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Pentagon ceremony recognizes sovereignty of Indian nations

Posted December 3, 2012 by J.D. Leipold

Army leaders and Native Americans gathered at the Pentagon, Nov. 28, to commemorate the importance of a recently signed Army policy directive that recognizes the sovereignty of American Indian tribes. Katherine Hammack, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, opened the event by telling the audience that the policy memorandum was…

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Panetta arrives in Kabul to thank troops, meet with commanders

Posted December 12, 2012 by Cheryl Pellerin

After spending time with U.S. troops and officials in Kuwait, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta landed in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 12 to thank troops for their exceptional service, especially during the holidays when it’s harder to be far from family and friends.

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U.S. pursues better ballistic missile

Posted January 10, 2013 by Donna Miles

MDA photograph by Ralph Scott Technicians prepare a ground based Interceptor for emplacement into Missile Field 2 at the Missile Defense Complex at Fort Greely, Alaska, Feb. 25, 2012. U.S. Northern Command is collaborating closely with the Missile Defense Agency to improve the capability of systems designed to counter threats to the homeland. While refining…

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Air Force to open remaining combat positions to women

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey announced Jan. 24 the rescission the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule for women and that the Department of Defense plans to remove gender-based barriers to service. “Women have shown great courage and sacrifice on and off…

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First F-35A four-ship flies over Eglin

Posted February 6, 2013 by Maj. Karen Roganov

Increasing capability is becoming routine for the F-35 Lightning II team. The 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., produced a four-turn-four for the 58th Fighter Squadron flying Jan 31.

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President accepts Allen’s request for retirement

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President Barack Obama Feb. 19 accepted a request by Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen to retire from the military to address health issues within his family. In a written statement, Obama said he spoke with Allen Feb. 19 and expressed deep personal appreciation for his “extraordinary service” in command of coalition and U.S. forces…

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Special ops chief hails restructure, partnership progress

Posted March 6, 2013 by Amaani Lyle

The commander of U.S. Special Operations Command told Congress today strong partnerships with allies and an understanding of terrorist networks in Afghanistan and North Africa have helped build the command’s capacity to meet mission objectives. In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Navy Adm. William H. McRaven said his command helped establish a new…

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Europe remains strategically vital to U.S.

Posted March 18, 2013 by Donna Miles

The top U.S. commander in Europe emphasized the importance of NATO and the United Statesí forward presence in Europe, while acknowledging that he continues to prod the allies to meet their financial defense commitments. Europe continues to matter greatly for the United States, Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, commander of U.S. European Command and supreme…

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Tinker AFB squadron increases production of KC-135 engines

Posted April 3, 2013 by Brandice J. O'Brien

Air Force photograph by Kelly White Jeremy Russell installs a No. 4 bearing race in the High Press Turbine of an F-108 engine. Russell is an engine mechanic with the 546th Propulsion Maintenance Squadron. Over the past four or five years, members of the 546th Propulsion Maintenance Squadron at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., struggled…

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Air Superiority: Advantage over enemy skies for 60 years

Posted April 17, 2013 by Randy Roughton

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=yLom8ZfvZTs Air Force graphic by Luis Jimenez DOD photograph Air view of bombs dropped by U.S. Air Force, exploding on three parallel railroad bridges across Han River, southwest of Seoul, capital of the Republic of Korea. Bridges were bombed early in war to delay advance of invading North Korean troops. A few months after the…

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