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Leaders to committee: Air Force on track for 2014 auditability deadline

Posted September 17, 2012 by by TSgt. Jess D. Harvey

Leaders from each armed service and the Defense Department testified Sept. 14 to the House Armed Services Committee about the DOD’s efforts to become auditable by 2014. The original auditable date was 2017, but Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta accelerated that goal in late 2011 by setting a DOD-wide 2014 deadline for audit readiness. “We…

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Leaders look at Army of 2020 and beyond

Posted September 17, 2012 by David Vergun

As the Army transitions away from wartime commitments, what should the strategic focus be for future challenges?

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Predator B demonstrates automatic takeoff, landing capability

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced Sept. 17 that its Predator(r) B/MQ-9 Reaper RPA has successfully completed 106 full-stop Automatic Takeoff and Landing Capability landings, a first for the multi-mission aircraft. The milestone was first achieved with four ATLC landings on June 27 at the company’s Gray Butte Flight Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif. GA-ASI…

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Air Force begins testing newest AEHF satellite

Posted September 17, 2012 by Scott Prater

Following a four-month journey, the second Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite reached geosynchronous orbit Aug. 27. The event is significant to the 4th Space Operations Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., because nearly 100 squadron members are now heavily involved in testing the vehicle. The Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles will…

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Panetta addresses Osprey, territory disputes in Japan visit

Posted September 17, 2012 by by Karen Parrish

On a day that he began in Japan and is finishing in China, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta responded to questions on the U.S. deployment of V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft to Okinawa and the ongoing dispute between China and Japan over the Senkaku Islands. The Osprey has been a controversial topic since the aircraft was…

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Underwater construction team conducts assessment of USS Arizona memorial dock

Posted September 14, 2012 by PO3 Dustin W. Sisco

Underwater Construction Team 2, from Port Hueneme, Calif., conducted an assessment of the chains holding the dock next to the USS Arizona Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Sept. 11. “Today, we’re taking a look at the dock supports,” said Billy Crowe, Park Service diver for the World War II Valor in the Pacific museum….

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F-35A maintenance training on track

Posted September 14, 2012 by George Woodward

As the Air Force begins its Operational Utility Evaluation of the F-35A Lightning II, maintenance training to support the joint strike fighter is also preparing for key program milestones. Though the first “pipeline” students – basic military training graduates – don’t begin training until January 2014, the two units in charge of F-35A maintenance training…

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Alaska Reserve F-22 unit becomes fully operational

Posted September 14, 2012 by Capt. Ashley Conner

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Dana Rosso Col. Bryan Radliff, 477th Fighter Group commander, declares the 477th FG fully operational capable during a ceremony during the groups monthly Unit Training Assembly weekend Sept. 9. The 477th FG traces its unit back to the 477th Bombardment Group, a Tuskegee Airmen unit that never reached FOC. The…

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Navy to christen second Joint High Speed Vessel

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The Navy will christen the Joint High Speed Vessel Choctaw County, named for three U.S. counties, located in Mississippi, Alabama and Oklahoma, which share the county’s name, during a ceremony in Mobile, Ala., Sept. 15. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will deliver the ceremony’s principal address. Women from Ackerman High School’s class of 1966,…

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Airmen wrap up Winfly on the ‘ice’

Posted September 12, 2012 by SSgt. Sean J. Tobin

Air Force photograph Airmen from the 62nd and 446th Airlift Wings at Joint Base Lewis-McChord deployed to Christchurch International Airport, New Zealand, to conduct winter flying into McMurdo Station, Antarctica, Aug. 29, 2012, in support of the U.S. Antarctic Program and the National Science Foundation. During the period, crews transported 388 passengers and 265,000 pounds…

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