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Navy to name research vessel in honor of Neil Armstrong

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Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Sept. 24 that the first Armstrong-class Auxiliary General Oceanographic Research ship will be named Neil Armstrong. Mabus named the future R/V Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27) to honor the memory of Neil Armstrong, best known for being the first man to walk on the moon. Armstrong was an aeronautics…

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Comptroller outlines continuing resolution, sequestration

Posted September 25, 2012 by Karen Parrish

The continuing resolution the Senate approved Sept. 22 and the president is expected to sign this week will affect short- and long-term Defense Department spending in coming months, a senior defense official said Sept. 25. Pentagon Comptroller Robert F. Hale spoke on ìFinancing Defense: Strategies for Leaner Timesî at a Government Executive defense briefing series…

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KC-46 enters critical design review phase

Posted September 25, 2012 by by SrA. Tabitha N. Haynes

The Air Force KC-46A program director described the critical development phases of the next-generation refueling aircraft during the 2012 Air Force Association Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition in Washington, D.C., Sept. 18. Maj. Gen. John F. Thompson, program executive officer for Tanker Programs, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base,…

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Basing of first U.S. Space Fence facility announced

Posted September 25, 2012 by

The Air Force will base a Space Fence radar site on Kwajalein Island in the Republic of the Marshall Islands with initial operations capability planned for fiscal 2017. The Fence will provide a critical Space Surveillance Network capability needed to give warfighters the ability to maintain a full and accurate orbital catalog, ensure orbital safety…

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Lockheed Martin-led team’s second Littoral Combat Ship commissioned U.S. Navy

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The U.S. Navy commissioned the nation's third Littoral Combat Ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) in Galveston, Texas, Sept. 22

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Airmen certified for F-35 engine runs

Posted September 25, 2012 by 2nd Lt. Jessica Rush

An airman seated in an aircraft, surrounded by electronic displays, surveys the cockpit of an F-35A Lightning II and begins rehearsed procedures that now feel comfortable. He feels the jet’s familiar rumble below as the engine roars to life on the flightline. If you imagined the person in the seat as a pilot, in this…

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New President for SETP

Posted September 21, 2012 by by Linda KC Reynolds

Doug Benjamin will soon take the reins from SETP President Steve Rainey. Presently, a Boeing Chief Pilot for Military Transport and an engineering test pilot, Benjamin has a career spanning 34 years with the U.S. Air Force and Boeing.

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President nominates Vollrath as assistant Defense Secretary

Posted September 21, 2012 by

President Barack Obama has nominated Frederick E. Vollrath to be assistant secretary of defense for readiness and force management. Vollrath has been performing the position’s duties as principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for readiness and force management. Before appointment to his current position in March, he had been president of Vollrath Consulting since 2006….

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USS Enterprise to inactivate after 51 years of service

Posted September 21, 2012 by

After 51 years of distinguished service, the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise will inactivate Dec. 1, 2012, in a ceremony to be held at Norfolk Naval Station, in Norfolk, Va. The inactivation ceremony will be the last official public event for the ship, and will serve as a celebration of life for the ship and the…

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AFMC commander among Air Force leaders offering perspectives at AFA four-star forum

Posted September 21, 2012 by by Amaani Lyle

Twelve Air Force senior leaders leveraged their candor and experience to share insight and answer questions regarding the service as it enters a new era of leadership. The panelists assembled on the final day of the 2012 Air Force Association’s Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition Sept. 19, 2012. Led by Air Force Chief…

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