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Boeing fatigue test to validate predicted life of B-1 bomber fleet

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Boeing has begun a five-year fatigue test on the wing of a U.S. Air Force B-1 bomber to validate the predicted life of the bomber fleet, currently forecasted to be 2050. The test also will reveal potential areas of concern for which Boeing and the Air Force can develop maintenance and repair plans. “This comprehensive…

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NORAD, Russia train to confront terrorist hijackings

Posted September 4, 2012 by by Donna Miles

It was a scene unthinkable even 30 years ago as U.S., Canadian and Russian militaries worked together this week at the North American Aerospace Command headquarters to confront a common enemy: terrorist hijackers.....

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Army’s newest general purpose round shows accuracy in rifle competition

Posted September 4, 2012 by by Eric Kowal

The Army's new M855A1 Enhanced Performance Round is performing well under combat conditions in Afghanistan, but how does it stack up during a rifle competition?

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Marines consider increased role for women in Corps

Posted August 29, 2012 by Jim Garamone

The Marine Corps has opened a number of fields to women, the service’s commandant said here today, and the experiences of the first women to go through the Infantry Officer Course next month will help him as he makes recommendations for an increased role for female Marines. Gen. James F. Amos spoke at the National…

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Hurricane Hunters provide critical data during major storms

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As the Air Force Reserve’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, better known as the “Hurricane Hunters,” wrap up their mission flying through Hurricane Isaac, one of the unit’s pilots provided an insight into who they are and some facts and figures about how they perform during their dangerous missions. Lt. Col. Jeff Ragusa is based with…

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Air Force C-130 firefighting efforts reach milestone

Posted August 29, 2012 by Ann Skarban

Air Force Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System-equipped C-130s reached a major mission milestone Aug. 24 by dropping the 2 millionth gallon of retardant for the season. MAFFS 5, assigned to the Air Force Reserve Command’s 302nd Airlift Wing here, dropped the record-breaking gallon during its third sortie of the day battling the Halstead fire north…

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Thousands of Guardsmen available to governors in Isaac’s path

Posted August 28, 2012 by

More than 33,500 National Guard personnel and nearly 100 aircraft are available to the governors of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, as Tropical Storm Isaac threatens states along the Gulf of Mexico, Defense Department officials said Aug. 27......

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101st Airborne Division female soldiers first to test prototype body armor

Posted August 28, 2012 by by Megan Locke Simpson

Cartoonist Bob Thaves once said, "Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, except backwards and in high heels." This quote is applicable to the Army's female soldiers of today, who now make up 14 percent of the total force....

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Device boosts Navy’s ability to inspect, repair aircraft engines

Posted August 28, 2012 by by Rachel Lytle

The Naval Air Systems Command announced Aug. 27 that it has developed a device that is doing for aircraft inspections what colonoscopies have done for cancer detection. Used to inspect interior engine components and airframes for cracks, corrosion and other debris that can harm Navy and Marine Corps aircraft, the Common Video Borescope Set, or…

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Stavridis expects busy autumn for NATO, Eucom

Posted August 27, 2012 by by Donna Miles

Emphasizing that the mission in Afghanistan remains “job one,” NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe said a busy autumn season lies ahead as the transition there continues. Even so, Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, who also commands U.S. European Command, recognized Syria and the Levant in his command blog last week as “the wild card”…

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