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Performance reviews should show how military commanders handle sex assault complaints

Posted March 27, 2013 by AP

A new report required by Congress recommends that the Defense Department assess how well commanding officers handle sexual assault and harassment complaints when reviewing their job performance. The Institute of Medicine said in the report released March 26 that military sexual assault appears to be an important factor in the development of post-traumatic stress disorder….

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KC-46 progress on track

Posted April 10, 2013 by Daryl Mayer

The top acquisition priority in the Air Force - acquiring a new aerial refueling capability - is proceeding "on track," Maj. Gen. John Thompson, the program executive officer for Tankers, said.

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Congress reviews Air Force’s readiness at House hearing

Posted April 29, 2013 by Col. Bob Thompson

Air Force photograph by Maj. Ian Phillips Maj. Gen. Richard S. Haddad testifies during a hearing of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Readiness April 24, 2013, on Capitol Hill. Active and Reserve component leaders testified to the committee about the Fiscal Year 2014 Presidentís Budget request and force readiness. The proposed budget…

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Edwards flight testers essential to X-51A Waverider success

Posted May 10, 2013 by Laura Mowry

Air Force photograph by Bobbi Zapka The X-51A Waverider flew its fourth and final mission May 1 over the Point Mugu Naval Air Warfare Center Sea Range, during which the test team achieved a record- setting 210 seconds of air-breathing hypersonic flight. Flight testers from Edwards played a vital role in the program’s success. When…

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Commission on Air Force structure to meet

Posted May 29, 2013 by

The National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force will hold its first public hearing June 4 in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. President Obama and the chairmen and ranking members of both Armed Services Committees recently appointed eight members to serve on the Commission. The 2013 National Defense Authorization Act…

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Fighter squadron inactivation signals end of A-10s in Europe

Posted June 19, 2013 by SSgt. Daryl Knee

The Air Force inactivated the 81st Fighter Squadron June 18, at Spandgahlem Air Base, Germany, in support of force-shaping procedures across the service.

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P-8A Poseidon fires Harpoon, hits mark

Posted July 8, 2013 by

After approximately six minutes of flight time, one of NAVAIR’s test aircraft successfully launched a Harpoon missile during a live fire event June 24 in California at the Navy’s Point Mugu Sea Test Range and scored a direct hit on a Low Cost Modular Target.

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Army adopts stronger, lighter composite materials

Posted July 22, 2013 by Heather R. Smith

In the future, Army aircraft may be made of all composite materials, and the Prototype Integration Facility Advanced Composites Laboratory is ready.

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Firms compete to expand Air Force museum in Ohio

Posted August 12, 2013 by

A new $46 million aircraft and space gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is now scheduled to open in late 2015, with five companies competing to build it. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will select the winning bid for construction of the 224,000-square-foot building for the museum at Wright-Patterson Air…

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Army’s manufacturing improvements yield lighter body armor

Posted August 31, 2013 by by Dan Lafontaine

  Soldiers facing rugged terrain and extreme temperatures are continually searching for ways to reduce the weight of their gear. In a search for solutions to this persistent issue, U.S. Army scientists and engineers have preliminarily demonstrated body armor that is 10 percent lighter through new manufacturing processes. The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering…

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