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23 nations to participate in world’s largest maritime exercise

Posted May 7, 2014 by

Twenty-three nations, 47 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific exercise scheduled June 26 to Aug. 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative…

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Marines deploy with first, unmanned RQ-21A Blackjack system

Posted May 7, 2014 by

Marine Corps photograph U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kirk N. Humes, a maintainer with Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron (VMU) 2, catches a RQ-21A Blackjack at Atlantic Field, N.C., April 1. VMU-2 conducted an early capability flight to train Marines with the new system before deploying in late April. The Department of the Navyís new,…

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Australian air force makes home at Luke AFB

Posted May 5, 2014 by SSgt. Luther Mitchell Jr.

The buildup of F-35 operations at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., has begun, and the Royal Australian air force will soon be Luke’s first international partner to train here on the F-35A Lightning II. The 61st Fighter Squadron and 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit will house the RAAF personnel. The goal is to build a cohesive,…

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Navy’s X-47B program ramps up flight test, readying for summer sea trials

Posted May 2, 2014 by

The X-47B unmanned combat air system is gearing up for shore-based flight test activities in preparation for the next round of sea trials this summer.

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T-34C crashes at sea near Corpus Christi

Posted May 2, 2014 by

A U.S. Navy T-34C Turbo Mentor aircraft assigned to Training Squadron 28 (VT-28) with two pilots aboard crashed May 1 while conducting a routine training mission over the Gulf of Mexico at approximately 10:20 a.m., CST. Initial reports indicate the pilots were able to bail out of the aircraft, and that neither pilot was injured….

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Air Force implements DOS rollback phase II

Posted May 2, 2014 by Debbie Gildea

The Air Force has implemented the 2014 enlisted date of separation rollback program phase II, Air Force Personnel Center officials said May 1. The program accelerates the date of separation for Airmen who declined to acquire retainability for an assignment, training, retraining or professional military education, and who have fewer than 18 years or 20…

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Team JSTARS reaches 100,000-hour flying milestone

Posted May 2, 2014 by

When a car surpasses 100,000 miles, it may be time to get a new one.

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Army increases in-flight situational awareness for rapid response forces

Posted May 2, 2014 by Amy Walker

With help from the Army's new in-flight internet and mission command capability, commanders of Global Response Force units will be able to plan missions in the air, while their soldiers receive operational updates and watch full-motion video of upcoming drop zones before their parachutes ever open.

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MQ-8B Fire Scout conducts test operations aboard littoral combat ship

Posted May 2, 2014 by Navy photograph

An MQ-8B Fire Scout sits on the flight deck of USS Freedom (LCS 1) April 30 off the coast of San Diego, Calif.  Sailors from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35 are conducting the first combined operations between the unmanned Fire Scout and the manned H-60 helicopter aboard the littoral combat ship over the next few weeks.

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Hill’s F-16s take first flights alongside F-35s

Posted April 30, 2014 by SSgt. Christina Judd

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Christina Judd Hill’s F-16 flies with the F-35 Lightning II, in a training mission at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., today. Hill sent 235 active and reserve personnel to train alongside the Air Forceís newest fighter jet. F-16 pilots from Hill Air Force Base’s 419th and 388th Fighter Wings took…

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