s need to balance the size…

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Lab demonstrates ability for unmanned systems to communicate

Posted February 25, 2013 by

Navy photograph Capt. Don Zwick, Common Standards and Interoperability program manager, details the technical implementations and operational significance of the Standard Command and Control (C2) Interface Module. Engineers from the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division here recently conducted a demonstration to test new technology, which allows for interoperability between unmanned air systems. In collaboration…

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Up to 12,000 U.S, allied troops for Afghanistan

Posted February 25, 2013 by Robert Burns and Lolita C. Baldor

The U.S. and its NATO allies revealed Feb. 22 they may keep as many as 12,000 troops in Afghanistan after the combat mission ends next year, largely American forces tasked with hunting down remnants of al Qaeda and helping Afghan forces with their own security. Patience with the 11-year-old war has grown thin in the…

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F-35 maintainers test CBRN gear

Posted February 22, 2013 by Jess Lozano

Courtesy photograph F-35 maintainers remove a panel on a JSF last year. Recently, the F-35 Integrated Test Force has progressed towards further operational capability as military members performed maintenance duties while wearing protective uniforms designed to preserve the warfighter and allow the sustainment of operations in the event of a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear…

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Air Force releases criteria for new combat medal

Posted February 22, 2013 by

Air Force officials released nomination criteria for the new Distinguished Warfare Medal Feb. 15, following defense officials’ announcement of the new decoration days prior. The DWM will be awarded to honor individuals for single acts of extraordinary achievement, not involving acts of valor, that directly impact combat or other military operations approved by the secretary…

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NATO, partners still considering size of post-2014 force

Posted February 22, 2013 by Jim Garamone

NATO and partner nations are still considering the size of the force that will remain in Afghanistan once the International Security Assistance Force mission ends in December 2014, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said Feb. 22. Little, in Brussels with Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, issued a statement to put down rumors about the size…

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National Guard Bureau chief: Sequestration devastating to Guard, DOD

Posted February 20, 2013 by SFC Class Jim Greenhill

National Guard photograph by SFC Jim Greenhill Gen. Frank Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau (right), testifies to the Senate Armed Services Committee, along with other members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on the impact on the Defense Department of sequestration and a year-long continuing resolution at the Dirksen Senate Office Building…

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