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Navy receives first F-35C Lightning II

Posted June 24, 2013 by

The U.S. Navy's Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 received the Navy's first F-35C Lightning II carrier variant aircraft from Lockheed Martin today at the squadron's home at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

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U.S. Army aids France with RPG-defense test data

Posted July 12, 2013 by Dan Lafontaine

Courtesy photograph French soldiers patrol in a VBCI infantry fighting vehicle equipped with a legacy rocket-propelled grenade defense system. Fighting in Mali spurred the need for increased capabilities to protect French soldiers, and the U.S. Army has transferred technical test data on a new rocket-propelled grenade defense system, Q-Nets II, through an international agreement. The…

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Obama nominates James to become Air Force Secretary

Posted August 2, 2013 by

President Barack Obama Aug. 1 announced that Deborah Lee James is his choice to become the next Secretary of the Air Force. Deborahís strong record of public service and leadership in the private sector makes her uniquely qualified to be my nominee for Secretary of the Air Force,î Obama said in a White House news…

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Communications capability surpasses 50,000 flight hours

Posted August 19, 2013 by Patty Welsh

Courtesy photograph An E-11A aircraft outfitted with the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node, or BACN, flies at an undisclosed location. BACN enables interoperability across voice and datalink networks and it recently surpassed 50,000 flight hours. A Life Cycle Management Center program managed at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., that ensures war fighters can stay connected reached…

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‘HEaDS-UP’ at Natick for better helmets

Posted September 9, 2013 by Bob Reinert

In their quest for better helmet technologies to keep soldiers and Marines safe on the battlefield, researchers at Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center here are making a “HEaDS-UP” play. Helmet Electronics and Display System-Upgradeable Protection, or HEaDS-UP, has been a four-year effort at Natick to provide mounted and dismounted troops with a more…

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F-35: New fighter creates new culture for 21st Century and beyond

Posted September 25, 2013 by Rich Lamance

Air Force photograph by MSgt. Jeremy T. Lock An F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter from the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., flies over the Emerald Coast Sept. 19, 2012. She didnt have a smudge on her. Not a leak found anywhere. She even had that new jet smell.î Skies were…

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National Guard faces the shutdown

Posted October 11, 2013 by Jim Garamone

National Guard personnel are feeling the effects of the government shutdown and leaders are worried about the readiness of the component, Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, the vice chief of the National Guard Bureau said Oct. 11. The Pay Our Military Act has mitigated some of the effects of the partial government shutdown for the…

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Unprecedented dual intercept success for MEADS at White Sands Missile Range

Posted November 6, 2013 by

  The Medium Extended Air Defense System intercepted and destroyed two simultaneous targets attacking from opposite directions during a stressing demonstration of its 360-degree air and missile defense capabilities at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The flight test achieved all criteria for success. All elements of the MEADS system were tested, including the 360-degree MEADS…

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First P-8A Poseidons report for duty

Posted December 2, 2013 by Lt. Andrew Orchard

The Navy's newest, most advanced maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon, arrived in Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan for its inaugural deployment Dec. 1.

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Bagram runway reopens, first F-16s arrive

Posted December 24, 2013 by SrA. Kayla Newman

Air Force photograph by SrA. Kayla Newman The first F-16 Fighting Falcon arrives Dec. 15, 2013, at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The F-16s transitioned from Kandahar, Afghanistan, to Bagram once the main runway was renovated and extended to meet the demand of the different aircraft. The first of several F-16 Fighting Falcons arrived at Bagram Airfield,…

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