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First international student pilot flies F-35

Posted March 22, 2013 by Maj. Karen Roganov

The first international student aviator at the 33rd Fighter Wing training to be an F-35B Lightning II instructor pilot, completed his first sortie in the joint strike fighter at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., March 19.

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F-22 resumes normal flight operations

Posted April 5, 2013 by

Air Force Reserve photograph by TSgt. Dana Rosso The F-22 Raptor has resumed normal flight operations after modifications to aircrew life-support equipment were completed across the fleet, including the upper pressure garment and related hoses, valves and connectors. Completion of this task eliminates the need to restrict flight operations to remain within a 30-minute flying…

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Air Force secretary announces departure

Posted April 29, 2013 by

Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley has announced his plan to step down June 21 as the Air Force’s top civilian after serving for nearly five years. “It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve with our Air Force’s great Airmen,” Donley said. “Their accomplishments have been nothing short of impressive and I’m…

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DOD Comptroller: Sequestration devastates U.S. military readiness

Posted May 13, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a Senate hearing May 9 on President Barack Obama’s $9.5 billion military construction budget request for fiscal 2014, Defense Department Comptroller Robert F. Hale said the severe and abrupt budget cuts imposed by sequestration are devastating the U.S. armed forces. Hale and John Conger, acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and…

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U.S., EU lead global nonproliferation, biosurveillance efforts

Posted May 29, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

As nuclear, biological and chemical threats continue to evolve worldwide, partnership between the United States and European Union countries to counter such threats remains critical, a senior Defense Department official said May 28 in Helsinki. Andrew C. Weber, assistant secretary of defense for nuclear, chemical and biological defense programs, spoke at a meeting of the…

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SecAF farewell ceremony set for June 21

Posted June 19, 2013 by

Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley will be honored during a ceremony June 21 at 1 p.m., at Joint Base Andrews, Md. The ceremony will stream live online at the Pentagon Channel’s live stream site (here) and Air Force Link’s live video page. Donley was confirmed as the 22nd secretary of the Air Force Oct. 2,…

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Dempsey calls on DOD leaders to mitigate sequester effects

Posted July 10, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Sequestration is causing problems in the Defense Department, but military and civilian employees are working together to get through this period, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said July 9. In a videotaped message to the department posted on his Facebook page, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said that solid leadership at all…

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Vice chief addresses current Army challenges

Posted July 26, 2013 by C. Todd Lopez

While budget cuts and sequestration are a challenge, Americans won't accept them as an excuse for the Army failing to maintain a fighting force able to win the nation's wars, said the Army's vice chief of staff.

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Endangered species thrive on U.S. military ranges

Posted August 12, 2013 by Julie Watson

The sign leaves no doubt about the risk in entering the steep seaside hills that North America’s rarest bird calls home: “Danger. Boom. Explosives. Unexploded Ordnance and Laser Range in Use. Keep Out.” Despite the weekly explosions that rock this Navy-owned island off the Southern California coast, the San Clemente Island loggerhead shrike has been…

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California ANG deploys Predator to support firefighters

Posted August 31, 2013 by Donna Miles

With wildfires continuing to rage around Yosemite National Park, the California National Guard has deployed a remotely piloted aircraft that improves the incident commander’s ability to monitor conditions on the ground

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