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AFRL played major role in historic near-space jump

Posted November 5, 2012 by Michael P. Kleiman

For more than nine minutes Oct. 14, an international audience watched as Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner egressed from a capsule 128,000 feet above the earth and fell toward the planet reaching speeds of 834 miles per hour, to become the first person to break the sound barrier outside of a vehicle. When Baumgartner safely touched…

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Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules variants declared ‘mission capable’ after Air Force testing

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The Lockheed Martin HC-130J Combat King II and the MC-130J Commando II aircraft have been certified as “Effective, Suitable and Mission Capable” by the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center. The U.S. Air Force is currently recapitalizing the HC, MC and AC-130 gunship fleets with new C 130J variants. The HC-130J is the personnel…

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ESGR accepting nominations for 2013 SecDef employer support freedom award

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Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense agency, is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is the nation’s highest award for civilian employers that support their employees serving in the National Guard and Reserve. Nominations may be submitted by Guardsmen, Reservists,…

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Phillips outlines aviation modernization priorities

Posted October 31, 2012 by Kris Osborn

Lt. Gen. Bill Phillips praised the Army’s industry and academic partners while outlining a handful of key aviation modernization priorities, Oct. 17, at an American Helicopter Society event in Arlington, Va. Phillips, the principal military deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition Logistics and Technology, or ASA(ALT), spoke to AHS about…

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U.K. F-35 fleet increases capability at Eglin AFB

Posted October 29, 2012 by Maj. Karen Roganov

Air Force photograph by Maj. Karen Roganov U.K. Royal Air Force Sqn. Ldr. Jim Schofield touches down in an F-35 Lightning II at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 19, 2012. This second United Kingdom F-35B at Eglin AFB will be embedded with the Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501. It will be used for…

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Army leaders discuss service’s future role in land power

Posted October 29, 2012 by J.D. Leipold

For more than 10 years, the U.S. Army has been engaged in two wars. As a result, the Army has not been as engaged as it would like to have been either globally, or with all of its combatant commands. The Army expects to change that over the next decade as it exits Afghanistan and…

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Panetta: Congress ‘on the clock’ to avert sequestration

Posted October 26, 2012 by Jim Garamone

Congress "is on the clock" and has critical work to accomplish when the House and Senate come back into session after the Nov. 6 election, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said in Washington, D.C., Oct. 25.

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Navy to christen submarine Minnesota

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The Navy will christen its newest attack submarine Minnesota, Oct. 27, during a 10 a.m., EDT, ceremony at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, in Newport News, Va. Adm. Kirk Donald, director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion, will deliver the ceremony’s principal address. Ellen Roughead, wife of former Chief of Naval Operations Adm….

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Ballistic missile defense system successfully conducts largest missile defense flight test in history

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The Missile Defense Agency successfully conducted the largest, most complex missile defense flight test ever attempted, Oct. 24. MDA, soldiers from the 94th and 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command; sailors aboard USS Fitzgerald; and airmen from the 613th Air and Space Operations Center conducted test, resulting in the simultaneous engagement of five ballistic…

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Industry partnerships key to mobility strategy, official says

Posted October 26, 2012 by Claudette Roulo

The Defense Department’s partnerships with industry, particularly in the mobile realm, are essential to its future success, the department’s deputy chief information officer for command, control, communications and computers and information infrastructure said Oct. 24. “I think that’s what’s going to make or break us in the future,” Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert E. Wheeler…

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