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Air Force officials describe ICBM way-ahead

Posted September 19, 2012 by by 1st Lt. Ashleigh Peck

As intercontinental ballistic missiles gain prominence in the Air Force’s nuclear enterprise, service officials related the importance of maintaining the system during the 2012 Air Force Association Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition in Washington, D.C., Sept. 18. Panelists included Maj. Gen. William Chambers, assistant chief of staff for strategic deterrence and nuclear integration;…

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Donley talks sequestration, explains AF budget plans

Posted September 18, 2012 by TSgt. Julie Weckerlein

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley discusses the service’s budget strategy during his address at the Air Force Association’s Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition in Washington, D.C., Sept. 17, 2012. During his keynote remarks at the conferenc, Donley discussed the threat of sequestration and its…

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Dempsey, Turks discuss regional issues

Posted September 18, 2012 by Jim Garamone

The paving stones on the Road of Lions leading to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s mausoleum are purposely placed about three inches apart so those who approach it have to think about where they are. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey walked the Road of Lions to place a memorial wreath at the tomb of the man who…

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Welsh: ‘The only way to move forward is together’

Posted September 18, 2012 by SFC Jim Greenhill

The active-duty Air Force, its Reserve and the Air National Guard must work together to move forward, the chief of staff of the Air Force said in Reno, Nev., last week. “I have trouble seeing lines between components of services, because I believe on the air side we have an Air Force – it has…

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First week of RARO 12 wraps up

Posted September 18, 2012 by SrA. Natasha Stannard

Air Force photograph by SrA. Natasha Stannard Training rounds from A-10 Thunderbolt II hit the ground Sept. 14, 2012 during Ramstein Rover 2012 at a training range in Libava, Czech Republic. RARO 12 is a NATO exercise focused on preparing forward air controllers for contingency operations. Sixteen NATO member nations are participating in the exercise…

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SecAF highlights ‘state of force’ at AFA conference

Posted September 18, 2012 by by TSgt. Jess D. Harvey

In his keynote address at the 2012 Air Force Association’s Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition in Washington, D.C., Sept. 17, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley discussed major service accomplishments over the last 12 months and the Air Force’s strategic way ahead. Donley said the Air Force’s budget plans reflect both priorities…

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Navy will invite China to Pacific Rim exercise

Posted September 18, 2012 by by Karen Parrish

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and his Chinese counterpart, Defense Minister Gen. Liang Guanglie, told reporters in Beijing, China, Sept. 18 they see progress and room for growth in the two nations’ military relationship. During a news conference following small- and large-group meetings the two attended this morning, Panetta said he informed the general today…

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Forest Service deactivates C-130 firefighting operations

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The U.S. Forest Service has deactivated the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System-equipped military C-130 Hercules as fire conditions in the West have improved. The 153rd Air Expeditionary Group received the notification late Sept. 14, releasing the two MAFFS planes and crews that were still operating, as well as the associated support and maintenance staff. All…

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Panetta arrives in China for three-day visit

Posted September 17, 2012 by Karen Parrish

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta arrived in Beijing, China, Sept. 17 for a three-day visit after wrapping up a trip to Japan earlier in the day. Two senior defense officials traveling with the secretary briefed reporters traveling with Panetta on the secretary’s planned schedule for China. He will spend three days here instead of the…

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Air Force, NASA leaders review F-22 findings, fixes with congressional subcommittee

Posted September 17, 2012 by Sgt. Jess D. Harvey

Air Force and NASA leaders testified Sept. 13 before the House Armed Services Committee's Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces about the F-22 Raptor.

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