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Air Force officials anticipate pay delays for officers, enlisted Airmen promoted in March

Posted January 18, 2013 by TSgt. Steve Grever

Officers and enlisted airmen getting promoted in March will experience pay delays because of the Military Personnel Data System upgrade occurring that month. “Individuals getting promoted from Mar. 4 to Mar. 26 will not get their promotions updated in MilPDS because of the upgrade,” said Lt. Col. Shelley Strong, Air Force Personnel Center operations division…

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USS Halsey, USS Russell finish hull swap

Posted January 30, 2013 by PO2 Dominique Pineiro

The crews of guided-missile destroyers USS Halsey (DDG 97) and USS Russell (DDG 59) finished swapping hulls at Naval Base San Diego Jan. 25.

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Boeing awarded U.S. Air Force contract to continue GPS modernization

Posted February 13, 2013 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing will continue modernizing the Global Positioning System satellite constellation for up to five more years, extending the company’s role in the vital military and civilian navigation network. The U.S. Air Force, which operates the GPS network, recently awarded Boeing a $51 million, one-year contract with four one-year options. The contract…

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Hagel vows to ensure well-being of service members, families

Posted March 1, 2013 by Jim Garamone

New Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel promised Feb. 27 to always be frank with the men and women of the department and said he expects all to be direct in return. Hagel spoke to the Pentagon workforce and a worldwide audience on the Pentagon Channel just after taking the oath as the nationís 24th defense secretary….

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Speckled Trout reemerges, Team Edwards invited to up close, personal look

Posted March 15, 2013 by Kenji Thuloweit

The Speckled Trout has returned. The 412th Flight Test Squadron's highly-modified KC-135 returns home after a year-long maintenance overhaul in Greenville, Texas.

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Blue Horizons: War College students look at 2035

Posted March 27, 2013 by Randy Roughton

Each spring, a select group of Air War College students meet for BOGSAT sessions and collaborate in “murder boards” to help Air Force leaders make decisions on how the service will adapt to technological changes in the next quarter of a century. For the past five years, Blue Horizons has investigated a future described as…

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Airman keeps squadron ‘in the fight’

Posted April 10, 2013 by SSgt. Alexander Martinez

When 26th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters scramble for a casualty evacuation mission, the environment they are flying into is unpredictable.

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CTF celebrates Raptor’s 1,000th sortie

Posted April 26, 2013 by Laura Mowry

Lockheed Martin photograph by David Henry The oldest flying F-22 Raptor, tail number 4007, successfully completed its 1,000th sortie April 19. The F-22 Combined Test Force celebrated the milestone with a James Bond themed plane-side ceremony, referring to the aircraftís tail number ending in ì007.î The F-22 Combined Test Force celebrated an impressive milestone April…

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F-35 fighter takes another step forward

Posted May 10, 2013 by Joel Fortner

The Air Force took another step forward with its newest fighter jet when an advanced F-35 Lightning II landed at the service's lead training base, home to the largest fleet of F-35s worldwide.

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SecAF: Sequestration hits AF readiness, modernization

Posted May 29, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Sequestration has hit the Air Force particularly hard, impacting its force structure, readiness and modernization, senior Air Force leaders said May 23.

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