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Airmen wrap up Winfly on the ‘ice’

Posted September 12, 2012 by SSgt. Sean J. Tobin

Air Force photograph Airmen from the 62nd and 446th Airlift Wings at Joint Base Lewis-McChord deployed to Christchurch International Airport, New Zealand, to conduct winter flying into McMurdo Station, Antarctica, Aug. 29, 2012, in support of the U.S. Antarctic Program and the National Science Foundation. During the period, crews transported 388 passengers and 265,000 pounds…

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Air Force joins NATO partners in Ramstein Rover 2012

Posted September 12, 2012 by SrA. Natasha Stannard

Air Force photograph by SrA. Natasha Stannard A-10 Thunderbolt IIs from the 81st Fighter Squadron line up for takeoff in support of a close air support mission during Ramstein Rover 2012 at Namest Air Base, Czech Republic, Sept. 10, 2012. RARO 12 is a NATO partnership-building exercise involving more than 16 nations. Participating in exercises…

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New expeditionary UAV takes off from China Lake, sans runway

Posted September 11, 2012 by

Navy photograph Navy and Insitu personnel lift the RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System on to launcher in preparation for flight at Naval Air Station China Lake, Calif., Sept. 10. The Navy successfully launched its newest small unmanned aircraft without using a runway Sept. 10 at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, Calif. A little…

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Fighting birds with birds

Posted September 11, 2012 by A1C Jose L. Leon

Photograph courtesy of the National Geographic Society In this image released by the National Geographic Society, a peregrine falcon is shown similar to one of the falcons that will be used in McConnell Air Force Base’s Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard program. The 22nd Air Refueling Wing Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard program at McConnell Air Force…

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NATO’s Rasmussen discusses Afghanistan, Syria, 9/11 attacks

Posted September 10, 2012 by by Cheryl Pellerin

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen discussed progress in Afghanistan, the brutal civil war in Syria and tomorrow’s anniversary of the 9/11 attacks during his monthly news conference. Rasmussen called the 11th anniversary of the attacks “a moment to remember the citizens of 25 NATO and partner countries who died that day, and all the…

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Army evaluates coalition communications through NIE process

Posted September 10, 2012 by Claire Heininger

The U.S. Army is bringing coalition partners into its future tactical communications network through the Network Integration Evaluation process. During a risk reduction event held last month at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., the Army demonstrated the ability to share information at the company level across the various mission command systems used by the United Kingdom,…

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Fleet Readiness Center ‘hooks up’ unmanned aircraft

Posted September 7, 2012 by

Navy photograph The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator aircraft completes a successful roll-in arrestment with a modified arresting hook point designed and manufactured by Fleet Readiness Center Southwest Aug.14 at Patuxent River, Md. FRCSW delivered the hook point just 46 days after receiving a request from the Navy UCAS program office. The Fleet Readiness…

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Navy continues to make dumb bombs smarter

Posted September 7, 2012 by

The fleet is addressing the evolving needs of modern day warfare by converting the traditional unguided bomb with a near-precision guided “smart” weapon. The Navy recently awarded a $23 million full-rate production contract to Boeing Inc. for the Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition (Laser JDAM), after successfully completing integrated test. The weapon expands the capability…

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Pentagon welcomes new chief of National Guard Bureau

Posted September 7, 2012 by Karen Parrish

Cabinet secretaries, service chiefs and other government and military leaders gathered Sept. 7 for a Pentagon ceremony marking a change in leaders for the nation’s National Guard Bureau. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke during the event marking the end of Air Force Gen. Craig R. McKinley’s term…

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F-35A reaches ‘huge milestone’ in program development

Posted September 7, 2012 by Chrissy Cuttita

Air Force officials begin their F-35A Lightning II Operational Utility Evaluation Sept. 10, an instrumental step in beginning joint strike fighter pilot and maintenance training for the service. Two 33rd Fighter Wing pilots from Elgin Air Force Base, Fla.; along with two Air Force test pilots, will conduct the review expected to last approximately 65…

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