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F-35C Lightning II hits weapons testing milestone CF-2 completes initial pit drop testing

Posted December 3, 2012 by Victor Chen

The F-35 integrated test force aboard Naval Air Station Patuxent River completed a weapons ejection milestone for the Lightning II carrier variant on Nov. 28. CF-2, the second F-35C test aircraft, ejected a 2,000-pound inert GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munition and a 500-pound GBU-12 Paveway II Laser Guided Bomb from an internal weapons bay into…

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Defense and Industry Narrow Communication Gap

Posted December 14, 2012 by Terri Moon Cronk

As a cost- and time-saving measure, Defense Department officials have developed an experimental Website to help government and industry stay up-to-date on developing projects that support the war fighter. The new site, Defense Innovation Marketplace, is part of the Defense Department’s Better Buying Power initiative to save DOD money, said Jack Blackhurst, a “customer” of…

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Air Force leaders will deliver budget guidance to force in days

Posted January 14, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Air Force leaders will deliver guidance to the force in a few days to begin prudent planning for the uncertain budget environment ahead, Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley said Jan. 11. Donley and Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, the Air Force chief of staff, briefed Pentagon reporters Jan. 11, on the state of their…

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Life Cycle Thrust’ directorate making a name throughout command

Posted January 28, 2013 by Brandice J. O'Brien

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Justin D. Pyle The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Propulsion Directorate is responsible for the sustainment and acquisition of engines for aircraft such as the F-22 Raptor (shown) and C-17 Globemaster. In six months, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Propulsion Directorate has come into its own. Emphasizing…

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Army advances two airborne radios

Posted February 8, 2013 by Nancy Jones-Bonbrest

As the Army continues to advance its new tactical radio strategy, it is building on lessons-learned from the Joint Tactical Radio System program to drive innovation in radios for service aircraft. Following the recent Department of Defense decision to disband the Joint Program Executive Office for Joint Tactical Radio System, known as JTRS, and transfer…

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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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Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group to deploy

Posted March 6, 2013 by

Sailors and Marines from the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit will deploy from Norfolk, Va., and Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 8.

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Navy demonstrates joint amphibious operations during Brilliant Scepter

Posted March 20, 2013 by PO2 Torrey Lee

Navy photograph by PO2 Torrey W. Lee Rear Adm. Gerard P. Hueber, commander of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3, and Brig. Gen. John J. Broadmeadow, commanding general of 1st Marine Logistics Group and 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade, tour the amphibious landing site at Green’s Beach during exercise Brilliant Scepter 2013. Brilliant Scepter is an amphibious…

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Army chief talks aviation, sequestration at Fort Rucker

Posted April 5, 2013 by Sara E. Martin

Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno got a first-hand look at the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and spoke about the effects of sequestration on the community, during a visit to Fort Rucker, April 1-2. The chief’s visit included tours of different training facilities, briefings, a flight tour of the…

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Senate confirms Fanning as next Air Force under secretary

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Eric Fanning will be the next Air Force under secretary, according to a Senate confirmation vote April 18.

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