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F-35B completes first airborne engine start tests

Posted September 5, 2012 by by Victor Chen

The F-35 integrated test force announced the completion of a major prerequisite test for in-flight performance on the short take-off and vertical landing variant of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Sept. 4 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif....

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ORS Office organizing three new programs

Posted September 5, 2012 by Michael P. Kleiman

Perhaps the Operationally Responsive Space Office should consider changing its motto of “Employ. Deploy. Develop” to “Reaching the Reality of Rapid Response.” In the past 14 months, the organization experienced success with its initial satellite, ORS-1, transitioned for operational use to U.S. Central Command in January, approximately six months after launch. It also funded the…

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Two firefighting C-130s head home

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Two C-130 Hercules from the Wyoming Air National Guard’s 153rd Airlift Wing were deactivated Sept. 2, and returned to Cheyenne, Wyo., from Boise, Idaho. Four other Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System units remain activated. The Air Force Reserve Command’s 302nd Airlift Wing out of Colorado Springs, Colo., has two C-130s operating out of Boise. The…

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Largest exercise wraps up in South Korea

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Airmen, along with 30,000 participants from South Korea and other nations, took part in one of the largest Joint Staff exercises in the world at Osan Air Base, South Korea, date to Aug. 30. Exercise Ulchi Freedom-Guardian is an annual computer-simulated, U.S. Combined Forces Command defense-oriented exercise, designed to evaluate and improve combined and joint…

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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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