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Air Force scraps F-16 Alaska transfer plan

Posted October 4, 2013 by Mark Thiessen

The U.S. Air Force is scrapping its plan to move a fighter jet squadron to Anchorage from Fairbanks, and will not put Eielson Air Force Base in part-time status, Alaska’s congressional delegation announced Oct. 2. U.S. Sens. Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski made the announcement on a joint teleconference with U.S. Rep. Don Young, all…

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Hagel says NATO’s Afghanistan planning on track

Posted October 23, 2013 by Karen Parrish

DOD photograph by Marine Sgt. Aaron Hostutler Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, center, meets with Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu after a meeting of defense ministers from NATO and partner countries that contribute to the International Security Assistance Force mission at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Oct. 23, 2013. Hagel met with several defense counterparts regarding NATO’s…

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U.S. Air Force to scrutinize nuclear candidates

Posted November 15, 2013 by Robert Burns

The U.S. Air Force has decided it must “add more vigor” to its screening of candidates for senior nuclear command, adding closer looks at health records and Internet searches for potentially damaging personal information about candidates who also have long military careers, the Air Force’s top general said Nov. 13. Gen. Mark Welsh, the Air…

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Air Force envisions smaller force to preserve readiness

Posted December 16, 2013 by Amaani Lyle

Discussing upcoming budgetary variables during a Pentagon news conference Dec. 13, the Air Force’s top civilian leader for the past six months addressed the inevitability of a smaller force. Acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning, who is returning next week to his position as undersecretary of the Air Force following today’s Senate confirmation of Deborah…

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C-130H, end of an era in Afghanistan

Posted January 13, 2014 by SMSgt. Gary J. Rihn

All good things don’t necessarily need to come to an end; sometimes they are just replaced by something even better. Such is the case with the venerable C-130H Hercules model aircraft here. The C-130 has been around since the Vietnam War, forming the backbone of the Air Force’s tactical airlift fleet. It is especially well-suited…

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U.S. Army, Australian leaders talk research, development cooperation

Posted January 31, 2014 by Dan Lafontaine

Australia's chief defense scientist met with U.S. Army leaders Jan. 27, to explore opportunities for research and development partnerships.

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Airmen, Soldiers sharpen search and rescue skills together

Posted February 14, 2014 by A1C Ryan Conroy

Air Force photograph by A1C Ryan Conroy A 12th Combat Aviation Brigade UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter sends debris flying during its decent on a simulated combat search and rescue mission, Jan. 28, 2014, at Cellina Meduna training grounds near Maniago, Italy. There were several aspects to the training mission to include close air support, Survival,…

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New network technologies to support expeditionary signal battalions

Posted March 7, 2014 by Amy Walker

In preparation for the Army's Network Integration Evaluation, or NIE, 14.2 this spring, the 86th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, or ESB, is training with new tactical communications equipment that is smaller in size for easy transport, yet significantly increases capability.

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Navy’s most advanced command, control aircraft joins fleet

Posted March 28, 2014 by PO2 Ernest R. Scott

Navy photograph by PO2 Ernest R. Scott An E-2D Hawkeye assigned to the Tiger Tails of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125 flies over Naval Station Norfolk. VAW-125 provides airborne early warning and command and control to Carrier Air Wing 1 and is assigned aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The…

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Hammack testifies on 2015 budget, calls for BRAC in 2017

Posted April 9, 2014 by J.D. Leipold

The Army’s assistant secretary for Installations, Energy and Environment told senators that the Army needs another round of base realignment and closure in 2017. Katherine G. Hammack, along with her Defense Department and service counterparts, testified to the Senate Armed Services Committee April 2. She presented the Army’s fiscal year 2015 military construction, or MILCON,…

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