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Landing zone cameras mean major improvement in C-17 training

Posted November 7, 2014 by SrA. Levin Boland

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kz8ZU8fSSjw&feature=player_embedded&list=UUJeD5tPnibv8jLjsdtDvQUQ A C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft pilot calculates measurements to figure out the best way to approach a small landing strip in the middle of a hostile environment in Afghanistan. The landing strip is unpaved and has no lights or painted lines to guide the pilot onto the runway. Instead, it is simply a…

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New combat rescue helicopter HH-60W to perform personnel recovery mission

Posted December 1, 2014 by Daryl Mayer

The Air Force has officially designated the new combat rescue helicopter as the HH-60W. The need to acquire a new personnel recovery capability resulted in the June 2014 contract award to Sikorsky for eventual production and fielding of up to 112 aircraft with a potential value of approximately $7.9 billion. “The formal designation of HH-60W…

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DOD releases 2015 military pay, compensation rates

Posted December 24, 2014 by

Dec. 22, the Department of Defense announced the 2015 military pay and compensation rates for service members, with most service members receiving a one percent increase in basic pay. The new rates for basic pay, basic allowance for housing, basic allowance for subsistence, and the cost of living allowance rates for the contiguous United States…

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Future joint concepts focus on human elements

Posted January 23, 2015 by

A panel of military officers discussed the concepts of the Strategic Landpower Task Force Jan. 16 at the Center for Strategic International Studies in Washington, D.C. Developed from the lessons learned over the past 12 years of conflict, the Joint Concept for Integrated Campaigning and the Human Aspects of Military Operations concepts are currently making…

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Air Force chief: Force modernization not optional

Posted February 13, 2015 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

It is imperative to modernize the Air Force despite difficult budgeting choices that will have to be made, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said Feb. 12 in Orlando, Fla. Speaking during the Air Force Association Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition, the general discussed the need for force modernization. We…

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Army realigns tactical network initialization process for increased efficiency

Posted March 9, 2015 by Nancy Jones-Bonbrest

Turn on a new computer for the first time and you are met with a few questions before the computer is registered and recognized.

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Reaper deploys live weapons on maritime training target

Posted April 3, 2015 by by SrA. Thomas Spangler

An MQ-9 Reaper successfully hit a sea-going target with an AGM-114 Hellfire missile during a joint service training exercise over the Gulf of Mexico March 17. This was the first time a remotely piloted aircraft hit a maritime target. “It was the first time we had put live weapons into boats and participated in maritime…

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Composites key to tougher, lighter armaments

Posted April 24, 2015 by David Vergun

The Army is on the cusp of revolutionizing materials that go into armament construction, making for stronger, lighter and more durable weapons, Dr. Andrew Littlefield said.

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Navy declares IOC capability for new rolling airframe missile

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Navy photograph by Seaman Shelby M. Tucker The amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24) participates in training exercises with the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). Iwo Jima is underway conducting aqmphibious integration exercises.   The U.S. Navy successfully achieved Initial Operational Capability or the Block 2 Rolling Airframe Missile aboard…

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Army moves forward with install of modernized cryptographic equipment

Posted June 19, 2015 by Nancy Jones-Bonbrest

Emphasizing modernization, standardization and ease of use, the Army is continuing its push to replace aging cryptographic devices with upgraded equipment.

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