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Sun sets on Red Flag 14-1

Posted February 14, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz

For the last two weeks the skies over Las Vegas have been constantly alive; a living, breathing, anthem of airpower signifying Red Flag is at full throttle.

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Quadrennial Review’s focus is protecting homeland

Posted March 7, 2014 by Nick Simeone

Two countries that have long concerned the United States in terms of national security – North Korea and Iran – are mentioned first in the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review, a document that a senior Defense Department official told reporters this week has a renewed emphasis on protecting the homeland. The congressionally mandated review of national…

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Navy decommissions USS Miami

Posted March 28, 2014 by Lt. Timothy Hawkins

The Navy formally decommissioned Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Miami (SSN 755), March 28, during an indoor ceremony at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. Past and present crew members, their families and other invited guests attended the event. “Admiral, the watch is secured,” reported Miami’s skipper Cmdr. Rolf Spelker to Submarine Group 2 commander…

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F-35 on time to replace previous tactical aircraft

Posted April 11, 2014 by SSgt. Torri Ingalsbe

The F-35 Lightning II will enhance combat capabilities, project U.S. power and deter potential adversaries, Air Force officials told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee’s subcommittee on tactical air and land forces in a hearing on tactical aircraft programs there, April 8.

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

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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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Obama: U.S. to keep nearly 10,000 troops in Afghanistan in 2015

Posted May 30, 2014 by Nick Simeone

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama today announced the United States plans to keep nearly 10,000 American troops in Afghanistan next year – a level largely in line with what U.S. commanders had requested – and that nearly all U.S. forces will leave the country by the end of 2016, bringing to an end a U.S. military mission…

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Exchange of A model Black Hawks generates significant cost savings

Posted June 20, 2014 by Sofia Bledsoe

The Utility Helicopters Project Office handed over the logbook and keys for three UH-60A Black Hawk aircraft to Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation during an aircraft exchange/sale, June 11.

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Navy says farewell to the C-9 Skytrain II aircraft

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Ending its 41-year commitment to a workhorse aircraft, the U.S. Navy retired the last C-9B Skytrain II June 28 to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group based in Tucson, Ariz. As of January, the Navy had four C-9B aircraft remaining in its inventory ó one was retired in February and two were…

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First pipeline class of F-35 crew chiefs graduates

Posted August 11, 2014 by George Woodward

Nine airmen became the first Air Force recruits to graduate initial skills technical training as F-35A Lightning II crew chiefs after completing Mission-Ready Airmen training at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Aug. 7. “The opportunity to be the first of something so important means a lot. I know many people are looking at us to…

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Night turns into day: Army researchers enable night lethality

Posted September 17, 2014 by Kim Bell

Army photograph In complete dark from significant standoff, Soldiers use medium wave infrared technology to turn night into day. In science fiction, technology problems are solved with the stroke of a writer’s pen. In reality, science and technology research takes time, and a lot of effort. “If you’ve seen the movie Predator, you’ve seen a…

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