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Improvements extend C-5 life

Posted March 27, 2013 by A1C Ashlin Federick

Air Force photograph by A1C Ashlin Federick A Dewar tank sits in a C-5M Super Galaxy that is being worked on at the isochronal maintenance dock March 26, 2013, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Using Air Force Smart Operations of the 21st Century, Airmen from Dover AFB upgraded the tank to improve the reliability…

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Air Combat Command stands down units due to budget cuts

Posted April 10, 2013 by

Air Force officials will begin to stand down active-duty combat units starting April 9 to ensure the remaining units supporting worldwide operations can maintain sufficient readiness through the remainder of the fiscal year. The stand down is the result of cuts to Air Combat Command’s operations and maintenance account, which must be implemented in part…

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Rights groups: U.K. must end army recruitment at 16

Posted April 24, 2013 by Cassandra Vinograd

Rights campaigners are taking aim at a British military policy that puts the U.K. in the same league as North Korea and Iran: recruiting soldiers under the age of 18. Two groups said in a report published April 23 that Britain’s military is wasting up to 94 million pounds ($143.4 million) a year training recruits…

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Osprey debuts at Marine Helicopter Squadron (HMX) 1

Posted May 8, 2013 by Marine Corps photograph

Marine Helicopter Squadron (HMX) 1 Marines, past and present, family members and friends mingle on the flight line with the newest addition to the squadron, an MV-22 B ‘Osprey,’ after an MV-22B Introduction Ceremony in the HMX-1 hangar May 4 in Quantico, Va. The aircraft, built by Bell-Boeing under direction from the V-22 Joint Program Office…

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F-15 crashes in Pacific, pilot safe

Posted May 29, 2013 by

Japan Air Self Defense Force rescue squadron crews safely recovered the pilot who ejected from a Kadena Air Base-based F-15 aircraft over the Pacific Ocean approximately 70 miles east of Okinawa at around 9 a.m., May 27. The pilot is in stable condition and is being evaluated at a military medical facility. The cause of…

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RQ-21A Small UAS completes first East Coast flight

Posted June 14, 2013 by

The RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System completed its first East Coast flight from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.,’s Webster Field Annex June 12, marking the start of the next phase of test for the program.

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B-52s to receive communications upgrade

Posted June 28, 2013 by Mike W. Ray

Installation of a communications system upgrade earmarked for the venerable U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bomber fleet is scheduled to start at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., in July.

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CSAF says readiness harmed by steep cuts

Posted July 19, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

The rigid requirements of sequestration spending cuts have made it difficult for the Air Force to maintain readiness, the service’s top officer said July 17. Speaking to CNN’s John King at the annual Aspen Institute Security Forum in Aspen, Colo., Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said each service has four…

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Navy moves forward with full-rate production award

Posted August 9, 2013 by

The E-2/C-2 Airborne Tactical Data System Program Office awarded a $775 million contract to Northrop Grumman) for the full-rate production, Lot 1, of five E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft in July.

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Hagel announces U.S. deal to sell helicopters to Indonesia

Posted August 26, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

In a first-of-its-kind deal worth about $500 million, the United States has agreed to sell eight new Apache AH-64E attack helicopters and Longbow radars to Indonesia, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in Jakara, Indonesia, Aug. 26. Hagel announced the deal during a joint news conference with Indonesian Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro after productive meetings this…

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